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A "Quite Lovely" Fotospotting

Posted on July 22, 2015 by FOTO

Today, we bring you a "quite lovely" Fotospotting!

This fun #Fotospotting was taken by the talented photographer, Jennifer Butterfield (Instagram username: Jbutterfieldphotography).  To view more of her photography work, you can visit her website here:  www.jbutterfieldphotography.com.  Jennifer is the proud owner of a Seaside Fotostrap and loves using her #Fotostrap during her photography shoots.  This Fotospotting was taken while Jennifer was on the job, photographing the beautiful building featured in the highly popular TV series, Downton Abbey!  We have to say, our team here at Fotostrap is a big fan of the show and after seeing this post we had some serious travel fever to go visit this beautiful place! 

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 DowntonAbbey, Fotospotting, Fotostrap, Photographer

Fotoguide: Summer Travel

Posted on July 16, 2015 by FOTO


Here at Fotostrap, we absolutely love to travel, and it's clear that our customers do, too!  We love seeing #fotospottings from all over the world!  Keep 'em coming!  As summer is now in full swing, we've rounded up some essentials we think would fit nicely with a day at the beach, pool or lake.  Anywhere near water is great with us! Take a look and tell us what your favorite pick is below.

 

Lo & Sons bags are amazing for travel.  They have so many wonderful options for weekend getaways, and we love that many of their bags offer separate compartments for shoes or toiletries down in the bottom of the bag.  So smart!

Of course you'll want to be capturing your vacation memories, and this James Fotostrap from our Lux Collection is sure to coordinate with everything you wear.  For pool side essentials, an InStyle Magazine is a must, along with sunnies (we love these Ray Ban Aviators), a hat to keep the sun off your face (similar one here at Gap), and great tunes!  

Tory Burch sandals, like the ones shown here from Pop of Style are great for your travel days (available here at Nordstrom), walking around town and meandering down to the beach.  You really can't go wrong with these sandals!

And lastly, do you need inspiration for where to travel?  You can't go wrong with our founder's favorite vacation spot, Seaside, Florida.  We love the peaceful little town that makes for the perfect getaway.

Did we miss something? We'd love to hear about your vacation essentials!

 

 

Meet Natalie Franke Hayes - A Fotospotting Feature

Posted on July 09, 2015 by FOTO

Today, we're excited to introduce you to Natalie Franke Hayes!  We have enjoyed following her photography work on her blog as well as on social media and we are very excited to share about her as a Fotospotting Feature!  (Follow her here!)  We hope you enjoy learning more about Natalie and her inspiring work as a professional wedding photographer!  

 

Hello!  Tell us a little bit about yourself.  

I'm Natalie Franke and I'm an International Wedding Photographer, Avid Writer, Coastal Traveler & Anchor Lover! I'm married to my high school sweetheart and we live outside of Annapolis, Maryland with our two pups! I have worked as a professional wedding photographer for over five years, co-launched the nautical wedding blog: Bayside Bride with my best friend Krista A. Jones, and continue to pursue my love of visual storytelling and writing full time. I'm also one of the founders of the Rising Tide Society, which aims to empower creative entrepreneurs to thrive in the spirit of community over competition! I cherish my family, lazy Sunday mornings, and good coffee... And I firmly believe that love conquers all!

What can you share about your business?

I was seventeen when I first held a DSLR in my hands. A simple little camera, with a kit lens attached, that opened my eyes to the beauty of photography. It was my senior year of high school, almost six years ago, when I realized that I wanted to be a photographer. From that very moment, I felt this excitement and hunger to learn everything that I could about the camera. Not just how to properly expose images – but how light traveled through three-dimensional space, how we see the outside world, how the visual system works, and how images have the power to change lives.

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

Treat others as you want to be treated. It’s the ‘Golden Rule’ after all. Apply this to business, to client relationships, to life, and to the art of making images. Be hungry for knowledge and accept that in the world of photography, you will never stop learning. Hold on to your love of the craft and work like crazy to learn everything that you can… not only on the first day as a professional photographer, but all the way through to your last.

What's your favorite thing about Fotostrap?

I love that Fotostrap gives back! :) And who couldn't resist the monogrammed straps!

Who do you admire and why?

I really admire my Mom. She was a single mother who raised two daughters on her own... She taught me everything I know about hard work, compassion, and courage.

Where do you find inspiration?

I'm most inspired by love stories and the people that I photograph. I find so much joy in learning about my couples and spending time with them. Relationships, in a sense, are my inspiration!

Describe where you see yourself in 5 to 10 years.

I always dread this question because ten years ago, I was fourteen... And I didn't even own a camera! Ah! I see myself chasing down whatever dream is on the horizon... living life to the fullest... and still watching sunsets on the Bay.

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

I couldn't survive without my 50mm f/1.4 - Everything else is optional! ;) Haha!

It's been great getting to know you, Natalie.  Your photos are beautiful and inspiring!  We wish you the best with your photography aspirations and we look forward to seeing where you take your Fotostrap in the future!

 

Posted in Blog, camera gear, camera strap, Feature, FOTO, Fotospotting, Fotospotting Feature, Fotostrap, interview, Photographer, Portrait Photography, Portrait Photogrpaher, Wedding Photographer, Wedding photography

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

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