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

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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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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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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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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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