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Get your CHIC on with our Celebrity Photographers who inspire, teach, and critique to help increase confidence and improve your images!


We are thrilled to have Brittney Kluse return to Chic Critique and teach a four week workshop on PHOTO FOUNDATIONS!

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Brittney Kluse is a stylized lifestyle portrait photographer specializing in natural light photography that brings out the fresh, fun, and colorful side of life. Brittney’s contemporary and candid style mixed with her signature bold and colorful imagery, set her apart in the industry. She has published articles and interviews in numerous blogs and magazines and is frequently sought out for online or in-person mentoring from photographers around the country.

Brittney, what camera do you use and what is your favorite lens?

Nikon D700 and my fav lens is the 85mm 1.4!


What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?
Don’t tilt the camera! I know it feels “artsy,” but if done too much, it can look like people are falling out of the photograph! You don’t want a child to look like they’re ready to tumble down a hill, do ya?! :)


What 3 words would you use to describe your style?
colorful, fresh, fun


Where do you pull your inspiration from?
I love looking through magazines to see what hot colors are in for that season, then look for great outdoor locations to compliment the colors in the outfit!



What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
Set shooting days and office hours! I have office hours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am – 1pm. This is my time to do e-mail, edit, meet with clients, return photo calls, and take care of business matters. I hold photo shoots on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings (2 hours before sunset). This ensures I balance my family time AND always have weekends off!


Best biz/photo advice?
Work with what you’ve got! I shot for the fist two years of my business with a Canon Rebel and 50mm 1.8. If you know how to work your equipment in the right way, you can still take some killer shots without having to fork out all the money for top-grade equipment all at once!



What have you learned the hard way?
Don’t make exceptions on your prices. For better or worse, your prices are what they are. The second you start tweaking a pacakge price for someone, or trying to give another person a good deal, or throwing in an extra 11×14 … the word spreads like wildfire. Then before long, you can’t figure out who you gave what discount too or what price they had last time. Post your prices in ONE spot and leave them alone. They are what they are. You’re not a flea market with a “willing to barter” sign hanging off your camera! You wouldn’t try and negotiate with Target on the price of their toothpaste would you? So don’t let people try and negotiate with you!


How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
In any kind of market there are tens, if not hundreds, of others doing what you do. The Tri-Cities community is home to a fast-growing number of photographers and the key to setting yourself apart in the market is having a unique style and value offering. The secret to developing a sought after style is to give yourself the time to create the perfect fit for you and your target market. I now offer mentoring to photographers across the country AND have been partnering with great photography organizations, like Seniorologie, on cool projects that set me apart from the rest!



Where have most of your 2012 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Facebook, baby!!


What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
WPPI in Las Vegas


What is your most popular product?
My gallery wrapped canvas



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Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega





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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
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Today in the SPOTLIGHT is Brianna Graham of Brianna Graham Actions 

Brianna Graham Actions / Website / Facebook


Developer and seller of Photoshop Actions for CS (4-6) and PSE 11 (and counting). Our current products include 4 complete affordable, fast & beautiful collections:

Urban LM
Perfect Workflow
Artistic LM
Vintage LM
(with various money saving bundles)…

We also offer very fast & complete customer service and are enjoying and promoting a very open discussion and Q&A availability (before your purchase and after). 



Brianna, tell us why Brianna Graham Actions is unique:

Our actions have been developed to truly deliver the editing results that we show in our promotional images and videos. We are receiving a large and steady flow of user testimonials (see Facebook comments for example) exclaiming the ease of use and effectiveness & beauty of our action collections.

Because we are well known for our “Urban” color, depth and clarity, its no surprise that the Urban Collection is our sales leader. The Urban Collection includes Perfect Workflow as a complimentary addition because we feel so strongly that Perfect Workflow is a “must have”.

Many people are also opting for our Complete Collection. The Complete Collection is running a close second to our Urban Collection in popularity and includes our Artistic & Vintage Collections along with Urban LM & Perfect Workflow.

Our bundles offer savings of 20% – 25%.


How did Brianna Graham Actions come about?

Some photographers may know that we offered “Brianna Graham Workshops” for 5 solid sold out years. In 2010 Brianna took a break from her workshop schedule for the birth of her baby boy (she held 38 workshops in total!). The single most frequent request from workshop attendees was “how do we achieve your editing style?”. In fact many people have requested Brianna to develop Photoshop actions around her style. So, in a nut shell … that’s what we did! And what a fun and exciting journey it’s been:) 


What is your most popular product or service?

As we were mentioning above, our Urban Collection and our Complete Collection are our best selling and most popular products. These are followed by the Artistic & Vintage Collections. People have been purchase many more Artistic & Vintage Collection bundles in the last couple of weeks. This makes us very happy because, yes … Brianna Is very well known for her Urban style, but the Artistic & Vintage Themes & Toners are very beautiful and well written. People are catching on to this quickly!

We are especially humbled and grateful that so many people have supported us with wonderful comments and wonderful purchases. We truly could not have hoped for more! Thank you so much to any of you who have taken notice of us!!


Thank you Brianna!  

Don’t forget to check out her store! 

Brianna Graham Actions / Website / Facebook