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Faster Turnaround Times for Fotostrap

Posted on May 19, 2015 by FOTO

We are excited to announce that we are able to offer faster turnaround times for our Fotostrap orders...even monogrammed ones!

If you place an order on a weekday by 11 a.m., CST, it will ship the same day.  Orders placed after that cutoff time or over the weekend will go out the next business day.  

We are thrilled to be able to offer this faster turnaround time, and that means it's even better for last-minute gift giving!

To take advantage of our new faster shipping and avoid delays on logo files, here are some guidelines about uploading a logo for your company or brand.  

If you have any questions about your order, please tweet us at @fotostrap!  Be sure and follow us on social media for the latest news, product information and inspiring photos:

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and don't forget to #fotostrap when you post!

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Meet Hope Taylor - A Fotospotting Feature

Posted on May 06, 2015 by FOTO

Today, we're excited to introduce you to photographer Hope Taylor!  We've gotten to know Hope a bit through email exchanges and Instagram when she tagged us in a #Fotospotting. (Follow her here!)  We're delighted for you to get to know Hope better--enjoy!

 

 

Hello! Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Hope Taylor and I am a high school senior portrait and wedding photographer based in Fredericksburg, Virginia! I'm 18 years old and have a sight obsession with Kate Spade and extra buttery popcorn. I love spending time with my close friends and family, swinging on the swing set by the lake in my neighborhood, and exploring new places (I've got some serious wanderlust!!) I have two pet ducks, Quakers and Bubbles, and they are best friends with our family cockatoo Biscuit. 

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

I got my hands on my first camera at the age of 11 (yes, 11!) and immediately fell in love with capturing memories. However, after being in business for over 2 years, I have found that my passion really lies in people. This business has brought some of the most amazing people into my life whether it be industry friends, wonderful clients or inspiring leaders, and I am so thankful for that. My business is built on community and encouragement, and I strive to always inspire and build up other photographers and creatives in the industry. I also want to love my clients in a way that they have never found in other businesses! 

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

As someone who began their business in high school, making decisions about my future became incredibly complicated. I struggled a lot with decisions regarding things like college, my education and where to live. When I met Caroline Logan, another young photographer in the industry, she shared with me something that she was told when she struggled with the same decisions: "Wherever you go, be all there". This quote has stuck with me through some of the best and worst times in my business, and it guides every decision I make! 

What's your favorite thing about Fotostrap?

I absolutely LOVE Fotostrap and was so excited when I stumbled across them last year! I adore that you can customize almost everything about your strap, and the wide variety of colors that they offer guarantee that everyone will find something that they love! 

Who do you admire and why?

There are SO many people that I admire, both in the industry and in my personal life, so this is a hard one!! But, although it may sound cliche, my mom is easily the number one inspiration in my life + the person I admire most! She has one of the most wonderful hearts I've ever seen, and she always supports me 100%, even when everyone thinks we're crazy. She's my absolute best friend and the person who inspired me to be an entrepreneur + boss lady in the first place! 

Where do you find inspiration?

A lot of my business, especially the senior portrait side, is heavily inspired by fashion + personal style. I find inspiration in brands like Kate Spade, Tory Burch and Marley Lilly! I love southern, preppy fashion and taking one look through a J. Crew or Lilly Pulitzer magazine inspires me more than ever! 

Describe where you see yourself in 5 to 10 years.

Oh, this is a hard one!! As my business starts to focus more on weddings, I definitely see myself shooting more weddings down the road. I also hope to become even more of an educator, and one day speak at conferences! (That's a big dream right there!) 

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

My 50mm 1.2 and 85mm 1.2 lenses are my babies!! I absolutely LOVE my prime lenses and I would be lost without them! I also love my JoTotes camera bag in my favorite color (aqua!) as well as my adorable Fotostrap! I also always keep a snack stored somewhere in my bag because you just never know! 

Anything else you'd like to add?

My next Senior Photography Workshop is being held in August of this year, and I would absolutely love to see you there! You can find more information about the workshop here.

Thanks so much for sharing your heart with us, Hope!  We've enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to watching you continue to grow in your photography career!

 

 

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FOTO Guide: 8 Ways for Photographers to Give Back

Posted on April 30, 2015 by FOTO

Fotostrap was founded on the principle of giving back.  Founder Katie Norris says, "I didn't want to design an ordinary camera strap, but one that could make a difference. With every purchase, we give to a movement of artists capturing inspiring true stories."

With that in mind, today we're excited to highlight several organizations that are available for professional photographers to use their talents and give back to the community and around the globe. 

First up, we'd like to share about the non-profit Fotolanthropy, which benefits from the proceeds of Fotostrap.  Fotolanthropy documents inspiring true stories of people who have overcome adversity, through photography and film.  Follow @Fotolanthropy on Instagram for behind-the-scenes looks at their next story.

And if you're looking for even more ways to give back using photography, here are seven other amazing organizations:

Blue Earth  - Supports visual storytelling on critical environmental and social issues through direct assistance to photographers and a collaborative community of professionals.
Help Portrait - A global one-day portrait event  where professional photographers offer portraits for free to people in need.  (The next event is December 5, 2015.)
Operation Love Reunited - Provides free professional photography sessions and photo gifts to military families dealing with a deployment.
Red Thread - Provides professional photography for families who are growing their family through adoption.
Second Chance Photos - Provides shelter staff and volunteers with resources to successfully photograph shelter pets, aiding in giving them a second chance for adoption.
The Giving Lens - Centered around photography workshops at unique travel destinations, photographers are able to serve others and learn news skills in a beautiful location, sharing photos and profits with the NGO.
Tiny Sparrow - A non-profit  dedicated to providing lasting memories through photography to families in the U.S. with children who are facing life threatening illnesses.

 Know a photographer who would be interested in this topic?  We invite you to share this with them and encourage ways to give back.

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Meet @TechnoPaul - A Fotospotting Feature

Posted on April 20, 2015 by FOTO

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.

 

@technopaul Artist/Instagram Profile from 12FPS on Vimeo.

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?

Find me on Instagram at @technopaul, and learn more about Socality here, or find them on Instagram @socality.

We'll leave you with this film from Paul that went viral a couple of years ago, all about sharing people's stories.  

Instagram Is from technopaul productions on Vimeo.


All photos courtesy of Paul Tellefsen

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Make the Most of Your Logo File on Your Fotostrap (Tips and Tricks)

Posted on April 15, 2015 by FOTO

Fotostrap offers the option for customers to laser their company logo on to the shoulder pad. For best results, we recommend following these guidelines:

- 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

To submit a design file, customers will be prompted to upload the file during the checkout process.  

To see what others are saying about the ability to customize their Fotostrap, read their comments here.  

And don't forget to share your new Fotostrap with us on Instagram at Twitter!  We love to feature #fotospotting images from our amazing customers!  Be sure and @fotostrap and #fotostrap!

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