So I’m more excited about this new prop because I found it, in the dumpster behind my Studio in Rockport Texas. So if you know me even a little, you will know that I am NOT a “dumpster diver” at all- I’m sure you can find really great stuff, but that is so not me. I wont even ask for a discount at a store, its just not my personality. So when I saw this bike glistening in an almost empty dumpster I couldn’t resist and grabbed it.
I spent the day at the studio yesterday with my dad, hanging new backdrops, moving old ones, and overall just getting rid of some junk that had accumulated. We had made a nice pile of empty boxes and shipping tubes that were laying around the office. The shopping center that we have the studio at is full of office suites and small gyms so I knew when I saw the bike it wouldn’t be covered with yucky garbage. I pulled it out and it was brand spankin’ new! Tires had no signs of use, they even have the little nubs that are on new tires. I dusted off the cobwebs, probably just from storage, and put it straight to work!!
I had my dog Cricket with me, so we set up the white backdrop and lights, wheeled in the bike and I gently balanced her atop the bike and took the shot. It took a bit to balance her because the handle bars rotate, but I bribed her with some cereal squares I had in my purse and all was good! In Photoshop I added a vintage texture to the background to continue the feel of the bike. You can see that just a simple texture can change the whole image– so think outside the box! Studio sessions can be really fun. I can’t wait to use this for more sessions- with real children not just my furry one!