Photo Perfect Baby Basket

At Erica Salmon Photography, we love props!

We are constantly looking for, buying, creating, and using props in our photography studio.

Recently, we photographed handsome Leland Oesterling in this comfy basket during his 3 Month session.

Leland is no stranger to this awesome basket.  He was photographed in it as a newborn also.

This basket is one of our favorite baby props.  We enjoy the versatility offered by it.  We have photographed other babies in the basket also and we manage to get a fresh new image every time it is used.

Our basket is just one of the many, many props we have in our studio.  We strive to always keep useful, photo-perfect props on hand to ensure we always create a one-of-a-kind image.

Thank you for reading!

Framed Chalkboard Photography Prop

 February Prop Project: Chalkboard Picture Frames

This months DIY prop project earned us some photo perfect chalkboards.  These chalkboards can be used to display any message from a child’s age to a family name.

Here’s how we did it…

Supplies Needed:

First, we did a little consignment shopping and found these interesting frames.

Second, we removed the glass and artwork from the frames.  We discarded everything but the backing, which we will need later.

Next, we applied 2 coats of a semi-gloss paint to each frame.

While the frames were drying, we used the backing as a size guide…

to score and cut a piece of cardboard.

Using the measured cardboard, we cut a piece of Dry Erase contact paper large enough to overlap each side of the cardboard.

Now comes the hard part: attaching the contact paper to the cardboard.

Make sure you do this slowly to ensure no creases!

Next, we wrapped the contact paper around the back of the cardboard and taped it down.

After the frames were completely dry, we placed the chalkboard pieces in them and replaced the backings.

We decided to add a handle to our teal frame.

Using the hot glue gun, we attached the ribbon to the back of the frame.

To make the back more visually appealing and to add more stability to the handle, we used fancy duct tape to cover our hot glue mess.

Here are our new Framed Chalkboards in action!

Miss Ellie requested her age, name, and a flower for the teal chalkboards photo debut.

Jack decided to write his own chalkboard message, "Jack is Awesome 6 1/2"

Clearly, Jack is Awesome!

Ellie designed this chalkboard with her signature and a chocolate chip cookie

Thanks for reading.  Don’t forget to check out next month’s prop project!

Valentines Day Cuties

This year for Valentine’s Day, the Salmon family children will be delivering some very special Valentine cards.

With some help from their mother, Jack and Ellie created some fun 5×5 flat cards to stuff in their schoolmates Valentine mailboxes.

Front of the Jack & Ellie Combo Card

Back of the Jack & Ellie Combo Card

Front of the Jack Card

Back of the Jack Card

Front of the Ellie Card

Back of the Ellie Card

Jack & Ellie used sheets of paper and markers to create their photo props.

Be sure to check out next weeks blog where we will show you how to create Chalkboard Photography Props that would work just as well as their handwritten papers.