Then & Now, Part 16 | 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 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 chiccritiqueforum (at) We'll be featuring different photographers each week. If you want to include a description or statement with your photos you can include that too!

CARRIE HARRELL of 2014-01-18_0002

BRITTANY MCCARTHY of 2014-01-18_0003

VERONICA GILLAS of 2014-01-18_0004

Simply send your Then & Now images to chiccritiqueforum (at) We'll be featuring different photographers each week. If you want to include a description or statement with your photos you can include that too!



Issue 8 of Chic Magazine is now available!

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

It’s HERE!!! The Luxe issue of Chic Magazine (Issue 8) is now available!!! This magazine is a freaking fabulous way to start 2014!

This issue wouldn’t have happened without my amazing Creative Director, Megan Marlene of Megan Marlene Photography & Being Boutique, and also Callie Helm, my Contributor Director, and Claire Brazelton, my Executive Editor.

We also LOVE all the Contributors who shared their juicy secrets & gorgeous images in Issue 8 including:

caralee case | courtney dailey | design aglow

cristy elaine | heidi hope | grace hurtienne

jackie jean | tracy joy | chantri keele

leslie kerrigan| nicole klinger | brittney kluse

megan marlene | kara may | brooke mclay

criss passos | angela pointon | leah remillet

ben sasso | chris scott | leslie vega | joy vertz

Oh and don’t forget the gorgeous cover image from Cover Contest Winner,  Nicole Cook of Nicole Cook Photography! She is now the proud owner of a camera bag from THEIT!

Wanna be our next Cover Winner? Enter our Cover Contest!


P.S. Chic Magazine is now available in print, PDF, and on mobile devices! So if you are a current Chic Member, go get your free digital copy HERE.

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“So many magazines I get I just flip through and look at all the pictures (including the photography magazines I get). But I actually read, learned from, and totally enjoyed the articles in yours. That’s a big deal for me.” -Courtney Sacket

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Diary of an Overwhelmed Photographer | BonjOrganize BootCamp


Several years ago, I was a hot mess. I was ready to quit photography.  You can read about it in my Diary:



Believe me. I get it. I get YOU because I WAS you. 
I either had to quit or get organized. I love photography so I decided to get organized.
With 4 kids + a photo biz + a forum, people often ask me, “How do you do it all?” For over 3 years, I’ve been writing & revising what works for me and I’m excited to finally share my secrets with you! Take time to get organized. 6 weeks will change your life.

Online Boot Camp goes for 6 weeks from January 20th – February 28th 2014

  • How to be organized regardless of your right-brain tendencies
  • How to start getting F. R. E. A. K. Y.
  • Overcome your Wonder Woman complex & the “Disease to Please”
  • What to STOP doing
  • How to say No nicely
  • How to find your magic number of sessions
  • How to stop being a Procrastinating Perfectionist
  • Avoiding Photographer’s A.D.D.
  • How to organize your office in a strategic way
  • Client workflow organization
  • The importance of taking care of yourself
  • How to accomplish big projects
  • Balancing work & family


  • Downloadable PDF’s, podcasts, and iPad/phone apps: The Boot Camp training curriculum & action assignments will be given in the Chic Critique Forum each Monday for 6 weeks
  • Worksheets: Your action assignments will take an average of 1-2 hours per week to complete during your own leisure time (and in your pajamas!)
  • Team accountability: You will be assigned to a Boot Camp “Squad” of 4 people for a little extra kick in the booty!
  • A Potential Prize: The winning “Squad” will earn a $100 Office Makeover shopping spree to Target! 2nd & 3rd place groups will also receive prizes!
  • Lifetime Access: After your graduate, you’ll have lifetime access (as long as you are a member of Chic Critique) to future revisions and rounds of this program to polish your organizational skillz.
  • BonjOrganize Facebook Group for Grads: After you graduate, you’ll be added to a private Facebook Group where we can continue to encourage each other to stay organized
  • Kelli’s Work-from-Home Schedule
  • Kelli’s Summer Sanity Schedule
  • The “Email Diet” video download on Kelli’s Calendaring & Email Management methods {$79 value!}
  • Chore Cards for Kids {$15 value}
  • Allowance & Reward Chart for Kids
  • Kelli’s Digital Weekly Planner Document
  • Kelli’s Menu Planner {$10 value}
  • A 3-month membership to Chic Critique {$28 value!}
  • A vintage Anthropologie Task Timer {$12 value!}
  • Whitney English’s Day Designer Planner for Creative Entrepreneurs {$60 value!}
  • A Photographer’s Workflow Chart
  • A Desktop Workflow Board


RISK-FREE GUARANTEE: You’re going to love this Boot Camp! Try it and if you don’t get improved results, your money will be refunded. However, all of your completed homework will be required before refunding your money because you’ll get FABULOUS results if you do the work.



“Thank you SO much! LOVED every minute of BonjOrganization! Life changing! Seriously! Thank you, thank you!” -Melissa White

“The BonjOrganization Boot Camp dramatically changed my life. I feel like I am on my way to being more balanced. Ohhhh…..I smile and laugh a lot more often. For the first time in a really long time I feel like I have balance in my family and work life. It feels great. Thank you, Kelli, for helping me get my life back on track. Words really can’t say enough.” – Nicole Waite

“Just picked up my planner. Can’t wait to explore! Thanks for your help! I have really enjoyed the boot camp and feel so much more on top of things. My brain is decluttered enough that I actually remembered something important yesterday! And I am all dressed for success today :) “Thanks so much for a great class - I am so glad I took the plunge. And thank you for the payment plan option because I know I wouldn’t have done it otherwise.” -Kinsey Holt

“Oh my word. Kelli, thank you for being brave enough to share your heart and your journal entry with us in the week 1 mp3. Your words made my eyes get misty & my cheeks flush- because where you were is exactly where I am today. I have multiple elephants on my plate and feel so brokenhearted having to choose between them all. I have feelings of failure, overwhelmed, stressed out & almost dropped out of the BonjOrganize Bootcamp, but thank God I didn’t- because this course is already exactly what I’ve been praying for. Thank you so much!!!” -Name Withheld

“I just have to share this for anyone that may need it: I signed up to take the Bonjorganize BootCamp and it is changing my life! It is helping me find and make the balance I so desperately needed as a mom and business owner. If anyone else is struggling, I highly recommend the class. It’s worth so much more than it costs! The whole systemization is pretty amazing too! I have always wanted to do something like this, but I was never able to get it perfect, so I never started, I just feel so much calmer knowing what to do when, what to expect. Less chaos in my life which is fantastic. I am so in love with this class!  -Erin Gregerson

“Just want to tell you, first week is already making huge changes. The timer idea is KILLER. I designed three albums in two days. That is huge for me. I set my timer for and hour and a half and wouldn’t let myself on the internet until the end of that time frame. It really helped me stay focused. Thank you so much!” -Christina Coco

“Loving the Boot Camp! I LOVE all of the content that you are sending. Everything is AMAZING! It is already completely changing my outlook. And the project planners?!?! Oh my lifesavers! I’m starting to feel less chaotic, which is exactly what I wanted out of this.” -Lindsay Silsby

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the ah-ma-zing class, (I learned so so so much!). Thank you  for all the added bonuses, the planner, the timer, the Target gift card & the membership extensions!!! WOW! Christmas in February & March for me.” -Caroline Kelly

“I feel like I used to end each day having barely accomplished anything.  This organizational boot camp truly helped me find focus not only in my working life but my home life as well.  It is a must for any frustrated photographer or mom looking to end the merry-go-round multitasking madness in the New Year!” -Meredith Ryncarz, Memories by Mere Photography

“BonjOrganization Bootcamp was eye-opening and long overdue for me.  The best part was, without a doubt, the practical tips I could start right away. I walked away inspired, enriched and eager to utilize everything I learned in both my professional and personal life.” -Tammy Roberds, Tammy Roberds Photography

“What a fantastic gift the BonOrganization Bootcamp is. We see so many offers to help transform your business, but this is truly a blueprint that will change the way you organize and prioritize your life. You will gain some fresh perspective as well as specific steps to help you take charge of your business, your family and dig yourself out of the chaos. Don’t hesitate, you need this!” -Shannon Kincaid, Hold ‘Em Photo

“BonjOrganization Bootcamp is so much more than organizing your business… It’s organizing your life!  By committing to the weekly action steps, it really is possible to streamline your business and home life and open up more time for your family and yourself.  This bootcamp was so helpful by giving me a real plan to stop the daily chaos and get control over my business! -Kathleen Frank, Kathleen Frank Photography

“The BonjOrganization Bootcamp is for every mother, photographer, &  business woman out there. I love photography but felt that being a photographer , mother, and college student just wasn’t working and I didn’t want to give up on any of them but I also wanted to be able to give each thing my best. This course is exactly what you need if you feel the same way. -Angie Palmer, Palmer Photography


Hurry! Bootcamp begins Monday and we are already halfway sold out!!! I will NOT be doing this again this year so act now!