October 08, 2015

Become a ROES Master (with a little help from Richard)

The upcoming holiday season means your life as a pro photographer is about to be taken over… by print orders! Gallery wraps, cards, books, fine art prints, frames—it’s the time for gifting beautiful memories (whether it’s for your client or yourself).

To help get you ready to bring your images to life in print, Richard has gathered all the resources you'll need—from quick-start guides for ROES to frequently asked questions and the perks of Richard’s prints—in one spot, here on the blog!




Before you jump into the ordering process, get the nitty-gritty on Richard’s print products… here on our website! You can see images of all our products, learn about available sizes and options, grab templates, and check out our turnaround times:




If you haven’t already, download ROES onto your laptop or desktop computer. The system requirements are:


• Mac OS 10.7 or Higher
• 500MHz Speed Processor or Higher
• 1GB RAM Minimum


• 500MHz Speed Processor or Higher

• 1GB RAM Minimum




Whether you’re new to Richard’s print ordering app or you’re a seasoned pro, it never hurts to get a quick overview of the ROES interface. Richard has two nifty quick-start guides to help you out—one for books & albums, and one for prints, press cards, canvas, & frames. These PDFs have easy visual references on how to order our different print products and how to apply the custom options available.

Psst… don’t forget, due to a recent update in ROES, the “Promo Code” field has moved from the “Cart” to the “Checkout” process, after entering the shipping information.



Got a question about ROES? Chances are, we’ve got an answer on our FAQ! From file prep guidelines to Mac troubleshooting to available sample products and turnaround times, Richard has you covered in the FAQ section of our website.



Richard has three different ways you can make your prints gift-ready straight out of the lab:


Black, kraft, sage green, and cocoa boxes boxes tied up with twine feel polished but personal. Available for prints sized 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, or 11x14.


Silky smooth handmade boxes in black or brown fabric, with a ribbon to top it off. Available for prints sized 4x6 and 5x5.


Add your own extra-special touch to Richard’s proof boxes… stamps, ribbons, cards, you name it. There’s still time to set yours up for the holiday season—find out how!



Standard US shipping is always free in ROES. ALWAYS! All you pay for is the handmade goodness coming straight outta Awesometown. Shipping times range from as little as 1-2 days in the local Los Angeles area, up to 7 business days nationwide.

Need to ship direct to a recipient? Cut out the middleman (that’s you) with drop shipping! For just $7, Richard will ship your prints “incognito” style—no invoice, no orange logo-covered tape, no Richard branding whatsoever. Just rad prints.

Of course, we think the biggest perk of all is that all of our print products are handmade at the lab by a member of the Richard team. We’ve got our eyes on your order from the moment you place it until it leaves our doors, and we’re putting in that extra-special Richard love at every turn!



Last but not least, get all the know-how you need to get awesome prints! On Richard’s blog, you can score info on:


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September 30, 2015

Richard’s Photographer Spotlight

"While love is a universal human experience, each individual expression of love is unique." This is the philosophy that drives the photographer in today's Photog Spotlight, Lacie Hansen! Lacie strives to reveal what is uncommon in our commonalities through her bright, clean, frank-yet-elegant images. She's sharing her view on taking on side projects,  and what switched her career path from fashion to wedding photography... today in Richard's Photog Spotlight!

Richard: What first sparked your passion for photography?
Lacie Hansen: My passion for photography started at a young age—that age when you just love something without abandon or knowing why. I would always take my friends out for photo shoots around town (I grew up in the Midwest). After I took my first photography class in high school, I knew this is what I was meant to do for the long haul.


R: How did your passion for photography evolve into a career?
LH: I went to Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. I thought I was going to be a fashion photographer in NYC. During school, I started working for Jose Villa. I shot my first wedding assisting him, and I fell in love with weddings immediately!!! I owe so much of what I know about both the craft and business side of photography to Jose Villa!

R: When you aren't shooting for clients, what do you LOVE to photograph?
LH: Going back to my roots as a kid, I still cherish photographing friends and loved ones.


R: How do you find a balance between being creatively fulfilled and paying the bills?
LH: Even though there is artistic gratification in the paying jobs I take on, I think that finding balance is mostly about being selective on the kinds of extra projects I take on. Working alongside other vendors that have a similar vision is so satisfying!

R: What is your favorite camera?
LH: I love using my 35mm Canon IV! But, I also really love using my phone for travel and social occasions—it's pretty amazing that almost anyone can have a camera with them all the time to capture anything.


R: What's your first memory of shooting film?
LH: Processing in the darkroom—threading the film on the spool, the smell of the chemicals, that red light! I did this both in high school and all throughout college.

R: Why is it important to have continuous communication with your lab(s)?
LH: This is SO important!!! Richard has been such a huge part of my art and my business, bringing expertise in both. Communicating about my shooting process/approach with the lab has only made my images stronger! You have helped shape the quality of my work.


R: Do you have any pre-shoot rituals?
LH: My friend Brooke Merrill introduced me to "Sun of Success"—it is an annointing oil. I put it on before every shoot and set my intentions for the day. This puts me in a great mindset.

R: Let’s play a game of “Either/Or”! Savory or sweet?
LH: Sweet.
R: Chocolate or vanilla?
LH: Vanilla.
R: Dogs or cats?
LH: Dogs.
R: Urban or rural?
LH: Rural.
R: Vintage or modern?
LH: Modern.
R: Warm weather or cold weather?
LH: Warm weather.
R: Early bird or night owl?
LH: Early bird.
R: Crossword or Sudoku?
LH: Crossword.
R: Breakfast or dinner?
LH: Dinner.
R: Batman or Superman?
LH: Superman.
R: Historical Non-fiction or SciFi/Fantasy?
LH: Historical Non-fiction.
R: Comedy or Drama?
LH: Comedy.
R: Truth or dare?
LH: Truth.


R: What music do you listen to to get pumped up?
LH: I am a HUGE 80's music fan.

R: If you weren't a photographer, what would you be when you grow up?
LH: I would be working on a ranch with horses.

R: If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
LH: To clean my house with the snap of a finger!

R: What is your favorite word, and why?
LH: Still thinking... next question! 

September 28, 2015

New! Dust Jackets for Hardcover Books


It’s Banned Books Week! Last year, we gave you six design tips to ban bad book design. This year, we’re celebrating the occasion with a brand new book product—dust jackets for hardcover books! Check out all the ways that you can rebel against the average photo book with Richard’s dust jackets. You can find them in ROES under the standard hardcover and lay-flat book catalogues.

BONUS: During Banned Books Week, Richard’s dust jackets are 75% off with the purchase of your hardcover book! Just use promo code 75JACKETS15R


Handmade hardcover books have a personalized, refined feel, so keep it classy with the high-end look of matte and deep matte photographic paper dust jackets… These paper finishes are awesome for resisting fingerprints, too!


Press-printed vellum is a rad way to add dimension to the outside of your book! It’s semitransparent, letting the texture of the book cover show through the image on your dust jacket—try it with the heather pattern of Vanilla Bean Linen.


Mini dust jackets capitalize on the duality of mixing the visual and the tactile. Let the colors and textures of your book cover material complement your dust jacket imagery, and vice versa! Mini vellum dust jackets are great for featuring your logo, too.


Add images and text to the spine of your dust jacket, so it tells a story even when it’s sitting on the shelf. Three-inch flaps that wrap inside the book cover are prime real estate for adding a special message, an artist profile, or anything else you can dream up!

Sale expires October 15th, 2015, at 11:59pm; one time use, one per customer.

Grab Photoshop templates for Richard's dust jackets here.

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