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
Palais Royal | Chic Lightroom Presets

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

 

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Lovely Ladurée: Chic Presets

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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A Room with a View

A Room with a View Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Room with a View Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Room with a View Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Room with a View Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

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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Free Lightroom Preset Rooftops

Free Lightroom Preset Rooftops

   Good morning my lovelies! Today I’m bringing you a brand new Free Lightroom Preset called: Rooftops. If you’ve been following the blog, you must know that I am head over heels in love with Paris…and by extension, the Parisian rooftops! The photo above is a quick snap that I took one afternoon while exploring the 6th district. Whenever I’m in the city, I’m always looking up. I must admit that my obsession with rooftops can be dangerous at times. I’ve been known to stray off the sidewalk a little to get a better view. It isn’t long before I’m in someone’s way or I’m suddenly at risk of being hit by a bicyclist, or worse, a car lol. It’s terrible to say, but those lovely rooftops are worth the risk. I can’t help but take the time to appreciate the thought that went into the design, the skill that went into the construction and the goal of creating something beautiful that guided it all. Lately, I’ve been finding myself drawn to washed out, over exposed images. There’s something about the imperfection of a bright sky or a washed out building that’s been inspiring to me lately. I created “Rooftops” to fulfill my desire for a preset that creates the look I’ve been drawn to. Click here to be directed to the download page and try it yourself! Looking for more Chic Presets? Check out The Complete Collection. Well…I’m on my way to grab a coffee and take a stroll by the river. We have to take advantage of these last few days of summer. Come back and see me on Tuesday for another travel diary post. This week it’s back to London for tea, delicious treats and more pink than you could ever imagine! You won’t want to miss this one 😉 Have yourself a wonder weekend and as always…sweet dreams until sun beams find you!

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