Props. I’m not really a “prop” kind of gal. I’m sure somewhere in the universe a photo of me shoving a baby into something exists, but it’s not really my thing, then or now. I love the focus to be on happy faces, and not objects. That being said, if YOU have something that is an emotional connection to your family, I welcome it 110% ! Grandma’s quilt, your child’s lovie or teddy bear, the chair you were sitting in when he proposed… whatever. Let’s talk!
Additionally, here’s few things I have around my studio that have worked nicely in the past.
If you wanted to try a few shots with any of the items, be sure to let me know in advance of our session, so I can bring it along when we click. (There’s a photo montage of many of the items to view, too. Click to enlarge.) During most regular sessions there’s usually time to try something fun at the end, here’s a few ideas:
- Ladder – rustic 5′ wood ladder, painted white
- Tents – Shabby Chic white and Starry Night deep blue. Glowing lantern or fireflies optional
- The Big White Box – Really fun to do several poses in, and stack 3×3 in photoshop for a fun montage
- Wagon – classic metal Red Flyer wagon, painted turqouise
- Blankets – I have an off-white one, pale yellow, and a couple more on hand. Hunting for a vintage quilt…
- Wooden tall chair – natural wood color, counter-height chair with small arms. Great for older babies/toddlers
- Stools – I have a few plain wood stools, one is red, two more can be painted on request
- Chairs – There’s way too many wood chairs in my garage. Some bright colors, others need a coat of something
- Rocking chair – a classic wood rocking chair painted a rusty red color. It’s very pretty!
- Huge balloons – big 36″ colorful balloons. Requires a bit of planning, but are super cute
- Shoulder StackUp – One of my favorite tricks to do, requires no super-human strength, just some magic
- Family “prom” – Suit & tie, mom in a ball gown, kids in bow ties and suspenders? Too cute!
- Wigs – I have a selection of about 20-30 wigs, most fun wacky colors and styles.
- Tutus – There are several big fluffy ones on hand, one size fits most.
- Sailor outfits – Yeah for Zulily! Captain is about a size 4-5, Sailor girl size 3-6, and a blue romper/jumper size 8
- Pink sequin dresses (size 4 & 8’ish) So sparkly and pretty!
- Big cupcake – a fun alternative to a cake smash. (note it needs new paint, what colors would you like?)
- Small red sleigh – great for two toddlers or a little bigger. Handmade by my Poppa Ted a long time ago
Whew. Guess I do like me some props, lol.