Choosing a “Prop” for Your Photo Session

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures.  I always suggest to air on the simple side when it comes to using props.  Props should have “meaning” to the image being taken and serve a purpose. 

In honor of "Throwback Thursday" I thought I'd share a few of my favorite past images where a "prop" was used.

Coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot are always a great idea.  This image below is still one of my faves and is currently on display in my studio.

Love sports?  Bring along a ball, equipment, etc... to your senior session to bring out your passion.

Another favorite that hangs in the studio.  John l 2013 HS Senior l Westminster HS

Another favorite that hangs in the studio.  John l 2013 HS Senior l Westminster HS

I love this use of a special blanket gifted to this sweet little one.

I love working with my clients to help create a session that is unique to their personal likes and style.  Here are a few more tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.

1.    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 really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.

2.    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.

3.    Size matters. There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as a sled for winter sessions. 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.   The person being photographed should be the star of the show.

4.    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.

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