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Chic Critique is THE elite magazine, community, & resource for women who love photography (yes, we’re biased!)
Our mission: critique | confidence | community
Get your CHIC on with our Celebrity Photographers who inspire, teach, and critique to help increase confidence and improve your images!


This morning, I’m reflecting back on all that has happened with Chic Critique in the past 2 years. It seriously seems like we’ve been around for longer than that because it has been a very fun and full 2 years. My heart is SO full of gratitude to YOU who read our blog and our Chic Magazine, cry with us in our newsletter, laugh with us on Facebook, and swoon over eye candy on our Instagram and Pinterest. We had a BLAST at our Chic Retreat and especially LOVE our forum members whom we get to interact with on a regular basis and of course, our Celebrity Photographers we’ve featured through the past 2 years (check out our Hall of Fame!)

We are Birthday Divas that like to PART-AY & celebrate all.week.long.

Here’s what’s to come this week:

  • HUGE GIVEAWAYS EVERY DAY on our Chic Giveaways site!
  • A Cake Smash contest on Facebook
  • A FLASH SALE for our forum
  • The kick-off of Photography Idol 2
  • a FAT Freebie Friday

Plus, we are going to be posting YOUR INSTAGEAM IMAGES that use hashtag #chiccritiqueforum on OUR Instagram



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In this 90 minute LIVE web event, you will learn:

  • What you MUST DO to set the foundation for a killer marketing plan
  • How to get FAMOUS in your town (even if it’s crowded)
  • The REAL NUMBERS on how much marketing you need to do to fill up your calendar
  • 3 Marketing Strategies that work like crazy

WHEN: Monday, October 14th 2013 @ 8 pm Central (6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 9 Eastern)

Can’t watch the LIVE event? No worries. A downloadable video recording is available for pre-purchase (below) & will be sent to you 48 hours afterwards.


Live Event: FREE for forum members! >>REGISTER HERE!<< Hurry, seating is limited!

Live Event + Video Recording Download:

$39 for forum members. Price will increase to $79 after the live event

(must join forum first)

$59 for non-members. Price will increase to $79 after the live event

You can check out more of Leah’s work at: and on Facebook here.




Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega 




“Your work is valuable. Find the clients who agree.”
We often run into little discouraging moments when we realize we can’t help a certain client or you’re just not a great fit for each other. Sometimes it all comes down to value. If someone values your product, they will jump in doubt-free that you are the one for them. Others don’t find as big a value in your product and that’s ok. Know which ones are your match and which ones aren’t. And be ok with that.

Inspiring quotes by Leslie Vega for Chic Critique Form
Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at
Leslie Vega
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals
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Congrats Shelli Fowler! Your image is gorgeous so we had to feature you as the Chic of the Week.

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We loved the deep rich color tones in this image, there was no way I could let it slip by without sharing it in a CHIC of the Week post.

Congrats again to Shelli Fowler of Shelli Renee Portraits!  You’ve been awarded a gift certificate from one of our vendors for being selected as Chic of the Week!

Which photo of your own would you like to see featured on the site?

If you upload your favorite photos to the forum, we just might feature yours next.


I’m Shelli Renee, a portrait photographer located in Shafter CA. I love to shoot seniors and what a special time of there life. I think that a girl should leave my session feeling amazing. Beauty comes from within and there’s nothing better then when you make a girl feel beautiful about herself!

Image Stats:

I shot this session with my daughter on a cool winter afternoon. Everything was dead, no plant life so I decided to just go with it! We purchased the black dress for this shoot. I’m also a hair and make-up stylist, so why not turn her hair RED, she was up for it! I use to shoot in jpg. but now shoot in RAW. I use Lightroom and PS. I love using lights when I shoot, I can bring more drama into the image!

What critique from Chic Critique Forum did you find helpful after sharing this image?

It brought to my attention, the leading lines that were created from the tree behind her.



Then & Now, Part 3 | See How These Photographers Have Evolved

We asked our blog readers to send in Then & Now photos to see how they’ve evolved. The slides below show photos of 5 photographers’ photos from when they first started out compared to where they are now.

We wanted to show how much you can improve with hard work and persistence. Thank you everyone who was brave and sent in photos for us to use.


Simply send your Then & Now images to We’ll be featuring of 5 different photographers each week.

Christine Karn of

Christine Hart of

Leslie Levine of

Lucy Angleton of

Jen Lavazza of

Don’t forget to send us your Then & Now pictures!



Colorvale Actions Sample Set | Freebie Friday

Colorvale Actions Sample Set  | Freebie Friday

It’s Freebie Friday for all Chic members!   Freebies from Colorvale equal saving you time & providing high quality finishes to your amazing photos.  This packaging includes three of our favorite colorizing actions, 1 cloud overlay, 1 matte Lightroom preset, and our very popular Facebook Web Enhancing Action that creates the perfect size and sharpness so that your photo are no longer pixelated when uploading. {value of $27}


Download yours HERE in the forum




We are so excited to have one of our Vogue Vendors spotlighted today!  Magazine Mama!
Cindy, please describe your business: Magazine Mama helps photographers “turn pages to profit” with beautifully designed studio magazine templates, professionally written articles to promote their studios, and workshop curriculum to teach basic DSLR photography to kids and adults.

What makes your product/service unique? Our focus is helping photographers be successful by providing them with marketing materials and workshop curriculum that they can use to make additional income during the off-seasons.


Tell us how your product/business came about: The idea for Magazine Mama came about when I decided to combine my love for photography with my love for publishing. At the time I was publishing two local wedding guides and had been photographing weddings for 10 years, so it seemed like a natural transition. The curriculum side of the business was started by my husband who is also a photographer. He used to be a teacher in Japan (which is where we met and got married), so he combined his teaching background with his love for photography.


What is your most popular product/service? Our most popular products are a toss up between the wedding magazine template and our teaching curriculums. My personal favorite is our Basic Digital Photography Curriculum for Kids. By the way, if you haven’t downloaded the freebie on the website you can do so here:×7-flat-card-engaged


We would love for you to become acquainted with Magazine Mama for yourself:


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