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PROP STORAGE | EYE CANDY

With photography come a lot of props.  Blankets, chairs, backdrops, beanies to wagons, sofas and even beds.  Even if you are lucky enough to have a studio, space still becomes an issue with storing props and equipment.  So we thought we would share a couple ways others are saving space and storing props.

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Love the use of the walls to store chairs!  The hooks to hold up the backdrops is such a good idea too.

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Image From Pinterest, Originally From Robinwood Photography

Love how this photographer used rods and clips to hang accessories.  Big space saver and so easy to see what she has instead of digging through boxes.

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Image From Pinterest, Originally From Kyla Branch Photography

Was just at IKEA and saw shelves just like the ones below.  You can stand them vertically or horizontally and then stack one on top of another.

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How easy is this idea for hats and hair bows! You can buy a shoe organizer anywhere.  Love the color coordination! A photographer after my own heart.

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Image From Pinterest, Originally From My Newborn Is Art

 

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SIMPLISTIC CREATIVITY | ONLINE WORKSHOP

You will not want to miss out on this fabulous 4 Week Online Workshop! Both celebrity photographers Lindsay Silsby of Pied Piper and Summer Murdock of Summer Murdock Photography are going to be showing you how to get your creative juices flowing again. ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT! SIGN UP HERE!

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What you’ll learn during this 4-week Online Workshop:

Week 1 | Creative Lightinglearning how to spot meter better than you have before, maximizing light in the darkest of places to create the right mood, how to use sunflare and backlight to enhance your own style

Week 2 | Being Creative with Nothinghow to use what you have at home to enhance your shoots without breaking the bank and how to shoot anywhere versus location scouting only to have some other photographer shoot the heck out of it!

Week 3 | How to photograph children and still be creativehow to work with the emotions/personalities/temperaments of children and still create the images you want

Week 4 | Finding your own creative voicelearn how to take the right steps how to find your own niche, style and NOT be like every other photog in town

ONLY 2 SPOTS LEFT! SIGN UP HERE!

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CRISTY ELAINE | CELEBRITY PHOTOGRAPHER

We are ecstatic to have Cristy Elaine as on of our Celebrity Photographers for August.  Her unique style and editorials for fashion are surreal!

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Sign up to get your images critiqued by Cristy Elaine this August.  Only 10 Spots Left!

German-born Cristy Elaine specializes in fashion and conceptual photography. Her avid use of studio and natural light give way to a dramatic and bold style that has led to both international and regional publications, advertising campaigns, and gallery awards.

She is continuously producing editorials for fashion magazines with top styling teams and is currently in production of a surreal photo novel, Dream a Little Dream.

Quality, consistency, and a variety of lighting techniques separate Cristy from the rest as she constantly works on expanding her portfolio.

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?

My workflow involves both Photoshop and Lightroom, equally.

Why do you think honest critique on your images is important?

Sometimes we don’t see mistakes in our work because we’re emotionally attached to our images. A new, fresh set of eyes from someone who has experience in the field is very valuable as it can help you grow as an artist by seeing mistakes you may have overlooked. Sometimes people lack skills for retouching and need a guiding hand as to show them how they can improve without changing their overall style.

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What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

Canon 7d and 5d2

What has been the most helpful critique you ever got on an image?

When I first started shooting, I wasn’t shooting with sharpness and clarity in mind, and once that was pointed out to me it changed my entire shooting process. I started to experiment with lighting and the rest is history!

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What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Edgy, Colorful, and Bold.

 Inspiration comes to me through films, literature and poetry; and most definitely music. When my senses are stimulated, so is my creativity.
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What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
I like to retouch and do submissions during the week, and shoot Fri-Mon. This gives me time to be both mommy to my active 3 year old, and business owner at the same time without a conflicting schedule.
Always over deliver and get your work done in a timely manner, never over book yourself. Your clients deserve a clear headed photographer in all situations.

Always have a contract and model release! I learned this the hard way, no matter whom the client is, always protect yourself and the client!

There are no two people the same in our world, therefore you can have similar thoughts and opinions yet your visions will always be yours and yours only. I shoot what I’m inspired to shoot and nothing less. When you’re true to who you are as an artist, you stand out amongst the crowd. Shoot what makes you happy instead of trying to be a master of all trades.I’ve gone a different path than a lot of the local photographers in my area, I travel outside of my own state to work with new teams, thereby constantly meeting new people and creating new work.

Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
Referrals, Social Media, and Modeling/Advertising Agencies.
What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?
A creative Live session with Sue Bryce.
What is your most popular product?
Modeling sessions.

Sign up to get your images critiqued by Cristy Elaine this August.  Only 10 Spots Left!

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CHIC OF THE WEEK | CHRISSY SANDIFER

Congrats Chrissy Sandifer! Your image is so beautiful that we had to feature you as the Chic of the Week.

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The angel of this image is perfect!  Along with beautiful sky backdrop, there was no way I could let it slip by without sharing it in a CHIC of the Week post.

Congrats again to Chrissy Sandifer of Chrissy Sandifer 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 am a mother of three awesome kids, ages 8, 6, and 4. I am also an Army wife of over 10 years. Currently we are in the process of moving to Kansas City, KS. I am not in business yet, just following my kids around documenting their everyday happenings. Needless to say they are pretty sick of the camera ;)

Image Stats:

This was shot around 6pm at night during the month of March. Shot in Raw and edited slightly in photoshop.
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This was shot on a golf course. She was running up and down the hills then stopped and raised her hands high up and I just had to get a picture- it was not until I got home that I noticed the ray of light in the photo!

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

I loved how welcoming everyone was when I first joined. I notice that I love not only responses to my post but also seeing the critiques offered on others- it helps to train my eyes and look at photos differently. Sometimes I think it is hard to critique our own work- especially when its photos of our kids ;)

 

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Blog Love Week 29

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.

SWEET BENEFITS:

  • 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.

ENTER YOUR BLOG POST IMAGES FOR THIS WEEK BY CLICKING ON THE FROG BELOW:
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.

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2 ways to wear a maxi skirt | Fashion Friday

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

Who doesn’t love Maxi skirts? I wanted to show you 2 ways that I love to wear mine. One is casual & one is more dressy. Oh and I’m obsessed with these sandals that I’m wearing. I have old lady feet and they are SO comfy!

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1. THE DRESSY MAXI LOOK:

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GET THIS DRESSY MAXI LOOK: 

maxi skirt | J Jeans and Things

white tank | Target

jean jacket | (similar) Amazon

sandals | Amazon

coral clutch | Target

necklace | Dillards

bracelets | Target

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2. THE CASUAL MAXI LOOK:

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GET THIS CASUAL MAXI LOOK: 

maxi skirt | J Jeans and Things

shirt | (similar) Amazon

sandals | Amazon

cat-eye sunnies | Target

necklace | (similar) Dillards

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And just for fun I had to include this because some days, it’s a wee bit true ;0)

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