Inspiration Rx | Philippe Halsman

philippe halsman photo of salvador dali

philippe halsman jumps via philippe halsman.com

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!

 

Hand drawn wreath inspiration

meghan bradley design + photo via besotted blog

I loved spotting this super creative (and very Anthro-esque) design by photographer Meghan Bradley the other day.  Meghan used our free wreath download and one of my all time fave Magpie Paper works fonts for her daughter’s first birthday invite. I love how simple it is yet there’s that hint of wonky charm that I love (the perfect in the imperfect), the slight texture on the cardstock is a perfect finishing touch, I wish I would have thought of something as lovely for E’s first birthday (I went for a Mr. Boddington design). I think this wreath with that initial would make a great custom stamp, I happen to know of a fine company that makes those sorts of things…

//RESOURCES//

Free hand drawn wreath

Perfectly charming font

Photoshop

Great cardstock

Custom rubber stamp

P.S. I am going to keep you busy on Instagram because Meg’s another one to visit.

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.

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.

PRETTY IN PINK | BIRD PRINT DOWNLOAD

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!

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