1- What sparked your creativity to jump into doing DIY photography props?The reason I love DIY props is so I know that not one of my sessions will ever be the same! I like to make custom backdrops and scenes for each of my clients so they also know that their session will be totally different than the next persons one. I have always been crafty, so it just came naturally to me to make my own props/backdrops.
2- What has been your most fun DIY prop project?I’d have to say my 2014 Valentine’s Mini Session. I had mini sessions held in my in-home studio and I made almost every thing in the scene. My hubby even made a 7 foot “kissing booth” that can be used over and over again for other themes.
3- How did you get involved with the Thrifty Tog Blog?I believe it was through the Santaographer that Laura Winslow hosts every year during the holidays!
4- How has it impacted you and your photography?It’s great working with like minded photographers and crafty gals. It’s a shame we all don’t live near one another because it would be fun to meet up, but being virtual is just as good!
5- What has been the highlight for you as you are on this journey as a collective group of bloggers?Again, I love the support and respect for one another. We are all small business owners and it’s great to have other gals going through the same things. It’s also nice to know we can share each other’s work and not worry about anyone trying to compete or being a negative tone to the group.
6- What is your favorite and most inspiring thing you shoot?I LOVE shooting children between the ages of 6 months and 5-6 years old. They always know how to show their true self and are never worried about what they are wearing or how their hair looks. I love the innocence of it.
7- What is the biggest piece of advice you could give to one starting out?LEARN YOUR CAMERA! You can practice shooting day in and day out but if you don’t take advantage of what your camera (which probably set you back a few thousand dollars) can do, you are at a huge disadvantage. Get out of Auto and learn how to use it. Your work will improve leaps and bounds!
8- Where do you find inspiration outside of photography?Cooking and Gardening! I do both daily and love to incorporate my photography into that also. I love that I can smash all my passions together and make beautiful food and images! Check out www.facebook.com/mayernikkitchen for some of my food related work!
Shannon Mulligan Photography is a Boutique Northern New Jersey natural light photographer specializing in maternity, newborn, children and family. I have done my job if my photo’s captures and preserves a moment of truth in your life.