Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets

Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets

The morning is a special time in Positano, Italy. It’s when the streets are bare and the beach is empty. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to wake up early and experience everything on my own. I love the feeling of having a location all to myself. Positano is lovely at any time of the day, but it’s especially lovely in the morning. We shot these photos on the main beach. The Amalfi Coast is such an interesting place to photograph. Those quaint little houses nestled into the mountains, the clear blue waters, and those James Bond looking beach umbrellas really create a wonderful atmosphere for photography. I’ll be doing a separate post that will focus solely on “Scenes from Positano” in a few short weeks so stay tuned for that. I ended up using The Blogger Pack to edit these shots. After trying out a few presets, I settle on the “Tropical Vibes” Lightroom Preset and the “Tuscan” Color Preset. The combination of the two gave me that warm beachy look that you’ll see throughout the photos. I also used a number of makeup brushes from The Brush Collection to complete the look. There’s a stunning before & after transformation photo is at the bottom of the post so don’t forget to check it out. Looking for more presets by any chance? The Complete Collection has over 480 beautiful Lightroom Presets and Brushes for you to discover! Now, let’s spend some time on the beach, shall we?

Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets

Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets

Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets

Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets
Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Positano Sunshine | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Free Lightroom Preset | Café Delight

Free Lightroom Preset | Café Delight

   Hey everyone, I have a brand new Free Lightroom Preset for you to download today! This is the Café Delight Preset! I designed this preset to transform your photos with one simple click. Café Delight washes out your photos with a bright tone curve and a hint of lavender split toning. The result is an impossibly chic/feminine look that would be perfect for blog posts, Instagram, Pinterest, and social media. I took this photo while out on a walk in Paris earlier this summer. This is the Les Deux Palais Café which is located just a few steps away from The Seine. It has those ever so lovely stripped bistro chairs that I’m always on the hunt for when I’m in the city. To download this preset: Click Here to be redirected to the download page. See the Before & After below! Looking for more beautiful Lightroom presets and brushes by any chance? The Complete Collection has over 480 Chic Presets and Brushes to play with! Happy editing everyone!         

Free Lightroom Preset | Café Delight

Before & After! (Click & Drag Across)

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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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Icelandic Horses | Chic Lightroom Presets

Icelandic Horses | Chic Lightroom Presets

  Icelandic horses are what originally drew me to Iceland. I’d seen countless photos of these majestic animals running freely through the mountains and lush green pastures online. With their long, wild manes and carefree attitudes, they were definitely the main attraction for me as we toured the Island in the 8 adventure filled days that we spent there. Horses have always been a passion and a point of fascination for me. Growing up, I spent 2 summers working as a stable hand with a traveling ponies company. We would handle ponies for children’s birthday parties, fairs, and private events. Over those years, I built up a love and admiration for these animals that still stands today. Handling ponies, I learned a lot about the equestrian world and I’ve come to appreciate the unique personality that each horse brings to the table. When I found these three beauties along the side of the road, I knew that this was my opportunity to get some unique horse shots for the blog. I took a few minutes before I started shooting to get to know them and I used this information to guide me through the shoot. The white horse was definitely the youngest of the bunch. She was filled with a light-hearted dose of energy and curiosity that only a young soul can pull off. It was almost as if she was delighted to have her picture taken and she enjoyed all of the attention that I was giving her along the way. The horse that appears in the middle of the photo below was a bit more mature, but also very care-free and easily amused by the camera. The final horse (on the far right) was older. She gave off a sense of wisdom and kindness that you’ll only find in a horse of her age. In the photos below you’ll see that I tried my best to capture some of the wisdom and maturity in her eyes. All in all, each one was equally cooperative and excited for me to get close, touch and photograph them against that lovely Icelandic backdrop. For the edit, I decided to use the “Blue Raspberry” Lightroom Preset from The Portrait Collection. It really boosts the color in your shots and provides an ample amount of clarity and sharpening. (Looking for more presets? Check out The Complete Collection with hundreds of chic looks to discover!) Photographing these horses will be something that I’ll be talking about for years to come! These shots may even end up on the wall in my home sometime in the near future, we’ll see! Before & After below! 

Icelandic Horses | Chic Lightroom Presets

Icelandic Horses | Chic Lightroom Presets

Icelandic Horses | Chic Lightroom Presets

Icelandic Horses | Chic Lightroom Presets

Icelandic Horses | Chic Lightroom Presets

Icelandic Horses | 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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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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