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Blog Love Week 18

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.



Freebie Friday: May What to Wear Guides

It’s Freebie Friday for all Chic members! You know you want stylin’ clients and the best way to get well-dressed clients is to educate them on what to wear. All Chic members get FREE What-to-Wear guides from I Adore Your Style {value of $48/yr} to teach your clients how to be more stylish. You can showcase them on your blog (who doesn’t need more blog content?), send them in a newsletter, or email them to individual clients whose sessions are coming up.

Each style file comes complete with UP-TO-DATE corresponding links of what’s retailing right now for every outfit!  That means your clients can go buy those clothes online today!
Monthly style files include one family ensemble plus an additional file for either couples, seniors, children, or babies.
What-to-Wear Guides are only available during the current month so be sure to download your May WTW Guides by May 31st!

Download yours HERE in the forum.




Today’s Eye Candy is from Jill of Jill VZ Photography! Her images are always so gorgeous filled with vibrant color, amazing sun flares and beautiful high school seniors! Did I mention her sport pictures are to die for!

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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 Lindsey Silsby of Pied Piper, and , Angela Richardson of AMR.

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For the last 15 years, Lena Hyde has been transforming the way her clients view photography through her stunning philosophy of life as art, and by creating memories of childhood that will be treasured for a lifetime. Lena operates a stunning boutique studio which features her images and tantalizing options for portrait display with a firm grasp of what current trends are. She and her team provides the highest level of service for her discerning clientele in her beautiful, 4000 square foot modern studio headquartered in West Palm Beach, at Muses & Visionaries, an innovative co-working space for women she cofounded in 2010.

Frequently published and internationally exhibited, Lena speaks as a respected expert in the field of contemporary childhood photography. She is most known for her expertise in business development and marketing.

Lena is the creator of both Design Aglow, the leading design and business success resource for portrait and wedding photography studios since 2006, and of Project Life 365, an inspiring online community of artists. Lena has recently authored two photography books, to be released to a global audience of professional photographers by Random House in 2013. She is working on her third photography book at present.

In her free time, Lena enjoys traveling with her husband and two young boys.


Learn from the best…in your pajamas!

In this 90 minute live web event, you will learn about:

  • Lena’s simple, yet effective system for keeping her studio at the top of the Palm Beach market for the last 10 yrs.
  • Best practices for studio forms and emails with samples shown and discussed.
  • How to set boundaries and prevent client problems with a smart workflow system.
  • A complete guide from first client contact to final product delivery.

WHEN: Monday, May 13th 2013 @ 8 pm Central (6 Pacific, 7 Mountain, 9 Eastern)

Can’t make the LIVE event? No worries. A video recording will be sent to all those who paid 48 hrs afterward

INTRO PRICE: $49 for Chic Members, $69 for non-members

You wont want to miss this even, Sign Up HERE!




With much excitement we are excited to introduce Michelle Kane of Michelle Kane + Actions.

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Michelle Kane is a self-taught professional photographer, specializing in kids, teens and seniors photography. She is the creator of two successful suites of easy-to-use, yet powerfully versatile Photoshop Actions, designed to help other photographers and photo editors find and define their signature looks. The Creative HeART and HeART & Soul Photoshop Action sets have each received excellent reviews and are popular among Photoshop professionals.

Michelle developed and taught an intensive Photoshop workshop where she helped other photographers improve their shooting and editing knowledge and skill. Following this, she offered online and in-person mentoring sessions where she was able to teach in a more intimate one-on-one setting. Michelle continues to share her knowledge by offering online editing information through her website. Visitors are able to access helpful free videos and detailed tutorials that she has developed.

Michelle Kane has gained a large following and is known to be very giving, paying it forward by sharing her knowledge and encouraging others to succeed in their business aspirations. She has been featured on a number of photography related websites, some of which include The Maternal Lens, The Creative Mama, Rock the Shot, EW Couture, Velvet Owl’s Women In Business Series, The Fab Photog Blog, and Moms Who Click.

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

Without quality, honest critique of our work, it’s very difficult to grow and mature as an artist. Meaningful critique can open our eyes of understanding to see problem areas in our techniques that could benefit from refinement and polish. Not only is it important to hear WHAT we could be doing better in our work, but more importantly, HOW we can improve and evolve as artists. There’s also a lot of underserved back-patting online on blogs and Facebook. Sometimes, people need good ol’ honest and unbiased constructive critique to advance their craft


What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

5D Mark 2, 135mm 1.2



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

When I first started, I was trying to be very contemporary and put a heavy angle on a lot of my compositions. It was extremely helpful to realize that you can in fact go overboard with angling the camera, which is very off-putting and distracting. Shooting straight or close to can actually be a good thing.



What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Warm, Rich, Creamy

Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Lately, I’ve been looking at a lot of editorial magazine layouts, album covers and European ads. I also find music very integral in establishing a mood, which leads to a look.

What is one specific way that you balance work and family?

I put a huge value on my time with my family. If I’m not making enough money to justify being away from my kids and husband, I don’t do it. I charge a fair price for my time and talent not only for the quality of work I provide, but more importantly, so it’s worth my time away from the ones that matter most.



Best biz/photo advice?

Establish a good network of friends in the photography world—local or online. You may not want to or be able to be chummy with other local photographers, but you need to find that connection and camaraderie with other like minded people. This industry can be difficult, and having trustworthy, honest and reliable photographer friends is essential for keeping your sanity and saying encouraged.

What have you learned the hard way?

It took a while to learn that gaining “fame” and recognition isn’t everything. Spending too much time seeking out the approval of others… people to justify your work as a photographer isn’t what it’s all about. While it’s wonderful to be recognized and admired, it’s more important to receive that kind of attention from my own children and husband. I recommend putting more time into personal, real life relationships instead of superficial online ones where if you’re honest with yourself, you’re probably just trying to hear nice comments about your work. I’ve found that is what is lasting and what truly matters in the grand scheme of things.

How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?

I simply do what I do. I try not to concern myself with the other photographers or the influx of new photographers in my area. I focus on what makes me unique as an artist and photographer and seek out clients that value those things and book me not simply because they need pictures, but because they love my unique artistic stylings and want my creative vision to come through in their photographs.



Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?

Most of my clients come via word or mouth, but the ones who don’t always say they found me online through a Google search and loved my website. I think a strong web presence is essential.

What has been the best workshop or convention you’ve attended so far?

I think WPPI has been the best convention I’ve attended, mainly for the networking aspect of it. There are SO many fabulous photographers in one place, you can’t help but meet and learn from one another. The trade show itself has many noteworthy speakers giving valuable presentations without having to pay extra for classes.

What is your most popular product?

4×8 accordion books



Michelle’s Photo Critique Class is SOLD OUT…but you can still purchase a silent seat  HERE!


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