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Behind the Scenes on a Photo Shoot for Anna Joyce

When I am not blogging, I work as a prop stylist. I create sets and style props for lifestyle shoots. I work with both small businesses and larger commercial clients on catalogs, books, and sometimes even TV spots. I thought it would be fun to share a little bit of the process with readers! Here’s a play by play of the prep, shooting and final product for a photo shoot we did for Anna Joyce, a local textile designer here in Portland. You can also watch a behind the scenes video right here.

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  • Step #1 New Product 1 of 12
    Step #1 New Product
    Anna emails photos of the new product she's been working on. Pretty totes in patterns made from vintage stickers and old pattern designs. She says she wants a spring/summer photo shoot to showcase these products and we set up a time to meet about logistics and to talk about styling inspiration.
    Photo from Anna Joyce Instagram .
  • Step #2 Meeting + Pinterest 2 of 12
    Step #2 Meeting + Pinterest
    Next, Anna and I meet. She shows me her Pinterest board and we talk over a detailed shot list. We narrow down her big vision to what will work for the shots we have. She is launching a new tote bag line and new tea towels. Both of these items need to be shown in use and everything should embody her tag line of "Simply Splendid." Her style is bright, modern, and Scandinavian. She envisions the tea towels styled with food and shown in use in a kitchen. She also wants street style shots to show the tote bag in use. By the end of the meeting we've narrowed down a shot list and a general styling scenario for each.
    See Anna's inspiration for her shoot on her Pinterest Board .
    Photo from West Elm .
  • Step #3 Prop List + Shopping 3 of 12
    Step #3 Prop List + Shopping
    From the shot list, I make a list of all the props I need. Some will be borrowed from shops, rented or from Anna's own collection. I always like to include personal items of the designer. After making a list of props, I make a list of all the shops I need to stop at and make a route from there. I always get more props than I will need. I always need lots of options, because sometimes things don't work once on set. Photo by Chelsea Fuss.
  • Step #4 Shoot Day! 4 of 12
    Step #4 Shoot Day!
    I have the car packed up the night before. I arrive at 9 am when the studio opens and unload all the props and organize them on the table according to type and color. We have a full day of shooting with model shots and still life shots. By the end of the day, my table is a bit of a mess. Photo: Chelsea Fuss.
  • Props 5 of 12
    Props
    Some props sourced, some of Anna's personal jewelry and dishes, and one of her purses. Photo: Anna Joyce's Instagram.
  • Clothing 6 of 12
    Clothing
    Even though you only see a few outfits on the site, we pulled a big variety to choose from the day of the shoot. Photo: Anna Joyce's Instagram.
  • Reflector 7 of 12
    Reflector
    The photographer uses a reflector to bounce light onto the set. Photo: Anna Joyce's Instagram.
  • The Images 8 of 12
    The Images
    The photographer and designer choose which images they want in the end. The editing is crucial! You don't want more than a shot or two of the same set.
    Photo by Lisa Warninger .
  • Tote Bag 9 of 12
    Tote Bag
    This is one of the catalog shots for the tote bags.
    Photo by Lisa Warninger .
  • Tea Towels 10 of 12
    Tea Towels
    We styled these tea towels on an old table for a nice texture, and added citrus tarts with little white flowers plucked from a plant.
    Photo by Lisa Warninger .
  • Flowers + Tote 11 of 12
    Flowers + Tote
    We styled tulips in the tote bag for a nice dash of color in this shot.
    Photo by Lisa Warninger .
  • Kitchen Set Up 12 of 12
    Kitchen Set Up
    My assistant helped me make this tile backdrop, to create a kitchen setting. We wanted to show the towels in use!
    Photo by Lisa Warninger .

Chelsea Fuss is a blogger and prop stylist based in Portland who blogs daily at Frolic!

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