If there's one thing a photographer does well, its making something from anything.
We take a puddle and turn it into a reflective pool, or magically change a bed sheet into a diffuser.
I rediscovered the joy of DIY with photography when I wanted to make my own large diffusers. I didnt have the money to get one that was sturdy enough so I took money I earned from a shoot and went straight to the fabric store and bought fabric. Mom's old sewing machine took a beating from me as I learned to use it, but this huge square piece of fabric turned out lovely..... I just couldn't make a decent frame, lol!
That was a few years ago. Mom's old sewing machine gave way to a sturdier beast of a machine that weighs a ton and I troll resale shops as I work on new projects. Resale shops are magnificent for crafters. Let me tell you about the rocking horse I saved.
It was a solid wood rocking horse with a mangled tail and mane. Well-made and well-loved. It was looking for a new home.
I got it for almost nothing and found some perfect rope, fabric, and leather, and voila! a great baby photography prop or accessory for a shoot.
I'm working on other projects, so stay tuned!