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Blog Love Week 11

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.



Chic Magazine in PRINT

Did you know that you can get Chic Magazine in PRINT?

I highly recommend getting a hard copy of The Posh Issue of Chic Magazine!

Photos of The Style Issue by Celebrity Photographer, Tara Swain:


 Some lovely shots of  The Launch Issue by Celebrity Photographer, Laura Winslow:

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Instagram pic by Celebrity Photographer, @lesliekerrigan:


 Instagram pic by #chicinstagrammys winner, @ra_photosnmore:


Instagram pic by @kellifrance:

Got pics of Chic Magazine in print?

Email them to and we’ll link back to your site if we use them! 




by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief

Last week when I was with Celebrity Photographer, Angie Monson, she saw a PRINT copy (yes, it’s available in print!) of Chic Magazine and commented on how gorgeous it is. It truly is a stunning magazine and a true labor of love. My magazine team and I put SO many hours into making it a fabulous resource for you full of information, information and LOTS of eye candy! 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. We also LOVE all the Contributors who shared their juicy secrets in Issue 5 including:

esther dorotik | becky earl
elizabeth halford | callie helm | heidi hesla
heidi hope | tracy joy | shannon kaeding
chantri keele & nicole klingler | leslie kerrigan
abbey kyhl | melissa love | megan marlene
lisa matthewson | brooke mclay | spanki mills
anne moshier | amanda norisada
jamie rae | laura winslow
featuring angie monson + mark eric

This issue is nothing short of AMAZEBALLS! Cadbury mini eggs + Chic Magazine = Photographer’s bliss

Oh and don’t forget the posh cover image from Cover Winner, Emilie Iggiotti of Isn’t it a stunning image? She is now the proud owner of a camera bag from THEIT! Wanna enter our cover contest? Submit your image HERE

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. If you’re not a member, you’re missing out, girl!

ISSUE 5 | THE POSH ISSUE:                       CHIC SNEAK PEAK {20 of the 170 pages}:



“This magazine is one of the best I’ve ever gotten! It is a must have!” -Brenda Carpenter

“I just LOVE reading CHIC Magazine! There are gems in each article that I can always apply to my business, and they cover such a range of topics. Issue 5 left me with an awesome to-do list of ways to improve my business with tips for shooting, marketing, wowing clients, and so much more. Plus the images! I could look through all of the lovely images over and over again. So inspiring!” -Kathleen Frank of Kathleen Frank Photography

Find out about advertising rates and how you can get a FREE, full page ad in CHIC Magazine HERE





  • Shawna Shenette says:

    Yeah! Thanks for choosing one of my images for the Blog Love page :)

    March 20, 2013 at 7:36 am

Are You Selling The Right Thing? | Teaching Tuesday

By Tiffany Angeles, Teaching Tuesday Contributor

We all got into photography to sell our beautiful images, right?  But is that really what you should be selling?  The truth is, in marketing your business, what you should really be selling is the emotion.  When it comes to family and children’s photography, most people aren’t buying what you think is art, they are buying the emotion they feel for their family to hang on their wall.  That’s why your award winning photo can be passed over in a sales session in favor of a less technically perfect image, but one that is more emotionally charged for the buyer.

Therefore, you are back to the old features and benefits discussion.  The feature might be a large metal print, but if you forget to sell the benefit of preserving their families memories, then you haven’t sold them what they wanted.  We as photographers speak in terms of 16×20 or 24×36, but don’t forget the language of your client.  They are buying nostalgia, its just coming in the form of a metal print.

Theodore Levitt, professor at the Harvard Business School used the following example:  “People don’t want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole!”

So next time you are talking to a perspective client about your services make sure you don’t focus so much on all the products you offer and more on the experience and the emotion and nostalgia of your imagery.  Maybe you do sell a CD, but be sure to communicate what you are really selling.  Nobody cares about the 20 cent disc.  They are buying their children frozen in time on that disc -and that is something you can pitch as priceless.







Tiffany Angeles left her corporate cubicle to use her artistic talents in photography instead of Excel.  She is a high-spirited photographer capturing fun & stylish portraiture for hip, modern families.  Recently named top kids photographer in Los Angeles by CBS, she and her photographer-husband have also been featured photographers on Bravo, published in Rangefinder, as well as many other top publications.   She enjoys the challenge of creating fun images of rambunctious kids but considers herself a Renaissance soul as she dips her hands in many interests.  The portal to her phot



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We are so excited to introduce Jen of Jen Carver Photography.  Jen will be providing critique as one of our April Celebrity Photographers.

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Jen Carver Photography is a professional Children’s Photographer that specializes in portrait, editorial and Commercial Photography. Her work has been published in the book “Photographing Children” by Master Photographer Ginny Felch, and has had her editorial work featured in several children’s fashion magazines such as Babiekins, Model Life Magazine, Elite Child Model Magazine, Beyond the Camera magazine and Beauty Bliss Magazine. Her work has been featured on Rock The Shot, NAPCP and Inspire me Baby. She has worked with commercial clients such as Persnickety Clothing Company, JoyFolie, Tom & Drew Boys, Es + Es ,Minikin and Lullabye Landing. She also teaches In-Person workshops around the country and online, coaching portrait photographers at all levels how to push yourself creatively and take your business to the next level.

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

Having your work critiqued is an important and constructive step in developing. If your intentions are to help and offer advice it is crucial to be honest and deliver the critique in a positive way, pointing out the strengths in the image and areas of improvement. This will allow the artist to continue to push forward in the areas they have mastered and focus on the areas they need to improve.


What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

5D Mark III , 85 1.2 and 70-200 2.8


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

I have been mentored by a former commercial photographer that I worked with for years. He has given me positive critique, guidance and constructive criticism. His continued advice pushes me to be better whether it was on technicality, to overall artistry, how to structure my business or moving beyond portrait photography.


What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Whimsical, soulful, childhood.

 Everywhere,from light, to locations, to styling ideas, to my mentees, my children, antique stores, book stores, everywhere. Inspiration is truly everywhere.
What is one specific way that you balance work and family?
This is a goal for 2013 for me. To be honest I have not done a good job with balance and family. It is so hard, and i am many times torn over my passion for photography, combined with my ambition to grow my business, eagerness to have a clean plate, and my desire to be present with my family and my children. They have made many sacrifices for me these past years as my business has grown and evolved. Thankfully, this year I will be able to take a step back in my portrait sessions so that I have more time to be with my family.
To find balance you really need to be disciplined with your business. You need to have a business structure that allows you to plan ahead and determine how much time you will have to spend on each project. You need to determine how much you can take on and how much need you make and price yourself accordingly based on that workflow. That way you will have time for your family, for future opportunities that may arise with your business, and time to plan out the future.
Best biz/photo advice?
Dont try to do everything the hardway. Ask questions, take workshops, join forums, ask for critiques. There are talented people everywhere that have been in your shoes, save yourself lots of time and sleepless nights, take a chance and put yourself out there. You will be so glad you did! We are all learning from each other. The one thing about photography, you never stop learning, you can always be better.
What have you learned the hard way?
How to Balance. I am too guilty of becoming that mouse on a wheel. Never being able to look beyond the current day. It wasnt until I developed a good business plan and adjusted my business accordingly, that I have been able to look to the future, personally and professionally.
How does your business deal with the rise in photographers. What have you done to standout and compete?
I think it is really important to look at the competition out there, and develop a business strategy that will set you apart from them. Whether it is how you conduct or personalize your sessions, to the product or services you offer to your shooting or processing style. Finding that niche that sets you apart from the others is key to growing your business.
Where have most of your 2011 clients come from (besides WOM)?
What is your most popular product?
My Online and In Person Workshops.


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