Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto is a city that I hold near and dear to my heart! It’s always been an exciting international location, but in the last 5-10 years, it’s really started to shine as a city with a vibrant progressive culture and modern architecture. The waterfront area is the best place to catch a shot of the city skyline. (Side note – It’s even more beautiful at night, but I digress.) The skyline is predominantly comprised of blues, grays, blacks & whites thanks to all of the modern glass buildings and condos that have been sprouting like wildflowers recently. The water adds an additional hit of blue and makes for an exceptionally cohesive backdrop for photos. We arrived in this spot early enough to have it all to ourselves on this sunny April morning. These photos were shot on a Canon 5D MkII camera with a 50mm and a 24-105mm lens. For the edit, I wanted to exclusively use brushes from The Brush Collection. Sometimes you just want a subtle splash of editing here and there and that’s where this collection can really shine. I used some of my basic brushes – (Brighten 2 & Soften 2) to get that soft blue sky look. Then I used some of my makeup brushes (Teeth Whiten 1, Lips & Pink, Skin Smooth 1) to edit my complexion. I also used some of my other basic brushes (Enhance & Sharpen 2) on the title photo and the portrait oriented skyline shot below to get that crisp/defined look in the buildings. The result is a natural looking edit with subtle enhancements that compliment the original untouched shots. Looking for more presets? The Complete Collection has got you covered with hundreds of chic looks to play with, including the brushes that I mentioned! If you ever find yourself in Toronto, take a trip down to the waterfront and grab some shots, you won’t regret it. Happy Editing!

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Free Lightroom Preset | Spring Fresh

Free Lightroom Preset | Spring Fresh

The Spring weather is in full bloom and that means more street photography, outdoor cafés, and flower markets! In light of the changing seasons, I decided to create a Spring themed Free Lightroom Preset for you to download! It’s the perfect solution for all of those chic outdoor activities that you’ll be enjoying over the next couple of weeks. I don’t know about you, but I love sharing flower shots on Instagram around this time of year. The Spring Fresh Preset will add a bright tone curve to your shot, boost your shadows and add in a slight hint of saturation. Get that perfectly balanced, light and airy look with one simple click. Take a look at the video below to see it in action. Download it for free and try it out on your outdoor Spring photos! Looking for more Presets? Check out my best selling collection with hundreds of chic looks to discover – The Complete Collection! Happy Spring Editing Everyone!

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Behind The Scenes Edit | Amsterdam Chic Lightroom Presets

Behind The Scenes Edit | Amsterdam Chic Lightroom Presets

I have a special treat for you today, below is a behind the scenes video with clips of the canal district in Amsterdam and a special live edit featuring the “French Roast” Preset from The Cappuccino Collection! Take a spin around the canals with me and watch as I show you exactly how I edited my shots from my recent travel post: Amsterdam. Happy Editing!

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Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

 The canal district in Amsterdam is a beautiful place to explore during the summer. We stayed in town for three night as part of our whirlwind trip across Europe. We spent our time with cameras in hand searching for unique bicycles (there were so many to choose from) vintage cars and Dutch architecture. When we weren’t taking pictures, we were perched in coffee shop windows enjoying cappuccinos and Dutch desserts. We have a friend in town who took us on a bicycle tour of the canals and brought us to a trendy restaurant in the Pijp neighborhood for tapas and Dutch brewed beer! It didn’t take me long to realize that the city was built with brick and mortar. The canal district has a very distinct color palette of brown, beige and black with a little hunter green thrown in here and there. When I started looking for presets to use on my Amsterdam photos, I took a cue from the city itself and chose The Cappuccino Collection. This collection includes 65 toasty presets that give you that hipster, coffee lover look! The Lightroom Preset that you will see across all of the photos today is called “French Roast.” It’s a delicate mix of clarity, matte and temperature adjustments. (Looking for more presets? Don’t forget to check out The Complete Collection with hundreds of looks to play with.) The French Roast preset gave me that warm/effortless look that I was going for with a few simple clicks. If you’re interested in watching me edit these photos in real time, I will be posting a behind the scenes editing video with actual footage that we shot in Amsterdam later in the week. Enjoy a little trip through the canals on me! Happy Editing!

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Behind The Scenes Edit Desert Day Dream

Behind The Scenes Edit Desert Day Dream

Earlier this week I put together a Utah travel post called Desert Day Dream that was full of desert sunshine and light leaks from my brand new collection, The Light Leak Collection! I’ve always been fascinated with light leaks. I love how they can instantly transform a drab day into a sun-drenched vintage pool party with one click! The Light Leak Collection gives you the ability to add sun flares, edge blurs, light prisms and psychedelic looks to your photos. This collection will give you the creative freedom to express yourself in so many new and exciting ways! In the video below, I give you an in-depth look at how I edited these desert shots. Watch as I take these shots from boring to beautiful with one simple click! Like what you see? Head over to the Shop to see all of my Chic Lightroom Collections! Happy Editing Everyone!

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Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

   When we decided to travel to the Nevada desert, I’ll admit, I had no idea what I was in for. I’ve seen all of the classic old western movies and I’ve admired it from afar through starlet infused pop music videos, but until I saw the desert in person, I didn’t fully appreciate it’s sheer beauty! While driving back to Arizona, we dipped into Utah to do some exploring. We happened upon this small empty parking lot on the side of the highway and decided to stop to stretch our legs. The parking lot housed a small sign that read: “Toadstool Trail.” We immediately looked at each other and proclaimed in unison, “Jackpot!” This was one of the places that we wanted to photograph but had decided against it in order to focus on more well-known locations. How perfect was it that we just happened to stop there out of the blue? I immediately started hunting for an outfit in my suitcase to change into (I don’t usually hike in an outfit like this one, but I’ll do anything to bring you guys a great shot!) As we set out on the trail I found so many amazing things to photograph; plants, tumbleweeds, mountains, and toadstool rock formations! It was a photography gold mine! I knew that I would be launching a collection of Lightroom Light Leaks soon and I realized that this was the perfect opportunity to show them off. So without further ado, enjoy a little desert sunshine with the help of my beautiful Lightroom Light Leaks! Love the look? Take a little detour to the shop for more before and after photos from The Light Leak Collection!  Don’t forget to check out my behind the scenes video where you can watch me edit these shots in real time.

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Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

Desert Day Dream | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Behind The Scenes Edit | Rome Italia

Behind The Scenes Edit | Rome Italia

   As promised, I’m delivering a behind the scenes peek at how I edited my last travel post – Rome, Italia! Watch above as I transform three travel photos using the “Fearless” Lightroom Preset from The Blogger Collection! Looking for more Lightroom Presets? Check out my premium product, The Complete Collection! This collection was designed for the photographer with a flair for creativity! Get all 11 of my Chic Lightroom Collections in one stunning package. Whether you’re a portrait/wedding photographer, a landscape photographer, or a blogger that wants to step up their social media game, this all in one collection was made for you! Fall in love with The Complete Collection and get that chic look that you’ve been searching for! Happy Editing Everyone!

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Rome, Italia

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   Rome…a place where color meets concrete! First, I have a confession to make. I may or may not have a ridiculous, over the top obsession with Rome. Second, this obsession may or may not have stemmed from watching a little movie starring Julia Roberts called Eat Pray Love. Cue the exasperated groans and subsequent eye rolls lol. I know…I know! I get that Rome is so much more than a place for single American girls to find themselves, but I just couldn’t help but fall in love with the city through the eyes of the main character, Elizabeth Gilbert. Eat Pray Love showed me that there is beauty and passion in this world far beyond the borders of my own country. I remember watching it for the first time in the theater and having this overwhelming feeling that I needed to get my butt to Italy. That energy, the feeling of desire and yearning to travel had nowhere to go for many years…until I finally fulfilled that dream this past summer. (Check out my other Roman adventures: Here!) When we arrived in Rome for the first time, you better believe that I was going to make the most of it. I ran around tirelessly photographing everything that I could get my hands on, architecture, alleyways, skylines and food! Ohhh…the food! God bless the Italian cuisine! These photos were shot with a Canon EOS 5D camera, accompanied by a 50mm & a 24-105mm lens. For this shoot, I was going for a crisp look with lots of vibrancy and definition. I ended up using the “Fearless” Lightroom Preset from The Blogger Collection to edit these shots. Stay tuned for a video later in the week where I will show you from start to finish how I edited these images. Now…cue the Eat Pray Love inspired photos, and don’t let your mouth water too much when you pass over those pizza/pasta shots! Ciao for now darling!

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

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New Lightroom Collections – The Blogger Collection

New Lightroom Collections - The Blogger Collection

Introducing…The Blogger Collection! This beautiful Lightroom Collection was designed to give you that perfectly balanced blog photography look that is widely popular online right now! I examined some of the best Instagram bloggers and used my own knowledge of blogging to create an assortment of aesthetically pleasing, beautifully bright presets that will transform your images into blog worthy photos in seconds! The Blogger Collection will make your photos pop with color, style and softness! Check out the before & after shots below! Get this collection on its own or save when you purchase The Complete Collection which includes 480+ Lightroom Presets & Brushes. Happy Editing Everyone!

New Lightroom Collections - The Blogger Collection

New Lightroom Collections - The Blogger Collection

New Lightroom Collections - The Blogger Collection

New Lightroom Collections - The Blogger Collection

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Vintage Las Vegas

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Vintage Las Vegas

 “Bright light city gonna set my soul, gonna set my soul on fire!”

Elvis Presley said it best, Las Vegas is so amazing, it will literally set your soul on fire! And if you’re a vintage photography lover like me, get ready to fan those flames! Instead of talking about my trip today, (you can read my last travel post called: Viva Las Vegas where I gushed about how much fun I had in the city) I’ve decided to talk about the creative process behind the photoshoot. These photos were taken on Fremont St, a historically preserved area of the city. When I travel, I always research the places that I’m visiting before I leave. I scour the internet looking for interesting locations that will provide beautiful backdrops for my shoots. I look for architecture, unique streets and anything that lends itself to a bright and chic aesthetic. Once I have a number of desirable locations in mind, I plan out my time around the shoots. For example, when we were in Las Vegas, I knew that I wanted to produce at least two travel posts about the city. We were only in town for three nights, therefore we needed to be extra careful about when we chose to shoot our photos. I always take things like lighting, time of day and the amount of foot traffic into consideration. I usually like to shoot fairly early in the morning or just before sunset to satisfy all of the factors that I shared. Next, I collect photos from the internet and create a whimsy inspiration board. For this shoot, I pulled vintage images of women in Las Vegas from the 1950’s and 60’s along with a few modern photos with a similar feel. Finally, I think about wardrobe, angles, poses, and lenses that I want to use. These photos were shot with a Canon EOS 5D camera, accompanied by a 50mm & a 24-105mm lens. After we arrive home from the trip, I get to work on the editing process. For this shoot, I was going for a modern meets vintage feel. I wanted the photos to have a nod to the past with the light leaks and the faded colors, but still maintain a fresh/youthful look. I used the “Art Deco” (wrong era, I know, but that’s what I named the preset when I created it! lol) preset from The Vintage Collection to provide some definition to the photos, add in split toning and fade some of the colors. Next, I layered in a few light leaks to give it that playful look that I mentioned. Finally, I came in with some of my Chic Makeup Brushes from The Brush Collection to soften skin, whiten teeth and further enhance the shots. (Looking for more Lightroom Presets? Check out my premium product, The Complete Collection! ) In the end, I was happy with how the final images flowed together to create one cohesive look. Well, I hope you enjoyed hearing about the creative process behind this Vegas shoot. Stay tuned for more photos and behind the scenes edits later in the week.

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