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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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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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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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.

 Happy Editing Everyone!

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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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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Instagram Recently…

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

  Instagram Recently… Instagram has quickly become one of my favorite places to share my photos/content and connect with all of you! I’ve met so many amazing creative photographers and bloggers since I started my account last year and I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it. Having the opportunity to interact with like-minded creatives (like you!) is something that I covet and look forward to on a daily basis! The Chic Presets Instagram Account is a place where you’ll find my Behind the Scenes Edits, Free Lightroom Presets, Exclusive Sneak Peeks into my life and Travel Adventures from around the world. Below are a few recent photos that I’ve released. Not “Instagram official” with me yet? What are you waiting for? Let’s do this! Follow along by clicking here and don’t forget to say a quick hello. I would honestly love to hear from you! (Seriously…I mean that! lol)

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Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

Instagram Recently... Chic Lightroom Presets

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On the Edge – The Grand Canyon

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

On the Edge / The Grand Canyon Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

 On the Edge – The Grand Canyon

   Don’t worry, the vest is faux! This shoot is conveniently titled “On the Edge.” Not only am I literally sitting on the edge of The Grand Canyon, but we’re also on the edge of a brand new year, so it seemed only fitting to release these photos today. As you already know, we flew out to Nevada last month in search of beautiful landscapes and exciting things to photograph. The Grand Canyon was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! When we arrived at the South Rim of the canyon, we were immediately surprised to see snow on the ground. We drove in from Las Vegas where it was fairly warm, and now here we were, experiencing freezing temperatures and snow! That’s the desert for you, you never know if you’ll be sweating or shivering until you get there. We woke up entirely too early one day to get these shots in the morning sunlight. Just getting to this peak was an adventure in itself. We had to dodge ice patches, hold on to branches and jump from rock to rock to reach the edge. I was more than happy to take a seat and steady myself after that trek.  Once I had my bearings and I was no longer afraid that I would fall, I looked out and really allowed myself to take it all in. One of the things that surprised me the most about the canyon was the beautiful range of color. I was expecting oranges and yellows, but I also found reds, blues, magentas and purples. The scene quite literally took my breath away…I’d never seen something so vast and magnificent! Being on the edge of something this incredible really makes you sit back and reflect on life. We shared a few moments of quiet reflection and gratitude before we started shooting.

   For the editing processes, I really wanted the canyon to be the star of the show, so I decided to use The Landscape Collection. Usually, I don’t recommend using this collection for photos with people in them, but if you’re careful to remove some of the clarity and contrast around the face of your subject, you can achieve a balanced look. After testing out a few of the presets in The Landscape Collection, I finally settled on the “Skyline” Preset. Next, I layered a “Faded” Preset over the photo to give it that washed out/cinematic look. Finally, I boosted the exposure and came in with some of my chic makeup brushes from The Brush Collection. I created a quick Transformation VIDEO below! When I was finished with the edit, I stepped back and looked at the photos again with fresh eyes. I loved the sandy/vintage look that I created and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you. Well, I hope that you enjoyed the scenery this week. Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook for new travel diaries, tutorials and FREE presets. Happy 2017! 

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A Rainbow of Color | Chic Lightroom Presets

A Rainbow of Color | Chic Lightroom Presets

A Rainbow of Color! Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Rainbow of Color! Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Rainbow of Color | Chic Lightroom Presets

   Today, I’m taking you somewhere over the rainbow! These photos were taken at Colette Grand Café in Toronto, Canada. This gorgeous Parisian inspired café is the perfect place for colorful blog photos. First, let me tell you a little bit about this shoot. I’ve admired this café for a long time and I’ve always wanted to take photos there. The interior is adorned with colorful furnishings, beautiful white marble tables, and excellent lighting for photography! What more could you want from a photo shoot location? We arrived bright and early on a Sunday morning. (Photography quick tip: Sunday morning is usually the best time to take photos. The streets are bare and the restaurants/cafés are empty. The earlier you arrive at your location the better!) I ordered a number of desserts from the bakery, including their famous macarons and raspberry cake. We also ordered two cappuccinos, which were artfully prepared for us by the barista. Soft french music played in the background and served as a charming soundtrack to our visit. Every detail of the experience felt like absolute luxury! As I arranged my shots, it was “trés difficile” to stop myself from devouring my beautiful subject matter before we were finished with the shoot. We held off just long enough to produce these lovely images for you to view today. I used the: Perfection Preset from The Wedding Collection to edit my RAW photos. It boosts your shots in one simple click! I added a VIDEO below to show you just how quick and easy the editing process really is. Check out the video and come back to see me soon for your next Free Lightroom Preset!

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A Rainbow of Color! Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Rainbow of Color! Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

A Rainbow of Color! Chic Lightroom Presets & Brushes

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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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