Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? 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.

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 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 favourite 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 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 favourite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try, and incorporate it into your photo shoot. 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 so many parks, walkways in the Edmonton | Sherwood Park area in the fall make for amazing backdrops in photos and don’t cost a thing.

Find Props In Nature. Props don’t just have to be objects that you own or find in your home. When you’re exploring the outdoors with your mobile phone, keep your eye out for anything that might make a good prop such as a tree, a pond, a unique rock or even a fallen tree log covered in moss. Found objects can add a lot to your pictures and tell an interesting story.

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

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