Make your props pop.
Here are some tips to bring your photo prop game to new heights.
Use a stool.
One of the most common photoshoot props, a stool, can be a simple seat, but your model can get creative with it as well. Instead of having your subject simply sit on the stool, encourage them to use it in different ways. They can perch on it like a bird, ride it like a horse, or even sit on the floor next to and place a different prop on the stool itself.
Have a purpose.
Make sure all your photography props are carefully curated for the photo in question. All your items should add to the depth and texture of the image itself or to the subject’s story. Unnecessary items will distract the viewer and take away from your photo’s composition.
Change your perspective.
Other than items in your scene, photography props include items used in front of your lens, like a filter, glass, or prism, to create unique effects in your photos.
“If you’re shooting on location, try shooting through things. Pick up an object and shoot through it. Play around with that and see what kind of different effects you get,” Cox says.
Use sunglasses, crystals, and other lenses on your camera to play with the lighting in your photos for dramatic effect.
You can do more than just let your photo props sit there and look pretty. Have your subject interact with them so your photo feels candid, compelling, and real. Shoot a newborn baby’s cake smash, take a family photo during game night, or show how the knitting blogger does crochet to add some character to your pics.