Today, as the title of this post suggests, I’m talking about props! Truth be told, I love when clients integrate props into their photos! Today I’ll share why bringing props to your session can be a good thing. I’ll also share some examples of my favorite props from past sessions!
The first reason I love props, is that it adds a personal touch to your photos. When I shoot weddings, I use the details to tell the behind-the-scenes story of the day. At a regular portrait session, however, we only have a couple of hours to tell the whole story of your family! Props help fill in the details, share more about your personalities, and help round out who you are! Most of the time, if a client brings a personal item to the session, it’s because it holds special meaning to them.
Props are also great because they help break up the session. This is especially true for family sessions where kids can become tired or need a break. Bringing a favorite toy or lovey can help relax the kids or give them something to do, and makes for great candid photos! I use this trick all the time with my own daughter! Her two-year-old photos almost all have her holding her special baby doll. Having the doll there made her so much more cooperative and, since she never went anywhere without that baby, it made the images more representative of that stage of her life.
The type of prop you bring is dependent on your family and they type of session you’re having. Here are a few ideas of items you could include for various sessions:
In addition to bringing your own items, I also have a few props that I bring with me to each session. These include: