Calligraphy Font Anna Clara via Besotted Blog

I found out about this newly released font by Trial by Cupcakes | Laura Condouris last week, I can’t believe I forgot to mention it!  Good thing I waited because I saw that they are currently offering a limited time discount so although late my timing may be even better!  I love the new spate of realistic calligraphy/lettering fonts coming out.  Some of course are more spendy than others and this new one Anna Clara is similar to another font I love (and own) by Emily Lime called Bombshell Pro, but I love options.  I am not in love with the capital ‘B’ in the Bombshell set, I have tried to like it but I am finicky when it comes to my ‘B’s’ and it’s not for me. With Anna Clara the ‘B’ is a lot less showy and would work for me better but would still have that casual but lovely hand I admire from Bombshell.  Don’t get me wrong, one is not better than the other, but it’s nice to be able to have a choice, which up until recently there was nothing on the market that had the look of modern calligraphy we all seem to covet.  I would love to see more options from other superstar calligraphers and if any are reading, I would love to have multiple alternates for the capitals, is that too much to ask for?  I have mentioned a bunch of other realistic calligraphy/lettering fonts previously, but if you missed that post here are some of my faves: Carolyna Pro Black, Jacques & Gilles, I love ALL of the Magpie Paper Works fonts, Bellucia, Nelly Script, Bookeyed Jack I think this should be a nice start down the rabbit hole of hand lettered fonts for you, I know I have left some out but these are the ones I own and find myself using on a regular basis.

On a supplies front, I recently purchased the Higgins fountain pen India ink at the craft store, I had run out of sumi ink and was working on a project and didn’t want to wait.  I was worried it would be thin like the other inks I have bought at the craft + art store that weren’t sumi, but it’s a great consistency a little thinner than sumi but I really liked it, it dried matte where as sumi usually dries with a sheen. Options, love me some options.

P.S. On the Font Shop blog they just launched some beautiful script fonts, check them out here.

P.P.S. Run don’t walk, Creature Comfort blog has a new look with some GORGEOUS hand lettering!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future. Will it be the Bay area or Seattle? She’s open to your suggestions!


Ritzy Bee Curator Besotted BlogI have been doing these Pinterest Curator pieces for a bit now, but I have never solely focused on an individual board.  I just love Maria + Kelly of Ritzy Bee board ‘by the sea’, it totally satisfies my salty seas cravings. It has plenty of all the wonderful things you would expect to see from a seaside inspired board-anchors, knots, chunky sweaters, sandals, shells, kids dressed as sailors, the usual.  I think Maria + Kelly are naturally suited for pinning as they have been building mood + inspiration boards over on their blog Ritzy Bee for years. All of the boards are very well curated but like myself you might find yourself playing favorites. Take a peek, I am sure you will find something to ogle over.

P.S. And if you would like to be considered for a future Pinterest Curator feature send me a link to your boards.  I always go visit!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future. Will it be the Bay area or Seattle? She’s open to your suggestions!


Jen Huang Workshop Photos i

Jen Huang Workshop Photos iiiI have a major confession, well not that major.  At my Jen Huang Workshop I didn’t shoot film.  I had good reason, I felt like I so rarely have the opportunity to shoot people (other than my husband) that I knew I was going be a wreck and then add film on top of that equation it could have been a disaster. I also really wanted to take advantage of all the beauty Jen had masterfully set-up for us, from the styled florals and vignettes (like that beautiful dress above) to the models, I didn’t want to miss a thing.  I must say that all the models were amazing and I do want to show you some other images soon, but I was just crazy for Laura Murray.  If you read my blog you know I have an obsession with beautiful skin and lashes and what you may not know is I also love me a good set of teethe, Laura was flawless. Besides the preset I used to make her photo black & white and a tiny mole that I removed (that she may have wanted to keep), I didn’t have to do any other edits to her (nada, rien, zip–no teethe whitening, no eye sharpening, no skin smoothing, nothing). Her eyes sparkled, her skin glowed, her hair was soft and in beautiful waves, she was the perfect subject. And get this, Laura isn’t even a model, that beautiful girl is a talented photographer!  I hope she doesn’t mind that I am plastering her face all over the blog this morning.

Now for the presets I used. I have had this set for awhile, I bought them when I got my copy of Lightroom 4, they are the Film Art Presets from Clickin’ Moms. I always feel like I need to add a disclaimer of not letting the name dissuade you.  You do not need to be a mom to participate in their forum or partake of their presets. I personally love these presets, even though I am a novice to LR and don’t really know yet how to manipulate the presets as well as I would like to. They do work best on RAW files and I currently do not shoot RAW but I was still able to use them and I am happy with my results. The thing I love most about presets over actions is you can scroll through each preset very quickly and get a preview of the results, it’s so much faster than using a Photoshop action. If you apply the effect and hate it you can just press ‘reset’ and your file is back to the original in a blink of an eye. I also feel like the Film Art presets do a beautiful job of mimicking film, the ‘moonstone’  is one of my faves in the color options and the one I used for the edit ‘Pewter’ is always a good choice.  It’s a great buy if you have been wanting a film preset collection but feel like the VSCO or the Red Leaf versions are currently too much of an investment. And you? Have you tried any of these preset collections or think there is a set I should have mentioned?  I do know that the look is not a substitute for the beauty of film, I do love the look of film so, but it is a nice alternative for those that want to get creative in the digital darkroom and add a nostalgic quality to their photographs.

make-up by 1011 makeup | styling by borrowedblu

P.S. One of my favorite floral studio’s Studio Choo is offering a very affordable flowering arranging class in April. Check it out!

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.



STORAGE_STAMP_1000PX_02Hello my friends!  A happy Monday to you!  I am getting ready for my trip to New Orleans this weekend, I am pretty out of my mind excited.  It was a trip that was a year in the making so I really can’t believe it’s here already. The year before last I was invited to the same weekend getaway by a girlfriend I met on line, I couldn’t make it because I started a new job for a dog food company that canned me a couple weeks later for writing on my blog that I thought no one liked me.  They said they read it and that it seemed like I was unhappy there.  So my suspicions were accurate they didn’t like me, because if they did they would have rectified that feeling of no one liking me, no?  Anyways, I wasn’t cut out for dog food. Fast forward a year later, I was invited again and was able to go, granted I was terrified that I would get there and well that no one would like me (I am terribly insecure with new people), guess what?  They liked me, I loved them and we planned to make it an annual event. I highly recommend doing something like this yourselves if you have a group of on-line/blog friends that you have never met and it seems not plausible because you live all over the country (or even in another country), planning a weekend getaway is a lot easier (and less expensive) than going to one of the big blogger type conventions.  We rented a small beach house, we bought groceries, we took turns cooking, we talked our heads off and we learned so much from each other.  It was worth every second.  And now we are doing it all over again, this time in The Big Easy!

Of course, there’s my move to contend with.  I have started to take down the studio, it’s going to be a long and arduous task, but I know you will help me right?  I need to send some things off to new homes so for today’s bestowal I am going to give one lucky winner the remainder of my wood storage box inventory, it should be about 5-6 boxes.  There is a little disclosure involved, not all will be in perfect condition, meaning some may not have a plexi top or there may be rogue dents (that can be sanded out or painted).  They will still be awesome storage though and if I had room I would keep them for my studio, but alas space is at a premium and I am going to need to send these off.  To enter to win please answer the following question by Sunday, April 7, 2013:

What is your favorite word or words and why?

I am going to need to think on this one myself since I love so many of them for different reasons, I shall join you in the comments later this week!

P.S. I LOVED all your answers last week, I feel I know you so much better, it’s nice to feel like I am not the only one with strange peccadillo’s. There was many I shared with you too. I chose Debe as the winner, because I too at my advanced age am still trying to figure out what I am going to do with my life + I can not handle anyone reading my magazines before I do!  I also want to give something to Katie E. because she took the time to say ‘hi’ to a fellow Winnipegean and I love the idea of this being a community and that it doesn’t have to just be me up here flapping my gums! Ladies please email me your addresses and I will send your prizes off!

P.P.S. Nicole Classes is giving away a year of classes, stop by here for a chance to win.  I have recommended them plenty before and even if you don’t enter it’s worth book marking, it’s an excellent resource!


close-up lens set besotted blog iI wanted to make-up for those of you that were not able to get into the Product Photography class on Skillshare.  So, I decided to share this ‘tool of the trade’ that I use for my product photography from time to time.  I first learned about it via a Scott Kelby book (if you aren’t familiar with him and are a photography newbie, I highly recommend his series). I was also pleased to know that Jen Huang recommended it as well.  The tool today is a close-up lens set it’s a great alternative to an expensive macro lens.  My set was under $15.  What it allows you to do is get in much closer than you would normally be able to with your lens.  I almost always shoot with a 50mm lens so I made sure to buy a set that would fit on my lens.  It came with 4 lens attachments a +1, +2, +4, +10.  What I usually do is stack the +1 and +2 (there are grooves to allow them to attach to eachother). For me that is the best combo to still create a sharp image.  The +10 works but I feel creates a very narrow amount of detail and a lot of soft shallow depth of field, which might work well for creative shooting but not so well for product photography.  I took some sample shots below for comparison. The first one on the left is shot with my 50mm lens without the addition of the close-up lenses (this is how close I could get in). The one on the right is with the close-up lens +1 and +2 close-up attached.  You can really see how much closer I was able to get in and shoot, it’s pretty amazing! On a side note, I have seen the Hoya close-ups get great reviews, I have not tried them but it’s another option if you can’t find one that will fit on your specific lens.

Close-up Lens Set Comparison

Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to the country with her handsome husband and two pups and will be re-locating back to the city in the very near future.