Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session

I love using props in a photo session.  They can add interest, depth and flair.  Children in particular are great to introduce a prop in their photos.  It could be children holding coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot, bubbles or colorful balloons, who doesn’t love colorful balloons?  Does your family love sports? Then use baseball bats, a football as example 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.

1.      Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will look dated after a few years’. Keep it simple and classic.

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.  Oh, and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone. 

3.       Size matters. There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa's classic car or his farm combine.  Bigger is not always better make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn't detract from it.

4.       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.

5.       Make it meaningful.  In my experience this is the most important point.  If you or your child has a favorite ‘thing’, like a stuffed animal or a musical instrument that you treasure, that would be a good prop to try and incorporate into your photo session.  Your pictures will have more meaning for you and your family. 

Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.