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.
- Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look overly dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from. That said, some trends can still be a lot of fun and may represent your unique personality, but just try not to get too carried away.
- Be realistic. 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.
- Size matters. 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 other 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. Consult your photographer if you aren’t sure.
- 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. Other examples could be an heirloom quilt or child’s rocking chair, or even jewelry passed down from grandma can make for some great statement shots. Maybe you’re a hipster family and want to showcase each others matching TOMS.
- Use what you have. Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing. Even the spring rainy season can work to your advantage with an umbrella-rainboot photo session.
The possibilities are endless, but remember, while using props can be the perfect addition to your photos, make sure that they don’t become the main focus. In the end, YOU and your personality are the real stars.