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?


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

Besotted with photographer Romina Ressia

Romina Ressia via besotted blog

Michelle and I were doing research today, we are planning a shoot soon (if you know of any interesting looking folks in the Seattle area that want some artful photos of themselves have them email us!), we were going through our inspiration boards and this image popped up and I said, “we need to mention Romina Ressia on Besotted !”.  And indeed we do!  We love it when people don’t take themselves too seriously and it is evident in Ressia’s work that although she obviously has a proficiency with light, texture and color she has a twinkling wit as well.  We hope you take time to visit her portfolio, it is definitely a little inspirational nugget sure to bring a smile to your face!


Romina Ressia

Foto Rx |Cure for the Common Capture


photo by romina ressia

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.


Font and Florals!

around here fashion shoot via besotted blog

Well, hello friends!  We have a winner for Bonnie Christine’s Roost Tribe membership and it is (insert drumroll)– Beth | Fatesallow!  We are so happy so many of you entered, it really is an incredible value (both Michelle and I are members). Bonnie is one of the nicest, most motivated and inspiring individuals and we know that the ‘Tribe’ is the perfect place to jump start your surface pattern design career!  Congrats!

On another note, we haven’t done an ‘Around here…’ post in a while, but we have been up to so much and are learning so much that we thought we would share some of our inspiration and findings. Tomorrow Michelle and I have our first fashion photo shoot!  This is a huge deal, we have done a ton of product photography (even created a product photography editing software), but we don’t have a lot of model work in our portfolio and we are thrilled to be able to add this to it! The client is special as we have been able to work with their branding on a whole other level.Read More

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

Easily restore vintage family photos!

easily restore vintage photographs via besotted

We always say this, but it’s true, we are over the moon about our latest photo editing set Vintage Foto Fix. We know Photoshop may seem like a daunting program, but we take all the scary parts out and replace it with automated good times, (or something like that). We have had so much fun developing this set and watching the magic unfold before our eyes. Everyone has precious family photos that they would be devastated if they lost. Most people (including ourselves) only have one copy of irreplaceable photographs in less than ideal conditions, with this set we have not only been able to restore images to former glory, we now have digital copies that we can share, pass down and best of all gift!  We are thinking this set will pay for itself with the gifting of precious memories. I have already edited too many vintage photos to count, in a fraction of the time it would have taken me to get in my car, find parking, shop, etc. I am all about the ‘perfect’ gift so this set has me all heart eyes. We also included a bonus Classic Black + White action from our future black + white set, a set that Michelle and I have been developing for years now, seriously. If you are on our mailing list you got that action for FREE (we never spam and only send out awesome) and one lucky subscriber was gifted a FREE set. We are working on Lightroom presets, it’s on our incredibly long to-do list but something we both think would be a welcome addition, so stay tuned!

We know seeing is believing so we are still open to getting in your scanned family photos and editing for you!  Drop us a line we will get you the details of where to send. If you have any questions ask away!

P.S. To celebrate our launch we are offering $10 off, use code: VINTAGE10 at check-out!


Foto Rx | Vintage Foto Fix

Vintage Foto Fix demo

Photoshop monthly subscription

Our favorite photo paper (we just cut to size)

Favorite pro home photo printer (similar)

Mailing for freebies and other goodies!

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.