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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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.

 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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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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A Rainbow of Color! Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Rainbow of Color! Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Rainbow of Color | Chic Lightroom Presets

   Today, I’m taking you somewhere over the rainbow! These photos were taken at Colette Grand Café in Toronto, Canada. This gorgeous Parisian inspired café is the perfect place for colorful blog photos. First, let me tell you a little bit about this shoot. I’ve admired this café for a long time and I’ve always wanted to take photos there. The interior is adorned with colorful furnishings, beautiful white marble tables, and excellent lighting for photography! What more could you want from a photo shoot location? We arrived bright and early on a Sunday morning. (Photography quick tip: Sunday morning is usually the best time to take photos. The streets are bare and the restaurants/cafés are empty. The earlier you arrive at your location the better!) I ordered a number of desserts from the bakery, including their famous macarons and raspberry cake. We also ordered two cappuccinos, which were artfully prepared for us by the barista. Soft french music played in the background and served as a charming soundtrack to our visit. Every detail of the experience felt like absolute luxury! As I arranged my shots, it was “trés difficile” to stop myself from devouring my beautiful subject matter before we were finished with the shoot. We held off just long enough to produce these lovely images for you to view today. I used the: Perfection Preset from The Wedding Collection to edit my RAW photos. It boosts your shots in one simple click! I added a VIDEO below to show you just how quick and easy the editing process really is. Check out the video and come back to see me soon for your next Free Lightroom Preset!

Happy Editing!

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How to Photograph Instagram Flat Lays

How to Photograph Instagram Flat Lays

   How to Photograph Instagram Flat Lays: Are you a photographer or a blogger who wants to start an Instagram account? Or, do you already have an account and you’re looking to generate more interest in your brand? Well, look no further! Flat lays are a great way to mix up your content and get your followers interacting with you! Today, I’ll be sharing a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way and breaking down what I do to create my own Instagram flat lays. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to download my FREE Lightroom Preset: “Flat Lay” for easy editing, which you’ll find at the bottom of the page! Let’s get started… 

How to Photograph Instagram Flat LaysLighting – Lighting is the first thing that you should consider. There are many ways to light your flat lays, but I’m only going to focus on three common methods. The first is: Natural Light. This is by far the easiest and least expensive method to use. Arrange your flat lay in front of a large window and start snapping! Remember to be mindful of the time of day that you take your photos, avoiding times where there is harsh sun and/or low light. The second method is: Soft Boxes. I use soft boxes to create my own flat lays for the Chic Presets’ Instagram Account. Soft boxes are light diffusers that create a soft/even look that reduces shadows and evenly distributes the light. Set up at least two soft boxes on either side of your subject and adjust until you create a balance of light. The final method is: Tents. Light tents are usually square with translucent sides that diffuse the light. They are commonly used in product photography. You can buy them from a photography store or you can make your own! There are many tutorials on Youtube that take you through the process step by step.  

How to Photograph Instagram Flat Lays

Background – Choosing the right background for your flat lay will depend on where you want your followers’ eyes to land when they initially look at your photo. A White background allows your followers to focus their attention on the objects that you’re photographing without interruption (more about this below). A Colorful background attracts your eye to the photo as a whole rather than focusing on each individual object. A Textured background tells a story about where the photo was taken and can easily convey a mood or a feeling. All three are effective in their own way. Think about how you want your followers to interact with your photos and choose accordingly.How to Photograph Instagram Flat LaysContent Consistency – I’ve often asked myself why some Instagram accounts look more pleasing to the eye than others. After months of studying successful accounts, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the main reasons is: content consistency. This means that you pick a theme (including brand colors, style, point of view, message) and you stick to it across all of your content (photos). You don’t necessarily want every photo to look the exact same, rather, you want each photo to relate to your overall brand on some level. When it comes to creating flat lays, make sure that you’re using objects that align with your overall brand. For example: The three photos that you see above are all completely different, yet they share some of the same elements. In this case: a black and white pattern. The photos on the right and left were snaps that I took in London. When I created the photo in the middle, I thought about how I could tie all three together and bring in my brand color (blush pink). I wore a striped sweater to reference the black and white that was dominant in the other photos and I selected pink roses to ensure that all three would relate to my overall theme, which is primarily pink. Quick Tip: Before creating my flat lays I always ask myself: “Does this belong in the Chic Presets world?” If yes, full steam ahead! If not, it’s back to the drawing board.

How to Photograph Instagram Flat Lays

Composition – Think about how you compose your photos. Do you prefer a structured look, with a straight composition? Or, do you prefer to photograph your flat lays on an angle? Or, a mix of both? If I’m not sure what looks best, I arrange the items multiple ways and take multiple shots using a different composition each time. Eventually, I find the best composition for the photo.

How to Photograph Instagram Flat Lays

Negative Space – Just like with other forms of art, negative space plays a big role in photography. Negative space refers to the empty space that surrounds an object. Negative space is soothing to the eye and provides a place for the eye to rest. Above I’ve provided a snapshot of my Instagram account. I’ve circled the flat lays that feature negative space. As you can see, when arranged in a grid, negative space evens out the gallery and gives followers a place to rest their eyes between the larger travel shots. As we discussed earlier, negative space will also bring your attention to the objects in the photo rather than requiring your eye dart around the image multiple times to understand the message you’re trying to convey. Reminder: Sometimes a lack of negative space can also be effective, but only if it’s executed well and with purpose. Picture a busy mural or a well laid out flat lay with more than 10 items.

How to Photograph Instagram Flat LaysFocus –  Getting the right focus for your shot can mean the difference between a good flat lay and a GREAT flat lay! Using a tripod is always best, but if you don’t have one, steady hands can also do the trick. Quick tip: Set your camera to autofocus, get a solid grip on your camera body, take a deep breath, push the trigger down half way and when you’re confident that your hands are still… push the trigger all the way down. Snap! lol

How to Photograph Instagram Flat Lays

Editing in Lightroom – Editing your flat lay photos in Lightroom is a great way to control multiple elements of your image. Editing a flat lay involves adjusting the Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Sharpening and Noise Reduction until you create the perfectly balanced photo. I personally love to boost the White in my flat lays until I get that professional studio look. I’ve created a Free Lightroom Presets called “Flat Lay” that I use for my own Instagram photos. It’s the perfect mix of all the elements that I shared above. Download it here for FREE! Looking for more Chic Lightroom Presets? Check out The Complete Collection.

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   Well, I hope that this tutorial was helpful and that you take advantage of some of these tips and tricks that I use on a daily basis. Remember, with the right information and a little creativity, you can do this! Have fun making your beautiful flat lays! Cheers.

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   Hello lovelies, it’s that time again! It’s time to download your weekly Free Lightroom Preset! This one is called: “Magic Sunset.” This is a photo of The London Eye and County Hall. London has many beautiful spots, but there’s something special about this area of the city. When I think about London, my mind immediately switches to an image of The London Eye. I’m a lover of carnival themed images: balloons, cotton candy, ferris wheels and carousels. I think that’s why I’m so drawn to this spot. There’s something about The London Eye that reminds me of childhood innocents, fairytales, and fun! I designed the Magic Sunset Preset to add a bit of fairy dust to your shots. The look is a combination of temp, tone, saturation and contrast. Click Here to be directed to the download page and try it yourself. Looking for more Chic Presets? Check out The Complete Collection! Want Free Presets in your feed every week? Let’s get Facebook Official! Wishing you a magical week ahead. As always…sweet dreams until sunbeams find you!

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   When we arrived at St. Mark’s Square that day, the sun was shining and the sky was a magnificent shade of blue. It was a gorgeous day in Italy! As we approached the epicenter of Venice, the tiny hairs on my arm stood up and I felt a rush of excitement flow through my body. I’ve always been the type of person who gets goosebumps and let me tell you, they were in full effect as we took our first steps in this grand square. The Basilica was large and impressive and the architecture that surrounds the square was nothing short of amazing! There were statues on rooftops, gondolas rocking on the shoreline and pigeons soaring through the air. It was everything that I imagined it would be…and more! After gleefully prancing around for a while, we spotted a gelato cart. It had been a few hours since our last indulgence (we went overboard with the gelato lol), so we decided to go for it! I chose a strawberry/mango combination which was absolutely delicious! I had to act fast to get my shot as my tasty concoction immediately started to melt in the hot Italian sunshine. It was the same bright sunshine that led me to the idea of using vintage presets for my edit. I imagined a sun-drenched look with lots of light leaks and bright colors. I used the “Saint Tropez” Preset along with a number of Light Leaks from The Vintage Collection to achieve the final product that you see above. If you’ve been following the blog, you must know that I am a vintage photo junkie! I am absolutely in love with this look and I can’t wait to use it in future posts. Until my next travel diary, sweet dreams until sun beams find you!

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Free Lightroom Preset London Landscape

Free Lightroom Preset London Landscape

  It’s that time again! Your brand new Free Lightroom Preset is ready for you to download! This one is called: “London Landscape” This is a shot that I took of Big Ben and Westminster Bridge in London this summer. During the day, the bridge is filled with people that are visiting from all over the world. We arrived early in the morning to get this clean shot of the area. It was raining that day, so the camera picked up the dark blue tones that you see in the “before” picture. I was playing around in Lightroom this morning and I came up with this look to accentuate the cool colors in the shot. The preset is a combination of vibrancy, clarity and tone curves that sharpen and enhance your landscape and cityscape shots to perfection. Click Here to be directed to the download page. Don’t miss my next travel diary later in the week. Spoiler alert: I’m taking you to St. Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy! Sweet dreams until sun beams find you!

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A Room with a View

   This story starts somewhere far…far away from this gorgeous hotel room in Paris. This story actually starts at a train station, high up in the Swiss mountains. You must be wondering how this hotel room and the train station are related. Well…let me tell you a little tale about how we turned the worst part of our trip into an experience that I will never forget! It was our final day in Switzerland and we spent the day hiking the Bernese Alps. We were waiting for our train to take us back down to the valley floor when I realized that I hadn’t heard from our Air B&B host in Paris. He told me months prior when I booked that he would provide me with information about the key a few days prior to our arrival. In that moment I decided to commit a deadly sin, one that all travelers will warn you about…I turned on my data plan lol. I was amazed that I got a signal and then…I saw it. “I regret to inform you that I will no longer be able to host you this week…” time stamped 2 hours prior. My heart absolutely shattered! We were leaving on a train for Paris in the morning and we had no place to go when we arrived. If this was any other stop on our Europe trip, I think I would have been a little more level-headed about the whole thing, but this was PARIS! The city that means so much to me…the place that I dream about all year long! I couldn’t believe that this was happening. After about 30 minutes of self-loathing and cursing the host in my head, I realized that we had to roll with the punches. I wasn’t going to let this little disruption ruin my Paris experience. When we arrived back at our hotel on the valley floor, we got straight to work looking for a hotel that would take us with less than 24 hours notice. This proved to be a difficult task as we found out that the European Cup (Soccer) was in town and people from all over the world would be staying in the city at the same time. Finally, we found Hotel La Comtesse. It was a beautiful brand new hotel located just a few blocks away from the Eiffel Tower. We decided that we were going to do this right and opted for a room with a view! I always wanted to stay at a hotel in Paris with a view of the Eiffel Tower, but I could never justify it in my head. This time I said, “I’m going for it!” It was the best decision we ever made. The room itself was gorgeous, the staff was delightful and personal and it was absolutely amazing to fall asleep each night seeing the glow of the Eiffel Tower through the window. It’s the age-old saying: When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade…and sometimes it’s the best damn lemonade you have ever tasted! As always sweet dreams until sunbeams find you!

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