Monday, February 23, 2009

Care & Use of Your Fringie Professional Photography Portrait Prop

By Celeste (Crickets), Designer & Creator of Fringies Professional Photography Portrait Props

NOTE: Please click HERE to learn more about the double size Super Fringie (twice as large as the Fringies shown in this post, the Super expands to an oval about the same size as a sheepskin)

Thank you for choosing Fringies for your portrait photography business! Below are some great ways to get the most use out of your new photography prop.

Your Fringie will arrive folded and possibly a bit compressed from its journey. Remove it from its packaging, carefully unfold and gently shake, fluff and finger-comb, combing with the fingers of one hand while (optional) stabilizing the center seam with the other (it’s kind of like caring for a very colorful wig)!

Spreading your Fringie out into an oval shape allows for maximum coverage, giving two feet of additional length (one foot of fringe will extend past each end of the center seam). This technique is especially helpful to create a “halo” of color all around a newborn baby. Lay the Fringie down in its rectangular shape:

Then spread out either side of fringe like a fan into a semi-circle, so that it will create an oval. Here’s a picture that shows the seam and how the yarn is arranged:

It’s helpful to pat and jiggle the thick yarn at the center of the “fans” to spread it out toward the ends, and to finger-comb the yarns into place, combing with the fingers of one hand while stabilizing the center seam with the other. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Typically, the baby’s spine will lie along the (comfortable) center seam. Here’s an example from award-winning photographer Wende Trew of A Timeless Image of my Rainbow Fringie:

Another option is to use a basket in conjunction with a Fringie (TIP: TJMaxx can be a great source for prop baskets at a value price; I hear from my photographer customers that if the basket seems too small in the store, it's probably just right for newborns). Smaller baskets can be lined completely with the Fringie, like this image of the Bohemian Fringie by photo pro DeeDee DiMarco:

First, drape the Fringie over the front side of the basket like a towel hanging to dry (with the center seam parallel to the lip of the basket). Then, bring some fringe to the back, inner wall of the basket, as shown above.
For larger or deeper baskets, fill the bottom with folded towels or blankets to bring the baby and the Fringie into better view, as in the image below of my Rainbow Fringie, also by Wende Trew (the cute hat was knit by Allison of Pinch Knits):

Here's another example of a basket filled with towels with my Reversible Candy Shoppe Fringie on top...thanks for the photo, Suzanne Ivey of Ivey's Photography:

Or for maximum fringe showing outside the basket, bring both sides of fringe to the front, with the seam running from the inside lip of the basket toward the bottom of the basket (perpendicular to the floor), as in this photo by Tonia Kinch of Delicate Impressions Photography. This is a standard sized Candy Shoppe Fringie, yet it looks huge:

Here's one more from Tonia of the same Fringie, different baby, different pose (get the matching hat here):

I like how Kristina of Visual Empathy doubled my Bohemian Fringie slightly off-center for a full, "layered" effect, then brought all the ends to the front of the basket:

The Fringie can also be used as a newborn nest, as in this image by Leslie Cowger of LC Photography of the Rainbow Fringie:

or this shallow basket nest by rising star Amanda Cutler of Pumpkin Pie Photography with my Bohemian Fringie:

Here's another nest from Tracy Joy Photography, made with my Oatmeal Fringie:

Check out this pioneering idea from Heavenesque (my Oatmeal Fringie used as a blanket wrap!):

Here are a couple of other ideas for the Bohemian Fringie from Laura Bailey Photography:

To store your Fringie away from dust or pet dander, either drape it over a pants hanger and hang in a closet, or carefully fold and store on a covered shelf or in plastic.

Fringies are stain and wear resistant. For occasional spot cleaning, hand wash in cool water with mild soap. Do not wring (gentle squeezing is okay, please do not twist). Dry flat (or blow dry on cool setting).

For more photos or to contact me with questions, please visit my online boutique. Thank you again for your support, I'll end with a little photo gallery from some of my professional photographer customers who have been kind enough to send me pics from their photo sessions with my Fringies:

I love these photos of my Oatmeal Fringie from Neta Herron Photography and how she's put a snuggly blanket underneath as a backdrop for Fringie and Baby:

Here's a fun photo from Brianne Elizabeth Photography of her daughter Raelyn modeling my Reversible Candy Shoppe Fringie (Raelyn is 16 months in the picture and there's just room for the Fringie to drape over the front of the larger basket--it still looks great)!

And another from Brianne, same Fringie, this time with a tiny newborn:

Lastly Brianne shows a Reversible Candy Shoppe Fringie with the more masculine side up:

I love this fantastic shot from Dawn Simmons of Lasting Treasures Photography of my Bohemian Fringie...little Bella weighs only five pounds!:

Here's a beauty from Nicole Pellegrino of Snips & Snails Photography of my Rainbow Fringie:

And just in from Christina Traster of Snickerdoodles Photography of my Bohemian Fringie:

These two photos of my NEON Rainbow Fringie from Abbi Garling of Your Memories Photography are so different, I cherish them both:

Here's a great pic of the super-expressive Brayden, son of Leslie Cowger of LC Photography of the Rainbow Fringie:

Alisha of One Memory at a Time Photography, a sweet baby girl and my Bohemian Fringie in the newborn size

NOTE: Please click HERE to learn more about the double size Super Fringie (twice as large as the Fringies shown in this post, the Super expands to an oval about the same size as a sheepskin)

Please continue to check back for more fun photos; I'm adding all the time as my wonderful photog pro customers send them to me (thank you, thank you, you are truly cherished)! :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

Hey Peeps: Thanks for the Props!

Almost every week, some generous soul takes care and time to promote my handmade scarf and photo prop boutique in their blog or website.

This week, I'm especially thankful to learn that three outstanding folks will be sharing Crickets Creations with the world (in no particular order):

Connie has listed me as a sponsor of her Dirty Footprints Studio Talk Show. She writes:

"As the Artist and writer behind the blog Dirty Footprints Studio, I love to support and be inspired by other Artists and Creative Souls. Dirty Footprints Studio Talk is an opportunity to speak with these individuals and share their personal journey of creativity and Art with others!"

This week's program features Jennifer from Gallery Girl and Corrine from JafaBrit's Art. Find out more and listen in on the show's blog

As if that weren't enough, Tracy, Gina & Susanne of PropInsanity are listing me as a vendor on their high-traffic site (already 500+ readers and they just launched)! PropInsanity
Many thanks for their high-power marketing skills, impeccable organization and great communication to go with their fantastic, positive attitudes! Just click on "OUR VENDORS!" in a day or so to see the button/banner they created for me and other fantastic creators of photo shoot props for professional photographers.

And what a wonderful, beautiful new friend I have found in Tanya McGill.

Her art is female acting, singing and voice-over talent--wow! And she's one of my most enthusiastic scarf customers...she's even going to put a link to my online boutique on her website--thanks, T!

See how lucky I am to know such amazing people?? Thank you to all of you ladies and to everyone else who has supported me along the way. *HUGS*