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
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At Home in Paris | 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

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Behind The Scenes Edit

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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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Free Lightroom Preset Over The Seine

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    Free Lightroom Preset Over The Seine: Good morning everyone! Your next Free Lightroom Preset is ready for you to download. This one is called: “Over The Seine.” This one click preset will turn your blue hour sky shots into a rainbow of wispy cotton candy clouds. And everyone knows that I love a good cotton candy skyline! This photo was taken in Paris this past June. When I’m in the city, I love to purchase a bottle of wine and watch the sunset over the Seine river. On this particular night, the sky was filled with heavy clouds. As soon as blue hour started, we jumped on the nearest bridge and started snapping. I remember this moment very clearly because it was our last night in the city. It’s always hard to leave Paris, but it was nice to spend our final night surrounded by such a beautiful sky. I included a VIDEO below that shows you the Lightroom transformation in real time. Click here to be directed to the download page.

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Cafés & Cappuccinos in Paris

Cafés & Cappuccinos in Paris

Cafés & Cappuccinos in Paris

Cafés & Cappuccinos in Paris

  One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to park myself at a café and sip on a frothy cappuccino. We had plans to go to Café de Flore that day, but when we arrived at the popular hot spot, we realized that it was way too crowded for photos. “Oh well…C’est la vie” I thought to myself. I was more than happy to leisurely stroll through the city looking for a new location. We wandered down the street and we immediately stumbled upon Café Louise. The low key atmosphere was a welcome change from the hustle and bustle that surrounded Café de Flore. We ended up having the outdoor patio all to ourselves, which is always a bonus for photography! We grabbed a few shots before we sat back and enjoyed our cappuccinos and crepes. When I’m scouting locations for blog photos, I’m always assessing multiple elements such as the surroundings, the lighting, the backdrop, etc. Once I’m certain that I’ve found an ideal location that works on all levels, we get to work. I love to show the scene from different perspectives and I do this by using a variety of lenses and apertures. I also make a point to take detail shots because I think it gives the audience a closer look and a well-rounded experience. When it comes to editing, I always look to the photos themselves to help me choose a direction. These photos of Café Louise featured dark and neutral tones, which made me realize that I needed to stick to neutral presets. My goal was to enhance the RAW photos rather than adding any fancy tricks that might mess with the dark colors. I settled on the “Glowing” Preset from The Portrait Collection and I used some of my work flow presets to customize the look. I’ve included a video below that shows you the editing process in real time so you can see the presets in action. Enjoy!   

Cafés & Cappuccinos in Paris

 

Cafés & Cappuccinos in Paris

 

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Lovely Ladurée: Chic Presets

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Lovely Ladurée: Chic Presets

Lovely Ladurée: Chic Presets

   If you’ve spent even the smallest amount of time in Paris, you know that patissiers are a common sight in the city. You don’t have to walk very far before you come across a beautiful window display filled with all sorts of tantalizing sweets and treats. It’s one of the reasons why I fall deeper and deeper in love with the city every time I visit. On this particular trip, we decided to have tea and macarons at the lovely Ladurée Tea Salon. When you arrive on the corner of Champs Élysees and Rue Lincoln, you’re met with the beautiful green metal work that you see in the photos and a row of windows filled with the most elegant boxes that you’ve ever laid eyes on! Every inch of the exterior calls to you and invites you in for what is sure to be the best dining experience in Paris. When you set foot inside, your eyes are instantly drawn to the row of macarons, tarts and pastries that are available for take away. We eyed up a few macaron flavors and decided to head upstairs to the sitting rooms. It’s hard not to appreciate the way the salon is designed. Each dining room is themed with its own color palette and furniture inspired by the late 1800’s. We chose the room that featured the signature Ladurée green. We ordered the Marie Antionette tea and selected: Rose Petal, Salted Caramel, Pistachio, Vanilla, Lemon and Chocolate for our macarons. I don’t think that I’ll be able to describe the experience of devouring those little beauties, but I will tell you this: Lovely Ladurée does not disappoint! I highly recommend that you treat yourself to an afternoon of tea the next time you are in Paris.

GET THE LOOK: I used the “Plush” Lightroom Preset from The Portrait Collection to get the subtle blue split toning that you see in all of the photos. Before and after shot below. Looking for more Presets? Check out The Complete Collection. 

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