A Featured Article, a Webinar, a Chubby Baby, and Catching You Up

I am one busy girl this week.  Wanna take a peek at what's on my plate? We are on our last week of portfolio reviews over on the Chic Critique Forum.  Trying to get caught up on those!  They're a lot of fun, and I love being able to help other photographers take a fresh look at their work!

Today I'm sharing a bit of my black and white processing tips over on The Creative Mama.  If you would like a little bit of a peek at my before and after, processing a backlit near-silhouette photo from color to black and white, then check it out.  And yes, I do show you blown highlights and all.  On purpose, but still... it's pretty intimidating.  If you choose to comment, please be kind.  ;)

Last night, we had the dress rehearsal for Chic Critique's Celebrity Secrets Revealed Live Webinar, and it promises to be pretty amazing.  I'm honored to be considered for the lineup of photographers presenting!  On Monday, May 5, I'll be talking about shooting in low light, and giving you pointers and tips for doing it in your own clients'  homes.  You can sign up HERE and be a part of it!

I'm working on some improvements and additions to my Bloom Forum Mini-Workshop, Lifestyle: Your Style.  I hope to have that ready to roll out soon.  And I'm working on some updates and facelifts for the blog as well.  In all my spare time. ;)

And I'm shipping out a small truckload of client orders and prints this week.  I'm so behind!  A huge thank you to my ever-patient clients who have been so kind and gracious recently.  I can never thank you enough for all of your support and understanding.  You're so wonderful, and I'm lucky to know you.

I realized that I haven't shared a photo of Charlotte lately.  She turned six months last week!  Would you like to see how chunky she's gotten?

Loves nibbling her feet, having conversations with the ceiling fan, and laughs and smiles constantly.  And most recently, she loves avocados.  That's my girl.  Thankfully, our littlest love is sleeping through the night fairly regularly now.  She slept 10 hours last night and I think she barely moved the entire night.  She usually flip-flops around and ends up on her tummy by morning.  If we could only get the rest of the occupants in our house to stay in their beds, we would be all set!  Sadly, it seems that Lila cannot sleep separately from Parker.  When he sleeps in his own bed, she tiptoes into our room before dawn, without fail.  When he does sleep in her room, she has a bad dream or hears a noise and ends up in our bed anyway.  Which in turn wakes up the puppy, who is asleep in his crate in our living room.  And so the howling begins.  Our poor neighbors.  I can't tell you the last time either Chris or I got a solid eight hours of uninterrupted sleep.  No wonder I need anti-depressants, right?  ;)

Alright, so you're all caught up!  I have to go catch up now, myself.  I have a lot of matting, wrapping, shipping and writing to do before Parker gets home from school.  I've made him my official after-school running partner!

Chic Critique | Celebrity Secrets Revealed Live Web Event

Today is the LAST DAY to sign up for my 4-week Chic Critique, which runs from now until March 2.  If you'd like a portfolio review, or just a few tips on post-processing, lighting, getting more emotion into your images, or anything else that's "bothering" you about your work... then I'd encourage you to sign up right now!  You'll be able to submit your images to me each week for my detailed video critique on each one, and find out specific actions that you can take to improve your photography.  Improve your confidence, and your images!  How I wish I'd had something like this available to me when I began my photography journey!! While you're there, be sure to sign up for the exclusive Celebrity Secrets REVEALED Live Web Event!  It's only available to Chic Critique Forum Members, and the Intro Price this week is just $89! 

Read on to find out more... I hope to see you there!

Have you seen the new look of Chic Critique Forum founded by Kelli France? Even Chic Critique's Facebook page looks fabulous!

Chic Critique offers Celebrity Critiques from some of the best photographers in the industry so that you can transform your images from weak to CHIC. To celebrate their gorgeous makeover, they are having "Red Carpet Week" this week with giveaways, freebies, and more!

They will be launching a CHIC magazine soon and you can enter their Cover Contest to win a Kelly Moore Bag!

Chic Critique also just announced this Exclusive Live Web Event:


The Chic Critique Forum

I remember participating in a popular photography forum several years ago when I first began shooting.  It was a wonderfully helpful forum filled with photographers of all skill levels; lots of people participated and shared their images and gave/received feedback and critique.  A lot of the feedback was really helpful, and forced me to open my eyes and view my images on a more technical level instead of an artistic one (ya gotta know the rules in order to break them, right?).

After awhile, as my work improved, I began to get comments like "Great shot!", "So stinkin' cute!" or "Love it!", or the ever-popular "I lurrrrve it!" (anyone remember that one?!).  While sweet words like that were (and still are) wonderful to hear (and so good for the ego, lol)... I felt that these compliments weren't necessarily the truth.  I longed for honest critique again.  Someone to tell me flat-out that my highlights were blown to smithereens and my shadows were completely blocked.  Or to offer helpful advice, for instance, if I had turned my subject a few degrees more toward the light, I could have brightened up her eyes or lightened the shadows alongside her cheek.  Give it to me straight!  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt hat I could have improved my technique faster if someone had simply told me the truth about my work.

Well, enter the Chic Critique Forum!  It's a wonderful new resource that focuses on giving photographers HONEST critique on their work.  What's it really worth to you, to have honest and helpful feedback on your photography?  To have another set of eyes to view your work, someone help you figure out what your images might be lacking.  What could make them a little bit better, what could make them stand out and shine?  I say $59 is a steal for something as valuable as the future of your art and your business.

I'm thrilled to be a part of this amazing group of "Celebrity" Photographers who are offering our honest critique to help your images improve.  Sign up HERE for my 4-Week Critique, and also become a part of a fabulous forum that will continue to help you and your photography business blossom and grow!  My class is only $59 and begins on Monday, October 3.  I can't wait to chat with you and help your images become better than ever.  See you soon!