In developing the overall art direction for the book, I landed on a theme that was modern but minimal, a color scheme that was broody but bright and a vibe that was tropical meets spaghetti western. That may be a lot of swallow, however after developing the mood board for the shoot, I had a visual guide for the types of props, backgrounds, textures and surfaces I wanted to source.
From there, Sam picked out the types of cocktails he wanted to specially concoct for the book. I used his recipes & ideas to inform each and every vessel I had to source; which ranged from a tiki mug to plants to tiles. Of course in order to find everything I wanted, I needed to get creative. I wanted the book to be as unique as possible and utilize local makers and shops to do so.
Instead of keeping all my resources secret, I wanted to share them with you as some of these are local artists & businesses that deserve as much attention as possible. I hope you use this as a resource when looking for unique, awesome objects for your home or projects!
- Antique Glassware & Props: Whatsnot Antiques, Hampden, MD
- Antique Glassware & Props: Antiques on the Go, Pasadena, MD
- Custom Tiki Mugs: Irene Salmon of the Potter's Guild, Baltimore, MD
- Mid Century Glassware & Props: Out of Office, Baltimore, MD
- Surfaces & Tiles: The Loading Dock, Baltimore, MD
- Tropical Plants & Cacti: B Willow, Baltimore, MD
- Thrift Finds: Goodwill, 1012 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204
- Thrift Finds: 2nd Avenue Thrift, 6515 Dobbin Rd, Columbia, MD 21045
Enjoy and get propping!
Photography by Tom McCorkle Images.
Prop & Set Stylist + Creative Event Designer