Couture Botanical Mock Branding

Specimen II by Rare Bird Fonts via besotted blogStarting a new company reminds me a lot of those first stages of bringing home baby, so much to do, not enough time, lots of late nights and sleeplessness, days filled with explosive joy and angst. We of course have not had a lot of time to think of anything else but the foundry so, we hope it’s not giving you the eye rolls here. We wanted to pop in and show some mock branding for a ‘couture botanical’ company. I am very happy with how this turned out, I feel that it is simple and elegant and reads luxe. We shot the image over the summer with hard light (inspired by Herb Ritts) and used our Stockholm Clean x Minimal Photoshop action set to edit, which I think looks aces, so crisp and clean. I was talking to Michelle about maybe adding high quality, luxe stock to our Foto Rx shop, we know how hard it is to find beautiful, quality images and it seems like there is always a need be it for branding or social media. etc. What do you think?  Does that sound like something that would interest you?  I feel like you could add a text block over the image and get attention for your blog how-to article, spring sale, etc. Would love to hear your thoughts!

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Specimen II font lettered by Karla Lim

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Photo edited with Foto Rx | Stockholm Clean X Minimal

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Photographer Herb Ritts

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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Bird Love by Leila Jeffreys

bird love by leila jeffreys via besotted

We haven’t done one of our themed weeks in ages, so we thought with our impending launch of our Rare Bird font foundry we would dedicate this week to the birds. It feels fitting, right? This is a photo of the most wonderful book, by a most talented photographer–Leila Jeffreys. A gift from a most thoughtful friend (Michelle).  I love Jeffreys back story how she started out as a garden bird-watcher and how her love morphed into a more serious bird enthusiast where she was helping ornithologists tag birds and then taking photos of the birds followed. It’s not just Jeffreys incredible and obvious talent that I am drawn to but her overflowing passion and dedication to her muse. To me Jeffreys has found the ‘dream’ subject, the birds as muse encompass so many of my own loves-animals, nature, science, photography and in the end, icing on the cake interior design.

Jeffreys will be in NYC exhibiting her flock at the Olsen Gruin Gallery come October 13th-November 12th 2017 with her Ornithurae Volume I exhibit. If you are in the area we think it would be well worth the visit!

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Leila Jeffreys

Leila Jeffreys Instagram

Bird Love by Leila Jeffreys

Olsen Gruin Gallery

Phase One Camera (what she shot with!)

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Camera | Lens

Edited with Flatlay Presets (coming soon)

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.

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;)

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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.

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Besotted with Herb Ritts L.A. Style

herb ritts l.a. style via besotted blog

Herb Ritts is one of my very favorite photographers, simple and glamorous, iconic and utterly unforgettable. I picked up Herb Ritts L.A. Style the other day and it did not disappoint, curated by Paul Martineau associate curator for photography at the Getty museum (a favorite museum if you ever get a chance to visit), it is filled with Mr. Ritts most seminal images.

Michelle and I have been studying masters of photography for a while, mainly images in black and white, research to inspire us while we are developing our black and white Photoshop actions and presets. It has been a labor of love for sure going through photo history and identifying the tones and characteristics of a monochrome image, the qualities that make it most striking and how the absence of color was used to greatest effect. It is a lot more complicated than it seems, for me a natural born tinkerer it’s my happy place. I love having someone to pore over these collections with, someone that can add to the conversation (and is equally as giddy). Unlike most editing tools we have created, where we can almost magically transform your so-so image into something great, a black and white takes a little more forethought, sure you can get good results but with a little planning you’d be able to get outstanding ones.  We are all about creating something outstanding.

What about you?  Any favorite photographers that shot mainly in b+w that you’d like us to research?

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Herb Ritts L.A. Style

Getty Museum

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.

photo by tristan b. edited with Stockholm | clean x minimal

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Restoring family photos in a couple of clicks!

vintage foto fix cricket before and after

All weekend long I am doing edits on my Instagram feed of vintage photos. This is proof positive that the Vintage Foto Fix Photoshop action set is an easy peasy undertaking, because I am doing them with the ‘assistance’ of a 3 year old, she is ‘curating’, sometimes clicking, always on my lap. Of course toddlers are not known for their infinite wells of patience so you know this has to be quick. Read More