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Ayesha Curry for Cheeky KidsPhotos by Sasha Gulish

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Photo styling for kitchens, and interiors, in general, is one of my favorite things. I mean who doesn’t want to buy all their fantasy kitchen decor? This project was extra special since it was for Cheeky Kids with co-founder Ayesha Curry and shot at her former home. For the kitchen props I pulled a variety of kitchen appliances, cookbooks, serving bowls/platters/utensils, food accents like lemons/herbs/dried pasta, and of course flowers (read, I clipped my own white roses). All was photographed by Sasha Gulish and a special thanks to Lulu Artists.

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Lifestyle Props for
Men’s WearhousePhotos by James Dimmock

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Looks like a work day… Recent lifestyle prop styling for Men’s Wearhouse. I sourced a variety of masculine office supplies and modern office furniture for these shots. Probably my favorite prop is the “palm” in the above shot. The art director asked me for a plant to fill in the negative space, so I re-purposed a fire pit to hold a few foraged palm leaves.

These were shot on location in LA at a private estate and at SKYstudios in downtown Los Angeles. Photos by James Dimmock.

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Prop Styling for FoodPhotos by Image Capture for Haplok

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For the new lifestyle website Haplok I had so much fun prop styling the cookbook portion of the site. Above, is one of my favorite shots, cheesy lobster paired with mac ‘n cheese. For the backdrop, I rented a slab of marble from the Surface library and layered a fringed placemat to add texture under the lobster platter. Mad props to the food stylist Hannah Canvasser for making these beautiful lobsters with perfectly cracked claws. All was photographed by the lovely Image Capture.

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Prop Styling for Tabletop ProductsPhotos by Lane Dittoe for The Ark

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Flat lay prop styling is one of my favorite genres of styling. So when my friend Kate asked me to style entertaining and lifestyle themed product shots for her fine tabletop rental company, The Ark, I was extra pumped.

Food props were my were my main focus for this shoot. When I pull food props  I look for rich color, interesting texture, and scale. In general, smaller more delicate items are easier to work that bigger items. When you’re trying to accent a product, it’s really important that the prop not draw attention away from the product. Some of my favorite props for this shoot were gorgeous purple/black beans, mini eggplants, and kale, all from my beloved Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market.

For floral accents, Kate wanted minimal, more everyday home, flowers. I pulled unique shapes like fern curls for her collection of moody black pieces and dainty scabiosa for her stunning marble plates. For backdrops, we used a mix of seamless, ceramic tiles, and these really cool suede boards I found at an art store. Lane Dittoe was on hand as our awesome product photographer and it was so much fun to work with him once again. And be sure to check out the rest of The Ark’s stunning inventory right here.

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Prop Styling for ShoesPhotos by Jose Villa for Kate Whitcomb Shoes

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It was so much fun prop styling for shoes for the new company, Kate Whitcomb. I have a pretty well documented love of shoes (ahem, Shoesday) so when I got the inquiry, I was super pumped. Kate’s shoes are unique as you can personalize your shoes with your wedding date, name, etc. She wanted pretty product shots to use for her social media and marketing material. She wanted each shoe shot to feature other elements, as if this was the still life shot of a real bride’s wedding day items. I pulled belts, veils, and headpieces from Untamed Petals and Solstice Bride.

We had twelve shots on the list, including a craftsman shot to go with her about page, a pink shot for breast cancer awareness month, a “will you be my bridesmaid” shot, and an overall shot with multiple shoes lined up organically. One of my favorite shots from the day was the craftsman shot. I made a “bouquet” with worn tools I borrowed from local Santa Barbara leather worker, Makesmith and tied it with pink Adorn Ribbon. Then I layered in a swatch of lace from one of the shoes, Kate Whitcomb emblems, and old wood shoe lasts from Etsy.

All was expertly captured by the one and only Jose Villa.

Photographer: Jose Villa | Shoes: Kate Whitcomb | Prop Styling & Floral: Kelly Oshiro | Calligraphy: Susan Silverberg | Backdrops: Heirloom Bindery | Headpieces & Veils: Untamed Petals from Moondance Bridal | Veils: Solstice Bride | Jewelry: 33 Jewels

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Prop Styling for Soft GoodsPhotos by Sposto Photography for Tono & Co

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kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los AngelesWhen Janelle approached me about this color themed shoot for her textile company, Tono & Co, I was super excited about the concept. She wanted to do a very different product shoot, and show her ribbon with like colored objects. I loved the concept, it reminded of some similar flat lay stories by one of favorite New York prop stylists, Randi Brookman Harris. Referencing her shots and also using the names of each collection for inspiration I began to create a prop list for each color story. For rouge, Janelle thought about playing on the name of the collection and styling with makeup. I loved that idea and I brought cheap eye shadow and lipstick for this scene. This was my first time styling with makeup, I used a knife to break up the rouge powder so it read clearly as makeup in camera. For the lipstick, I bought two of the same color. One I used to make the zig zag on that light pink paper background, and the other, clean, untouched, lipstick I used in the photo.  I added in taffy, pink gummy bears, a petite raspberry tart, my own vintage pink perfume bottle, and a Mrs. Box featuring Janelle’s mom’s ruby ring.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

The golden collection was one of my favorite looks. I found adorable striped yellow and white candy which went perfectly with sliced meyer lemons and individual narcissus buds. I made a toss cone out of some sparkly vinyl paper and Janelle found this pretty confetti which we mixed with dried acacia sprigs. Probably my favorite detail was my petite yellow flower plate with honeycomb and the tiniest brass spoon.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

The forest collection was probably the easiest to pull objects for since there are so many great green things. The final mix included cherimoya, bok choy, kale, lime, mint, sword fern, maidenhair fern, monstera, snap peas, and water cabbage. In the center, I placed a loose ribbon braid that trailed throughout the forest of green things.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

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The marine or blue collection was definitely a challenging color. Initially, when we started talking about this shoot I suggested spray painting objects to get the effect we were after. So for blue we did just that and Janelle’s team spray painted petite jewelry boxes (including the nasty white liners). I put ribbon in the boxes, and tied around, and Janelle made a petite boutonnière with the a single bloom of delphinium. My blue milk glass bowl held blueberries and aquamarine ring. Then I scattered individual light blue hydranga blooms throughout the scene.elements to this shoot. For the backdrop, Janelle and I had talked about charcoal and Justine made this simple backdrop on set for me. On top of it I styled, foraged oyster shells and textured beach rocks from Rincon and placed them in a “smoky” S-curve shape. I added in petite black river rock, black sea salt and a black Mrs. Box.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los AngelesThe earth collection shoot evolved quite naturally on set. For each scene They would give me a hanger full of ribbon I thought this one looked so pretty, I just simply laid it down and let the ribbon become the backdrop. I added in copper, star anise, antlers and a cool piece of bark that one of the girls had foraged from a tree. I think my favorite moment was the little bundle of cinnamon sticks tied up with ribbon.kellyoshiro.com | Photo: Sposto Photo for Tono and Co | Product Prop Stylist Los Angeles

A special thanks to Janelle and her awesome team (the queens of steaming!) and Shauntelle of Sposto Photography for the stunning photos.

Photos: Sposto Photography for Tono + Co

Flat Lay Prop StylingPhotos by Lydia Murty for the Giving Keys

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The Giving Keys was such a fun product shoot to prop style as they wanted a zen garden look to show off their new collection of mala bead inspired jewelry. Props included lots of natural elements like rocks, sand, and crystals. For the rocks, I went shopping at Rincon Beach where I found a variety of shapes and sizes for this shoot. For props, I pulled from some of my favorite Santa Barbara stores like Porch, Paradise Found, and The Sacred Space.

The backdrop I made by painting plain birch panels with dry, textural, paint strokes for an organic look. I used the same paint treatment on risers I found at an art store so I could create levels and depth in the shots. They worked well for both straight on and flat lay angles. Photos were captured by the lovely Lydia Lynn Murty in downtown Los Angeles.

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Prop Styling for
Outdoor FurniturePhotos by Keith Sutter for Costco

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Last November, I had the opportunity to work with Costco on a commercial shoot for outdoor furniture. Prop styling for commercial shoots like this is a very different world than editorial styling. Unlike wedding or lifestyle editorials where the focus is on the story or how pretty the elements of the photo are, here the focus is only on the product and how accurately it’s being captured in camera. When I prop style for clients like this, its important to prop and show the “lifestyle,” but at the same time its crucial to not overly stage a scene. For instance, an elaborate cheese display or a huge floral arrangement in this context would distract from function of the photo, which is to: 1. Show the furniture 2. Sell the furniture.

Another aspect that is very different from editorial styling, is that products are shot from one pre-selected angle. Normally, I place props on set where someone would naturally set their wine glass down. But since the angle of the shot is so defined, props may actually get placed where they would never be in reality. For instance, the pitcher of orange juice below. In an editorial, I would place it in the middle of table, here its placed back and further away so you can see more of the table and it also helps to draw your eye further into the photo.

So how do I pick props for each set? First, I like to determine what story the props should be telling in this scene. Is this a breakfast? Just a cocktail by the pool? An al fresco dinner? Once, I have the “storyline” for the set, I pull the appropriate props to show that story unfolding. Props need to be obvious, especially from a distance (note how far away the camera is from the actual product). For faux breakfasts, I like OJ in a pitcher because it reads so clearly, martinis read great for a faux cocktail scene, and iced tea works well for a casual moment by the pool. I also like to use orchids for a pop of color (especially when the product is so neutral like this) and soften sets with blankets and pillows.

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A faux breakfast scene with OJ, strawberries, and muffins.

The models interacting with the props.
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A mid-day treat, cookies and milk. Here, I used heavy whipping cream instead of milk since its more opaque. The glass I chose features a little pop of color to breakup the otherwise nuetral set.

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Orchids and iced tea for the lounge chairs and a table about to be set for dinner.

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Commercial shoots like this are always shot “tethered” aka, there’s a screen to show you the actual photo and angel of a shot as you work. I use the test shots to make sure props are placed in the right spot position in camera and not in reality. The lanterns in the background for instance, had to be staggered just so to account for the angle the photo.

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And finally, a festive cocktail hour, margaritas (or in this case gatorade mixed with OJ) and chips and salsa.

A special thanks to Keith Sutter for the photos and the amazing team at SunvillaCostco and Trustylz Media for a smooth five day photo shoot.

Neutral Ojai Wedding InspirationPhotos by Sally Pinera
as seen on Style Me Pretty

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It was so much fun working with the lovely Tory of Smith + James Events and Sally Pinera on set as a wedding stylist for this neutral Ojai wedding inspiration shoot. Tory pulled a beautiful lace dress which I paired with a Trousseau & Co hat box as an option during bridal portraits. Tory brought a ton of great dried floral elements, Silk and Willow ribbons and runners to style the wedding invitations by Plume Calligraphy. I started by folding a sheer chiffon remnant to create an ethereal, neutral background. Dried flowers and mini fall leaves were placed around the suite; I broke up the fall leaves to trail through the scene. Finally, fuzzy wisteria pods found on the property, added the perfect textural accent. For favors, Tory was envisioning little herb bundles, I used one of her vintage baskets paired with wild eucalyptus to hold the bundles which were accented with a few more dried floral elements. Tory also wanted a cheese board with accents of pear, which I plated and prepped (and ate). To go with it, I made a champagne cocktail with sliced pear garnish and served it on a classic silver tray from The Ark. You can see more of this wedding editorial on Style Me Pretty right here.

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kellyoshiro.com | photo: sally pinera for smith james events | ojai wedding inspirationkellyoshiro.com | photo: sally pinera for smith james events | ojai wedding inspirationPhotography: Sally Pinera | Event Planning + Design: Smith + James Events | Prop Styling: Kelly Oshiro| Floral Design: Heirloom Design House | Cake: Danielle Keene | Hair + Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Calligraphy: Plume Calligraphy | Candles: Creative Candles | Hat Box:Trousseau & Co. | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Models: Jacyln Cartier Ghilarducci And Alexander Ghilarducci | Rentals: Elan Event Rentals | Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Tabletop: The Ark

 

Road Trip Honeymoon
Cover ShootPhotos by Erich McVey for Flutter Magazine

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I love styling lifestyle editorials and this one was especially fun special since it was for a featured cover story for Flutter Magazine issue six. We photographed this shoot on location by Erich McVey in Portland and at the breathtaking, Columbia River Gorge. We started at Salt & Straw where our honeymooners enjoyed a sweet treat. Then we moved across the street to Barista, where our couple planned their route over espresso. From there, we drove out to the gorge in an immaculate, vintage, ’55 corvette.

Pre-production on this shoot was challenging. The day before, our shoot location changed based on the location of the vintage car (which we confirmed two days before the shoot day and was extremely difficult to find). I spent 4 hours the day before the shoot driving up and down the gorge looking for the perfect vista location and I found it right before sunset. Then, on shoot day, our female model changed two hours before call time. But as I always say, the more issues during pre-production, the smoother shoot day will be, and that was definitely true this time. Our model couple ended up liking each other (wink, wink) and it shows in the photos. Special thanks to Erich & Amy McVey for photographing such a fun shoot, Beth Level for hair and makeup, Toms for providing shoes & sunglasses, Tracy from Classic Vintage Rentals for props and finding the perfect vintage car, and Sophia Kaman for jewelry.

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