Stephanie Fishwick Interview Part I

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This interview has been a long time coming and I have unfortunately (and unfairly) been sitting on it for way too long. How could I?  I will blame it on sleep deprivation, I hope both you and the talented Stephanie Fishwick will take that as a legitimate excuse and forgive me the long wait. I must preface this interview by saying that Stephanie’s work is a Besotted fave, we are uber fans, so much so that we tapped Stephanie to work on illustrations for our top secret project, that hopefully will not take as long to launch as this here interview.

If you are not familiar with her work I think you will be pleasantly surprised to discover such an amazingly, fresh, talented original artist. Stephanie’s interview is as thorough and detailed as her work, I think as a fellow lettering enthusiasts you will love it. So without further ado…

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The Best Foundation Ever

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I have been avoiding writing this post for awhile, I am loathe to recommend a beauty product that is so undeniably out of budget for most (and that includes me) but I couldn’t keep this to myself any longer. Let me start by saying, I did not buy my first bottle of Georgio Armani foundation, my former boss received a hideous candy bowl from Neiman Marcus one Christmas and let me have it to return, I did and was able to exchange it for my first bottle of foundation nirvana. Okay, let’s get the price out of the way, it’s the elephant in the room and once I blurt it out perhaps you can decide if you want to continue reading (do so at your own risk), the bottle will run you about $85 usd. Yes, you read that right, now go ahead and faint, I did.

So why bring this product up after years of keeping it to myself? I used to only wear this on very, very special occasions, I made it last as long as was hygienically feasible. Nowadays with baby any opportunity when I have enough energy to leave the house and not feel/look like a zombie is a special occasion, so I started wearing it, not knowing when my next very, very special occasion would ever be. I love it, I love the way it looks, the way it feels (the way I feel), how long it wears. So to throw out the blanket claim that it’s the best foundation ever may be a little bold, but it is, hands down the best foundation I have ever tried.  I have dry skin, but it seems to universally work on all skin types from all the reviews. Makeup artists will only use this on their A-list celebrities and trust me, a good make-up artist never wants to use the most expensive item just because it’s a luxury brand, their reputation is on the line, they just want to use the best period-Georgia Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is the best ever. There I said it.

Here’s some tips I have learned while I have been using it. NEVER use a brush or sponge. Why? It’s expensive and you will not want to waste one precious drop. A little goes a long way, I just dot it on my face and blend with my clean fingers, for blemishes or dark spots I still really like the Make Up Forever’s HD concealer, people have commented that it is as good (I think it’s better) then Cle De Peau (another insanely expensive item). I make sure it’s not near any heat, in a cool closet, which means it is never in the bathroom, I don’t want any temperature changes effecting my formulation.

I know it’s not for everyone and certainly not an everyday luxury for most, but if you have a once in a lifetime event to go to and want your skin to look perfect then I think you need this.  Let me know if you have any questions, I am happy to answer.  And for those that are shaking their head no way never, ever in a zillion years, I do have a new mineral foundation that I have also been wearing (and loving) and I promise to share soon!

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 sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.

Vintage Inspired Font Family

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I love a good font family, you? True North by Cultivated mind is truly a great find. If you have been itching to add a vintage family to your font arsenal so you could re-create all those popular hipster icons you see everywhere then I highly recommend it.  It’s also 50% off right now until August 9th, so I would scoop it up while they are practically giving it away.  Although, I like the family as a whole, (their sample graphics give plenty of jumping off inspiration to get you started on your own hipster design bonanza), what I really think is great (and versatile) is the script font it reminds me of another font that I have been coveting but at a fraction of the price (for now).  I like that it can easily be taken out of context here and used when there was a need for a school girl type font (for lack of a better descriptive). It’s just girly enough without verging into the too sweet category. I also like their banners (this is free!), labels and symbols (a good bear graphic is hard to find). Well, I better stop blabbering on about True North since time is running out on the discount and you need to get over there quick! See you soon!

P.S. If you ever use any of the fonts we suggest in your designs and want to share please send us an email, we would love to see what you have created!

Tethered Shooting + Photo Shoot Workflow

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Before you start thinking that as the photographer for the cover shoot, I got to boss people around for 2 days straight, you should know that in reality, every client shoot is truly a collaboration. In addition to myself, Tristan, and Sanae, we had Sanae’s Editor, and the Art Director on the team. Thankfully, they were absolutely delightful to work with, and we all shared the same goal for the shoot (creating a cover that was warm, welcoming, and true to Sanae).

We thought you might be curious about the nuts and bolts of the image workflow while collaborating on set. Tethering the camera to a laptop was an important first step. It is far more practical to have your images pop up on a laptop screen for the group to analyze than to make everyone huddle over the tiny LCD screen on the back of your camera. Even when you are shooting solo, it’s much easier to scrutinize an image on a larger screen, and all it takes is Lightroom and a tethering cord, so why not?

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Here’s how to tether through Lightroom in 5 easy steps:

1. Plug in the tethering cord to your camera & laptop.

Note: a tethering cord is just a longer version of the cord provided with your camera to upload images to your computer. I have a 15’ cord which is plenty of length for my needs, but you can get them up to 65’ long!

2. Turn on your camera. (I told you the steps were easy.)

3. In Lightroom select: File > Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture

4. The Tethered Capture Settings window will pop up. Here you will name the session, decide how you’d like the files named, and choose a destination folder for your images. I recommend creating a project specific folder for your image destination to keep things tidy.

5. Once Lightroom detects your camera, your camera model and settings will display on a small tool bar. This bar also has a shutter release button. Meaning, if your camera is set up on a tripod or stable surface, you can snap a photo right from your laptop!

If you have any trouble, make sure the version of Lightroom you are using supports your camera model. I had to upgrade to Lightroom 5 to get support for mine.

Once we composed and captured a promising image, I took a quick screenshot of the image in Lightroom, then dragged the screenshot into our group project folder in Dropbox. This gave the Art Director instant access to the photo so she could pull it into Photoshop and mock up a cover – complete with title, subtitle, and author’s name. As you can imagine, instant feedback on what was or wasn’t working, brought tremendous value! We were able to make adjustments on the fly, and do everything we could to end up with the best possible cover image for Sanae.

On a personal note, I feel so honored to be a part of this project. It’s a joy to meet and work with people who not only have a passion for what they do, but can make a hard day of work fly by because they are fun to be around too. Also, shooting in Aran’s studio was a photographer’s dream, bright white with perfect northern light… do you think she’ll notice if I move in?

//FURTHER REFERENCES//

Lightroom Tethering Video Tutorial

Equipment Used for the Shoot

Photos above shot using VSCOCAM on an iphone 5

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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Our Book Cover Shoot Equipment

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I want to preface this by saying this is what we used for our shoot, this is not standard, although I do believe a good wide angle lens would probably be seen on most commercial shoots. Speaking of commercial shoots, I’ve been on several and all of them have been done in darkened cave like studio’s with artificial light, even the ‘windows’ were lit up by lights. Since this was a smaller production we were able to use natural (window) light, but I have a hunch it may have been a preference all around.

The most asked question about our shoot was the equipment used, and even though in our photo classes we stress it’s not the equipment that makes the photographer or photograph I will make the addendum that you may need some specialized equipment for a commercial shoot so you can achieve the shot that both you and your client envision.

Below you’ll find the equipment used for the book cover shoot, some of these items I would recommend for your blog/product shooting please feel free to ask us any questions!

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A full frame sensor camera- If you are shooting commercially you will want to be using a full frame camera.* Most of our consumer cameras are crop sensor not full frame, the one that I shoot with is cropped, but I wish it was full frame! I found this blog post helpful in explaining the difference.

Extra battery

A wide angle lens-Both Michelle and I prefer prime lenses to zooms. She used her trusty nifty fifty and rented a 24 mm.  She says she wants a 24mm now, I don’t blame her.

A sturdy tripod with a pistol grip.-Michelle found this steal of a tripod. She bought hers (the same one) for twice the price, it’s on sale right now, so if you are in the market for a tripod I would urge you not to wait!

A side arm. If you don’t know about this and you are shooting food or product shots overhead this will be a game changer!  It allows your camera to be positioned parallel to what you are shooting below it.  No more dangerously having your tripod at the edge of your board in precarious positions!  We like the Manfrotto (very sturdy).

Sandbag-A sandbag will help with balance when using the aforementioned side arm.

Reflectors-We had some handheld reflectors and at Aran’s studio we were able to use an extra large one with a stand (I want one so badly now). Here’s a similar one.

Laptop for tethered shooting.

Tether cable- I’m actually going to get one so I can start shooting tethered for my product photography. It makes looking at your camera’s LCD screen for shooting seem like child play. I need this!

Lightroom 5, for shooting tethered. All this tether talk, now you may want to know what the heck I’m talking about?  Michelle promised a quick tute on it but basically it’s shooting and having the images pop up on your laptop screen in Lightroom. It helps to really be able to see the details that you may have missed if you were looking solely at your LCD screen.

Some things we didn’t have but would have been useful:

Photo assistant-We all took turns holding the small reflector but it would have been nice to delegate the task to an intern!

As you can see we stayed true to form and maintained a less is more philosophy. Michelle’s shooting was sublime (I have always been a fan of how she captures light), Sanae is pretty much a creative genius her props were insane and we were both humbled by her humbleness. You of course can take any of this info and translate it into any of your future shoots, good luck!

*For those starting out you can always rent a full frame camera for your shoots. My suggestion is to always practice with any equipment you rent and aren’t familiar with prior to shooting for your client.

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 sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups, they just welcomed to the world a baby girl. 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.

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