I’m a sucker for vintage office supplies. I can’t get enough of the vintage packaging — the simplicity is charming. I like to pick stuff like this up at flea markets and Goodwill (and friends and family’s junk drawers) with the excuse of “oh, I can use this for a photo shoot.”Pin It
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We’re doing some major site upgrades over on Delphinepress.com. A major part of that is new photographs. We’ve been super busy for months styling photos. One of the props we’ve been using is my Pépé (grandpa) Giovanni’s antique gold pocket watch.
I just realized a few days ago that the monogram on the watch is not his (or my grandmother’s). I wonder if it was his father’s? Or perhaps it was won in a crazy poker game? My Pépé loved playing cards!
The clock side opens, but the other side, where a photo goes, is stuck shut. I’m DYING to open it but am afraid to force it. I’m going to take it to a jeweler to see if they can open it for me. I can’t wait to see the photo inside.
Sneak peek at what I’m up to today: my Pinterest inspiration board for a photo shoot, code named “project classy Christmas.” I know the suspense is killing you. The biggest challenge when styling this photo shoot is going to be keeping a straight face/not peeing in my pants. I know. Sometimes even I am jealous of my own job.
I picked up these three rolls of 25 cent tickets (the green ones are my favorite) at the local grocery store because I knew someday I’d use them in a photoshoot. I left them in my studio for a few months, and when the sun faded them to the perfect patina I finally was inspired to use them as props for our new Candy Shop wedding invitation.
One of our newest wedding invitation designs, Candy Shop, is available in stores now. It’s shown here letterpressed in peacock and gray inks.
//photos Erika Firm
Using souvenirs from my travels in photo shoots gives me a legitimate reason to save ephemera from my trips. The M button is from a visit to the Met in NYC last spring after the National Stationery Show.
Bonjour, lovely readers. Thought you’d like to see what has been rolling off the press lately: save the date season is starting to heat up. These are two of our newest designs: Candy Shop (top) and Etienne (bottom).
Three of my favorite things to use in photos when I’m staging invitation shoots: vintage stamps, vintage keys, and silk flowers. All in one photo! The vintage stamps are from my personal collection — I’ve picked some up during my travels abroad, and recently I picked up a few packages at Anthropologie; the keys are from my personal collection and from Classic Bride’s vintage shop; the faux flowers I picked up at a local floral supply shop.
photo by Delphine intern Courtney Yee
Wow. It’s Friday already?! Totally snuck up on me. It has been a pretty busy week here at the Delphine studio. I had a pop-up show on Monday (photos here); I found a new sparkly outfit; I pined for an iPad; I pined for a perfect studio in which to play on an iPad; worked on a photo shoot with intern Courtney Yee (she took the one above of one of my new props, some ribbon from Anthropologie); and I packaged tons of treasures to get ready for tomorrow’s warehouse sale.
Hope to see you tomorrow at the Warehouse Sale!
As promised earlier, here are some final shots of our new Delphine 2011 Desk Calendar. Photo styling by Delphine intern Caleb Jones and the Delphine team. Photos by Delphine intern Courtney Yee and the Delphine team.
I hope you like the calendar! If you love it please buy one ; ) You may purchase it here. What’s your favorite month?
Today I’m going to let you peek behind the curtain to see how a seemingly casual, effortless photo like the one above actually comes together. It’s a looong process. First, we do some brainstorming about the story we’d like the photos to tell. Delphine intern Caleb Jones came up with the idea that the calendar photos would be the story of one person’s desk throughout the year. The calendar, pen box and cute birdie prop would stay in the same place each month, but all the goodies around it would reflect how a person’s desk, and life, changes from month to month.
The second step was to start pulling props from our giant collection of ephemera. A step I call:
It looks like a giant mess, but truly we have a plan!
Then the exciting part: we prop a month and look through the lens. Then we edit, edit, edit … taking away lots of distractions so the star of the photo, the calendar, can shine.
Invariably, our toughest critic comes by to check out the scene and give the final Meow approval.
I hope you like our new 2011 desk calendar! I’ll post a few more final photos later today.
Here’s a little behind the scenes peek at a photo shoot we’re working on for the website. As you can see, I save lots of bits of ephemera, like the pretty foreign stamps that friends and family have sent me. The pretty tin bird ornament I picked up at SoLo.
Photo by Courtney Yee for Delphine.
Another behind the scenes peek at a photo shoot. This one uses one of my favorite props: rolls of stamps. I have always been fascinated by state flags and I just adore these stamps.
Another behind the scenes sneak peek at a photo shoot we’re working on. We found the blue feather in the studio after a traumatized bird was carried in by our cat. I picked up the French change tray at Anthropologie a while back.