Going back to the theme of ‘how to become a prop stylist,’ Scott Horne is another textbook example of the right path to prop styling. Scott got his foot in the door by initially assisting Big Leo alum Cindy DiPrima (among others). He quickly learned the ropes, and when we had way more calls than Cindy could handle, it was a no brainer to bring Scott on board. He has a sure hand and great eye, and a real sense of his personal style. There is something so clean about his styling – nothing is ever out of place, but in a way that is always graceful and never forced. Scott answered some question for us last fall and included his favorite places to shop.
Do you remember your first big shoot that you styled on your own? Tell me a little about it…
It’s funny, I don’t remember the first big job I did, there were so many little jobs starting out. My first solo job was a food shoot that I got from Sacha Dunn who passed it along to me. It was pretty easy, not stressful – I wish every job was like that. It seems the longer you’re in the business the harder and more stressful jobs get – but I guess thats the same for every career. It’s all about stepping up to the next level.
Do you have any secret shops that you can always rely on for that perfect gift? When you go – what do you buy for yourself?
There are so many shops I love. I don’t know if I would consider any of them secrets though. Shopping for props and shopping for gifts are very different but here are a few of my go to gift shops:
What photographer (past or present) do you really admire, someone that always has a great sense of their set and truly does justice to the stylist?
Gosh there are so may inspiring photographers out there. it’s hard to say. I have always loved Irving Penn – who doesn’t? His bold graphic still life shots are still being replicated. I love the one with the watermelon and napkin and also the one with the chess piece and the playing cards. No matter what I’m working on, his work is always an inspiration. Like going back to the source.