Sunday, March 14, 2010

Hammock Sling! My Fringed, Handknit, Photo Portrait Prop Baby Blanket

Here are instructions on how to use my Fringie prop photography blankets as a hanging baby sling during newborn to 9 month old photo sessions!

Thank you to professional photographer Katrina Stevenson in Lakeland, Florida for being the first to use my Fringie to suspend babies!

Here's a "before" shot of how the photo was made:

Katrina writes: "... I just had both parents hold it with a bean bag underneath to spot! If for any reason you only have one parent it's possible you could tie one end to your backdrop stand but it may be risky! And I always lay the fringe on the beanbag then place the baby in and then have the parents lift! Hope that helps!"

This outdoor photo with the 'Granola' cream hammock tied to a branch was captured by Josie Hamper of All For Fun Photography in Longview, East Texas (she says that because the baby was so new at 15 days old, Josie secured her with a sash by wrapping the sash around her torso then feeding the sash through the open stitching of the hammock and tying her into the hammock):

And the dear image above was captured and prepared by professional photographer Cheryl Woody of Frozen Moments Photography in Columbiaville, Michigan.

Cheryl writes about the session: "I have a large beanbag bed that I always use under the babies whenever I am lifting them off the table in any manner. The parents each held one end of the hammock and lifted the babies up. I can't wait to use the hammock again!" Here's another pic that shows how the hammock was held:

Below you'll find a shot of the cream, green and brown hammock from Kimberly Bush of Bluff View Photography in Peoria, Illinois:

You can see that Kim used the four END TASSELS to tie the hammock. The knit blanket base is under the branch. The right-most front tassel is in front of the branch and the right-most back tassel is behind the branch. Then the tassels are double knotted together above the branch. She repeated with the left-most tassels of the front and back fringe rows.

Here is a photo from Karen Fullmer Photography in Glendale, Arizona with her Fringie, showing the same technique of double knotting the end tassels around a horizontal branch:

Safety Tips:

a) Baby only needs to be suspended a few inches off the floor for a dramatic effect

b) A bean bag or other cushion should be placed underneath hammock

c) Use the entire end tassels to tie up hammock (not just a few strands)

d) Hammock can be tested first with a melon or container of liquid that weighs about the same as a baby

e) Bean bag, parents holding the hammock sides, etc. can always be edited out later

I hope you enjoy using your Fringie to create baby photos that will last a lifetime!

Appreciating you,
Celeste (Crickets)


Katrinshine said...

So sweet photos!! and so beautiful baby!!!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thank you, Katrin! :D

Karen said...

Stopped by to look at your wedding pictures and became enchanted with your art. Beautiful! Scarves and the photography, too. So vivid, you can almost smell that sweet baby smell.

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Thank you, Karen! Yes, I am very blessed to have such talented photographer customers! :D
Celeste (Crickets)

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