Creativity in the Studio
Usually, I try to write these about things other than the studio but today I can't help it, I want to share with you what I love about my props and my favorite places to shop for them. As well as why I chose the props I have in the studio.
Have you ever walked past something and thought it would work great for a purpose other than what it is meant to be used as, for example, a fancy flower pot as an organizer or a wine bottle bottom as a change container on a dresser. Well, I am kind of like that when it comes to my props. When I walk into a store the first things that go through my mind are oh! that is so adorable and that would be cute with a toddler or newborn. I rarely see things as they are meant to be used.
You see most of my props are not meant for what I use them for including scarfs, baskets, blankets tree logs. I have wood floors that I made from wall panels and pillow shams I use for blankets. There is nothing more fun than being creative and finding new ways to use things. The main thing I look for with props other than safety is texture and style. I am drawn to items that are more of an antique/vintage feel and I also love items that have an old country or early European feel.
I have a couple stores I love to shop at for my props. Recently, I have found a couple new stores .that may quickly become my favorites. Over the past 6 years most my props have come from Goodwill, Tuesday Morning, Joann Fabric, Dollar Tree and A.C. Moore. Oh, I can’t forget Lowe’s. Yes, Lowe’s is a big one as this is where I get to be my most creative. My husband likes to joke I can use PVC pipe to make anything or dowel rods. The way I look at it is why not be creative in all aspects of one's' art.
My wood backdrop and floor is from chair rail planks I got at Lowe’s stained and sealed. Then garden pickets for my picket fences and the barn door in my studio. I like to find things that most others won’t have in their prop closets at craft stores and discount stores. Why because I can again use things in a way they are not meant to be used. For instance, my backdrops are made from fabric and curtains I find on discount.
Recently I have wanted to find some items that I can’t find at craft stores. I wanted some things that are unique and have an antique feel. So I found a store in my town called Old’s Cool. Thanks to this awesome store I have found some special things. Then, of course, I love Goodwill because I can find scarfs and baskets that won’t be at other stores.
Every prop in my studio not only has a feel but it has a purpose, to make sure I can provide unique sessions to you as my client and the set ups I use is part of what makes me a little different. Each prop is inspected by me to make sure it will be safe for baby and child alike. What are some of your favorite places to shop and why what creative ways have you found to use things in a way they weren’t designed for, Share in the comments below I would love your thoughts.