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American Made & Inspired Round Up

Posted on July 01, 2015 by FOTO

Here at Fotostrap, we're proud to be an American Made brand, and today we're sharing other really great American Made brands and products that inspire us and make us grateful for our freedom in the good old U.S.A.

 

Wildly Co. is a kids clothing line that's ethically sourced & made in the US.  We love their simple, colorful line full of soft, interchangeable clothes for boys and girls.  We definitely wish these came in adult sizes!  The t-shirt pictured above is one of their monthly designs, and of course this one is perfect for the 4th of July!

 

La Croix Water is a definite favorite in the Fotostrap office.  There are so many delicious flavors to choose from, and the sparkling water is canned and shipped here in the states.

 

We couldn't leave Fotostrap off the list!  Shown here is our Scarlet Fotostrap.  Don't forget that you can personalize it with a monogram, too.  (July 1 through July 5, use the code Fireworks2015 at checkout for a free monogram!)

 

Shinola is a great American-made brand.  Doesn't this bike just want to make you cruise around your neighborhood? 

 

We were recently introduced to Mitscoots, and we love the company, not only because of their awesome socks, but also because for every pair of socks purchased, Mitscoots gives another pair to someone in need.  They also employ people who are transitioning out of homelessness.  “Mitscoots are socks with a mission: Get + Give + Employ”

 

Lindsay Sherbondy of Lindsay Letters is an amazing artist and graphic designer.  She just released her new "American Dream Collection" of original hand lettering, and it makes us feel patriotic just looking at it!

 

And last but certainly not least, SSG Travis Mills, the inspiring quadruple amputee behind the Fotolanthropy Documentary, Travis: A Soldier's Story now has a book available for pre-order!  Find where to order Tough as they Come online here

 

What is your favorite piece in this round up?  We'll take one of each, please!

 

Posted in american made, fashion, FOTO, Fotolanthropy, high-quality camera strap, leather strap, patriotic, photography

Creative Fotospotting

Posted on June 23, 2015 by FOTO

Today, we bring you one of our creative Fotospotting picks!  

This creative #Fotospotting was taken by the talented photographer, Maddie Broderick (Instagram username: Maddiebrodrick).  To view more of her photography work, you can visit her website here:  www.maddiebroderickphotography.com.  Maddie is the proud owner of a monogrammed James Fotostrap and loves using her #Fotostrap during her photography shoots.  This shot was taken at a wedding she was photographing, and she decided to give her camera a little rest on a ledge.  What happened next?  An adorable #Fotospotting.  

Want to get our attention with your post?  Here's how to get on our radar:

  1. Follow Fotostrap on Instagram
  2. Post a creative photo of your Fotostrap on Instagram and tag @Fotostrap in your photo
  3. Don't forget to add our hashtags (#Fotostrap and #Fotospotting) to your post

Follow these steps and your photo just might be featured on our Instagram account!  Plus, you will have a chance of being featured as our favorite Fotospotting post on our blog.  Ready, set, snap & post! 

Posted in brown camera strap, Camera strap, Fotospotting, Fotospotting feature, Fotostrap, Instagram, James Fotostrap, Leather camera strap, Leather Fotostrap, leather strap, photographer, photography, wedding photographer

Favorite Recent Fotospotting

Posted on June 17, 2015 by FOTO

Today, we bring you our favorite recent Fotospotting post on Instagram.  

Karla R. Iboy (Instagram username: Rebekah_KH) recently purchased a Merlot Fotostrap for her camera.  When she received it, she decided to slide the top lid to our packaging off and snap a photo of her new camera strap all packaged up before taking it out of the box!  This Fotospotting caught our eye, as many of our Fotospottings are taken after the Fotostrap has been taken out of the box and put on a camera.  This simple, creative shot put a smile on our face and we are proud to feature this image as our favorite recent Fotospotting post.

Want to get our attention with your post?  Here's how to get on our radar:

  1. Follow Fotostrap on Instagram
  2. Post a creative photo of your Fotostrap on Instagram and tag @Fotostrap in your photo
  3. Don't forget to add our hashtags (#Fotostrap and #Fotospotting) to your post

Follow these steps and your photo just might be featured on our Instagram account!  Plus, you will have a chance of being featured as our favorite Fotospotting post on our blog.  Ready, set, snap & post! 

Posted in camera strap, Fotospotting, Fotospotting feature, Fotostrap, Merlot Fotostrap

Gift Guide for Father's Day

Posted on June 10, 2015 by FOTO

Wondering what to get Dad this year for Father's Day?  We've picked some of our favorite brands and products that we're sure Dad will love!

 

Does your Dad enjoy taking photos with his DSLR camera?  We've got the perfect Fotostrap to help him keep his camera nearby so that he won't miss a shot.  To receive orders in time for Father's Day, all orders must be placed by June 16 at noon, CST.

Warstic Bats are American-Made all wooden bats used by pros and serious ball players of all ages.  Dad and kids alike can enjoy playing with these well-made products.

Craft Coffee is a neat coffee subscription that you can set up to give as a gift, and the recipient can choose what type of flavors they prefer.  Then, it can be delivered each month, for as long as you choose!

Consider giving Dad a calendar with photos of your family and experiences that are sure to make him smile all year.  We really love this Artifact Uprising Calendar, with the sleek and minimal design.

Beard & Tackle takes care of Dad's beard and hair.  We love their naturally made products, plus the fact that they give back to the Dallas community.

Warby Parker sunglasses are a great gift for Dad, plus we love that they give back with their "Buy a pair, give a pair" campaign.

Travis: A Soldier’s Storyan award-winning documentary is a family-friendly way film about one man's sacrifice of all of his limbs, and the inspiring recovery he is still making today.  Buy this film on DVD or Blu-Ray, or rent or buy on iTunes.

What are you planning on giving the men in your life this Father's Day?  We'd love to hear!

 

Posted in brand, fotostrap, gift guide, gives back, nonprofit, photography, warby parker, Wounded Warrior

Meet @SamCiurdar! #Fotospotting Feature

Posted on June 02, 2015 by FOTO

Hello! We’re so excited to host you on our Fotospotting Feature! Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi! My name is Sam Ciurdar and I am a filmmaker/photographer. I am married to the beautiful Amanda Ciurdar whom I also run the Instagram Adventure That Is Life with! We love to travel and are huge on creating community!

What can you share about your business?

I've always loved film since I was a kid. I used to steal my dad's camera and go film random things. Later, that hobby matured to something more real. I have won a number of awards for my short film and am constantly trying to get a fix on my addiction to tell stories!

I stumbled into photography and was something I always thought was very interesting growing up. I never owned a camera until I purchased the 7D. I purchased the camera to use it for video, and this was early on when DSLRs were being used to create amazing visuals for film. I figured, well, now I have a camera - I might as well start snapping some shots. Now, today, it's one of my main sources of income and has become one of my biggest passions, next to film of course.

What's the best advice you've been given about your business/organization?

The best advice given to me is when someone told me that handouts are a facade. From there I've learned that If you want to get something done, or to do something (such as film or photography) - the best thing is to go out and do it. Not everyone has the passion for it, just like I don't have an ounce of passion for mechanical work on cars. I don't care, at all, can't stress that enough. But there are people who LOVE it! I love telling stories through a single frame, and even more so through moving images. If you've been given a desire to do something, you owe it to yourself to see that through. Go out and do it!

What's your favorite thing about Fotostrap?

Companies that give back is always the biggest thing to me. When companies are able to put people over their profits is a huge win. On top of that, they are able to make something with comfort and style. It's always nice when you are able to find something that is super comfortable but also something that is really great looking. That's something Fotostrap has definitely achieved!

Who do you admire and why?

Someone I've always wanted to meet, I've always looked up to the works of director Ron Howard. He's constantly working on films, but at the same time he's a devoted husband and father. That's a rare thing in the film industry, and if there was someone’s career I'd love to model mine after, it would be his.

Where do you find inspiration?

As far as photography, I'm constantly inspired by all the people who post their daily adventures on Instagram from around the world. They take me to places I can only dream to go through their photos. I love that about the Instagram community - it's a constant circle of people inspiring people.

Describe where you see yourself in 5 to 10 years.

On top of being a father, I'd love to have a more established film career, directing feature films or television. That's the dream, so we’ll see!

What are some of your favorite photography "must haves"?

Must haves for me is my Canon 6D paired with my iPhone. I love it, and it has become a MUST for me to have a camera that has built in wifi. I can shoot something for a client (or just for myself) and be able to get it on my phone and on Instagram or emailed out within minutes!

It's so great to meet you, Sam!  Thanks for sharing a small part of your world with us.  We've caught the travel bug for sure, after seeing all these gorgeous places you've captured.  Be sure to follow Sam on social media!

Follow Sam on Instagram

Follow Adventure That Is Life on Instagram

Check out Sam's Website: www.samciurdar.com

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