Monday, June 24, 2013


Welcome to week 2 of our Photographer Collaboration, our new photo series where we are working with some super talented photographers to bring you their best interpretation of our weekly "theme"!  This week's theme:


Please take a moment to click on each photographer's link and show them some love, they deserve it!  And be sure to join us next Monday for "Independence"!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Beautiful Photo Prop Giveaway!

It's time for another giveaway (we LOVE doing giveaways!).  Who wouldn't like a Newborn Cocoon to add to their prop collection?  All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the simple instructions, that's it!  Ready?  Let's get this giveaway started!

 Giveaway ends next Sunday night at midnight :)  Remember, you MUST complete each of the steps that are mandatory to complete your entry.
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Monday, June 17, 2013


We are SO excited here at Beautiful Photo Props, we're beginning a new photo series this week and are collaborating with some super talented photographers from around the world!  Each week will feature a different "theme" and we've asked the photographers to send in what they feel best portrays that week's theme.


We hope you've enjoyed this week's submissions, links to each photographer feature can be found under their photo or you can get to their site by clicking directly on their photo :)   Be sure to check back next Monday for our next theme:  Sunlight.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Feature Review and Giveaway: Prairie Sweet Boutique

We are so excited to be featuring Prairie Sweet Boutique on the blog this week!  We absolutely love these ladies, their work is just amazing!  We thought everyone should know about this wonderful company and all they do, so without further adieu let's get this party started (and there will be an awesome giveaway at the end so read on!)


Please tell us a little about yourself and your business:
Hello!  Thank you for having us on the Beautiful Photo Props blog today!  Prairie Sweet Boutique is a high-end template boutique featuring templates, tools and designer digital papers for the professional photographer!  Prairie Sweet Boutique was created by two sisters from the Midwest, one a photographer, Lori, and one a designer, Heidi.  We are both artists at heart and enjoy the process of creating beautiful & useful templates, digital papers and art prints.  If you want to read more about how we got our name, read HERE in the “About Us” section of our blog.  We launched our store back in August of 2012 and have been thrilled with the wonderful photographers and vendors we have met along the way.  


What is your favorite product?
That is a tough one!  We both have our own style.  Heidi does the majority of the designing while I (Lori) do a lot of the marketing & customer service.  I have started to do some designing lately and have enjoyed creating the Soft Linen Newborn Collection, although I also really love the Christmas Whimsy Card Collection (our #1 best seller) which Heidi created. I really like the Sweet Essential Digital Paper Line and concept too…plus a bunch of other stuff!  Heidi’s favorite products are probably our digital papers.  She especially likes our new Hand drawn Triangles Digital Paper Collection as well as our Happy Digital Papers.

What do you do for fun?
Lori:  Although I am very busy with 3 young children at home, I do enjoy being creative in other ways – like sewing, painting and decorating my home.  My kids and I love to drive a few miles outside of town to explore.  They are always so thrilled to see cows or horses or farm dogs on our drives.  We are lucky to live in a part of the country where we are so close to the countryside when we need a little breathing room.
Heidi:  I enjoy singing in a Community Choir that I helped found and I love to teach myself how to do web-savvy stuff like Java Script and HTML.  Most of my time is spent with my family: going to the park or having dance parties with my two daughters or going on dates with my hubby.  We love to play with our giant dog named Lady.  I also love to organize whenever I have the opportunity (especially if it means buying new office supplies from Target!).

What's the best thing you've ever done for your business?
This is easy – forming a partnership with my sister. I would also add that one of the best things anyone can do for a business is start with the end in mind.  This means that you plan for grown (and expect it – positive thinking).  For example, create your UVP:  unique value proposition.  What sets you apart from the rest of your competitors and keep this at the forefront.  Our UVP is two-part – to help photographers boost sales (through the products and information that we offer) and well as to help photographer pamper their clients (through our client gifts templates and ideas).  We are still fine tuning our UVP and have exciting plans for the future but it definitely helps us stay focused.

Please share with us your TOP TIPS for how to BOOST YOUR SALES/BUSINESS:
  1. Sell high quality products!  There are many photographers who sell all digital files and love it.  I’m not in that camp.  I really enjoy customizing products (like albums, storyboard collages, wall displays, cards, etc.) that will create a wonderful keepsake or display for my client.  One of the most exciting parts of being a photographer/designer is to walk into a client’s home and see your work hanging on their wall.  Prairie Sweet Boutique sells many wonderful templates to help photographers boost their sales.
  2. SAMPLES.  Clients buy what they see.  No matter how great you are at describing a product, nothing compares to touching and feeling one in hand.  Invest in samples.
  3. COLLECTIONS:  It’s great to have a la carte pricing – but really it should be a tool to show clients what a great deal your Product Collections are!  Using albums, Framed Storyboard Collages and other keepsake items is a great way to keep the collections exciting.

Please share with us your TOP TIPS for how to PAMPER YOUR CLIENTS:
  1. Treat them to a wonderful photography experience.  Photographers do much more than “take pictures”.  Give them your time and attention, listen to what they want and give them an EXPERIENCE they will remember for a lifetime – or until their next session with you.  Give them the guidance that they need without being pushy.  You are their advisor.
  2. Say thank you.  Let them know how important they are to you. Thank them for their business with an unexpected gift.  We love to give mini accordion albums, or mini storyboards, or calendars as special little client gifts.  Often if you pay attention during a client’s ordering session you will be able to tell what that one item is that they didn’t order but that you knew they wanted.  Making this item a gift (within reason of course) is a great way to show your client how much you care.

What is your next photography/business/personal related goal?
We have many business goals that were are currently working towards.  Our 2013 Christmas Card Collection is in the works.  We are also making improvements to our shop and have some really great interviews and reviews from top photographers and vendors in our industry in the pipeline for our Make it Sweet Blog.  We recently interviewed and featured WHCC on our blog.  You can see the feature here :)

Thank you again for featuring us on Beautiful Photo Props!


You can find out more about these wonderful ladies and Prairie Sweet Boutique by clicking on any of the links below :)

View their Newborn items here:







GIVEAWAY DETAILS:  The sweet ladies over at Prairie Sweet Boutique are graciously giving away a $150 gift certificate to their shop!  How awesome is that?  All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter widget below, entering is easy!  Good luck!

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Feature Post and Giveaway: Little Once Boutique

We're so happy to be partnering with Leeann from Little Once Boutique this week for a feature review and giveaway!  Leeann was so incredibly patient while we worked through a complete blog re-design, I can't thank her enough!  Here's a little about Leeann and her wonderful business:

I’m a wife, and a stay-at-home mother to one spoiled baby girl. I have a flair for creating unique and personalized apparel, accessories, and gifts, for those special times in life where only something perfect, will do. 

I get how a mom feels when she wants that birthday party to be exactly how she envisioned it, or the need for something adorable for capturing a memorable picture. 

I personally make each item you will find at my shop, Little Once Boutique. In each item, I invest hours of my time, and a lot of love to make a product that’s perfect for someone special. I know how important these precious and fleeting life moments are with your loved ones. So go ahead and spoil your child, because they're only "LITTLE ONCE! 

Please visit me on my blog at, where you can find DIY tutorials, recepies, tips, and more.

And speaking of Blog, if you've got a second you should pop on over to check out some of her DIY's cause she's one crafty favorite DIY she's done is the Upcycled Khaki Wreath!  What a great idea!!  You can find Leeann and Little Once Boutique at the following locations:

And guess what?  Leeann is giving away this beautiful bonnet (first photo) from her collection (second photo), it's so vintage and sweet and would be just perfect for a newborn photo shoot or as a baby shower gift for that special someone!

To enter simply following the steps using the Rafflecopter widget, it's as easy as that!  The giveaway will end at midnight on the 18th, good luck!

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