Photo props are a great way to add a healthy dose of fun to your photos. It doesn’t have to be hard: There are loads of props that you probably already have around your home. Here are a several great choices to add some pizzazz to your snapshots.
Balloons on a string add color and height (with the help of some helium) to photos. If you don’t have helium, a big pile of balloons on the floor still makes for a great seated shot. Use all one color for a more sophisticated look or many colors for a fun shot.
Empty Picture or Mirror Frame
Empty picture frames and mirror frames have been trending as photo props for wedding portraits, but they’re also great photo props that work for portraits of friends, couples, kids and families. The frame within a frame instantly adds a professional level of composition to the image. Pick a size that’s big enough for everyone to fit comfortably, but small enough that the whole group is close together. Be sure to make enough Prints for everyone in the shot.
Rain should never ruin a photo. Just bring out colorful umbrellas and galoshes as photo props. Let your subjects splash in puddles, and get muddy and wet. You may need a shower afterwards, but the images will be amazing. You can bring umbrellas or parasols as props on a sunny day as well.
Anything That Spells Out a Message
Photos are a popular way to announce news on Facebook, such as “It’s a Boy” or “She Said Yes.” Instead of adding digital type, get creative with photo props. Blocks, handwritten signs and oversized letters are all creative ways to spell out a message. If there’s no news to report, consider spelling out a word like “Love” or “Friends.”
Your Kids’ Favorite Items
If you want to get a smile out of your kids, there’s no better way than integrating a favorite item into a photo of them, whether that’s a Batman cape, a doll, a stuffed animal or a princess crown. It puts them at ease in front of the camera and brings out their personality. You’ll also look back on those images and remember fondly the moment in your son or daughter’s childhood when he or she couldn’t leave the house without that particular item.
There are no limits when it comes to photo props. Just look around your home, see what catches your eye and get creative.
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