In an unassuming warehouse in Hollywood’s theater district sits The Surface Library, a carefully curated selection of props available to rent for food, product and lifestyle shoots. It’s everything I aspire for my own prop collection : a wide variety of all shapes, sizes, colors and meticulously organized. You can get a preview of their prop collection online but should schedule a time to drop in and search the options by hand for full inventory. The gals have accumulated a killer barware cabinet, bowls and dishes galore, linens, lifestyle props, and a wonderful sampling of handmade pottery from L.A. locals like Heath Ceramics, Funsize Ceramics and Mt. Washington Pottery. It took all of my self-control to resist stuffing my bag full of all the perfectly aged wooden cutting boards that would fit. Their beautiful props selection aside, it’s worth your time to peruse the surface options alone. And, if you’re in need of a shooting space, photographer Renee Kalmar of Historic Hudson Studios joins forces with The Surface Library to offer the adjoining photo studio and full-sized industrial kitchen to rent. I asked about the option of just moving in, but unfortunately, that’s not available.
• all photos by lily glass for sfgirlbybay.