Inspiration Rx | Philippe Halsman

philippe halsman photo of salvador dali

philippe halsman jumps via philippe

Spontaneous, Exuberant, Energetic

We dearly miss our Inspiration Rx series and many of you have mentioned that you miss it too! So we have been wracking our full-to-bursting brains to figure out a way to give you a healthy dose of Inspiration Rx, but in a more efficient, highly concentrated way. Our solution? Every week we’ll bring you an image (we will be featuring both new artists as well as icons you should know) with 3 words or statements that come to mind for us when looking at this image. Use one of those words as a prompt, or the image itself to springboard your next creative exercise!

We chose Philippe Halsman because his images personified our current frame of mind + moods, we are currently in full on ‘hooray and jumping for joy mode’ here. His images were also very innovative for the period he shot them in where there was much emphasis on serious glamour he photographed the most glamorous in these joyful jumps. His portraiture is equally as creative and charming, You can visit his galleries here.

 What do you think? Are you motivated by one of these prompts? How about the images?

 As always, we want to see your work! Leave a link to your project in the comments, or use the hashtag #inspirationrx on Instagram!

P.S. Here’s an interview with Mr. Halsman by Leonard Nimoy. I love how he starts by saying that Philippe Halsman has recorded history in a “brilliant and beautiful way”, we concur!


Photographer Valeria Spring

Phot by Val Spring via Besotted Blog

Photo by val spring via besotted i

Val Spring photo of Aran G. via besotted blog

We wanted to introduce you to the uber talented photographer Val Spring. Michelle, myself and Sanae were lucky enough to attend her recent gallery exhibit at Dry Goods in Pioneer Square (I call it the Soho of the PNW). Val’s work which I was introduced to at a pop-up shop last holiday season had a profound effect on me. I can tell you up until that point I was feeling a little disenchanted with my own photography, not really inspired in the way that I was hoping would happen after E. arrived. Then I saw Val’s work and if my brain could have exploded with happiness it did, I felt re-invigorated, like I had new eyes, so many ideas began to percolate and even though I am usually more on the reserved side I found myself seeking her out and effusing wildly about how she has re-inspired me.  I feel like it was one of those change your life moments, ever have one? Val didn’t shirk away from my effusion either, in fact she embraced it and encouraged me and I am grateful that she is as kind as she is talented, because seriously I would have been crushed if she thought I was a weirdo. Val’s current work which I couldn’t find on-line is focused on exploring movement, it has the look and feel of film, a dreamy quality without resorting to affected techniques. All of her images to me have a very cinematic feel and to be honest all I want is to be able to shoot like her, but I am hoping to find my own creative voice within her magical imagery. The images of her muses (her daughters) are absolutely frameable works of art, they perfectly capture the essence of being a little girl, the light, oh the light, just everything about her photos makes my heart go pitter patter. There’s something completely relatable within each frame, I wish I could articulate it better, but I am hoping that you go and explore her work a little further for yourself and hopefully she will be adding her new work to her soon to launch fine art photography site soon!

P.S. Here’s a nice little interview with Val!

P.P.S. The last photo is of the equally lovely and talented Aran G. If you want to see more photos like this follow Val on Instagram here. And a huge thank you to the ever stylish Susan of Fleurishing for the kindest mention today, she’s another instagram you should follow especially if you have little’s, I love this shot, dying over this wallpaper and this dress for baby girl passport photo.

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.

Digitize your lettering in 30 seconds!

lettering actions coming soon via besotted blog

I had an impossible time thinking about what to post this morning, not that I was absent of ideas, contraire, the problem was that the ideas were flooding in and which to choose?  So much going on in my little head right now and feeling butterflies of excitement for the future (business wise), it’s a feeling I was afraid might have left once I gave birth as I have felt pretty inept these past 15 months. I will discuss more on that at a later date, but for today I want to talk about happy things! One of those happy things is we have made a huge dent (I hope) in out lettering Photoshop action set. I worked on it every spare 5 minutes here and there that I had this weekend. I get more done now in 30 minutes than I ever did when I worked my usual 10-12 hour day (amazing what you can accomplish if you are forced to get efficient + organized). The lettering set is going to help automate the process of cleaning up your lettering and line art (so difficult for a newbie to Photoshop!) making it a snap to get it web ready so you can show it off!  I used both the Shopkeeper’s Helper set on this Iphone photo (to get the background a bit whiter of course) and the prototype Lettering set to clean up the lettering I did for a client, then I made it into a Photoshop brush to place over the photograph. The great thing about brushes are you can easily size the lettering and ‘stamp’ it in any color, you can even control how opaque you’d like it. I purposely made this very transparent since I wanted it to be just a hint of lettering and not really legible, but the option to make it lighter and darker will be at your fingertips.  I honestly don’t know how fast we can get this new set out, these launches are a lot of work!  We are going to be testing the set with some of your fave lettering artists such as Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls (a self proclaimed Photoshop Luddite) and trying to work out all the kinks before we release it to market. Speaking of market, we are going to be getting in depth in how to market a product on-line, what we know from experience with a successful brand, what we are learning with our new brand and some mistakes to avoid along the way. We believe there’s room for everyone to be a huge success and we truly want to see you succeed–you deserve it!

P.S. Of course this photo was inspired by Michelle’s always amazing Instagram feed, check it out!

P.P.S. To be the first to know of the Lettering set launch you can sign-up to be notified here.

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.


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!

How-to get whiter backgrounds in your product shots-the quick + easy way!

Has obtaining those beautiful white backgrounds in your product photography alluded you? No matter what type of light you shoot in you feel like you upload to your computer and your whites are either too blue, too yellow, too gray or…?  We completely understand your frustration, trust us we have been there too, that’s why we developed what we believe to be the quickest + easiest way to get those whites nice and bright without effecting your exposure and still maintaing your shadows!  We toyed with the idea of just selling this one action as the set, it’s that much of a product photography game changer, but because we love you so we included a boat load of other cures for your malady stricken photos. Your product photos on-line are your first ‘in’ with potential consumers and we all know how many choices there out there, you only have that one second to grab someone’s attention, speaking of seconds, wouldn’t it be nice to edit in them? We think so!  If you have questions about Shopkeeper’s Helper just leave them in the comments.  If you are having trouble just getting started with your product photography we created a mega list of tutorials here and if you need a quick overview on Photoshop we have some great tutorials here and free Photoshop courses here.

Of course you don’t need a shop to partake in the editing goodness, we think this set with the ‘paint on whiter background’ action would be perfect for bloggers especially if you do a lot of DIY’s on white backgrounds and yes, you can even use this action to clean up your lettering! Just bring up a scan or photo of your black and white lettering and paint over the entire image, it’s how I cleaned up this lettering piece!

We can’t wait for you to try Shopkeeper’s Helper, we want you to be able to make great photos for your shop, we think healthy photos = happy $hoppers!

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