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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!


Today’s lovely photos come from our Celebrity Photographer, Kimmy Howard of Kimmy Howard Photography!

Kimmy will be critiquing your photos this June!  Just sign up HERE.

With all the amazing textures and warmth to these pictures, Kimmy makes each portrait unique and special.  Breathe new life into your newborn portrait work while you learn from one of the best!  You won’t be sorry!  Now feast your eyes on these precious pictures and let us know what you love about them!


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Don’t forget to sign up for Kimmy’s critique from June 2nd – June 29th HERE!




3 Ways to Improve Your Images…that might annoy you

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

Ever get frustrated with your photography? You’re not alone. I think we all have days where we feel like our work is CLOSE but not quite there yet. So how do you get better? How do you improve your images to be to where you want them to be?


1. Get Professional Feedback Improve your images by having a professional analyze & critique them. I’m currently taking a 4-Week Critique myself and loving it. Try a 4-Week Critique from one of our amazing Celebrities. You are never too advanced/good to learn from others.

2. Analyze & Act Study images of your own or other photographer’s images that you love and see what common thread they have. Analyze what it is that you love about your favorite images. Do you love moody portraits? Do you swoon over styled sessions? Are you fanatic for film? Find common elements in your favorite photos and try to incorporate those elements in your own photography.

3. Practice..a Lot! I know that it might annoy you when someone tells you that “hard work” is the answer but that’s really what it takes to get better at anything. Every time I get frustrated with my images, the words of Ira Glass echo in my ears: “The most important possible thing you can do, is do a lot of work.” Watch his video below to get inspired to work hard.

P.S. I am at the Chic Retreat in Seattle right now! Follow the fun on Instagram @kellifrance & #chiccritiqueretreat xoxo, Kelli France




Congrats Monica Day of Monica Day Photography!

Your image is so stunning that we had to feature you as the Chic of the Week.


With the tack sharp focus, the contrast of colors, and the gorgeous models with their dramatic makeup, this photo just pops and  without sharing it in a CHIC of the Week post.

Congrats again to Monica Day of Monica Day 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.


A little bit about Monica:


I have been a photographer for most of my life but I went in to business in 2006. I love this field so much and I truly love seeing the faces of my clients and models when they see themselves at their best. I am a military spouse so I move a lot. I have been fortunate to be able to experience some amazing places and cherish every bit of that. 

My business is all about making people feel good and enjoy their experience with me.







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These girls were actually my roomies at WPPI. They are the Lavish Design House girls. We took some time and ventured out onto the Las Vegas Strip for a shoot for their new website. These ladies had me and 2 other photographers there all shooting for fun!! I’m making a video as well. 

I shot these with a Nikon D700. Here are the settings:
f/2.5, 1/400, ISO 100

I shot these around 2 or 3. There was a ton of sunlight but I’m not afraid of that. I do my initial tweaks in Lightroom and then additional tweaks and sharpening in Photoshop.


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

I didn’t get any critique on this image. That’s okay though. I love the encouragement from the group!!


Don’t forget to upload your favorite photos to the forum, we just might feature yours next.