Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo? Over the past couple of weeks, I have been working to make my photos better and more appealing. Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. They also can tell a story without ever reading the blog post or social media caption. I am still learning but here are some wonderful tips that I would like to share with you.
Most of these can be applied by bloggers as well as those that love to take their own family photos.
Choosing the Right Props for 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 really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better, and there are many fun options to choose from.
- 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 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.
- 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. I still have a problem when I take photos of products. I find that my actual product is sometimes hidden in the picture. It can become so much fun looking for little things here and there for your pictures, but you still want the main focus to be the person or product you are photographing.
Take a look at how I made a simple setup for taking product photos and how you can design your own photography studio for product reviewers.