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SUNDAY SPARKLE

Guest Contributor | Leslie Vega

 

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Leslie Vega is a seasoned brand designer for photographers and wedding professionals. She founded Leslie Vega Design in 2008 and has been creating breathtaking brands for clients across the globe ever since. From logos to stationery and beautiful web presences, her passion exudes in her work and in her client experience. View her work at www.leslievegadesign.com
Leslie Vega
Owner/Designer
Leslie Vega Design, LLC
Brand Design for Photographers & Wedding Professionals
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PAPERLARK DESIGNS | SATURDAY SPOTLIGHT

In  the spotlight today is PAPER LARK DESIGNS!

We are so excited to help Alys launch Paper Lark’s new website, plus she is offering an amazing discount!  Check it out!

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Hi it’s Alys from Paper Lark. I’m delighted to announce the launch of Paper Larks new website full top the brim with templates for the modern photographer. Take a browse around the templates or take a look at the tutorials and videos on how to edit your templates. You’ll be able to see the studio and behind the scenes of the Paper Lark HQ.  Feel free to get in touch or even better to make a suggestion on what you need designing.  I am all open to ideas for my next product!

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For a limited time, get  50% Off All Templates ONLY from the Paper Lark website :)

Use code: LAUNCHCHIC

Sale ends Midnight 18th March EST

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Paper Lark Designs / Pinterest / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

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PRAIRIE SWEET BOUTIQUE | FRIDAY FREEBIE

Happy Friday everyone!

Today we have another fabulous freebie from our friends at Prairie Sweet Boutique.

 

It’s that time of year to start getting your Senior Graduation Announcements created!   Prairie Sweet Boutique is giving away this cute two-sided 5×7 graduation announcement from their Anna Senior Card Collection!  $10 value.

 

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As an added bonus, Prairie Sweet has created this great Grad Announcement Catalog featuring all of their senior graduation announcements in an unbranded PDF file for you to use as a catalog!  This is a great selling tool.  Print it and show it to clients, email it to clients or even upload it to Issuu.com and create an online catalog for your senior clients to shop from.  Download the FREE Grad Announcement Catalog.  This is a freebie for ALL Chic fans!

For more great senior designs, check out Prairie Sweet Boutique!

Download your Freebie HERE in the forum.

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CHARLES HILDRETH | EYE CANDY

Meet the amazing Charles Hildreth:

My name is Charles Hildreth and I am a freelance photographer specializing in portraits and weddings. I currently live in Denver, Colorado.

I majored in Journalism & News Editorial at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where I put a strong emphasis on journalistic writing. My childhood consisted of a fascination with Hollywood heroes like Indiana Jones and an appreciation for the romanticism of history and Arthurian tales. In 2006, I took a 90-day, 16-country tour of Europe where I explored as many big and small art museums as I could. It enriched the understanding I once had of world culture, opened my eyes to new cuisine, artists, and put my degree in perspective as far as objectivity was concerned. My portraiture work is a combination of any of these elements, mixed with an objective observation of humankind and an internal struggle for self-confidence in an opinionated world.

My work, to me, is flawed and always will be, as it continues to be a reflection of me, the photographer. I’m not a photographer’s photographer. I can’t sit in a room and chat about camera logistics or ratios, nor have I ever had the desire to. I know what works for the content I produce and gradually grow from a core of photography appreciation.

If I could one day fit in among other artists as a storyteller, I think it would be a better fit than photographer, but for now, this is the one medium where I can explore this desire to produce art. I have never wanted to pigeon-hole myself into one particular craft. In the future I hope to continue submit work to publications, print work for local art shows, and explore a world full of engaging individuals.

You can find more of Charles’ work at his website where he also offers Photoshop classes.  You can also find him at Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Tumblr

Enjoy these amazing portraits and let us know what you think…

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RED CHALLENGE | WEDNESDAY WINNERS

Here are our 5 Faves from our RED Photo Contest on Facebook!

They each won a 3 month  membership to Chic Critique Forum

Email us at help@chiccritiqueforum.com to redeem your prize!

 

The Winners are…

 

Dash Photography 

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 Danielle Fallin

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Tracy Gabbard Photography

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Brittany Putnam Photographer

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Studio 1492 Photography

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Thanks to everyone for participating!  Don’t miss the next challenge on our Facebook page!

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HOW TO MAKE IT SNOW IN PHOTOSHOP | TEACHING TUESDAY

by Sarah O’Connor | Contributing Editor

recently did a FROZEN themed photoshoot for the new Queen Elsa & Princess Anna dresses at Mille Feuille.  It wasn’t actually snowing outside so I decided to make my own snow in photoshop just for fun!  Here’s a quick tutorial on how to add some flurries to your images.

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1. Open your pic in photoshop and add a new layer.  Fill the layer with all black.

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2. While on the black layer go to Filter-> Noise -> Add Noise

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 3. Set noise to about 150% and it will look like the screen shot below.

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 4. Set layer 1 to “screen” blending mode. It will look a little hazy and we will fix that later.

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5. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Blur More

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6. Add a new Curves Adjustment layer by going to Layer -> New Adjustment Layer -> Curves. Then click on the curves layer and link it to the snow layer(alt+command+g). You will adjust the curves by moving the arrow sliders at the bottom of the curve. See the picture below for approximately where your arrows should be. The black arrow will be a little to the left of the 1/4 mark and the white arrow a little to the right of it. The black arrow adjusts the number of snowflakes showing and the white arrow adjusts the opacity of the snowflakes.

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7. Click on layer 1. Go to Filter -> Blur -> Motion Blur. Set the angle for -65

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8. Now the small snowflakes are done, but you may want to add a little more dimension by throwing in a few larger flakes. To do this select both layer 1 & the curves layer and duplicate them.

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9. Select Layer 1 COPY and you are going to flip it horizontally (command + T) then right click and select flip horizontal.

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10. Go to Filter -> Pixelate -> Crystalize.
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11. I set the cell size around 35. You can increase or decrease the size of the flakes depending on what type of picture you are working with.

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12. At this point I go ahead and make a group for the layers.  I put all 4 layers in one group so only the background is left out.

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13. Lastly I create a mask over the group to go in and erase any snowflakes that might be covering the eyes or lips.  You don’t want to remove all of the snowflakes off of the whole face otherwise it will not look very realistic if the snow happens to be falling everywhere except on the subject.  Just make sure there are no giant flakes covering an eye or mouth.

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ABOUT SARAH:

 Sarah O’Connor is a creative portrait photographer in the Kansas City area and works mainly with families, newborns & children on location and in her home studio.  She loves spending time with her husband, two little boys Rowan & Quinn and daughter Eloise.

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