Props or No Props?? It’s All Up to You

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Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions?  While I will openly admit I am not a big prop idea guy…. I still do encourage people to bring some along if that is their thing.   I certainly don’t want to be a snob about it of course, I guess I just think if that is what the senior wants or a family wants, go for it!  Your idea will be better than mine. After all, you know you better than I know you!  

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.

  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.  Don’t be that guy as they say.  
  2. Be realistic. It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session.  But don’t get to nutty.  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.  
  3. Size matters.  Don’t misinterpret that … read on to see what I mean.  There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa’s farm tractor as a background piece or for the grandkids to sit on. 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. 
  4. Make it meaningful. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you love, add that into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.  And those items with  be remembered throughout the years. 
  5. 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.

Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus. Call ahead to discuss your idea so you and your photographer are on the same page.  We gotta think things out so keep us in the loop too.   

Engagement session Shawnee

My goal is always to shoot to YOUR personality.  So share your ideas so we can incorporate them!  

Michael Straub photography