Instagram Stories and how we are using it!

garlic edited with Stockholm via besotted

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

Photo edited with Stockholm | Clean x Minimal

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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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Clean + minimal editing, Scandi style!

clean minimal bright white photo editing via besotted

I know I am easily excitable but today I really, really am excited to announce the launch of Stockholm | Clean x Minimal our new photo processing Photoshop actions. The new set is Nordic/Scandinavian inspired-muted tones, bright light, clean whites. This set has both Michelle and I truly inspired, we have been on a flat lay photo taking frenzy. We both got some print worthy Iphone shots after a 2 minute visit to a local rock shop, this set has instantly been added to our regular photo editing rotation. We know how hard it is to find ‘your look’, we also know how important it is to create a cohesive visual presence for your brand, if you have been yearning to recreate the look that all the Scandinavian bloggers have seemed to effortlessly master then we have you covered. Our processing tools are one click edits with the option to refine even further. We know this is going to become a favorite (it’s one of ours)! We have a little preview before + afters below and tips on achieving this look before you start editing!Read More

Clean + minimal photo editing

clean + minimal photo editing in one click via besotted

We thought we would pop in really quick to show you what we have been working on in our Foto Rx lab! Our next photo processing set we will release (fingers crossed next week) we took inspo from Nordic style, we are talking clean edits, subtle toning, lovely light. We felt like this flamingo really showed off the effect. The ‘before’  image on the bottom is really nice, but we like our colors a little less saturated and of course we love our pinks to be more muted. In one click we were able to get this perfectly soft, muted pink, the background was softened and our blacks were deepened. We are pretty excited with the results. If you having been trying to recreate that Nordic/Scandi vibe but haven’t had much success than you are going to LOVE this set! It works perfectly for flat lay photography, interiors, vignettes and more (for photos with people? Um, not so much), it has a lot of practical uses and hopefully will become a valuable time saving resource.

If you haven’t already be sure to sign-up for our mailing list, we are going to give away one of the new sets to one lucky individual on our list (it could be you), you can sign-up here.

Have you been loving the minimal Nordic vibe too? Is there an editing style you wish we would create a processing set for? Anything else you would like us to come up with (besides an app, we know, that’s one of our biggest requests!)?

photograph by lauren mancke

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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Stovetop espresso and easy lattes at home

Espresso pot black on black via besotted blog

Many people gave up coffee/caffeine as the new year rolled in (Michelle gave it up before then!). I on the other hand made a concerted effort to drink stronger coffee. I know that may sound odd, but I really only drink one cup a day (alternate days I’ll drink tea). On the mornings I have coffee I wanted it to really do its job and for me that meant I wanted something with a kick, something that was rich in a way only good coffee can be, not bitter, not waterey, something that felt like I was drinking a cup of luxury, because when you have a toddler, drinking a hot beverage while it’s still hot is truly a luxury. I did a ton of coffee research, which if you ever have gone down that rabbit hole can be both incredibly interesting and overwhelming. I decided on a stove top espresso maker. They are inexpensive (mine shown was under $15!), easy to use and easy-ish to clean. They do take more time than say a Keurig, but about as much time as it takes to make and steep a good cup of tea. My espresso maker reads that it makes 6 cups and I am sure it would if you were making espresso, but if you think you are going to get 6 cups of coffee out of it, you are not. You will get one strong cup of coffee. I don’t even use the entire pot. I have been making my own foamy lattes in the morning, heating the milk (in the microwave) and using a handheld frother, it may seem like a lot of work, but it’s a lot less work than trying to wrangle previous mentioned toddler, get her dressed, fed, in the car seat or stroller, off to Starbuck’s, ask for a lukewarm latte, get home drink latte cold. My extra step to froth my own milk, is totally worth it and I get to drink my latte hot!  Bonus, I save a ton of money and my sanity! This is such a revelation!Read More