1. Tell us about your business! What kind of products/props do you offer?
What makes them stand out from the rest?
I'm Melissa, owner of
Darling Baby Shop, based in Seattle, WA. We offer Handmade
Newborn/Toddler/Maternity Photography Props for the most Discerning &
Professional Photographer. I pride myself in leading the photography industry
with props that are versatile, yet specific, and that always have that cushy,
soft and vintage feel while on the littlest of babies.
2. How did you get started in the prop vendor industry?
I also am a newborn
photographer and found myself scouring the web for unique newborn props that
had that vintage touch, but at an affordable price. Everything I stumbled upon
was either upwards of $85+ or just wasn't what I was looking for. I decided to
break out my sewing machine from the bottom of my craft closet and made a trip
to my favorite antique shop near me, with hopes of finding something unique and
vintage. I found the most delicate and sweet piece of rare silk chiffon fabric,
with gorgeous lace detail and I knew it would be perfect for a newborn baby
bonnet. I was able to make 4 baby bonnets from this rare fabric and I cherished
them while being able to test the size and fit on my own newborn baby clients.
I opened my online shop and sold them within the first week of listing them; I
was hooked. Fast forward two years later, I'm diving into not only offering
newborn bonnets, but faux floral halos, tiebacks, pants, rompers, overalls,
sunsuits, maternity apparel and much more. The photography industry is so
exciting to be able to supply for, and it is growing in leaps and bounds. I am
so excited for 2015!
3. Where do you find your inspiration for your creations?
I am always scouring the Internet
for inspiration, and I have found Pinterest to be the best place to get lost in
while looking for new creative avenues for my business. I pin everything that
inspires me. When I start a new line to debut in m shop, I always start with
Pinterest to get my color palette started, then head out to my local antique
shop or fabric store with those colors in mind.
4. What is YOUR favorite product/prop that you offer?
I have always loved our
faux floral halos and tiebacks. They are made from the rarest faux flowers that
are truly vintage and unlike anything else offered right now. Tiebacks and
halos are a great way to add more photos to your client's gallery. They are so
easy to put on and take off quickly to give your client more variety in their
photo session, plus they are a timeless addition to any baby's photo session.
5. Do you work with a group of photographers to photograph your products?
If so, name your 3 faves and what you love about their work.
I have the absolute
privilege of working with Keri Meyers, Jaiden Photography and Stephanie Cotta Photography,
to name just three. These ladies are leaders in the newborn industry and
photograph babies impeccably and timelessly. I am so incredibly blessed to be
working with such amazing women in this industry!
6. Please share with us your top 5 favorite images featuring your creations.
Why are they your favorites?
I absolutely love each
photographer's image featuring our props. Each is so unique and special, from
the pairing of the backdrop to the pose and the angle. Each photographer has
just the perfect eye to capture such a memorable moment.
7. Share with us your website and social media links so we can check you out!
Shop | Facebook | Instagram
8. Tell us about YOU! Who are you other than a prop vendor?
I am a wife to my husband of 10 years, and mother to my sweet baby girl, Vivienne, who is just 9 months old. We struggled with infertility for 4 years and she is our little miracle baby! I live in Seattle, WA and am always enjoying a cup of coffee or latte when I can! I love to cook and am still trying to master the basics of baking, without burning my kitchen down in the process :) I'm trying to find a balance in work and motherhood at the moment. My New Years goal for 2015 is to spend more quality time outside and enjoying this wonderful city we live in. I think we all try to achieve that goal every year, and I'm hopeful this year it truly sticks!
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