For less than $100 you can have a DIY studio makeover that’s organized for your props and looks clean/sleek for your clients to view.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to remodel the wall that holds all of our newborn props…hats and headbands.
The previous wall consisted of two packs of clothespins (about $5 each) and twine that I had on hand. It was basically a cheap but effective way to hang the props. I was super excited about it at the time, but I got tired of reaching high, things falling down and was ready for a more professional look. I also wanted to be organized.
So I decided to ditch the twine and go for the curtain rod method I saw on Pinterest. What I didn’t realize was how much money and time would wind up going into it; I thought it would be a simple bing-bang-boom kind of thing, but I was slightly wrong.
First, I needed the curtain rods. I found three matching ones (one for girls, one for boys and one for wraps) at Ross for $12.99 each. After debating it, I decided to spend an extra $6 per rod and go for the 3/4” ones instead of the ½” ones because I had noticed that other photographers’ rods were bowing in the middle from the weight. I really didn’t want this to be just another temporary fix so I decided the extra money was worth it.
I then asked my husband, to pick up black curtain clips from Walmart. (Side note, I thought they were shower curtain clips but they are in the home curtain department). He bought six packs, which were each $5 for a pack of seven. But even with 42 clips, we wound up short. I went back the next day to find more at Walmart and Target.
Finally it was time to put it all together. My husband was nice enough to install the rods and my sister helped me color code each accessory (which takes longer than you would think!)
After a day and a half of a messy studio and a total of $90 spent, along with about an hour of time putting it all together, it was done. I love the new look. Now I have a sleek looking accessory station that clients can easily access!
Have you done a little updating to your newborn studio or props? We’d love to see your latest project! Post a picture over on our Facebook page!
Guest Blogger: Cynthia Whiteside from Sweetpea Photography
I am a full-time mom, wife and photographer. When not taking pictures or editing, my days are spent hanging out with the cutest, most stubborn, loving little boy EVER– Matthew, and spending time with my hunk of a hubby, Brandon (no he did not tell me to say that)! I also love helping with the middle schoolers at Hope Community Church, singing on the Worship team and, of course, shopping! I owe everything to my Lord Jesus and thank God every day for blessing me with such a wonderful job.