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Get your CHIC on with our Celebrity Photographers who inspire, teach, and critique to help increase confidence and improve your images!


Chic Critique is excited to have Courtney Dailey of Courtney Dailey Photography be one of our February Celebrity Photographers.


Sign up to attend Courtney’s 4 week class on The Business of Beauty this February.

9 Active Spots left and Silent Student seats are limited!

As a Beauty photographer, Courtney Dailey knows the business of beauty. Based in Los Angeles, she leads teams of beauty experts creating images from prep to post. Known for her use of color, she delivers imagery that is colorful, dramatic and confident. She feels all images should communicate concepts, stories or evoke feelings.

Receiving her B.A. in Communications from Oakland University, she has the ability to help her clients oversee projects from Concept/Creation/Post-production.
Since 2012 Courtney has been touring with Mentor Sandy Puc, on her “hands on tour” and become a highly sought after mentor on her site

Courtney is in the process of “greening” her studio and is one of the few photographers who can offer eco friendly shooting options. Sites like Womens Health, the Huffington Post and the Daily have featured her work for her participation in the green fashion community.

Since her arrival in Los Angeles, Courtney has shot for numerous international magazines, campaigns and celebrities. She was recently featured in Allure, Elle and Vanidades and was chosen as one of FJ Westcott Lighting’s “Top 50 Professionals”.

A note from Courtney:

Hi guys! For first and far most, I’m am not a ‘celebrity” although I love the title! I love teaching and I have a long time love for the industry I now call my own. I’m a self taught photographer, who started off in a small market. I’m here to help you to to push through barriers and achieve your goals. I’m like a answer filled cheerleader!

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Do you edit mostly in Photoshop or Lightroom?



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

Sometimes we honestly can’t see our own work. We have a personal attachment to every image we produce. Every image has a back story, a laugh and smile. When I look at the images I took for a magazine during a series of dust devils, I see a wind blown dress and a smiling girl. We had fun that day, it was an experience that day. I see that day when I look at the photos. Others may see bloodshot eyes and goosebumps due to our environmental circumstances. Our eyes are influenced by our emotions.


What camera do you use? Favorite lens?

Canon 5d mark ii 24-70 2.8

Allure Russia

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

“Why does she have bloodshot eyes?”. I NEVER looked at the whites in my images eyes, now Im fanatical.


What 3 words would you use to describe your style?

Clean, Colorful. Strong

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Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Everywhere! My yard, the city, current trends, television, fashion magazines.


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

I call it the 5 theory. I only do 5 business based things a day. THAT’S IT. So a day for me might be “email, phone calls, finish x job, update website, blog” otherwise things get too overwhelming. Its hard to stick to 5, but its good.


Best biz/photo advice?

Focus on your goals and don’t veer from them. If you don’t like photographing children, don’t. Its not always about a payday. its about growth.

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What have you learned the hard way?

CONTRACTS AND COPYRIGHT Ive lost over a million dollars in copyright claims because I didn’t know what i was doing. Missing that train, is painful.


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

There will ALWAYS be competitors and compared to 10 years ago that’s 10X more every week. Ive developed a trademark look and branded myself like whoa. Finding your visual voice is important.


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

Im not going to name names, but recently I took another mentor’s class simply to see how she taught and I quickly learned how I DONT want to teach. Im an energetic person, and her class was just a drag. She clearly doesn’t like what shes doing.

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

Word of mouth, great SEO.


What is your most popular product?

Pocket Wizards

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Sign up to attend Courtney’s 4 week class on The Business of Beauty this February. 

9 Active Spots left and Silent Student seats are limited!




SPARKLE SUNDAY | New Year’s Resolutions

by Kelli France | Editor-in-Chief


Have you already quit going to the gym? Did you cave in and eat a waffle cone (oh wait, that was me-ha!)? My stepbrother just wrote on Facebook: “One more week of all those New Years Resolution gym goers and the gym will be back to normal. That will be nice.” It’s easy to start with great goals that end up getting smothered by reality. Here’s some ideas to help you actually KEEP your New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Start Small

I’m all about dreaming big but sometimes big goals can seem too large to accomplish. Instead, make your goal smaller with a shorter deadline. So if you want pay off $10,000 of debt, start by saying you will pay off $1,000 a month.

2. Write down only 1-3 goals & display them

I tend to overwhelm myself by being an Overachiever and writing down a billion different goals that I want to do every year. Overwhelming yourself makes it much more easy to avoid getting started. Remember this: Write 3 goals for the next 3 months. A goal is a wish unless written down. Be sure to display your goals someplace where they will haunt you on a daily basis.

3. Break it down into Baby Steps

My Mom used to say to my brothers and I, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” You need to break down your goal into bite-size pieces that are easy to swallow. If you don’t know specifically what to do, you’re only going to get frustrated. Break it down into 5-10 baby steps of how you are going to accomplish that goal. 

4. Schedule time on the calendar to actually work on your goals

It takes 21 days to create a habit so start by working on your goal for only 21 days as a trial period. Then, work on your goal for 21 minutes each day at a set time every day (i.e. 9 AM every morning). If you work on your goal for 21 minutes a day for 21 days you will have worked on it for 7.35 hours! You can also attach your goal to an existing habit to make it more likely to get done. For example, when I wanted my family to read scriptures every morning I attached it to our habit of eating breakfast everyday and now it’s a habit. When I was in college, I would go to the gym right after work because I attached my goal of going to the gym to my habit of leaving for work at 5:00 pm.

5. Make yourself accountable 

Tell as many people as you can about your 3 goals. Post your New Year’s Resolutions in the Chic Critique Forum, on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to make yourself more accountable to others. Make sure you have a deadline to your goal. Record your progress by making a chart or a list to check off every time you complete one of your “baby steps.” Be sure to reward yourself when you accomplish those “baby steps” too.

TAKE ACTION NOW: Share your 3 goals for the next 3 months in the comments below…




Here are our 5 Faves from our LIGHT Photo Contest on Facebook:

They each won a 3 month  membership to Chic Critique Forum

Email us at to redeem your prize!


1.  Leah Vance Photography


2.  Lorie Roach Photography


3.  Kristie Bradley Photography



4.  Lori Michelle Photography



5.  Kelly Packer at Photographic Memories