Remember our old post about Other Uses for Newborn Photography? This is the PERFECT example of how to use our products in a fresh, creative way.

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Traci Hartman Gassen with Pink Toenails Photography gave us the lo-down on how she created this fabulous Tepee using one of our Vintage Ruffle Drapes – “I use twine for the bamboo sticks…which you can find in any garden center for about 5-8 bucks. I tied the fabric around this one…I cut a hole through the middle of a circle table cloth on another. Then drape the layer over 1 bamboo stick and fix the lace down the side. I love the little layer she is sitting on here with the lace too.”

 

 

How great is that?? If any of you have other awesome ways you use our products, please share! We love new ideas :D

 

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FREE SHIPPING on Newborn Props

Never before have we offered FREE SHIPPING to our customers, but today that is going to end! Make any purchase from 7/18/14 – 7/23/14 and you will receive free ground shipping on your entire order! Purchases must be made on our website, http://www.customphotoprops.com to quality.

International orders welcome! salelogo

Use code – freeship818

MINIMUM $45.00 purchase required.

Excludes 3-D mats and beds.

We have the right to ship it by whatever method is of less cost to CPP. Express shipping or Expedited shipping not available for this offer.

Excludes prior purchases

Does not include insurance coverage for lost packages.

Who are those Custom Photo Prop girls?

Have you ever wondered what the person looks like that packages your orders, answered your email in record time, or designed your headband? Since we all agree that we are pretty cool cats we wanted you to see our faces and know a little bit about our personalities. We are more than just a pretty face behind a computer :)

We are missing another fabulous face, Lauren, as she is away for the summer working in theater. She is such an incredible addition to our crew and can’t wait until she gets back!!

Better known as the Queen of Fur Mother of two children, Jokester, Hygienic, Creative,   Fun, Loves to Sing to the Frozen soundtrack, Randomly busts out dance moves.

Amber {Better known as the Queen of Fur}
Married & Mother of Two Children, Jokester, Hygienic, Creative, Fun, Randomly Busts Out Dance Moves, Rap-star

Kerri    Brains of the Operation, Closet Goofball, Caring, You Can Hear Her Laugh Miles Away, Go-Getter, Dog Lover

Kerri
Married to a tall, dark, handsome fella. Mom to Liliana.
Brains of the Operation, Closet Goofball, Caring, You Can Hear Her Laugh Miles Away, Go-Getter, Dog Lover

 

Corinne           Smart, Sassy, Farmer, Loves cute animals, Life of the party, Easy to love.

Corinne
Married to a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Army Veteran, Mother of Jacob.
Smarty Pants Behind CPP, Sassy, Cutest cow farmer, Loves cute baby animals, Life of the party, Easy to love.

Kim {Kimmy} {Kimmers}  Full of Personality, Outspoken, Caring, Unconditional Love, Goofball, Brains and Beauty

Kim {Kimmy} {Kimmers}
Dating hunky Darrin, Finishing nursing degree and continually scoring A’s through a lot of hard work and a big brain.
Full of Personality, Outspoken, Caring, Unconditional Love, Goofball, Energetic

 

Fur Jumping Good Time

Fur Jumping Good Time

 

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Through all of our numerous hours of research looking at adorable pictures of babies we have noticed a lot trends in the industry.

Soft pinks, flesh tones, peaches and purples are among the most popular colors for our little ladies these days. They’re classic, sweet colors that don’t distract from the main focus of the photo – the baby. 

As for the boys, cool blues, rustic browns, dark greens, and sometimes even a bright teal or red are what we see the most of.  Of course, everybody has their own personal preference, these color choices are simply the ones we see a lot while we’re scrolling down the pages of social media.

 

 

 

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Newborn Photography – Professional VS. DIY

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Professional Photos

Going to a professional photographer might mean paying a bunch of money, but it can really be worth it. These people literally do this for a living so they know all of the ins and outs of the business.

-They have most likely made an investment in some really great expensive equipment that is necessary to get the best photos.

-Their knowledge of lighting and posing is what sets them apart from amateur photographers or DIYers.

- You know those super cute photos of babies resting their head on their hands that look impossible? Those are composite shots that newborn photographers have to Photoshop together. So unless you’re proficient in Photoshop and have spotters to help hold up the baby’s head safely, don’t try it!

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If you go to a photographer who specializes in newborns they will know how to safely pose your baby to give you those cute poses that are so popular today. Your photographer should have hours upon endless hours of newborn practice under their belt to do these poses. They are NOT an easy task and nearly impossible unless you have experience.

– A professional photographer can use actions to smooth out the baby’s skin. If your baby has a rash they can eliminate that in their post processing. These technical tools are quite expensive to purchase and an essential part to make your portraits look great!

-Not only do they have the knowledge and equipment, but usually they have a stock of photography props for you to choose from. Also, they often have the ‘in’ with some prop companies who can get you props for a great deal. I know that a lot of our customers are photographers who follow us on social media sites to get coupon codes and freebies. (hint hint)

- A really great newborn/child photographer has an arsenal of soothing and cooing techniques to make sure you all get the best use of your time and money. They know what temperature the room needs to be, how far in advance the baby needs to feed, wonderful sound machines and many other tricks that will keep your baby calm during a session.

-Remember that the cheapest photographer is most likely not the best photographer. Shop around and see the quality work you are getting for the price you are paying. Ask the photographer how much experience they have with newborns, what type of poses they can do, what you should expect out of your session, and if they carry liability insurance. These are all valid questions to ask anyone that is handling your precious cargo.

 

DIY Photos

There are multiple reasons that people choose to take their own newborn photos- all very valid and if done right, can turn out beautifully. There are just some things to keep in mind when deciding to DIY so you don’t end up spending the time and money to get this

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-Professionals have all of that fancy equipment for a reason and trying to get a good photo without all of that can be super tricky- especially if you set up in a place that is poorly lit.

-You might be limited in the posing you want if you don’t know how to use Photoshop – not the end of the world, unless you want a composite shot.

-When doing it yourself, you need to acquire props like fur, blankets, wraps, hats, headbands, etc. Just keep in mind that to get quality products it can be big investment unless you spend more time to do those yourself, too- even though some of the materials can be pricey.

-One of the big perks of DIY photo shoots is that you can do it any time you want. You don’t have to make an appointment for a session and then have your child cry or scream through the whole thing.

 

Make sure if you DIY you take a look at some of these thinks below to learn about safety, swaddling, and more.

http://www.iheartfaces.com/2013/08/tips-for-sleeping-baby-during-photo-session/

http://www.pinterest.com/cppllc/newborn-safety-photography/

http://www.pinterest.com/cppllc/newborn-photography-help/

 

Either way, getting great photos of your little one is so important. They grow up so fast and you don’t want to look back and regret not investing in some really cute pictures to show off when they’re older ;)

 

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NEW Studio Sets NOW Available from Custom Photo Props!

We have done it again! Over the last few days we have added some more new full studio sets to our website for your newborn photography studio! Having these packages available makes your life a lot easier and saves you a few bucks in the process!

With purchasing a set, all of our props are coordinated for you which means you will never have to guess what props will look good together again!

We originally had just a handful of these sets available and thought why not pair some more adorable things together! Our newest sets are named after and inspired by some of our favorite childhood nursery rhymes. We are very excited about these sets and hope you love them as much as we do!!

You can find all of the new sets as well as the old ones available here : https://www.customphotoprops.com/category_s/118.htm

Please keep in mind that with each set you are getting a variety of matching props so you can make numerous different scenes with them.

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International customers are always welcome!

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Shop Locally For Newborn Photography Props in Buffalo, New York

LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHERS – Did you know that you can swing by our shop and peruse our props in person? What’s better than coming by and being able to piece together a whole studio setup yourself? We may even let you take a nap in mounds of our faux fur!

We are open M-F 8:30 – 4:00.

We do appreciate a phone call ahead of time but it’s not necessary. 716-951-8021.

Our address is 699 Versailles Road, Silver Creek, NY 14136. We are about 45 minutes south of Buffalo and 5 minutes from the Thruway. Irving exit 58

 

 

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5 Photo Props Every Little Princess Needs

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CROWNS

 

DUH! You can’t be a princess without a crown.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Sarah-Princess-Rhinestone-Newborn-Crown-p/sarah-crown.htm

https://www.customphotoprops.com/Glenda-Princess-Rhinestone-Newborn-Crown-p/glenda-crown.htm

https://www.customphotoprops.com/Dawn-Princess-Rhinestone-Newborn-Crown-p/dawncrown.htm

 

 

LACE LAYER

There is our Floral Lace layer and the Demure Vintage Lace layer. Both are soft, feminine, and come in a variety of different colors. Everybody is in to lace these days- its super fancy and it’s great for newborn photography because of its delicate texture. 

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 https://www.customphotoprops.com/Floral-Lace-Newborn-Layer-Photography-Prop-p/floral-newborn-layer.htm

https://www.customphotoprops.com/Demure-Vintage-Lace-Newborn-Layer-Photography-Prop-p/demure-vintage-layer.htm

 

 

RUFFLE DRAPE

 

Your baby will look like absolute ROYALTY with one of these elegant pieces.  Like the lace layers, these drapes are FANTASTIC for newborn photography (or any kind of photography, really) and they add that vintage lace look that’s so popular now.  Put a crown on your little girl and everybody will be bowing at her cuteness.

 

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Vintage-Ruffle-Drape-Layer-Wrap-Photography-Prop-p/ruffle-drape.htm

 

 

 

DIAPER COVERS

 A good diaper cover in newborn photography is the equivalent of a ball gown in the Royal court. Take a photo with one of our (many) diaper covers and people with be asking you “what is she wearing?! Where did you get that??” Life is a Runway, ya’ll.

 

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/girl-diaper-covers-s/108.htm

 

 

BEDS

Every little Princess needs her beauty sleep and you might as well use one of our new custom made beds to make her feel even more special! 

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/category-s/207.htm

 

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Don’t Mess With The Best, Cause The Best Don’t Mess

 

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If you haven’t figured it out by now, we are Custom Photo Props LLC – the best photo prop company out there. #bestpropsever

 

All of our products are custom made for our company and you won’t find them anywhere else. Through some of our research and social media endeavors we have seen quite a few imposters, but none live up to the quality of our products and certainly not our customer service.

I mean, just look at our NEW FURS. Each one is a custom color that we hand picked and hand cut in our shop.

 

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We take pride in the fact that we can give our customers the colors and textures they need at a reasonable price.  Just look at any of our competitors furs (real or faux) and you’ll see what we’re talking about.  If you order from a photo prop company, you shouldn’t get a cheap little chunk of fur that you could have gotten from Wal-Mart, but you also shouldn’t have to pay a whole weeks salary for a decent basket stuffer! 

 

Not only are our furs top of the line, but our hats, pant sets, headbands, hammocks, diaper covers, ALL of our products are unbeatable in quality and price. They’re all handmade, double and triple checked for discrepancies, and packaged by the girls in our shop. 

We love what we do, and we think that sets us apart from every other prop company out there. We’re a big name from a small town and we care about each and every one of our customers – photographers and parents alike. 

 

At the end of the day though, we all work for the babies, don’t we? They’re the ones that are really in charge. ;)

 

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11 HEADBANDS FOR NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY

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  1. OLD ROSE – This is our most popular headband and we highly recommend it. Once you have it in your prop stock, you’ll understand why. ;) 

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Old-Rose-Chiffon-Handmade-Newborn-Headband-p/old-rose-headband.htm

 

**check out our other popular chiffon colors! **

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  1. PINK LACE BOW – It’s pink, it’s lace, and it’s a bow, and it’s just about as feminine as you can get. 

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/product-p/pink-lucy-lace-headband.htm

 

  1. BROOKE – Blue isn’t always the most popular color for baby girls, but sometimes, it’s just what you need to make a picture work. This particular headband is just the right size to add a little pop of color without overshadowing the baby.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Brooke-Blue-Adjustable-Halo-Headband-p/brooke-headband.htm

 

  1. PIPER – The small flower is a great size (like a said before, it doesn’t overshadow the baby), and the beads just add a little something extra.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Piper-Maroon-Adjustable-Halo-Headband-p/piper-headband.htm

 

  1. GRACE – It’s just pearls and hemp twine, but man it’s cute. Sometimes, simplicity is the key to great design. Also, look at the little grin. So cute.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Grace-Pearl-Adjustable-Tie-Back-Headband-p/grace-pearl-headband.htm

 

  1. ABIGAIL- Right now the natural look is extremely popular in newborn photography. On all the social media sites and big name photographer’s pages, you see a lot of this style. Props and styles in newborn photography usually become popular for a reason – because they’re stinking cute.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Abigail-Pink-Flower-Tie-Back-Headband-p/abigail-headband.htm

 

  1. LINDSEY- I know I said blue isn’t the most popular color for newborn girl photography, but Navy is a different story. The smoothness of the ruffle against the fuzziness of the band will give your images the texture they need to stand out.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Lindsey-Adjustable-Tie-Back-Headband-p/lindsey-headband.htm

 

  1. OLIVIA – The three flower ombre is classic. A must-have for your prop stash.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Olivia-Trio-Flower-Adjustable-Tie-Back-Headband-p/olivia-trio-flower-headband.htm

 

  1. CUTE AS A BUTTON – Because some clients just won’t want a flower and you’ll still want to give them options.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Cute-as-a-Button-Adjustable-Halo-Headband-p/button-headband.htm

 

   10. Ivory Crochet – Texture, texture, texture. These handmade beauties are super soft and a great go-to prop for any last minute shoots.

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Ivory-Crochet-Baby-Girl-Mohair-Headband-with-Pearl-p/ivory-crochet-headband.htm

 

   11. CRYSTAL – While lighter, duller colors are more popular these days, it’s imperative that you have some dark gray props in stock. This is a color palate that is pretty bold for newborns, but it works. It definitely works. 

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https://www.customphotoprops.com/Crystal-Adjustable-Green-Halo-Headband-p/crystalhalo.htm

 

 

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