At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

   At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

   Paris…just saying the word out loud evokes so many memories. The first that comes to mind is the smell of freshly ground coffee beans steeping in our french press as the warm Parisian air blows through our quaint little apartment in the Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood. Louis Armstrong’s greatest hits playing gently in the background and the delightful feeling that something wonderful could happen at any moment. This was my third trip to Paris and this time I wanted to make it count. I chose to rent an apartment for 2 months rather than opting for a hotel room for a week or two. Every time that I had visited Paris in the past, I felt like I was only given a small taste of what it was really like to live there. I could compare it to the experience of buying a box of multi-colored macarons and only having the opportunity to try one of the flavors before you give the rest away. You thoroughly enjoy the macaron, the taste, the smell and the texture, but you always wonder what the other flavors tasted like. In fact, you find yourself thinking about it over and over again until nothing else matters except getting your hands on another box of those delicate little beauties. This time, I wanted to try all of the flavors in the box! In fact, I wanted to finish off the experience with a slice of cheese cake and a glass of champagne! This time, I was going to experience everything that Paris had to offer. The neighborhoods, the cafés the grocery stores, everything! As a Photographer and a Lightroom Preset Designer, there’s no better way to soak up inspiration and really gain a deep understanding of the type of photos and chic looks that my customer base is drawn to than to actually live it. So that’s what I did while I was there; I worked in our little Parisian apartment editing photos & creating presets, I watched scenes unfold on the streets below and I immersed myself in all the flavors and culture of the city. There’s nothing like placing yourself in a beautiful environment to get those creative juices flowing. I did a lot of dreaming and thinking while I was there. In two months, I came up with a plethora of new ideas and new directions for the Chic Presets brand. Now that I’ve arrived back home, I’ve also come to realize is that you don’t need to be on vacation to get that same surge of creativity. You could go to an art gallery, a local café in your home town or even something as simple as spending time in a beautifully designed living space and still get that same feeling that I experienced in my tiny little apartment. Thank you, Paris for reminding me of this and for always being a constant source inspiration. (Photos edited with The Blogger Pack!)

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets
At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

At Home in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Nestled within the famous Amalfi Coast is the incredibly gorgeous city of Positano! A place where the Italian sun is always shining and the lemon cello is always flowing. I was lucky enough to visit this lovely city for a lazy long weekend getaway earlier this summer. When we arrived on the first day we happened upon this empty outdoor terrace while exploring. Lucky we had our cameras with us, we grabbed these shots within a 10-minute span before moving on to our next location. The terrace reminded me of something that you might see on an old vintage post card, an Italian “wish you were here” type if you will. I loved how the terrace looked like it was from another era, frozen in time with uniquely shaped banquets and vintage awnings. I knew right then and there that I wanted to transform these retro looking photos with The Vintage Collection! I ended up using the “Antique Rose” Preset to get this specific 1960’s vacation look that I was going for. This preset is a delicate combination of split toning, grain, temperature, contrast, and clarity. Check out the Before & After below to see the difference (Looking for more presets? The Complete Collection has more than 480 Presets & Brushes to discover!) Now, no more talking…come away with me to Italy in the 60’s!

Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Vintage Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Before & After! – Click and Drag

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Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

   It’s an early summer morning and we emerge from our hotel room and make our way down hundreds of steps to get to the ocean floor in Positano, Italy. Our destination, the small private beach that we discovered the day before with the most beautiful crystal clear blue water. When we arrive at the private beach, we realize that we’re the only ones there and we will have this picturesque location all to ourselves. The locals and other travelers are still happily slumbering away in their beds and haven’t made it down to this little slice of heaven just yet. I start the shoot by taking detail shots of the water and the boats that are rocking gently on the horizon. I’m absolutely blown away at how magical this beach is. The scene looks like something out of a movie, The Blue Lagoon or James Bond perhaps. Next, I get in front of the camera and we alternate between a variety of lenses and f-stops. We continue shooting until the sun betrays us and the light becomes too harsh to continue. Just as we begin to pack up, a heavy stream of people make their way on to the beach. We look at each other and exchange a silent smile to celebrate that we got the shot! For the edit, I used the “Like a Boss” Lightroom Preset with the “Subtle” finishing preset from The Blogger Collection. I also used a number brushes from The Brush Collection to clean up any spots that needed some extra attention. (All the presets mentioned are available in The Blogger Pack) Before & After Below. Looking for more presets? The Complete Collection has you covered with 480 presets and brushes to discover! Cheers from Positano!

Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Private Beach Positano Chic Lightroom Presets12

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Private Beach Positano | Chic Lightroom Presets

Before & After – Click & Drag Across!

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Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

You’ve heard me say it many times, I’m head over heels for this city! So much so that I decided to create a series of photos to demonstrate just that. I wanted to produce a few imagines that really conveyed how I feel about Paris…The love affair that I have with the architecture, the streets and the culture. These shots were taken on Pont Saint-Louis Bridge in the 4th Arrondissement at 7:30 am. When I originally envisioned these photos in my head, they were at sunset and everything was bathed in a blanket of golden sunlight. If you’ve been to Paris in the summertime, you’ll know that The Seine is lined with thousands of people in the evening just hoping to catch a glimpse of that magical golden hour sunset from one of the many bridges in the city. It can be rather difficult to land any clean shots with so many people lining up to worship the breathtaking view. So, how does one create that golden hour “effect” in the morning you ask? Simple…Chic Presets! I used presets from The Light Leak Collection (“Sun Left” & “Sun Right”) to give me that warm, sunkissed look with a few simple clicks. This collection is also available in The Blogger Pack, along with tons of other exciting chic looks to play with. I included an interactive before & after photo below along with a screenshot that demonstrates how the presets (Graduated filters) work in Lightroom. In the end, I was so pleased with the way these photos turned out that I decided to create a collection of “Sun-Kissed Presets” when I return home in August! Look out for them in the next few months. Happy Editing! Looking for more Presets? The Complete Collection is our most popular product with 480+ Presets & Brushes to discover!
Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Peonies in Paris | Chic Lightroom Presets

Before & After – Click & Drag Across!

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Palais Royal | Chic Lightroom Presets

Palais Royal | Chic Lightroom Presets

Palais Royal | Chic Lightroom Presets
Palais Royal | Chic Lightroom Presets

   Hello Paris, I’m so happy to be back! Every time I arrive in this beautiful city, I light up inside like a match that’s just been struck against a hard surface and ignited. When I’m at home during the winter, I miss the way that Paris makes me feel. It’s such a strikingly real sensation. I feel like I can be myself here, the real me. The one that I often tuck away and hide from others. I love getting lost in the chaos of this beautiful city. I feel like Paris understands me, in a way that everyone in this world wants to be understood. We took these photos at Palais Royal, a rather charming and historically important location in Paris. This place once belonged to Louis XIV in the late 1600’s. They just don’t create beautiful things like this anymore. For the shoot, we arrived at 7:30 am so that we would have even light for the photos and the whole place to ourselves, or so we thought! When we arrived another photographer was taking pictures of a motorcycle that would be entered into a race in two weeks time. I show up in a motorcycle jacket and sunglasses and a light bulb goes off in his head. They asked me to pose in front of their motorcycle for a few pictures. I laugh at the thought of me on this sleek motorcycle, but I happily oblige so they can grab a few shots. For the edit, I used the “Saint Germain” Lightroom Preset from The Paris Collection! All I can say is that it’s magic! It’s perfect for blog photos or portraits. Check out the interactive before and after shot below! Looking for more presets? The Complete Collection has you covered with hundreds of chic looks to play with! Well, I’ll be spending most of the summer in Paris with lots of trips planned in between. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for lots of extra behind the scenes content. Happy Editing Everyone!      

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Palais Royal | Chic Lightroom Presets

Palais Royal | Chic Lightroom Presets

Before & After – Click & Drag Across!

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The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

These photos were taken at The Blue Lagoon in Iceland! This Lagoon has been on my mind ever since we booked our plane tickets to Iceland a few months back. The crystal blue water and the harsh volcanic rock is definitely a sight to see! Iceland is actually a country that was formed from a volcanic eruption. The Blue Lagoon is located smack dab in the middle of a dried up lava field. The water is filled with rich minerals, which is apparently fantastic for your skin. The lagoon water is heated by a geothermal power plant near by. (Travelling Quick Tip: You have to pre-order your tickets to the blue lagoon and they go fast! If you show up without a ticket you won’t be able to go in. I learned this the hard way! lol) One thing that I hadn’t accounted for was the amount of people that would also be luxuriating in the silky blue water. We had to be very creative in order to get a few clean shots without other bathers in the background. Most of the larger photos were taken of the smaller pools that surround the lagoon, the part that you can’t swim in. But for fantasy sake, let’s just pretend that I had the whole place to myself, shall we? lol It’s so much more fun that way! I ended up using The Blogger Pack to edit this shoot. I chose the “Aesthetic” Lightroom Preset to give it that signature Chic Presets Look. I also used my Chic Lightroom Brushes that come with The Blogger Pack to clean up any spots that needed a little extra attention. (Looking for more Presets? – Check out The Complete Collection with over 400 presets) Before & After photos below! Well, I hope you enjoyed this dip into the warm volcanic waters! Stay tuned for more travel photoshoots!

The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

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The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

The Blue Lagoon | Chic Lightroom Presets

The Blue Lagoon | 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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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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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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