VSCOCAM TUTORIAL | DARK & DRAMATIC

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Hello Besotted beauties! I love the look of black backgrounds. They can be rich & theatrical, and they allow subjects to shine without any distractions. Lately, I’ve been using the VSCO Cam app on my iPhone for test shots (and for Instagram) before I haul out the dslr & tripod. I am often floored by the results, sometimes I even prefer the phone shot! Here’s my method in case you’d like to give it a try. Yes, you really can get these results too.
1// Download the VSCO Cam app.
2 // Set the stage. My set-up : Window to the right of my subject*, black stretch velvet fabric draped over a rigged up art canvas and small table. Style your subject so you are ready to take your shot.
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3//  Open VSCO Cam & bring up the camera. Tap the screen with 2 fingers in order to access the separate focus & exposure buttons. Exposure control is your secret weapon!
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4//  Set your focus point, then move the exposure button to a brighter area. The app will think “hey, that’s too bright,” and cause it to darken the rest of the scene, making for deeper shadows and blacker blacks. Pull back to find that bright area if you need to, just plan on cropping out the clutter in your editing process.
5// Crop, Edit, Voila! Rich, dark & dramatic -all right from your phone.
We are always curious to see your results. If you put this tutorial to good use, share it on Instagram, with #bbdarkdramatic so we can take a peek!
*Next time I’ll share how to get this kind of glow!
Author / Miss Michelle P.

Miss Michelle P. is a photographer, designer and co-professor for Souvenir Foto School. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Her muse is light.

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MACARONS A HAND LETTERED FONT FAMILY

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Oh, hello there! I am still here, just a little behind on getting some of the new functionality up for the site, mainly having all the fonts I’ve recommended in one place, the supplies, oh, the supplies, I need to get a one page of all the lettering supplies because I get hundreds of emails about supplies and I don’t have one place for you to look for them at a glance, tsk tsk. It does warm my heart to no end to see that some of you have been inspired enough by my lettering love posts to actually try it yourself either via workshops or on your own, keep it up! I don’t want lettering and hand-lettered correspondence to go the way of the Dodo so I encourage you to keep at it, tell a friend, heck better yet send said  friend a handwritten letter! The lettering artist interviews, those too need their own easy accessible page (and deserve to be highlighted, always grateful that these artists are willing to share their secrets with us). This is all a learning curve for me the back end of a WordPress site (and uhm, the whole new mommy gig), even with help from some terrific coders and input from a delightful new partner I am still being a bit daft with the whole thing. There’s so much that we want to add to this site, but it’s important to us that the information is easy for you to access and the site easy to navigate and that seems like it is always easier said than done.

Speaking of hand lettering, Coto Mendoza of Latinotype just developed this charming font called Macarons (the blogosphere should appreciate that). It’s a bit more rustic than Woolen, (they are similar but different enough that I would use them both happily).  Macarons also has the additional ‘sketchy’ version and some cursive ‘catch words’, it’s a nice little font family and it’s on sale right now so a bargain to boot! I do hope you enjoy this find!

P.S. If you are looking for some more charming font action, may I recommend Suarez to you?

THE GLOW

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I have been obsessed, I mean completely obsessed with The Glow and their photographs. If you do not know of this magical site you must pay them a visit, it’s inspired by motherhood, but the chicest most inspiring/successful mothers in town. In other words, the complete opposite of the type of mom I currently am (slovenly, tired, frantic and decidedly unchic). For some reason instead of feeling pangs of supreme jealously it has given me hope that I could one day join the ranks of society that can hold a conversation, eat sitting at a table, shower longer than 30 seconds and a whole host of other things that I am hoping to one day to accomplish again. And of course there’s those photographs-le sigh.

I recently did a shoot with a local photographer (my mother’s day gift) and all I wanted was to try to recreate one of these images from the site. Just one is all I wanted, I think every mom should have at least one photo that is so breathtakingly+ heartbreakingly beautiful that captures the essence of this ephemeral time in her life, don’t you?  We did not accomplish it, but being the tinkering (and obsessed) kind I have been trying to figure it out because I want a photo like this darn it! And unless I become wildly successful, creative and beautiful in the next month (E. is growing so fast!) I won’t be having Ms. Stuart photographing me anytime soon.

Once you have devoured the site, you can now purchase their new book release.  I haven’t gotten my copy in yet, but I am sure the images will be every bit as inspiring. One of my favorite shoots/interviews on the site is the co-founder Violet Gaynor and her daughter Plum (darling names, right?) I am hoping they show more of them in the book.

What else is new in my little world? Not a whole lot, I still haven’t gotten my ‘sea legs’ on this whole mama + work thing.  I did successfully finish a design project, which took me about 2 weeks of stolen 10-15 minutes here there and there (not the most optimal way to work but I did it and the client was happy!  I am still working at my little shop, lot’s of custom stamps for small businesses, always makes me happy. E. is cutting teeth and her canine’s are coming in before her front teeth, she is going to look like a hill billy vampire (no offense to hill billies or vampires). Michelle is going to grace us with her talent again and has an amazing tutorial you’ll have to check out. We are still working frantically behind the scene to bring this site back up, I’d love to be here on a less sporadic basis (oh, how I miss you all so very much!) and of course introduce my new partner on the site (I bet you can guess, but she does need a proper introduction…). So until next time my friends!

HELLO DARLINGS!

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As new parents, my husband and I could have never imagined how much walking we would do. We walk so much that we have dented the sidewalks. We are the tired looking couple that is up before everyone else in the world, just walking up and down and back and forth across the neighborhood, getting our daughter to sleep. The morning ritual has become second nature for us, on days that our daughter sleeps until 6 a.m. I am elated, it’s practically sleeping in! But most days start at 5 a.m. and those are rough, especially since I am still not drinking coffee (oh, how I miss coffee so much!). A beautiful thing started to happen on our walks, it seems spring arrived (finally) and all of our neighbors gardens exploded with blooms-peonies have been everywhere, if I wasn’t trolling the neighborhood so much, I may not have been privy to such gorgeousness.

I just wanted to stop by and let you all know how much I miss you.  We (we as me and my partner!) have been working on site tweaks and coming up with new, beautiful + useful content (soon my friends, soon). Pre-baby I would have stayed up for days/nights on end to get everything done, post-baby I am happy to add ‘chew my food’ or ‘wash my hair’ to the list of things that may actually get done. I am in awe of every mama that seems to be accomplishing anything. I thought I would share some of the things I have been able to do…

I am almost finished with a book (a whole book!) I can’t believe it but I was able to carve out some late night time for myself. This is the book I am reading, it is a sequel to this book which I adored. I’ll be sure to write a review when I am finished.

I found a walker for Elle that wasn’t hideous and she is enjoying it immensely  (even though she hasn’t figured out yet that she can use it to ‘walk’). If you are looking for one that is not a mess, I highly recommend this one. Speaking of mess, Elle started eating solids and the walker also doubles as a high chair (well, a dining area) and it collapses so it can be easily stored in the closet when not in use.

I wanted a pair of cute slip on sneakers (tying shoes is too much effort these days) and I found the cutest pair here of all places.

I dropped my phone and crushed it, so after months of using a crushed (but functioning) phone we finally made time to pick up a new one. I got this one and now feel complete.

I’ll be popping in again soon!

P.S. Why yes, I can tell you where you can get that beautiful font, just stop by here.

 

BECAUSE I’M OBSESSED…

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I haven’t had a chance to play with this font family yet (it’s so extensive!) and I definitely didn’t want to back-to-back you on font posts, but Laura Worthington knocked it out of the park with this family!  You have a set of beautiful calligraphic hands, you have engraved, catchwords, serifs, san serifs I mean this is a font jubilee. That’s the first time I have ever been able to work that word into a post and I think my blogging career may have hit an apex.

In other news, I have been quietly, (maybe a bit maniacally) working behind the scenes here to make all the resource information easier for you to access.  I know you are busy and don’t have time to browse mountains of old posts to find what you are looking for and my search box is suspect at best, so I hope to have the new system in place for June, which might be a pipe dream but at least I still have dreams, you know with my haven’t slept in six months and all. Wish me luck my friends!

 

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