Photography props

This post is a little late but better late then never. I wanted to start collecting some photography props and get a little further in to learning my camera and more about photography and photoshop editing when ever I have a spare minute of course.

My etsy shop is really busy for holiday orders oct- dec so when I will have time to learn extra I have no clue. But I have several friends who are currently pregnant and I am so exited my friend has wanted a baby for so long and has has trouble and when she met the best man ever besides my husband of course lol she explored more into her fertility options it was expensive but I can finally say she is expecting and she totally deserves it. I am so glad she is getting everything she finally deserves and to see her this happy is a joy.

With that being said we haven’t a clue at this point what she will have so since I wanted to get a collection together anyways of props I of course started browsing etsy to see what the new trends were etc. I am not sure how new this trend is but I have been seeing alt of photography and props for maternity shots and maternity sashes. I haven’t had a baby but I can tell u I am not sure if I would expose my belly for a photo opportunity and if u know me I will always be down for a photo opportunity lol

I came across a few shops and these lovely ladies made maternity sashes for me to use in my photos. If it were up to me I would have all bright girly colors its just what I am drawn to lol, I am not saying that the boys theme sashes are ugly but even for my clothes I am drawn to pinks, purples, teals and black I need to incorporate more color into my personal clothing, I am a medical assistant instructor and I can tell you my work scrubs are very colorful with my matching sneakers lol the students love to see what color shoes I will have on I tell them hey I am in scrubs more then regular clothes I just have to match lol

Anyways back to the topic at hand maternity sashes I had to find some boyish styles and colors as well for the expecting mother who may be having a boy. I wanted a blue but also some other colors as well pink and blue are always a given I like to be the person to change it up from the standard or at least incorporate some other colors to those basic baby colors everyone else chooses for your children’s outfits lol.

So I contacted Elizabeth from The Pickled Peanut on etsy and she made a maternity sash for me and she can custom design on for you in the colors you choose just ask her if she has the colors available and if you already have children she has such cute hair bows and headbands as well. Check out her shop
and on etsy look up the pickled peanut and hopefully Elizabeth has something for you if not ask her she will make a custom listing.
Here is a picture of the maternity sash I got from Elizabeth oh and u can wear this as a headband too lol




This last picture is the one I purchased in a few shades of teal I figured this could be used for either gender. The photos were taken from Elizabeth’s shop I believe some of these photos were taken by Marlis Photography and some by Elizabeth herself I wanted to make sure everyone gets there credit lol I am not like some others out there that steal photos and try to use them as there own. To contact Marlis Photography the Facebook page Elizabeth has listed in her etsy listings is check them out too they may be near your home town. Hope you like the photos and as soon I get up with my friends with all our hectic schedules I will take some photos and post on my blog.

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Happy Shopping

Baby & Toddler Photography Ideas and Props

I have ordered a few items from the shops below to start my collection of props to use in my photography shoots with my friends children, and family. I am hoping to get my photography business off the ground as well.

Here are a few cute items I will be adding to my shop from ThisanThatBoutique on etsy check out all the other cute items that are handmade just for you.

This knitted crown hat is so cute and you can order in several colors I choose red because I figured it would be used for both little princesses and princes.

I ordered this bear ear flap hat in the same color shown because it was so cute and again in a neutral color for both boys and girls.

This elf Pom hat is so cute in these colors of teal, yellow and blues.

The next etsy shop I placed an order for photography props was from knitonecrochettwo. Again take a look
At this shop such cute items the next few pics are the items I have beening made to add to my collection.



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Etsy Items We Love

I have wanted to start getting a few items so that I can take pictures of my friends children I seen the cutest items on etsy and i started saving pictures an didn’t get the names of the some of the shops and I apologize if it is a shop you own or purchase from let me know so I can give them credit on my blog.


These two pictures above are from a etsy shop called Bellasorella9 they make custom children’s clothing and let me tell you the items are so cute and you can get in various sizes. I will need two boys outfits and a girl outfit for y friends children and hope I can come up with something in there sizes that match it helps that there birthdays are close together in the summer but more importantly for our photo shoot the kids are not camera shy so this will be fun lol

The pictures I have taken so far are of my beagle Harley and he is fed up with being my guinea pig. Now when he sees me pull out the camera he runs or he will not turn his head toward me when I call him lol stubborn beagle.




As you can see I was able to grab a few great pictures of Hollywood Harley. (he got that name from the employees from doggie daycare because he won many photo contest in maryland). I wish he would make a career for himself and help out with his rx dog food, daycare, and insurance lol.
Anyways enough about my baby beagle and back to the cute children.

This etsy shop is called mellonmonkeys and they also have tons of cute children’s clothing.

The picture above I forgot to save store information so sorry if you own or know what shop name is I will totally give them credit.

I hope you will check out these etsy shops and purchase some cute clothing items.

I recently traded with another etsy shop owner and can not wait to get my item and yes I am using it on the photo shoot.

This is such a cute pink feather headband wish I had a cute pink romper like the little girl in the picture to put on Kassidy for our photography sessions. It is going to be her first birthday in aug a would like to take some cute pics of her with a cake or cupcakes etc Kassidy is the third child and has two big brothers so I got to girly up the photos lol everyone does pink and purple as soon as you say girl but I think we will change it up some. Her mother says she puts a lot of yellows, oranges etc on her to bring out those blue eyes. To purchase a feather headband like the pink one above go to etsy shop called DragonflysanLadybugs.

I am thinking she has to have some pink but add some yellows, oranges, teals, and purples into the photos even if we have to change clothing multiple times lol oh how fun this will be at least that is what we are thinking now. You never know when it will be one of those days with children when they don’t want to cooperate lol I am praying all three with be on good behavior I guess I would be pushing it to try and add there 4 pugs in the picture. I think I will just see how it goes.

The picture above is the kids at the park see they love the camera.

I will post pictures of our photo shoot as I get them done I am currently waiting on some photography props and still have some items to get prior but don’t worry I am so excited about this that it won’t be long before we have pictures up maybe within 2-3 weeks.

To check out my etsy shop go to I have various vintage, antique, Upcycled items, and my personalized wine glasses and mugs etc.

I also sell Thirty One Gifts and my website is stop by check out catalog you can place an order right from my website if you need assistance I would be glad I help you out and gets sent directly to you from thirty one.

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