Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.
While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.
It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.
There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa’s farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn’t detract from it.
Make it meaningful.
If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.
Some props for Maternity photos:
Senior Photos: Instruments, pets, hobbies/passions, Sports, books
Engagement Sessions: Jerseys, signs and sentimental items
Even smoking cigars on your wedding day!
Use what you have.
Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall and snow in the winter make for amazing props in photos and they don’t cost a thing. Pets are also a great, cute and fun prop for your session!
Don’t be afraid to tell your photographer if you want anything specific.
If you do want to do something fun, creative or even something trendy do not be afraid to ask your photographer if it is something they are willing to try! Smoke bombs, for example, are a trendy and fun prop you can use that won’t distract from your overall session.
Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.
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