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’d seen all of the classic old western movies and 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 dazzling charm and 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 and check out more before and afters for The Light Leak Collection!  Come back to see me this weekend, I’ll be posting a behind the scenes video where you can watch me edit these shots in real time.

 Happy Editing Everyone!

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

Rome, Italia Chic Lightroom Presets

   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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Behind The Scenes Edit

Behind The Scenes Edit Chic Presets

Behind the Scenes Edit – This is a photo that we took on our last trip to Paris. Watch me transform it right in front of your eyes using presets and brushes from The Portrait Collection and The Brush Collection. The video below will show you how to soften skin, add lipstick and enhance hair styles with a few simple clicks using my handy little makeup brushes. Press Play and take a look at these two beautiful collections in action. 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 8 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!

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Free Lightroom Preset – Place Vendome

Free Lightroom Preset- Place Vendome - Chic Lightroom Presets

   It’s that time again! I have another beautiful Free Lightroom Preset for you to download today. This one is called – Place Vendome! I’ve been sharing a few photos from France on Instagram this week and this shot seemed appropriate for my next free preset. In my opinion, Place Vendome is the best-kept secret in Paris. With its perfect blue Parisian doors and it’s majestic street lamps throughout, it’s definitely an ideal place for photographs! I swear those blue slate rooftops with those gorgeous windows get me every time! This preset is an original mix of exposure, clarity, saturation, tone curve, sharpening, and noise reduction! Click here to be directed to the download page and try this one out yourself! 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 8 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! Enjoy the preset and I’ll see you soon for your next free download! 

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Instagram Recently…

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

  Instagram Recently… Instagram has quickly become one of my favorite places to share my photos/content and connect with all of you! I’ve met so many amazing creative photographers and bloggers since I started my account last year and I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it. Having the opportunity to interact with like-minded creatives (like you!) is something that I covet and look forward to on a daily basis! The Chic Presets Instagram Account is a place where you’ll find my Behind the Scenes Edits, Free Lightroom Presets, Exclusive Sneak Peeks into my life and Travel Adventures from around the world. Below are a few recent photos that I’ve released. Not “Instagram official” with me yet? What are you waiting for? Let’s do this! Follow along by clicking here and don’t forget to say a quick hello. I would honestly love to hear from you! (Seriously…I mean that! lol)

Cheers lovelies!

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

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Free Lightroom Preset – Crisp & Clean

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   In the spirit of keeping things consistent this week, I decided to create a free landscape preset for you to download. With all of the snow and cold weather we’ve been having lately, I’ve been channeling my memories of Paris to stay warm and inspired! I decided to create this Free Lightroom preset as a reminder that one day, the sun will come out again and beautiful things…like this view, for example, are just a few months away! The Crisp & Clean Preset will make your landscape photos pop off the page (or your computer screen) with one simple click! Download this beautiful landscape preset and try it yourself! Looking for more Landscape Presets? Check out The Landscape Collection with 58 beautiful looks to discover! Stay warm my friends!!

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On the Edge – The Grand Canyon

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

 On the Edge – The Grand Canyon

   Don’t worry, the vest is faux! This shoot is conveniently titled “On the Edge.” Not only am I literally sitting on the edge of The Grand Canyon, but we’re also on the edge of a brand new year, so it seemed only fitting to release these photos today. As you already know, we flew out to Nevada last month in search of beautiful landscapes and exciting things to photograph. The Grand Canyon was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! When we arrived at the South Rim of the canyon, we were immediately surprised to see snow on the ground. We drove in from Las Vegas where it was fairly warm, and now here we were, experiencing freezing temperatures and snow! That’s the desert for you, you never know if you’ll be sweating or shivering until you get there. We woke up entirely too early one day to get these shots in the morning sunlight. Just getting to this peak was an adventure in itself. We had to dodge ice patches, hold on to branches and jump from rock to rock to reach the edge. I was more than happy to take a seat and steady myself after that trek.  Once I had my bearings and I was no longer afraid that I would fall, I looked out and really allowed myself to take it all in. One of the things that surprised me the most about the canyon was the beautiful range of color. I was expecting oranges and yellows, but I also found reds, blues, magentas and purples. The scene quite literally took my breath away…I’d never seen something so vast and magnificent! Being on the edge of something this incredible really makes you sit back and reflect on life. We shared a few moments of quiet reflection and gratitude before we started shooting.

   For the editing processes, I really wanted the canyon to be the star of the show, so I decided to use The Landscape Collection. Usually, I don’t recommend using this collection for photos with people in them, but if you’re careful to remove some of the clarity and contrast around the face of your subject, you can achieve a balanced look. After testing out a few of the presets in The Landscape Collection, I finally settled on the “Skyline” Preset. Next, I layered a “Faded” Preset over the photo to give it that washed out/cinematic look. Finally, I boosted the exposure and came in with some of my chic makeup brushes from The Brush Collection. I created a quick Transformation VIDEO below! When I was finished with the edit, I stepped back and looked at the photos again with fresh eyes. I loved the sandy/vintage look that I created and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Well, I hope that you enjoyed the scenery this week. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for new travel diaries, tutorials and FREE presets. Happy 2017! 

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