Mini Rose Co. Product Shoot

Oh, this shoot was so much fun! You've met Amber before on the blog if you've been reading for a while; I filmed her family's adoption story last year, and I also blogged about the adorable literary tea party at her house.

Amber is definitely on my list of most creative friends; as her dad says, if she goes more than 36 hours without creating something, she starts getting cranky. ;-) She just opened up a new Etsy shop for her newest venture: copper garment racks!

I really love how versatile this piece is and how it can work with a lot of different styles. We tried to style it in a couple of different ways for some variety in the photos, and as I've mentioned before, I love taking pictures in Amber's house! And yes, that chalkboard wall is actually in her house. And so is the teal floor.

Eventually Mini Rose Co. will also be stocking some other products, like miniature doll house furnishings (seriously, take a look at Amber's Instagram and check out #RosiesDollhouse - I want to live in it), but for now, the Elisabeth Garment Rack is the inaugural product and it's lovely!

Go visit Mini Rose Co. on Etsy and add it to your favorites! And of course pick up a gorgeous and practical addition to your home decor!



Drop Studios Backdrop Review + Giveaway!

*The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for entering!*

I recently purchased a photography backdrop from Drop Studios. I've had my eye on one for a while, and finally decided I should just get it. :-) I was trying to decide between getting the Solid Teal backdrop, the Solid Charcoal backdrop, and the Solid Mocha backdrop. In the end I went with the Mocha.

The backdrop shipped quickly; I ordered it on a Friday and received it the next Thursday. It was nicely packaged in a cellophane sleeve. I pulled it out and snapped a few photos with it right away with my cat and sister as models. :-) The backdrop was naturally creased from shipping, but even with that I got some nice photos (I was too impatient to iron it first :-). The creases came out easily with an iron on synthetic.

The backdrop is very well made with a pocket at the top for inserting a dowel rod to hang. I'm hoping at some point to try constructing some sort of stand for it. The edges have a professionally serged finish to prevent fraying. It was more lightweight than I thought it would be, but it doesn't look like a lightweight fabric in the photos. The fabric has a nice drape to it and looks great hung "flat" or draped into soft folds. Below are examples of both.

My lovely sister, backed by a draped backdrop...

... and a smooth one!

It has a nice matte texture so you won't end up with shiny spots in your photos. The color is more of a tan color in person, but warming up the photo either with your white balance or afterward in photoshop can give you a more creamy, warm brown (which is my preference). So it's kind of like having two different browns in one. :-)

Bridesmaid bouquet with the backdrop hung flat...

...or draped. Can't decide which I like better!

It measures 5x9 feet. It is reasonably priced at $29.00; I doubt you could buy the equivalent in a fabric store for less. Drop Studios also offers 9x10 photography backdrops, as well as patterned photography backdrops.

I can see using this for a variety of types of photography. I purchased the Mocha backdrop for the reason that it was a neutral color that I could use for lots of things; portraits, product photography, food photography, or any time when you want to block out an undesirable background. Below are examples of some product photography

Now comes the really fun part. Drop Studios has generously offered to give away one 5x9 solid photography backdrop! Check out the details below and enter to win!

Mandatory first entry:
• Visit Drop Studios on Etsy, and and then come back here and comment letting us know which backdrop is your favorite!

For extra entries:
• Blog, tweet or post on Facebook about the giveaway with a link back to this post. Leave a separate comment here with the link to your post. Only one comment, even if you do all three.
• "Like" Drop Studios on Facebook (there is a Like button toward the bottom of the shop's sidebar). Leave another separate comment here saying you've done it.
• Follow my blog (click the "Follow" button in the sidebar), subscribe to my RSS feed or follow by email. Leave another separate comment saying you did so (only one comment, even if you both follow and subscribe). Those who already follow/subscribe may just comment saying they already do so!

Maximum 4 entries per person. Make sure you post a SEPARATE comment for each extra entry. Giveaway is open worldwide! Giveaway will close September 10, 2011. Winner will be drawn at random and announced by September 12, 2011.

*Disclaimer: I was not paid to do this review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.