Today we're excited to introduce a new series, featuring some amazing photographers and influencers who we've "met" through Instagram. We're ready to kick off this new #fotospotting feature by welcoming Paul Tellefsen, who we originally knew as @technopaul!
Hello, Paul! We're happy to have you as our first Fotospotting Feature! Tell us a little about yourself.
Hey, I’m Paul, a freelance photographer from Dallas. I'm also the Director of Community at Socality. I love people and love to capture moments that tell stories.
I love stories and I love to connect people. I’ve been involved with photography, video and media since I was pretty young. My mom is an interior designer and my dad an engineer. I remember around age 12 my family got their first DSLR, and I ran wild taking so many photos. I was 12 when I started my own production company, Technopaul Productions.
I was a photographer before Instagram, but the platform has truly helped me refine my craft. The platform also has allowed me to tell stories that connect people; whether to brands, destinations causes, musicians or people just like them. That's what I love to do. I am now a full-time freelance photographer that shoots mostly brands, destinations and lifestyle.
What's the best advice you've been given about your business/organization?
It’s all about the relationship, whether with the brand or person you are photographing, always build a relationship first. And establish your style early on and always make contracts, it makes everything easier. Especially the contracts part.
Maybe the biggest of all is creating a habit of putting the camera down and being present. I travel frequently and I have to force myself when I'm in these beautiful places to put down the camera and take in the moment. I tend to take a few minutes and a few deep breaths and relax in it. I want to be able to tell these stories to my kids. If not, I can rush over and a miss a really beautiful moment, and I don't just mean landscape.
What's your favorite thing about Fotostrap?
I love Fotostrap because of the brand and what they support. I'm all about stories. And Fotostrap empowers Fotolanthropy to give more people the opportunity to share their story. That's top of the list for me. Second would be the colors and quality of the product. It's just so good. So many people ask me about it.
Who do you admire and why?
Even though I am friends and work with him at Socality, I admire Scott Bakken dearly. He's a BIG vision guy. He sees the larger picture and knows how to rally people around an idea to accomplish that vision. He's one of the most inspiring people I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find Instagram has become a huge source of inspiration without me ever fully realizing it. I'm surrounded by beautiful and inspiring things every day. I find though that stories inspire me the most. Listening to people's stories is the most inspiring and driving source of creativity for me.
What are some of your favorite photography "must haves"?
I'm mostly an iPhone photographer. @moment_lens has some of the best lens attachments out there. They are a must have for me. With my Canon 60D, a solid 50mm 1.4 is always a must for me.
How can we connect with you?
We'll leave you with this film from Paul that went viral a couple of years ago, all about sharing people's stories.
All photos courtesy of Paul Tellefsen
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- The design file must be submitted in a high-resolution format
- Black and white .jpegs will yield the sharpest results
- Colors, shadows and grayscale files are not compatible with the lasering process
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It's hard to believe it, but Mother's Day will be here before we know it! We've rounded up a few items we think that mom would love to receive this year. What are you planning on giving to the women in your life on Mother's Day?
Birchbox has a subscription box for Home items, and it caught our eye. Gift it once or as an ongoing subscription, and mom is sure to have some happy mail!
A Starbucks gift card along with a bit of time away to think is always a welcome gift!
Author, blogger and women encourager, Lisa Jo Baker just shared her list of 100 gifts she'd give herself! Check out her creative list here.
Is there a massage place or spa nearby that mom could sneak way to for a bit? Encourage a rejuvenating time away with a gift certificate for a spa day, or even hour!
And last but not least, a Fotostrap personalized with her own monogram is sure to be a winner. As a mom, sharing most everything else, let this camera strap be her very own! Shown here is our Blush Fotostrap.
We have some of the best customers, and we love hearing from you all! Each day, we receive new posts on the "#fotostrap" hashtag on Instagram and Twitter, and we're so excited to hear what customers are saying about their monograms and logos on their camera straps.
Thank you so much for your continued support of our socially conscious brand. We love helping photographers grow their brand's awareness and also spread the news about Fotolanthropy, the nonprofit that 10% of every Fotostrap purchase gives back to.
Be sure and check out the personalization options available for Fotostrap, here. There are monogram choices, and also the opportunity to upload a company logo to be lasered on to the shoulder pad.
We absolutely love these spring colors. Pastels are wonderful this time of year, just in time for Easter! These beautiful tulips are from Waiting on Martha, and the delicious macaroons from Chick a bug blog make our mouths water!
Fotostraps can be with ordered with your personal monogram or a business logo to make it your own. We love that Fotostraps are one of the few camera strap on the market that can be customized in this way.
Fotostrap also gives back 10% to nonprofit Fotolanthropy with each purchase. See the stories here.
Tell us, what are your favorite colors this spring?