MEET PROP STYLIST: THEA FOLEY / by Sandra Mere

  Photographer: Leonard Greco

Photographer: Leonard Greco

Think about the advertisements you've seen for your favorite stores. Ever wonder how that fleece blanket lays so effortlessly across the back of that arm chair? Or how the fireplace glows just so? Or how the area rug looks so soft and inviting to tired feet after a long day? Or how that cup of hot cocoa looks so warm and enticing sitting on the coffee table just so? The answer is Thea Foley. This super mom has an incredible eye for detail and a great talent to make inanimate objects come to life. Her talent has not gone unnoticed in the industry and her work has graced magazines as well as national campaigns. We caught up with Thea to a little more about the woman behind the props.

What was a pivotal moment for your career?   

I was assisting a stylist a few years ago when she slipped and broke her shoulder.  I was asked to take her place and from that moment on my career took off.  Though the circumstances were not ideal, I was very grateful for the opportunity to shine.

  Alps & Meters ski shot by David Bradley

Alps & Meters ski shot by David Bradley

What has been your favorite set to work on? Why?    

Every job and corresponding set is so unique that it’s impossible to pick one.  Recently, I’ve been fascinated with taking on significant roles in video shoots.  I love learning about new products and collaborating with all kinds of new crew members in a variety of settings that all seem to foster such a creative and productive workplace.  I have been fortunate to work with some amazing teams so far in my career! 

  LLBean shot by Benni Spinelli

LLBean shot by Benni Spinelli

  LLBean shot by Benni Spinelli

LLBean shot by Benni Spinelli

What is one of your proudest moments in your career?     

It’s genuinely one of the most rewarding feelings I can get when the client beams with excitement and I know we've 'nailed it'.

What are some other things you enjoy when you aren’t shooting?    

My son Jack (7mos), my son Mason (2yrs) and my husband John (36).  We have a good time all together no matter what we do.  Besides hanging with them every chance I get, I also enjoy cross-fit, running and researching real estate. 

What is your favorite part about being on set?    

I love everything about being on set.  There are days when I feel like a jack of all trades and I thrive on doing a little bit of everything.  I've always loved the magic of a photo set. 

  Homegoods shot by Adam Krauth

Homegoods shot by Adam Krauth

  Homegoods shot by Adam Krauth

Homegoods shot by Adam Krauth

What does #createmoments mean to you?     

Moments are what make life worth living.

What is one thing your fans may not know about you?     

I am very shy when I meet new people.  After I feel out the situation though, I jump right in!

What advice can you provide for future Prop Stylists?

Assist a prop stylist for at least one year.  It's a great way to see all of the (sometimes costly) things that can go wrong on set.  Keep things simple and move quickly, a sense of urgency is critical!  Also, be ready to lift heavy things!

  iRobot Behind the Scenes shot by Angela Coppola / H & MU by Kathleen Schiffman

iRobot Behind the Scenes shot by Angela Coppola / H & MU by Kathleen Schiffman

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Bookings: Anchor Artists