Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

   Cherry Blossoms, is there anything more lovely than these little beauties? Every Spring I become this anxiety ridden mess of a human being because I make it my mission to capture these gorgeous pink trees in full bloom. They only bloom for a few days and if you don’t time it right, you’ll miss them! Or worse, the petals will be sparse and destitute. I must have driven past this spot on 7 different occasions before I was finally ready to shoot. Mother nature pulled a little trick on me this year and moved spring back a full month! lol For the shoot, I was going for an organic look and feel. I wanted magic hour sunlight, beauty shot portraits and movement in the hair and clothing. I also wanted to play with the depth of field between the branches. I love it when a few elements of the shot are out of focus! We used the Canon 50mm for most of the shoot. All of the photos were taken at f/1.8 or f/2.8 to give it that soft/delicate look that I find so pleasing to the eye. For the edit, I used the “Frosting” Lightroom Preset from The Wedding Collection. I also used my Brushes from The Brush Collection to clean up any spots that needed some extra attention. I love the way that this preset gives you that warm and inviting look. I created a Behind The Scenes Edit Video below to show you what the “Frosting” Lightroom Preset looks like in action. I also added a few quick video clips from the shoot to give you a more well-rounded experience. Happy editing everyone!

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

Among The Blossoms | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

   I usually use one sample photo to show off my Free Lightroom Presets, but this time I decided to show you what the “Coastal Views” Lightroom Preset looks like across a series of shots! I took these photos in Manzanillo, Mexico! Manzanillo is a little resort town on the west side of Mexico overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We visited this tropical oasis two years ago on a whim after a long (and very cold) winter. I was desperate for a bit of sunshine and Manzanillo seemed like the best place to get a little much-needed vitamin D! The view that our hotel afforded us was absolutely beautiful! Manzanillo is surrounded by lush green rainforests and towering mountains! The grounds of our hotel were littered with palm trees, tropical plants of all kinds and gorgeous white washed Mexican architecture…sigh…yep…it was definitely awe-inspiring! As you probably guessed, the food in Mexico is second to none! I never went anywhere without a margarita in my hand and a bowl of tortilla chips and freshly chopped pico de gallo salsa at my side! The delicious food aside, it was having breakfast every morning overlooking the ocean that really stood out as my favorite memory from the trip. Every morning we would get up early to photograph the sunrise over the water. After the sun had fully ascended (and before anyone other guests were awake) we would have our coffee and eat breakfast by the water. If we were patient enough we would see whales splashing about in the distance. I remember looking out at the water and taking note of the silky/hazy blue sky! When I was thinking about what I would do for my next Free Preset, this memory suddenly came to mind. I remembered that I hadn’t really done anything with these photos and that’s when it all started to fall into place. The “Coastal Views” Lightroom Preset will give your photos that silky hazy look through a delicate combination of split toning, tone curve, and vibrancy! It would pair wonderfully with photos from Santorini, the Caribbean or any other coastal location. Take a look at the Before & After Slider that I included below and download this Free Lightroom Preset here: Download Link. Looking for more presets? Don’t forget to check out The Complete Collection with hundreds of chic looks to play with! Ps: Don’t forget to follow along with my Instagram stories starting next week. I’ll be sharing lots of exclusive behind the scenes content from many beautiful locations across Europe! Happy Editing Everyone!

Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

Free Lightroom Preset | Coastal Views

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Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

   Ok, this might be my new favorite shoot! These photos were taken at Sugar Beach, a small man-made beach in the heart of Toronto’s waterfront area. The location gives you the illusion that you’re somewhere in the Caribbean, and you’ve just stepped out of your private cabana to take a stroll on the sandy white beach. The reality is that you haven’t even left the city and you are a mere 10 mins away from the chaos that is downtown Toronto! But, let’s pretend that we really are somewhere tropical for the sake of the shoot. I don’t know about you, but I could really go for some sunny island vibes right about now. When you think about it, photography really is all about creating an illusion. It’s about using your camera to capture reality in an artistic way and then editing and enhancing it to fit with what you envisioned in your head! Editing is the final step in the process of bringing your creative concept into fruition. For this shoot, I was definitely leaning towards a breezy pastel concept. I wanted soft blue skies, flowy clothing, and tassels of hair blowing in the wind. I was going for a relaxed, but chic look with lots of different angles and detail shots. We used a Canon 5D MkII camera with a 50mm and a 24-105mm lens. For this particular edit, I used the “Girl Crush” Lightroom Preset from The Blogger Collection. It gives you that matte film look while balancing out any harsh shadows and highlights in your shot. I also used the brush tool to pull down some of the additional highlights. (Looking for more presets & brushes? Take a little detour and check out The Complete Collection!) Now it’s time to get comfortable, grab a cherry cola and enjoy all of those beautiful pink umbrellas and blue skies! Don’t forget to watch the video below to see the photos transform right in front of your eyes in Lightroom! Happy editing everyone!

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

Sugar Beach | Chic Lightroom Presets

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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

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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