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Etsomnia™ 210: Prop Masters


Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. The surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.) 3. An excuse for me to be an obnoxious, snarky New Yorker once per week.

When I was a child, photo props were something you’d find at professional photography studios only. They were definitely not something people (read: parents) just had lying around. That is no longer the case. Thanks to digital photography and the internet, many people are taking their own children’s portraits. Etsy’s photo prop selection is completely out of control. I needed to apply every filter I could think of to narrow my search from 453K results to a slightly more manageable 100K. And while it’s true that babies can make most things cute, some of the items below really challenge that idea. Of course, even the good props and costumes can turn to garbage in the hands of harried, less-than-talented parents, but that’s a post for another day.

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OMG these crocheted beauty parlor props are fantastic! I’m especially in love with the curlers. By CrochetCreationsbyMa

Babies love scratchy stuff. Just ask ’em.

So we have to keep their fingernails short so they don’t scratch themselves, but rhinestones are okay?!?

Isn’t this moon prop platform gorgeous? By Boymomof2Crafts

The unlucky child photographed with this creepy “Absolem art doll” is going to have plenty to talk about in therapy…

Bunnies and teddies beware.

Although I don’t get the practice of photographing your baby wrapped up like a burrito, I confess I find this snowman crochet pattern pretty darned cute. By AMKCrochet

Presumably, it was an accident that this derby headband was in the baby section. I hope. Make better choices, babies.

The seller really seems to be having a hard time parting with this shopping cart which is why she is selling it as an “ideal photo prop” for $754.

Now this is cute! By BackdropsDesign

You have the right to remain adorable! By JessMakesAMess

I’ve heard of childhood sweethearts, but this is a bit much.

Children are notoriously graceful in the face of disappointment, so of course you’d give them tempting, inedible desserts right before taking their photo.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

6 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 210: Prop Masters

  1. It never crossed my mind that people would buy photo props to use at home with their kids – which is weird because I used to take so many photos of my kids that they gave me the nickname “mammarazzi”when they were wee and one said I was a cyclops because I always had the camera lens up at my face. It is probably best for their sakes that I never discovered this fact. I must admit that I find the senior citizen photo pretty adorable because it makes me laugh. I am not sure it is a portrait I would have wanted of my babies – its a bit too Benjamin Button, which I find creepy – but it makes me smile that someone else did it. The snowman is just adorable. My boys loathed being swaddled though so they’d have been gnashing and wailing in a photo like that.

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  2. Yes to the snowman and the tub. I’ve always liked the pro ones with flowers.

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  3. I sometimes would travel with personal props from our house, nothing as cute as that bathtub though. And I took a cake in years before the cake smash was a thing.

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