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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!


Congrats Christina Skinner! Your image is so adorable that we had to feature you as the Chic of the Week.

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Loved the use of the vintage box with the word squirt” describing that cute little baby, there was no way I could let it slip by without sharing it in a CHIC of the Week post.

Congrats again to Christina Skinner of Christina Skinner Photography!  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.

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I’m wife to a wonderful husband and a stay at home mother to a 2 and a half year old rambunctious little girl, and a silly 13 month old baby boy in sunny Orange County, California. My love for photography started when I was a child. I would make my tomboy little sister dress up in my ballet costumes and pose for me (love you sis!). I took a few classes in college where I learned to shoot on film and work in the dark room, but it wasn’t until I had my first child that a hobby I dabbled in occasionally became as necessary as breathing. I’m on my second 52 week project and have found that my style is a mix between lifestyle and traditional portraiture. I LOVE working with kids and find it insanely satisfying getting those shots that make their parent’s hearts skip a beat. I’m making the leap from hobbyist to professional photographer and although it’s very intimidating (not to mention crazy with two little ones), I’m loving my photography journey.

Image Stats:

F 1.4, 1/800, ISO 100, Shot in RAW on Canon 5D Classic, 50mm 1.4
This was shot in the family’s front yard under a large tree at about 1pm. They live on the beach and as usual it was very overcast but very warm. I edited in Photoshop with My Four Hen’s “Happy Helpers” set and few hand edits.

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

I always appreciate the constructive criticism on Chic Critique. I know that it’s being said in love so that I can be better at my craft. There is a fine line between being technically correct and personal preference so hearing everyone’s opinions on my images really helps me improve and see them in a new light. I so appreciate this forum!



Blog Love Week 35

Chic Critique Forum Blog Love

Do you post on your blog only to hear crickets? Do you sometimes feel like you are talking to yourself (and maybe your Mom) on your blog? Do you need some LOVE?

Chic Critique is here for you, girl. In 2013, we are doing a weekly feature on our blog every Saturday called “BLOG LOVE” where you can showcase your  blog posts on Chic Critique for lots of love.


  • Use this as motivation to blog at least once a week
  • Boost your SEO: your thumbnail will link back to your own blog for lots of publicity and SEO lovin’!
  • Get blog comments from our fans
  • Show off your work
  • Get published! One of your images might be featured in an upcoming issue of Chic Magazine

It’s so easy! HERE’S HOW IT WORKS:

You must be a member of Chic Critique forum to participate 

  1. Post some pics on your own blog with a link back to Chic Critique
  2. Every weekend, submit your permalink (not your main blog address) from your own blog post to the frog icon (see sample below) to our weekly Saturday “Blog Love” blog post
  3. Your image will then show up as a thumbnail on OUR blog and allow our readers to click on your image to check out YOUR blog.

Need a reminder? We’ll help remind you in our weekly newsletter and on Facebook so be sure to become a fan and subscribe to our newsletter.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on the other entries because that is half the fun! Also, submit your photo early since those seem to be the ones who receive the most comments.



Make acid wash jeans in 5 simple steps | Fashion Friday

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

It’s Fashion Friday!

Tons of you asked for a tutorial after I posted pics of my daughter’s homemade acid washed jeans on my Instagram, so here it is!

I must admit that this was SUPER FUN! I’m gonna do it to my own jeans next!



  • Household Bleach
  • Water
  • Dark Jeans (I recommend these because they are cute & cheap)
  • Rubberbands
  • A Bucket
  • Rubber gloves (optional…I did not use, but it’s probably safer)
Step 1: Begin by tying small knots in your jeans with the rubberbands. Try to wad them up and fold them as you add the rubberbands. I used like, 50 rubber bands.
STEP 2:  Add about 80 ounces of water to the bucket and an entire container of household bleach (about 120 ounces). Then put your wadded & banded jeans in the bucket.
STEP 3: Let your jeans sit for about an hour. Then check to see if you are getting the desired look. You may need to flip your jeans and let them sit another hour if they aren’t fully submerged in the water/bleach mixture.
Continue checking your jeans until you get the look you are going for. **We had to let these jeans soak for over 6 hours until we got the look we wanted. 
STEP 4: Once the jeans are finished soaking in the bleach bucket, take them out of the bucket with gloved hands. Rinse the bleach out of the jeans on a sidewalk (so you don’t ruin your grass) with water from a hose.
STEP 5: Wash them in the washer ALONE (with no other clothing) in cold water. Then dry them in the dryer.
VOILA! You now have a unique pair of jeans that looks amazing! Feel free to comment below if you have any questions.





ChicTV | How Brittney Kluse gets Killer Color

It’s FREEBIE FRIDAY!!! At the end of every month, we share a FREE ChicTV interview with one of our Celebrity Photographers to all our forum members.

Today’s fun interview is with the vibrant, Brittney Kluse.

In this video you will learn:

  • How Brittney started out as a “vintage” photographer
  • How Brittney found her style and how to find yours
  • The key to killer color (hint: it’s not what you think!)
  • Finding your “thang” in photography

OUTTAKES: We may or may not be “whipping our hair back & forth” to some music. Watch to the end to see! 

WATCH IT NOW in the forum >>


P.S. Sign up for Brittney’s Online Workshop HERE. Only 8 spots left! 

Check out more of her work at: Brittney Kluse Photography



Reader’s Poll: Chic Retreat Speakers




Learn from the best. . . in your pajamas!


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

  • Define & attract your ideal “Lovemark Clients”, the ones who are most likely to rave about you in the first place.
  • Give those clients the stories you actually want them telling with a remarkable “Purple Cow” experience (because it’s not that they’re talking but what they’re saying)
  • Move on to building your “Secondary Circle” of followers in your tribe- an army of evangelists thousands strong out there saying your name, and
  • Become a company worth believing in by having something that you stand for
  • Plus, ask Mary questions during the Q&A AFTER PART-AY!

WHEN: Monday, September 23rd 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 though, seating is limited!

Live Event + Video Recording Download:

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

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

Sign Up HERE to watch Mary Marantz Live Web Event!



Ever wished that you could just hang out with some of your favorite Celebrities Photogs?  Tired of stalking their blogs because you just want to chill with them. Well now you can! Each month we’ll have different Celebrity Photographers floating around the forum answering your questions, giving critiques, talking about business and posting inspirational images. This month’s Celebrity Moderators are Heidi Hope Photography.


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