Besotted with :: Watercolor Markers

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Have you ever tried watercolor markers yet? We were recently introduced to watercolor markers and have been duly impressed! The one featured in the photo is by Winsor & Newton and is professional grade, it was the first we tried and we wanted to give you our first impressions. The one we purchased is a dual tip, one for detail work and a brush tip for covering larger areas. As you can see from the photo you do get a beautiful even wash of color that is very true to the original watercolor medium. For sake of convenience, we are putting together a quick PROS + CONS, this is by no means extensive as we have only tried this one brand but we are eager to try more!Read More

Easily restore vintage photos with Vintage Foto Fix Coming Soon!

 

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We have been on overdrive with our workload these last couple of months, lucky for us we love what we do!  We have many exciting things coming–a photo shoot for a branding client, a much loved project that we did, we loved it so much I told Michelle I wished it was our branding! Super excited that we get to shoot/style/edit for her, I love cohesive branding. We have a top secret project that we have been working on for years now coming to a launch soon, you don’t even know how happy I will be when we can set that birdie free! And we are launching a Vintage Foto Fix set for Foto Rx in April! I don’t know about you, but being able to quickly clean up (and save) many cherished memories is one of the best feelings ever. It has also forced me to do some much needed scanning and digital archiving, because prior I only had originals and those can so easily be lost or destroyed. We are popping in today to see if anyone would like to provide us with hi-res scans of vintage family photos to potentially use for our before + afters, if we choose to use it we will edit and send you a copy of the edited image!  You can upload images to our shop by hitting contact here .

We are super excited and hope you take us up on our offer and send in those scanned photos!

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Vintage Foto Fix | One Click Photo Repair Coming Soon!

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Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.

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Women in history that changed the world

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On this International Women’s Day we thought we would highlight a few women that were freakin’ awesome! Women that paved the way so that we could enjoy freedoms and opportunities. I read to my daughter constantly and I always try to add in non-fiction picture books of women that were innovators, that were courageous and that followed their heart. To celebrate women everywhere today we will be listing some women that rocked, maybe you heard of them, maybe you haven’t, either or we think you will enjoy our round up. Some of these stories are hard to believe that in a not so distant past women did not have many liberties/opportunities and how these women were able to overcome and were able to work around what seemed like insurmountable obstacles.

Caroline Herschel | Scientist

Okay, not just any scientist, one of the greatest astronomers of all time, the first official woman scientist, first paid woman scientist (hired y the king of England no less) along with her brother built the greatest telescope of her time.

Nelly Bly | Journalist

Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (May 5, 1864 – January 27, 1922), known by her pen name Nellie Bly, was an American journalist. She was also a writer, industrialist, inventor, and a charity worker who was widely known for her record-breaking trip around the world in 72 days, in emulation of Jules Verne’s fictional character Phileas Fogg, and an exposé in which she faked insanity to study a mental institution from within. She was a pioneer in her field, and launched a new kind of investigative journalism.

Carmen Herrera | Artist

A contemporary of  Jean Paule Satre , Jean Genet and Simone de Beauvior she worked along side many greats. Unfortunately, her career didn’t take the same trajectory of her peers and success alluded her. She sold her first painting at the age of 89 and was “discovered” by the art cognoscenti, which she says is good thing because,”getting old is expensive”.

Beatrix Potter | Conservationist

Many people know of Beatrix Potter as the beloved author and illustrator of  The Peter Rabbit series, but she was so much more. She was a self taught natural scientist and even though she was rejected from the prestigious school of Botany because of her gender her works on mycology (fungi) are still studied today. A conservationist she bequeathed the National Trust with the largest legacy donation in their history.

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Caroline Herschel Picture Book

Nelly Bly Podcast

Carmen Herrera documentary |Whitney article

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Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.

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Instagram Stories and how we are using it!

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Have you tried the Instagram Stories feature yet?  We are new to the whole Instagram Stories game, but we are excited to give this new feature a go for our fledgling @fotorxco Instagram account. Since our Foto Rx account is for our business where we are showcasing our photo edits but if you have a business, Instagram is a great way to showcase your work. I wish I would have been more diligent with it when I had my stationery company and opened an account specifically for my business (I think that’s a superb idea, since Instagram is adding new promotional enhancements for business accounts all the time), but better late than never! For the Stories we will be doing live edits using our photo processing tools and maybe we will get into showing live shoots and workshops down the road, baby steps! Your Instagram Story only lasts for 24 hours, so if you decide later on you hate your Story, no need to regret posting. Another feature we tried last week was Instagram Live, which was super awesome (and scary as heck!). You basically start a sort of mini video web chat on any subject (again we did live edits, but if you are say a clothing designer, show fabric shopping, sketching, etc. it’s limitless!), once you start a chat your followers are notified and can join in the chat, add comments and best of all (for us) ask us questions! I was scared and sweating profusely but it ended up being so much fun! Once you end the Instagram Live feature the content disappears. We have watched a couple great LIVE Instagram’s and of course a few duds. We will share some of our faves in another post, we have to run because we are about to go LIVE in a second, if you miss us LIVE you can always catch our Stories! Hope to see you there!

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Foto Rx Instagram

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Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography editing tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog.

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