This months supplier feature is Baby Props.co.uk which as the name suggests is a supplier of newborn props. This store is run by Sally Slack, Sally’s store can be found via this link: www.babyprops.co.uk
Below is an interview with Sally where she talks about her business, why she started it and what she thinks makes it unique. Over the coming months we are going to be featuring more of our wonderful suppliers. Each one of them will be organising an additional week-long offer to their normal supplier discount, so stay tuned for more incredible offers from our suppliers!
When did you start your business and why?
“I started my business in 2010 I’d recently moved from Singapore back to the UK after five years abroad. In Singapore, I was a portrait photographer who specialised in Children and Family photography. When I arrived back in the UK I had to start my photography business all over again, so I decided to re-evaluate what I really wanted to do and ultimately what genre of photography I was passionate about. After going to a photography networking meet up in London I made the decision that I wanted to specialise in Newborn Photography. It was a relatively new genre and it was exciting to be part of something that was very new to the UK, plus I am also an NNEB Nursery Nurse so my training would definitely help. I did some newborn training and the rest is history as they say. 🙂
I very quickly realised that buying any newborn props meant shopping in the US and having to pay extortionate shipping rates and customs charges. Plus the fact items would often arrive and I’d be disappointed in the quality or the colour online hadn’t been accurate. Returning orders wasn’t an option because of the postage costs! So whilst I was quiet with my photography business, I saw a gap in the market and an opportunity to use some of the additional time I had on my hands, and started to import Stretch Knit Wraps from Indonesia and that’s how it all started. 🙂
My business was based in my middle son’s bedroom on his bookcase and I sold via Facebook. 🙂 Thankfully I now have to have storage outside of my home and a website!”
Who works in your business?
“I’m mainly a one-man band, my Mum knits all my bonnets. The quality and fit are superb and I use them in all my own sessions. It took a while to get the fit right, but I’m so happy with the end product, nothing annoys me more than a baggy bonnet on a newborn! My sons often help at trade shows or when I’m cutting and packaging fabrics which proves invaluable!”
What products do you offer?
“Mainly I offer quality, ready to ship newborn props such as stretchy fabric backdrops, wraps, stretch knit and jersey, newborn bonnets and headbands, sometimes I do sell some small props such as crates and beds. I have also recently started selling posing beans which have been very popular. My approach to searching for products is would I use it in my business? I want quality backdrops and wraps that last and wash well. Backdrops are definitely my biggest seller, second are wraps and last but not least are the bonnets.”
What makes you unique?
“I would like to think that one of the things that makes me unique is my efficiency, I’m super fast at getting the orders out. Orders before 12:00 are shipped the same day and most orders are shipped via 24-hour courier. The other thing that makes me unique is I do have some fabric backdrops made for me so I really do have a unique product which isn’t available anywhere else. With the stretch knit wraps I stock the entire range of colours and I pay extra for overlocked ends so they last and last. I would hope that the quality of the products really stands out to anyone that purchases from me. Unlike lots of other prop stores, the product images on my website are unedited so you are looking at a more accurate representation of the actual product. I’m also very generous with the length of the backdrops, often photographers find they can cut their own wrap from a backdrop.”
Can you share some customer testimonials?
“I’m immensely proud of the number of positive reviews I have, and it’s amazing to think that this website only launched late October 2018! I get a little buzz every time I read another lovely review!
Customer testimonials can be found on this page: https://babyprops.co.uk/pages/baby-props-kind-words
I’m wanted to take this opportunity to say how incredibly grateful I am to all the photographers that support me by purchasing from the Baby Props store. It’s a tough market out there at the moment as there is so much choice now, but I like to think that my customers appreciate the quality and the service that they receive. I just also wanted to say a huge thank you to each and every person that takes the time to leave a review.
Yes sometimes I mess up but I’d like to think that I own up and try and put things right as soon as I can, after all, I’m only human!”
Tell us about your discount?
“Details of my discount can be found in the hub under the supplier discount page. Please note that it is live from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th June. The discount is 15% off all orders over £50. Sorry, you are unable to use this offer in conjunction with any other offers.”
Below are a few images of items available on the Baby Props store.