Why you do not want to use REAL fur

Faux Sheepskin Fur by Custom Photo Props

Faux Sheepskin Fur by Custom Photo Props

Eggshell - Faux Sheep Fur

Eggshell – Faux Sheep Fur

Did you realize that the Flokati rug or other animal fur you are using for your photography or decor could have been part of a widespread abuse on animals? When using a natural product you are not guaranteed that the animal did not suffer immensely for the sale of that product. Animal torture is not to be taken lightly… ever….this is why we stand by “Say No, Go Faux”!

Here is one of the many, many reasons we cannot stress enough why faux fur is the way to go.  PETA recently revealed cruelty to sheep at “sustainable” farms in Argentina. At these farms, workers cut off parts of gentle lambs’ ears, put tight rings around their scrotums, and cut off their tails—all without any pain relief. Shearers hit sheep with electric clippers, slammed them to the floor, and kicked and stood on them. Fast, rough shearing left many sheep cut and bleeding, and they weren’t given any painkillers before workers used a needle and thread to sew up their gaping wounds.

The cruelty documented on these farms is not unique, and similar abuses have also been found at dozens of farms and shearing sheds across Australia and the US. There’s simply no such thing as “humane wool,” and that’s why rejecting wool is the best way to help protect lambs and sheep from abuse.

Photo Credit of our Faux Sheepskin in Wolf – Stephanie Cole Photography at http://www.stefaniecolephotography.com/

Photo Credit of our Eggshell Sheep Fur Traci Farias Photography at http://www.tracifariasphotography.com/

17% off ALL Faux Furs! New Styles and Current Inventory!

Faux Fur Sale!

Faux Fur Sale at Custom Photo Props. Next Day Shipping!

WOW!! 17% off all furs on our website until 9/30/15! Use code ALLFUR17 at checkout at www.customphotoprops.com. PLEASE help pass the word and help out your fellow photogs!

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Carrie Underwood & Custom Photo Props

Have you seen Carrie Underwood’s baby? Isaiah is about 6 months old now and was photographed on our Honey Kisses Faux Fur and Popcorn Nubble baby wrap! How cool is that?!

Call us crazy, but, I think this counts as Custom Photo Props being on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon !! Not only did Carrie Underwood use our props (which is totally cool) in her newborn session but she shared the image on the show!!

Yep, I think it’s safe to say that we can now tell our friends and family that we were on The Tonight Show! :)

Newborn Photo Props Celebrities

Carrie shows of her son’s newborn image using our newborn photo props!


“The National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Buffalo Niagara Chapter is jumping into the autumn season by giving face to our members and Western New York’s women business owners. The campaign represents a myriad of professions and industries, from construction to coaching, marketing to manufacturing, law to technology.”

Our wonderful leader and president here at Custom Photo Props has been featured on the NAWBO website! I think I can speak for us all when I say that we are SO proud to be part of such a fantastic company that is run by such an awesome lady. Not only do I get to do arts and crafts all day, but I get to hang out with a bunch of hilarious, kind, and hard working women. Work is fun and Kerri made that possible.

Thank you, Kerri for your hard work and dedication in making this company successful enough to employ a bunch of wackos like us. We couldn’t be more grateful.


Follow the link below to see the NAWBO post and check out Kerri’s latest project – our new website! www.customphotoprops.com


Say No, Go FAUX!!!

Here at Custom Photo Props, we believe that Faux Fur is the only way to go. May it be a fur collar on your new jacket, the lining of those great winter boots, or your stash of photography props, faux fur is clearly the better choice. It’s less of a hassle and often times it’s even better quality!

Since we love to gush about why faux is better than real, we were searching the internet for some hard facts on the subject. In all of our researching, we stumbled across a very interesting article.

Basically, the article talks about how manufacturers will use REAL fur and market it as FAUX!!! WHY??? We ask you… WHY?!


“So then why use real fur and say it’s fake? “Some of the good faux furs can be more expensive to use when making jackets or other garments than low-quality animal fur,” Gryzbowski explained. “They may use animal fur just because it’s cheaper.”

At the end of the article, there is a video that instructs you on how to tell if what you bought is indeed faux or not. It seems like the only sure way to tell is to burn a small section and see if it smells like burning hair or chemicals. UGH What the heck!?

I really don’t like being lied to and really don’t like having to set FIRE to my recent purchases to find out the truth. That being said, I’m sure you feel the same way and I can PROMISE you that our FAUX FUR is actually faux. It’s made of synthetic materials that are softer than just about any real fur you can get and so much easier to care for.



Overstock SALE!!!

OVERSTOCK!! We have a BIG OVERSTOCK on some of our newest items!! We need to make room for our renovations and need to MOVE these items fast!! An unheard of 35% off select items for ONE week only!!

Butter Rum Faux Fur
Sugar Faux Fur
Brown Chaise Lounge
Ivory Upholstered Bed
Clay Upholstered Bed


Our Faux Furs Help Newborns Sleep

We’ve heard it again and again! Our furs help babies sleep. 9 out of 10 newborn photographers purport that our furs really help them with their photography!

How to get newborns to sleep

The True Baby Whisperer Faux Fur

“3 week old Diesel would not sleep for nothing… then I busted out my new Baby Whisper Buttercup layer fur. And YUP! Thank you!”  Ambers Lil Angels Photography

“I purchased your furs for the first time at WPPI. I always want to “feel it” before I buy. Not only do I love them but they put my newborns to sleep lol. Love Love Love your products!” Mandi Mayernik

“Absolutely in love with their Baby Whisper in large rug size. Great quality, and quick shipping. All my babies have loved this and one of my toddler boys was so in love he kept rolling around on it. Will be buying more! Thank you so much!” Natalie Edmundson

“Can’t say enough about your furs!! This is what happens every time….wrap them up and settle them in on one of your furs, and they settle right to sleep! Please don’t change a thing!!”

“Michaela wouldn’t sleep for a thing at her newborn session. She was wide awake for over an hour and the parents really wanted sleepy baby photos! After trying several methods that didn’t work, we took out a fur from Custom Photo Props. I bet you can guess what happened! Almost instantaneously she fell into a deep sleep. I can’t thank you enough for helping me with my session. You made a happy photographer and my client very happy!”

“I just received my furs from your black Friday sale and I am EXTREMELY satisfied! The quality and look of the fur is absolutely perfect. I also ordered faux fur from another site on black Friday and was disappointed with the way their fur looked and felt once it arrived. Yours was above and beyond what I expected. I will for sure be a returning customer!” Anna Mann

When I lay an itty bitty onto your furs I can almost see them sigh  I love their softness, quality, color, wash-ability, price and the speed in which you get them to me:) Thanks for the great products and Happy New Year!!”

I would just like to say a HUGE I LOVE your stuff!! I have the lamb fur & todays newborn session resulted in a major #2 (like MAJOR!) I usually just spot clean that fur if I need too but today it had to go in the machine, was a very nervous delicate cycle & I needn’t have worried at all it came out looking as good as new!! :D Happy happy!!” Lauren Jones


Variety in Styles

Most of you know that post-processing is a big part of a photographer’s job- especially newborn photographers. From composite shots to fading out those hard lines from the backdrop, a newborn photographer spends a lot of time in front of the computer!

Here at Custom Photo Props, we love watching our customers grow in to their art and develop a style of editing that is truly unique. These collages below show off our Honeydew and Frozen Faux Furs in various different temperatures and detail. All of our fur colors are custom made for our company and we’re very proud of having colors that are so versatile!! <3 <3




Exposure: Interview Series

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Happy Happy Friday!! Hope you all had a wonderful week have exciting plans for the weekend :)  Today for our Exposure Interview we’re happy to introduce Kelly Ross, a trusted colleague of ours. You can find some of her work on our own website as product photos. Scroll on down to learn more about her and her business!
1)      Who are you and where are you located?
I am Kelly Ross of Kelly Ross Photography. I am located in Agawam, MA and a second studio in Simsbury, CT
2)      Do you have a home studio, rented space, or are you on location?
I have a 900 sq foot studio in Agawam, MA and a 1000 sq ft studio in Simsbury, CT
3)      What subjects are your primary focus and which do you enjoy shooting the most?
My specialty is Newborns I love everything about capturing those first photos of new little ones.
4)      There are so many different kinds of camera’s out there! What do you use and how did you decide on that particular one?
I shoot with a Nikon D700…. I upgraded in the past to a D800 and even tried out a D4… I still went back to my D700!!!
5)      While we’re talking about equipment, what lens do you prefer to use and why?
My go to Lens is the Sigma Art series lens 35 mm 1.4 … I use it for all in studio sessions. My go to for outside sessions is my Nikkon 70-200 VR2 2.8
6)      We hear a lot of debate on natural light vs. studio light, what are your thoughts on the subject?
This is a hard one for me. I ADORE natural light… my last studio space had 30 ft ceilings and a wall of 14 ft windows… the natural light is like no other (as long as you have a good day- overcast days can be killer) switching over to my new Agawam, MA studio I had to go to studio light- I use a Einstein with a 86″ PLM…. it is a nice replacement for natural light and very consistent… has made editing more consistent. In my CT studio I am able to do both studio and natural!!!
7)      How did you learn to be a photographer?
I always had a camera in my hand. I interned for a wedding photographer in college after taking some photography courses and always felt it was something I wanted to do. When I had my 3rd child in 2008 she became my every day subject and friends starting asking me to take photos of their kids. I took some classes to brush up on the new age of digital and by 2009 I started my business. Back then there were no posing workshops and for prop shopping you had to be super creative as Etsy didn’t exist. Finding shops like custom photo props has been amazing for my business!!!!  I have since taken many workshops as I am always trying to perfect my skills. And I even offering mentoring to many photographers starting out.
8)      What or who inspires you? Do you have a photographer you look up to?
To pick just one photographer who inspires me would be impossible. My original passion for babies comes from Anne Geddes…. and I do like to credit my drive of being a motivate mama from Ana Brandt of Taopan. When I started you couldn’t even google newborn photography and find anything other than Anne or little video clips of Ana shooting maternity or babies in her home studio. I thought if she can make that space work so can I. I later became friends with her and consider her an amazing mentor!!! I also consider Sabine Brandt (no relation to Ana lol) from Living Dreams Photography Workshop to be life changing with my newborn posing.
9)      When you’re doing a photoshoot or working an event, what is your favorite part?
My favorite part of any newborn session is when Mom or dad hand their precious week out little baby to me and almost every single mom says- he/she hates being naked and I hope you can get some shots. I love to then have them sit back and watch me work as I not only get some shots but 40-50 final images of their sweet baby in poses they never dreamed their baby would do!!!
10)   What have you struggled with the most while having a career as a professional photographer? Any tips for somebody who is just starting out?
The biggest thing I struggle with is the business side of things in a over saturated market. Staying true to what I think my value is and offering the best I can even though sometimes parents are just looking at cost. My advice is to stay strong when starting out and never under value your time just because the person next door is giving it away. Take a business course- Heidi Hopes business workshop changed my world and helped me look at this from the technical side- the side we would rather think doesn’t exist. But to stay successful you have to make sure you are doing things the best way!
11)   Do you have any unconventional tips or tricks for getting your little clients to cooperate during a shoot?
When working with newborns everything I do is pretty typical in terms of making sure moms and dads are prepped ahead of time to have the most successful session. If they follow my directions its almost always a win!!!
12)   Where would you like to see your company in the next five years?
I would like to focus more on newborns only and be able to hire in a couple associate photographers to take over the children’s sessions!!!
Thanks Kelly!!
www.Kelly Ross Photography.com www.Kelly Ross Photography.com

365 Day Giveaway


We’re doing a Daily Giveaway on Facebook! Bookmark our page, save it in a separate browser, do whatever you need to, in order to check our page every day so you don’t miss out. We’re super excited about this one and think it’s going to be a lot of fun for all involved!


1.) Tag a Friend (or several friends) in the daily Giveaway post on our Facebook.

2.) Visit our website, www.customphotoprops.com and sign up for our newsletter. We send out coupons or new product info once a month. If you already subscribe omit this step.

3.) Search our website for a bogus listing. If you find it, you are to purchase the listing. There is only 1 Quantity so only 1 person can win a day. Prize will vary daily from $13.00 – $40.00! Winner must pay shipping at checkout. If you select First Class mail, shipping should be under $4.50.

Contestant is only eligible to win once per week.

Items will vary for the giveaway each day. Some items we may include will be overalls, headbands, faux fur, diaper covers, hats, etc..

We will try to post every 24 hours.

We also have the right to cancel this giveaway if we so choose.