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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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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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