The countdown is on…

Specimen III font by Rare Bird Font Foundry

Oh, we are getting so excited around here!  We are *this* close to launching the most beautiful font foundry in the world (I say that humbly, of course). Just wanted to get you a peek of a mock-up that we did using one of the beautiful fonts that will be in our launch line-up. Every detail of this foundry has been executed with the utmost detail and care and we just hope you fall madly in love with this project as we are. It has been a long time coming and we can’t wait to share all the wonderful talent with you!


Rare Bird Font Foundry

Rare Bird Instagram (we can’t wait to see your work with the fonts!)

Image edited with Foto Rx fine art black & white actions (coming soon!)

Shot with Fuji Mirrorless

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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.

Fall uniform

fall uniform via besotted blog i

And just like that it is fall…And I have nothing to wear and I have no idea where to start to find what I would like, you?  I am writing this post in hopes to see if maybe you might have any suggestions?  I am at a lost, I feel like no one has just beautiful, simple basics that don’t cost a fortune.  I have included a couple resources, one is from one of my fave blogs for capsule wardrobes, she always seems to find a great mix of high and low. I also have a pin board ‘Closet Case’ for some great inspo on simple outfits that will last you into the next couple decades looking chic.  Other than that?  Kind of at a lost, but open to suggestions!


Great capsule wardrobe resource

My style


Emerson Fry (you need to pre-order)


Sweater steal (I bought a large, normally a s/m)

Free Salt Prints via VIMPT

Vimpt salt prints via besotted blog

I am always in awe of the wonders I come across via these interwebs.  I accidentally stumbled across Craig Austin’s, VIMPT feed on Instagram. Austin’s feed is filled with incredible images, none of them his, well, I take that back, all of them his, let me back up…Austin in a master printer, he decided to donate his time and skills to the Instagram community by offering free salt prints to the community. You submit your interest via his hashtag #vimpt and then he takes a peek, finds the images that he feels will translate best and gets to work. The results? Stunning!  I love the entire process of making a photograph, but editing and hands on printing are really my jam. I wish there were more hours in the day, days in the year, etc. because I want to try this so badly. Until then, I need to get to start tagging….

P.S. We did a little ‘house’ cleaning on the blog, so if you are having trouble finding anything, blame me, I totally messed up, but don’t fret, everything is here, it just may be in another spot;)


Vimpt Instagram

VIMPT site

Salt print kit

Salt print kit ii

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.


Besotted with Diane Von Furstenberg

DVF via besotted blog

“I don’t like to talk about my dreams. I like to make them happen. I prefer to talk about them when they’re done.”

Diane Von Furstenberg is truly an inspiration. Michelle may have put it so perfectly, ‘She is someone that seems both down to earth and regal at the same time.” An anomaly, we like that. Today, when we working on our Instagram ads, oh, gosh, don’t get me started…something wonderful came up, a mention of Diane Von Furstenberg’s new Masterclass on branding. If there is anyone I would take advice from on this subject it’s someone who’s mere mention conjures up icon and unforgettable. I am going to link below to the class (in case you want to take it too) and also to her autobiography which is a must read for any woman business owner!


Branding Masterclass with Diane Von Furstenberg

A Signature Life by Diane Von Furstenberg


Besotted with hard light florals


dahlia_hardlight_white by tristan b via besotted

We have had an unusually hot week here in Seattle, a place where almost no one has air conditioning, which makes days sitting behind a computer in an office an almost excruciating experience. Michelle and I decided to take a break and get some fresh air, albeit sweltering, and take some shots at the Dahlia gardens. We knew we weren’t going to be able to cut anything down for our shoot, so we just lugged around giant white foam core board and took turns holding it up for each other. I have done this by myself and it has worked as well, but it is easier (and more fun) to have a friend assist. We used our Iphones and did quick one click edits in Lightroom with our beta Lightroom presets, a version of our Stockholm Photoshop action set, designed to pop the whites, lightly mute tones and add a bit of contrast. It works really well on these hard light images, something we are really attracted to right now, especially after all the recent Herb Ritts inspiration. It feels good to be inspired right now, especially after what felt like a lull, but I guess that’s just the nature of creativity, learning to live with the ebb and flow and trusting that ruts won’t last forever…



White foam core

Herb Ritts

Stockholm | Clean x minimal

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photos 1+3 by michelle p. | photo 2 by tristan b.