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Props, props, props!

I, myself, LOVE photography props. From tiny newborn hats, chairs, blankets, little girl and maternity dresses, to live Unicorns. It is clear how much I enjoy setting a look for your custom session. BUT I often have parents ask me what they should bring to a session. Here are a few pro prop tips for your next photography session.

1. Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop like a poop emoji.

Try not to use something that will look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from. Balloons are always cool.

2. 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. This look would not work in the middle of winter.

3. Size matters. There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your high school pickup as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether, please no cardboard cutouts. 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 treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family. I love newborns with stuffed animals or blankets. That way you can see them grow.

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. As always, I want you to have a fun experience and to not worry so much as to how a prop is going to fit into your session. Most of all, the best props are the humans in the frame. YOU make the photograph memorable!

Your Photographer,

Adriane Nielsen

A & K Photography

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