Life of a Prop Stylist

Here and There and Everywhere

When I look back at the past month of work photos on my phone, I can hardly believe that more time hasn’t passed. This month has been packed with travel! Truthfully, the volume and diversity of work is a bit deceiving. Each job lasts a few days on average. Some less, some more. And as soon as I’m done with one, I’m off to another! Regardless, it’s been an eventful month. Here’s a peek behind the scenes of my life as a prop stylist.

 

To start, I arrived at High Point Market in North Carolina to style the Magnolia Home portion of the Loloi Rugs showroom only to find some of my work plastered on more than one giant billboard throughout market! Surreal, I tell ya.

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This was my first time styling a showroom and it was an unexpected but welcome change of pace. Styling real spaces is quite different from styling spaces for photography!

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Just as soon as I set foot back in Dallas, I was back on the job hunting for props for a Loloi photoshoot. This particular stop at Ceylon et Cie is just as much about gathering inspiration as it is about gathering actual props. I mean, look at this place! The rest of the showroom is equally grand.

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Once on location with Loloi, it was the usual shenanigans… Unpacking, assessing angles and rug pairings, propping, shooting, resetting, repacking. Oh, and a handful of behind-the-scenes shots along the way. Lacey Land makes the best #bts model. 😉

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Cut to a little time off in between jobs.

Days like these are mostly spent wrapping up loose ends from previous shoots, coordinating details for upcoming shoots, frantically catching up on personal to-do’s and testing out new vase/greenery combos like the one below. I snagged this vessel on clearance at Target and the branch was cut from our overgrown backyard. Humble origins, beautiful none the less.

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Next up, a brief one day test shoot at the most gorgeously layered Dallas home with my new acquaintance and Seaminx photographer, Shayna Fontana. The style of this home was a bit edgier and sexier than most of my other jobs. As a result, I was able to get a wild with the flowers! The pink blooms are King Protea and the orange coned flowers are called Banksia Hookeriana.

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The flowers weren’t the only exotic thing on set that day!

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Lastly, I found myself in a juggle of trees and bushes shooting for my friends at Magnolia Home and York Wallcoverings. Our first location of the week felt nothing like Texas… it was lush, green, shaded and cool. No complaining here!

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Follow along on Instagram with my next month’s adventures in styling. I’ll be with Loloi Rugs working on a handful of projects (including a super secret, extra awesome collaboration), D Home Magazine (a local Dallas publication with serious design game) and World Market for a location shoot in Austin, TX.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Marion November 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    How proud am I of you? More than words can express. You are building an amazing legacy of work and style….everywhere you go.

    • Reply Hilary January 9, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Not sure how I missed this… Thank you, Mom!

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