pink cockatoo

What a wonderful and whirlwind week it has been!  We are so happy with our launch of Shopkeeper’s Helper, our photoshop actions that  make product photo editing a breeze. Just when we were about to kick up our heels on the desk, and throw our hands behind our head in the classic relaxation pose we got a mention from Yahoo on Calligraphy making a comeback, really? How about that? We had a lot of  new visitors here and thought we should ramp up our efforts to launch the Lettering Love (working title of course) Photoshop actions set. We are hoping this will help a ton of those lettering artists out there (new and seasoned) to help clean up their lettering and get it ready for use on the web. We are thinking you might just love it.

Today in appreciation for our wonderful week we are making our little birdy print available for download. Michelle sourced it and gave it a little birdy makeover so we could shoot the very challenging white on white image for our pdf and video. You can download it here. Speaking of downloads, by joining our Foto Rx mailing list you will receive a download of a free mini set of Social media template actions, that’s right free and of course you can unsubscribe at any time. Enjoy friends!

P.S. Thank you again to Coco & Mingo for showing off her Foto Rx results!

Learn how to watercolor!

maybelle imasa-stukuls watercolor via besotted blog

This gorgeous shot popped up in my feed the other day, created by none other than the wildly talented Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls, I think a lot of people only know her as a calligrapher but she is a brilliant artist as well! Of course this made me want to try my hand at watercolor, I’ve been wanting to for some time I do have a nice set that I got a few holiday’s ago. I had been meaning to sign-up for a local class, but seriously when will I find a watercolor class that I can take either at 7:30 a.m. or 10p.m.? I found one! Yao Cheng, watercolor artist is now teaching a very comprehensive watercolor class at Creative Bug.  It’s very detailed, filled with tons of little tips + tricks. I have perused many a book and even did a bit of Googling and this class feels very accesible. I just started watching so I haven’t had a chance to begin a project, but I now feel like it’s possible to give it a go. What about you?  Have you ever tried watercolors? Any advice?  Have you taken this class yet? Creative Bug is now a very affordable $4.95/mo. but you can also get a 2 week free trial which gives you plenty of time to take many of their classes, in a try before you buy sort of way.

P.S. Love the lettering on this photo and want to learn how to do that yourself? Maybelle teaches an on-line calligraphy class here.


Creative Bug

Maybelle’s Calligraphy Class

Watercolor Class

Schmidt watercolors (the one’s that Maybelle used for the image)

Yao’s Watercolor tutorial on the Alison Show

photo by maybelle imasa-stukul

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the co-creator of the world’s best + easiest product photography tool-Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Product Photography Tutorials + Resources-A mega Collection!

a collection of essential product photography tutorials via besotted blog

If we had our druthers we would be able to sit down with all of you and give you the best darn product photography class + product photo editing class ever, making it super accessible and easy as pie!  Perhaps, one day in the near future we can make live classes happen, would you like that?  We would! Until that mystical, magical day comes we have sleuthed high and low to bring you a collection of useful Product Photography tutorials, tips and resources. We know having them all in one place is much easier than hunting them down all over the interwebs yourself and we are all about the easy. We hope this helps in assisting you get the best shots ever making your photo editing even easier!


Easy DIY Jewelry set-up

Product photography low light? no problem!

15 video tutorials for product photography

Product Photography and styling

Top tips for Smartphone product photography

Food photography with a smartphone (this tutorial could apply to products too!)

Understanding ISO

DIY Photo lightbox

$20 photo studio

DIY product photography

Product Photography on a shoe string budget

How to take professional photos of crafts

How to take better photos of print design work

How-to product photography backgrounds

Product photography fro beginners


The 4 essential shots you need to get

8 tips to improve your product photography

9 Great Photography tips


Lighting with strobes (nicely explained though!)


Foto Rx | Shopkeeper’s Helper Photoshop Actions (coming soon!)

Tabletop Photography Class

No macro lens? No problem!

50mm 1.4


Foamcore board

Tripod (dslr)

Tripod (smartphone)

Light box

Lowel Ego Lights


Full-frame camera

Photoshop + Lightroom Photographer’s bundle

Awesome used cameras!

P.S. A lot of the tutorials linked stress natural light, but I rarely use natural light for my product photography because it hasn’t worked with my schedule, (I need to shoot after baby gets to bed!) So I use artificial light for my product shots about 95% of the time! Both the tabletop lights (Lowel Ego Lights) and Speedlite. This photo taken by moi was shot in a totally dark room, but the light is beautiful, even and emulates natural light, here’s the tutorial for you!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.


sara byrne double exposure besotted blogsara byrne double exposure ii besotted blog Sigh, I just love these images by photographer Sara Byrne. I have been wanting to try this for awhile. Lucky for us Sara and her husband/partner Dylan were generous with their talent and created a step-by-step tutorial and video! Their tutorial is with a Canon 5D Mark iii, (which is a full frame camera), but I know some of the entry level full frame cameras also have the double exposure option! But if you don’t have a full frame camera, don’t fret I went on an internet treasure hunt and found other camera options and tutorials for you so you can give this technique a go!

Have you tried this already? If so is there a way that you did it that was different from the tutorials linked? We’d love to see your results if you try so stop back with a link we can visit!

P.S. I am going to write a totally unscientific and biased post soon on when it’s time to upgrade to a full frame camera, so be on the look out for that!


Double Exposure Tutorial by Sara & Dylan

Double Exposure Tutorial with Iphone

Double Exposure Tutorial + Interview with Iphoneograher Brandon Kidwell

Double Exposure Tutorial in Photoshop

Double Exposure Tutorial in Photoshop Advanced

Canon Mark D III

Canon EOS 6D

Photographer Photoshop + Lightroom Bundle

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and one of the writer’s of this delightful blog. She lives in sunny Seattle with her handsome husband, wonderful baby girl and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

Surface pattern design class

An Online Skillshare Class by Bonnie Christine
In the midst of all the hoopla surrounding our Foto Rx | First Aid Kit launch I saw a class that sparked my interest. Now you may be wondering how I can find time to take a class when I am busy with an active toddler, a new business, my existing business and this here blog. I do not have hired help or a clone of myself, so I watch a little bit here and there before I go to bed on my Kindle. I recently saw that Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost launched a new Skillshare class-Intro to Surface Pattern Design. For those of you not familiar with Bonnie she is a very popular blogger and a very successful (and prolific) surface pattern designer.  I actually have been a reader/fan of Bonnie’s for a long while now and have been amazed at the trajectory of her career. It is all well deserved as this woman does not stop creating, she is always doing new projects, adding new and exciting offerings to her blog (I have mentioned her Roost Tribe before as a great resource) and still manages to have that work/life balance we are all striving for. I knew I had to take this class!  What I didn’t expect, (but should have) was how dynamic Bonnie’s course was going to be. It is far more than just a surface pattern design class, it is a quick + easy intro to Illustrator (even if you have no experience in Illustrator you’ll be able to use it once the course is through), absolutely inspiring + motivational (in a totally authentic non-cheesy way) and of course an incredibly comprehensive course on surface pattern design. I called Michelle the next day and told her that I was thoroughly inspired and if I ever taught a Photoshop class I would love for it to have the same effect on my students. One of my favorite bits of the course was when Bonnie was recollecting about starting her blog and reaching out to a blogger with a large following and the blogger emailing her back and saying, ‘welcome, there’s room for you!’. Bonnie re-iterates that and tells you that the world needs your art/design, which I feel is such a call to action and motivating. It’s so easy to be an Eyeore and think, ‘Ah, the market is saturated, I wish I did this or that before the market got so saturated, now I could never do it.’ Oh, contraire, Bonnie believes you can (so do I), so today is the day, you need to get started on your dreams my friends, the world is waiting for you.
P.S. Bonnie has graciously given us the code BESOTTED so the first 50 readers can sign-up and take the class for free, click here!