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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Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto is a city that I hold near and dear to my heart! It’s always been an exciting international location, but in the last 5-10 years, it’s really started to shine as a city with a vibrant progressive culture and modern architecture. The waterfront area is the best place to catch a shot of the city skyline. (Side note – It’s even more beautiful at night, but I digress.) The skyline is predominantly comprised of blues, grays, blacks & whites thanks to all of the modern glass buildings and condos that have been sprouting like wildflowers recently. The water adds an additional hit of blue and makes for an exceptionally cohesive backdrop for photos. We arrived in this spot early enough to have it all to ourselves on this sunny April morning. These photos were shot on a Canon 5D MkII camera with a 50mm and a 24-105mm lens. For the edit, I wanted to exclusively use brushes from The Brush Collection. Sometimes you just want a subtle splash of editing here and there and that’s where this collection can really shine. I used some of my basic brushes – (Brighten 2 & Soften 2) to get that soft blue sky look. Then I used some of my makeup brushes (Teeth Whiten 1, Lips & Pink, Skin Smooth 1) to edit my complexion. I also used some of my other basic brushes (Enhance & Sharpen 2) on the title photo and the portrait oriented skyline shot below to get that crisp/defined look in the buildings. The result is a natural looking edit with subtle enhancements that compliment the original untouched shots. Looking for more presets? The Complete Collection has got you covered with hundreds of chic looks to play with, including the brushes that I mentioned! If you ever find yourself in Toronto, take a trip down to the waterfront and grab some shots, you won’t regret it. Happy Editing!

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | Chic Lightroom Presets

Toronto Waterfront | 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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Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

 The canal district in Amsterdam is a beautiful place to explore during the summer. We stayed in town for three night as part of our whirlwind trip across Europe. We spent our time with cameras in hand searching for unique bicycles (there were so many to choose from) vintage cars and Dutch architecture. When we weren’t taking pictures, we were perched in coffee shop windows enjoying cappuccinos and Dutch desserts. We have a friend in town who took us on a bicycle tour of the canals and brought us to a trendy restaurant in the Pijp neighborhood for tapas and Dutch brewed beer! It didn’t take me long to realize that the city was built with brick and mortar. The canal district has a very distinct color palette of brown, beige and black with a little hunter green thrown in here and there. When I started looking for presets to use on my Amsterdam photos, I took a cue from the city itself and chose The Cappuccino Collection. This collection includes 65 toasty presets that give you that hipster, coffee lover look! The Lightroom Preset that you will see across all of the photos today is called “French Roast.” It’s a delicate mix of clarity, matte and temperature adjustments. (Looking for more presets? Don’t forget to check out The Complete Collection with hundreds of looks to play with.) The French Roast preset gave me that warm/effortless look that I was going for with a few simple clicks. If you’re interested in watching me edit these photos in real time, I will be posting a behind the scenes editing video with actual footage that we shot in Amsterdam later in the week. Enjoy a little trip through the canals on me! Happy Editing!

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

Amsterdam | Chic Lightroom Presets

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Behind The Scenes Edit | Rome Italia

Behind The Scenes Edit | Rome Italia

   As promised, I’m delivering a behind the scenes peek at how I edited my last travel post – Rome, Italia! Watch above as I transform three travel photos using the “Fearless” Lightroom Preset from The Blogger Collection! 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 11 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 Everyone!

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