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Meet Lauren Werkheiser - A Fotospotting Feature

Posted on February 04, 2016 by FOTO

Today we are thrilled to introduce photographer Lauren Werkheiser of Lauren Werkheiser Photography! Not only is Lauren a proud Fotostrap user, she is also a Fotolanthropy Fotocrew member and reached out to them to partner on a special portrait promotion running this month! During February, Lauren will donate $100 to Fotolanthropy for every lifestyle session booked for the month of April. We love Lauren's generous heart for giving back and hope you enjoy getting to know her and learning what inspires her work!

Hello Lauren! Tell us a little about yourself.

Hi there! My name is Lauren and I'm owner of Lauren Werkheiser Photography. I'm a coastal engagement, wedding and anniversary photographer serving areas in MD, DC, VA, DE and available for travel.

Because I'm no good talking about myself (am I the only one that finds it awkward?) here are seven things you may not know about me (yes, seven - it's my lucky number):

1. I am a hopeless romantic and look for any reason to celebrate love! Marriage matters, and as much as I love weddings, I believe that what comes after the wedding day is most important.

2. I adore all things coastal/nautical and love spending time near the water (it doesn't matter where). My favorite sessions/weddings were those on sailboats and it's my dream to one day own one.

3. Travel makes my heart happy. My husband and I are always exploring new places, and it's these adventures that are my favorite! Destination wedding, anyone?!

4. There's nothing more relaxing to me than cozying up with some blankets and a hot chocolate and getting lost in a good book!

5. Calvin Scout is the mascot of LWP. He's a 1.5 year old, food-obsessed, Maine Coon mix kitten (who thinks he's a dog) and he loves to help me edit by laying on my keyboard.

6. While my kitchen may always end up a mess, I love to bake (always from scratch). The outcome makes the mess worth it!  

7. I have such a heart for nonprofit organizations and love supporting businesses that give back!

What can you share about your business/organization/philanthropy?

Whether it's the emotion of a new engaged couple, the excitement of a bride and groom saying their vows, or the passion I have for what I do, my business is immersed in love. One of my biggest goals with LWP is to put more love, joy and happiness into the world than what was there before, and to document it all along the way. As someone who has always had a heart for supporting business that give back, it was an easy decision to start using my passion to support, encourage and inspire those around me. That's why I'm so excited to be donating $100 from every lifestyle session scheduled Feb 1st - Feb 29th, 2016 to Fotolanthropy!

Tell us about this special portrait promotion!

I'm so excited to share about a really special promotion I have going on right now! If you book a lifestyle session (couples, proposals, engagements, bridals, boudoir, anniversary or trash the dress) between February 1st, 2016 and February 29th, 2016, for a date on or before April 30th, 2016, I will donate $100 from your session to Fotolanthropy. There is NO LIMIT to the amount of funds donated. If 5 people reserve a date, $500 will be donated; if 10 people reserve a date, $1,000 will be donated; if 20 people reserve a date, $2,000 will be donated, etc. I'm so excited to see how much we can raise and hope you'll be a part of it! For more information or schedule a lifestyle session of your own, visit www.LaurenWerkheiserPhotography.com!

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration from all around me, whether it's while adventuring with my husband, taking a walk outside, admiring blooming florals, seeing an elderly couple holding hands or giving each other a smooch while on a walk, witnessing vows being exchanged between a new bride and her groom, etc. Inspiration is everywhere, if you just look!

Who do you admire and why?

Whether it's cheesy or not, I admire my husband. His caring heart, his selfless personality, and his innate ability to always see the best in others are just a few of my favorite attributes. He is the person that taught me to have courage, even when you feel like you have none, and he makes me an all around better person. I know that without him, my business wouldn't be where it is today.

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

Of course my Sky Fotostrap! It makes me so happy to know that 10% of proceeds went to support Fotolanthropy. I also couldn't live without my 35mm, 50mm, and 100mm Macro (I'm a prime girl, through and through). My favorite lenses!

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

The best advice I've been given about business, is actually advice that I read early on (I wish I could remember from where), and now it's something I constantly remind myself of and share with other creatives when asked this very question. It's simply to be yourself! So often, you'll find creatives doing the same thing over and over again. It's an easy trap to fall into when you're surrounded by so much beauty and are constantly being inspired by the same people. By being yourself, you're putting something amazing into the world that wasn't there before! Whether it's your personality, your ideas, your work, your unique voice, etc, you're inspiring others - whether you know it or not!

Describe where you see yourself in 5 to 10 years.

This is a difficult question, as my ideas on the future are always changing! Really, I just hope that in five to ten years I'm still pursuing whatever dream I have. I hope I'm more fearless than I am now, I hope I'm loving harder than I do now, and I hope that I'm putting more good in the world than what was there before!

Connect with Lauren on Instagram - @LaurenWerkheiserPhotography

 

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide: For Him

Posted on January 28, 2016 by FOTO

The struggle is real. Finding a Valentines Day gift for the man in your life that is both practical and heartfelt can be difficult- and let’s face it, our men don’t want the chocolates or teddy bears every store offers. But stop your stressing! We took on the challenge of putting together a perfect gift guide for your guy.

1.  Monogrammed James Fotostrap 

Spoil your man with a truly personal gift this valentine’s day with a customized monogram on a brand new James fotostrap! Made with genuine leather, his fotostrap is not only a functional investment, but also a lasting strap your Valentine will love. We are showcasing our James leather Fotostrap on this guide, but have over 20 prints and colors to choose from! Pick his favorite color and add his name, initials, monogram or even design file to the shoulder pad to make this gift one he will use and treasure forever.

If that’s not reason enough, this gift also gives back to a greater cause-- 10% of all proceeds are donated to Fotolanthropy, a non-profit made up of photographers and filmmakers that document inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity.

2.  Tobacco Candle

Set the mood for this Valentine’s Day by gifting your guy with the manliest scent we could find. This intoxicating candle is inspired by the botanical and medicinal properties of traditional apothecary origin for a smooth, smoky aroma and entheogenic experience. Made of an earth-friendly blend of beeswax, vegetable and soy waxes, this blend offers a cleaner and better burn. It may not be your choice scent, but he will appreciate the sacrificial gesture to light a way more manly scent than Lavender Dreams.

3.  Woolrich John Rich & Bros Sherpa Rough Rider Blanket

Cozy up to your Valentine with this ultra-soft (yet totally rugged) blanket for two. Made of wool/nylon, this gift is the perfect segue to night of cuddling on the sofa while watching The Notebook (or Making a Murderer) on Netflix. Pair this with his favorite coffee beans and you will be sure to keep him warm from the inside out this Valentine’s.

4.  Rambler Tumbler

Keep the heat hot this Valentine’s with a YETI rambler tumbler. Made with kitchen-grade 18/8 stainless steel and double-wall vacuum insulation, this sweat-free tumbler is designed with your guy’s drinking needs in mind. Pour his favorite hot or cold beverage in there and you’ll have one satisfied man on your hands.

5.  The Beatles - Abbey Road LP

Oh! Darling, Come Together this Valentine’s Day to give your man Something that will give him Golden Slumbers as he rests easy listening to the acclaimed original studio album remaster of Abbey Road on an 180-gram vinyl. Enjoy the record together with a picnic on the floor and a fire in the fireplace for a hipster Valentine’s date he will never forget.

6.  Jaunty Solid Tie

Before taking your man on a night on the town, surprise him with this not-too-dressy tie that will go perfect with any of his button-down shirts. Made of 100% cotton, this grey tie has little flecks of color throughout its weave to make it pop. Pair it with the Bear leather Fotostrap and you will have a gent so debonair you can’t take your eyes off of him this Valentine’s Day.

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Use Your Camera for Good: Join the Fotocrew!

Posted on January 21, 2016 by FOTO

Fotolanthropy: Join the Fotocrew!

As you already know, Fotostrap is the camera strap that gives back! With every purchase, we donate 10% of the proceeds to Fotolanthropy, a nonprofit that documents inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity. Fotolanthropy stories have been featured on the Huffington Post and the Daily Mail, have screened at our nation's capitol, and been featured on Fox News!

You could be a part of the Fotolanthropy movement! Fotolanthropy is always looking for talented photographers and filmmakers from all over the country with hearts for giving back to join their Fotocrew.

What is Fotolanthropy?

Fotolanthropy provides professional portraits and short documentary films for individuals and families who have overcome adversity. Their stories cover a wide range of themes, from wounded warriors to illnesses such as cancer,  autism, and ALS to victims of natural disasters.

When a family receives the gift of Fotolanthropy, they are receiving a tool to help share their story with others. Many Fotolanthropy recipients are now doing public speaking, writing, and devotional studies, and they use the images and films from their Fotolanthropy sessions to help connect with others.


What is a Fotocrew member?

Fotocrew members are the heartbeat behind the Fotolanthropy movement! These professional photographers and filmmakers have a desire to use their incredible creative talents to give back to others. Fotocrew members are paired with nominated and chosen Fotolanthropy recipients to provide them with a professional portrait session, and in some cases a short documentary film. Check out some of the stories Fotolanthropy has produced! http://bit.ly/1nz4oWL

Fotocrew Behind the Scenes

What are the requirements?

Photographers
Fotocrew photographers must have their own established company that has legally been in business for at least 2 years. They must also have a professional website for their business, knowledge of working in various lighting environments and use a professional DSLR camera and lenses.

Filmmakers
Fotocrew filmmakers must have 3 years experience and knowledgeable use of professional film equipment and lenses, various lighting environments, and proper sound equipment for film interviews and voice overs.

 

What is expected of me?

Fotocrew members are responsible for conducting their Fotolanthropy portrait session or film shoot and providing Fotolanthropy with their edited images (30-40) or short film (typically 5-7min). That's it! Fotolanthropy prepares all items to be gifted to the Fotolanthropy recipient, as well as the blog feature on Fotolanthropy.com.

 

How do I apply?

Interested in joining the Crew? Apply here! The application takes about 10 minutes to complete and the Fotolanthropy team will notify you of their decision within two weeks.

 

What's next?

If accepted, you will be given a Fotocrew Guide, which includes details of the Fotolanthropy process and member responsibilities.

When a nominated story is chosen for Fotolanthropy, the Fotolanthropy team will reach out to Fotocrew members in that area to see if they are interested in documenting the story.

Fotocrew members are also welcome to nominate a story! Simply complete the nomination form on Fotolanthropy's website here.

"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving.What you have caught on film is captured forever . . . it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." - Aaron Siskind

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Valentine's Day Gift Guide: For Her

Posted on January 14, 2016 by FOTO

Valentine's Day is exactly 1 month away, and it's not too early to begin thinking about what you might want to give your loved one that day! Gentlemen, we've got you covered with our Valentine's Day Gift Guide: For Her! 

1.  Monogrammed Leopard Fotostrap

Impress your sweetheart with a truly personal gift this valentine’s day with a customized monogram on a brand new fotostrap! Made with genuine leather and durable canvas fabric, her fotostrap is not only a functional investment, but also a lasting accessory your Valentine will adore. We are showcasing our leopard print Fotostrap on this guide, but have over 20 prints and colors to choose from! Pick her favorite color and add her name, initials, monogram or even design file to the shoulder pad to make this gift one she will gush over and treasure forever.

If that’s not reason enough, this gift also gives back to a greater cause-- 10% of all proceeds are donated to Fotolanthropy, a non-profit made up of photographers and filmmakers that document inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity.

2.  Magnolia Candle

Set the mood for this Valentine’s Day by gifting your gal with the scent from her favorite HGTV show, Fixer Upper! This long-lasting wood wick is Joanna’s signature linen-scented candle. The clear jar and white candle will fit right at home amidst any decor and the fresh scent presents a light aroma that sweetly fills the room. Pair this with fresh flowers and a trip to Waco, TX and you will have scored big with your Fixer Upper fan.

3.  Q + A Journal for two

Keep the words flowing between you and your beloved with the sweet gesture of giving her a journal for two. This beautifully embellished hardback Q + A a day journal presents a question a day for three years for you and your sweetheart to answer, reflect on and remember for years to come. Pair this with two pens, an open heart and a good attitude and you will have quite the points awarded to you for such a thoughtful and sentimental gift.

4.  Pancracio Porcelain Cupcake with Treats

Treat her sweet tooth with 18 imported mini cupcakes tucked inside a darling porcelain cupcake container this Valentine’s Day. Each cupcake is made with 70% dark chocolate decorated with dark or white chocolate infused with mint, vanilla or strawberry flavors. She will appreciate the fact you didn’t stand in line with the majority of men to pick up a heart shaped box of mysteriously filled chocolates, but rather had the forethought to order these delicious imported treats ahead of time.

5.  Leather Pouch Clutch in appliqué dot

Before taking your girl on a night on the town, surprise her with this adorable clutch. Fitted with card slots and a snap-close compartment, this darling pouch can be thrown inside a tote, or carried by itself as an easy clutch to hold all of her night-out necessities. Pair this with a matching Merlot Fotostrap and you will have a very happy girl on your arm this Valentine’s Day.

6.  French Kitchen Marble Wine Cooler

Keep the night hot and the wine chilled with this French Kitchen Marble Wine cooler. Its sleek modern marble with grey veining makes this piece not only functional, but also fantastically luxurious. It will be a show piece in her kitchen or on her bar cart. Pair it with a nice bottle of moscato and she might even pour you a glass.


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Extend Your Brand With Fotostrap!

Posted on January 07, 2016 by FOTO

It's a new year, and you might be looking for a creative way to extend your brand this year!

Kick off your new year with a statement!  If you have a company design file, we've got you covered! One of our favorite features about the Fotostrap is that we have the ability to add a custom monogram to the leather shoulder pad!  Not only can we add text such as monograms, initials, and names, but we also have the ability to monogram design files!  We are one of the few brands out there that offers this savvy customization option for our products.

Wanting to get your company's new design file monogrammed on your Fotostrap?  Just make sure you have a completely black and white high resolution JPEG available to upload after checking out and our monogram team will do the rest!  Files with grayscale, color, photographs, and sketches are not acceptable files.

Do you already own a Fotostrap and are you wondering how you can update your own shoulder pad to rep your brand?  You can simply purchase a single shoulder pad and add your new design file to be monogrammed on the shoulder pad!  Once you receive the shoulder pad in the mail, you can simply slide your old shoulder pad off and slide the new one on! 

Cheers to extending your brand in 2016 with the help of your monogrammed Fotostrap! 

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