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Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
 

Props


Anyone have any recomendations on a good place to start snooping for props- besides E-bay? (Not much there right now)Seating, kids stuff etc....


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4/17/2007 10:54:54 AM

 
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"Not much there right now"

I don't think there ever will be, Christy, because most people don't go to a "props store" (which is why there ain't any). They improvise. So you should too.

It's also a guarantee that the props YOU use won't show up in the next photographer's images.

"Seating"? Surely you have a variety of chairs, stools or boxes in your house that you can use. Cover 'm with sheets in various hues and designs.

"Kids stuff"? Ask the mother to bring some along. And the neighborhood toy store is your friend too.

So on, so forth.

Have fun!


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4/17/2007 11:11:28 AM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  Try your local Dollar Store for small toys and games and other props of interest to children.
It's amazing what can be found in those stores for practically nothing.

Bob


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4/17/2007 11:58:31 AM

 
Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/31/2005
  www.adorama.com has plenty to offer. Try antique stores too. Goodwill, Salvation Army....


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4/17/2007 12:02:34 PM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  ya know, I did the antique thing in town last weekend-tons where I'm from- came SO close to a couple of pieces- a chase lounge & victorian setee- but both in pretty bad shaped- looked beautiful- but no one would ever be able to sit on them! So close- it was exactly what I was looking for! I'm still hunting!


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4/17/2007 12:30:08 PM

 
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By "chase lounge" you probably mean "chaise longue", Christy. It's French for 'long chair'.


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4/17/2007 12:45:21 PM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  I'm very well aware of that (don't have spell check here) what's with your attitude anyway- can you be more full of yourself. kindly don't repond to my questions anymore!


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4/17/2007 12:56:56 PM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
 
 
 
Hi Christy! I keep an eye on craft stores (Joann Fabrics, Michaels, AC Moore) - they carry things from time to time that are perfect and when they change over stock you can get some great deals.

The pic I loaded... those barrels were from Joann's, regular $60-80, got them for $20/$30. They carry trunks, funky chairs, all kinds of stuff.

If you have places like Big Lots, Marshalls, Burlington, etc, those are good places to watch too.


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4/18/2007 9:34:21 AM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  what a fun pic! I have been checking Michaels lately- I remember buying columns in the past- different styles -I think they were plaster- now of course I'm not finding them anymore- I also remember seeing a small curved bench too! WIsh they'd come out with them again- they were cheap when you used the store coupon!
Thanks for the input!


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4/18/2007 9:43:39 AM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  I have a column from them too! I haven't looked lately, didn't know they don't carry them anymore. The coupon is the best. It's a good time now because they'll start bringing in seasonal stuff - benches, chairs, etc.

There is a big trunk on clearance at Joanns now (would be fun for kids - in it, on it, pulling treasures out of it), I almost bought it at $50, it's down to $40 now... I'm still waiting since they had 3 left. Actually I better go there today to check on it.

Of course there is garage saling too... it's still cold & cruddy here, but within the next month or so I'll be scouring the neighborhoods every weekend. I've gotten some great pieces. Director chair, stools, tables, etc.


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4/18/2007 9:52:13 AM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  I'll have to check JoAnns- our store in town is pretty small- haven't had much luck before. I'm starting to watch the garage sales- Costumes Galore had one last weekend- I was SO hoping for good luck there- what a bunch of cr*p! They had a tone of costumes and accessories but only about 20% off! Not what I call a garage sale! I'm keep snooping! Thanks again! Your pics are great by thye way!


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4/18/2007 10:04:18 AM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Our Joann's is huge, we're lucky, they just built a new one a few years back and it's awesome. I'm in a giant suburb of over 100,000 people.

Ugh, I hate when you have such high hopes for a specific garage sale and it turns out to be worthless!

Thanks, I'm just learning studio work... got my lights in December. I've been collecting props for a year or more in preparation! Have lots to learn still!!


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4/18/2007 10:12:57 AM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  I too an newly in my studio (beginning of April) and am trying to work out the kinks with lighting and learning my Nikon D70- big difference with a SLR? (had a coolpix 8700 before)
Anyway- the props in now seeking -wish we had a large 'craft' store- my towm is about 60,000- more clothing than anything. I need to get to the cities to shop! How long have you been into this? Are you full time or just a side thing?


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4/18/2007 10:24:08 AM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Wow that's a big town, too bad they don't have more options!

I work full time as an office manager. I have a newly built house so the basement is wonderful, and my dad put a studio down there for me. (he built the house too, he's a handy guy!)

I've had my business DBA for about 3 years. I was going thru a divorce and was really motivated to make my life my own.

I've done 2 weddings, with a few lined up this year (one next week!), but I only take on small, informal, or small budget ones. I

I like the studio work... I just got a light meter & that helped a lot. I didn't have it yet when I took the barrel pic, and I had trouble with good exposure. I just took some engagement portraits a few weeks ago & I was pretty happy with them.

http://www.dmariephoto.com/-/dmariephoto/gallery.asp?cat=49768&pID=1&row=7

My absolute favorite is outdoor family portraits. All together I do 10-15 clients a year. It's enough for me right now!!

How about you- what got you into studio work, what do you like to shoot?


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4/18/2007 10:38:40 AM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  I've shot weddings for friends and family for about 3 years now- I have 4 between summer & fall this year. So far I've not had issues with lighting inside the church itself. I love the candid/traditional shots & usually price with a disk included, so far my 'clients' have ordered what they want. It's worked out really well. Either it's a buget thing for them or they want to go through thier own ordering format. It's frustrating (I think) when things are not packaged according to your personal needs and the ala catre pricing gets so high!
I love photographing kids- outdoor shots were of course so much easier with lighting. I'm just honestly addicted. I too am divored with kids and this was my therapy for a long time! (before during & after) My kids truely inmspired me!
I've nevr had classes- would LOVED to have had my studio in my home- space hasn't allowed- so I rent a small spot right now & it seems to be working fine. I'm invoved iwth a locoal youth soccer club- that's going to amount to about 200-225 kids for team pics/memory mates, so I'm hoping to get in with senior pics with some of those families! What kind of meter did you buY? I know I'm going to need one!


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4/18/2007 11:00:31 AM

 
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"I'm very well aware of that"

You hid it well...

"kindly don't repond to my questions anymore!"

Kindly don't post any then.


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4/18/2007 11:04:50 AM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  you're rude!


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4/18/2007 11:06:27 AM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  I offer custom quotes to all of my clients so they don't have to buy packages they don't want, but I put sample packages on my site because some people are overwhelmed by the options of building their own package! It's worked well so far.

I took a few classes here on BP and learned a lot. I want to take a studio lighting class locally, but I haven't had the energy so far. Maybe this fall!

I noticed a sepia pic of a bride & groom in your gallery that was gorgeous! Are the weddings you're doing this summer & fall friends/family? I'm excited for my first one this season, although I just found out the bride is wearing.... RED. Yup, a red dress!! It's her 3rd marriage, so I get it, but it was disappointing from this perspective. It will be a good casual one to get my feet wet again though.

I got the Minolta IV F meter. I know several people who also recommend it, although there are plenty of other good ones out there I'm sure. I got it used on ebay for about $170. I thought it would be complicated to use, and I'm sure if you really get into checking entire scenes with it, it is, but just for my studio strobes it's easy and helps tremendously.

I hope to have kids some day, I'm turning 30 this year!! I'm actually getting remarried next month (yeah!) :)


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4/18/2007 12:20:11 PM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  Congrats! I have 2 years on you- was married for 7- have an 8 & 5 year old boys- divorced now almost 4 and soon to be married again next year- never thought I'd go down that road again- I've got a lot of support with this photography passion of mine from my fiance- so I'm lucky there! The bride & groom you mention is my little Bro- thier wedding is probably some of my favs! This summers weddings are (2) family (one is outdoors in June- can't wait!) and the other a classmate of mine from way back & one I booked off my cousins wedding last summer (she's the bride with all the hair!)see below:
http://christyb.myphotoalbum.com
there are more pics here.
I'm definately going to look at the meter you have- sounds like my price range too! Glad to hear it's working for you!


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4/18/2007 12:48:31 PM

 
Linda Buchanan   Hi Christy. I am in the process of opening a studio (in a little strip mall, not in my home) and have been collecting props too. One place I found great stuff at is called Freds. it is a small dollar/variety store. I got a great wicker arm chair, a little red wagon (for kids), a little adirondack style table and chairs, a muslin lined wicker laundry basket and a women's slipper bench. I really wanted a childs wicker chair but hadn't been able to find any locally. I checked overstock.com and found two for $64, half of what one of the catalogs wanted. I will need to paint the wicker white, but that is ok. I did recently find a brand new cherry childs rocking chair on ebay for $15. I am saving it most likely for my Christmas set. Just keep hunting, we have a place here called Hobby Lobby that has a lot of great sales too. Good luck and enjoy yourself.


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4/18/2007 3:06:10 PM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  we have Hobby lobby here- found a few small items- LOVE that store! Even more so with the sales they have! Is freds avaliable on line? I've checked overstock.com too- saw a few items, still hunting! Thanks for the reponse!


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4/18/2007 4:03:24 PM

 
Joan Bellinger   I have found reasonably priced props on www.orientaltrading.com


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4/18/2007 9:18:30 PM

 
Christy Freeberg
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/2/2005
  never thought of that- I'll check it out- Thanks!


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4/18/2007 9:28:50 PM

 
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