Incorporating props into your AM Studios Portrait Photography Session
Props Our Professional Portrait Photographers Typically Carry
Additional Portrait Photography Prop Ideas to bring from home
Like the baby with the coke bottle, I have found the most effective portrait photography props to be simple and small ones that can be easily added and removed from the photography session. To list some past examples, sports fans have personalized their photo sessions by dressing in matching sports jerseys, bringing a banner or flag to display, or bringing in sports equipment like a hockey stick to match a coordinating sports uniform. For maternity portrait sessions, bringing in a sonogram picture or baby shoes is common. Since all portrait maternity photography sessions get a free baby shoot to use afterwards, it can be fun incorporating a personal item in both the maternity and newborn portraits and pictures to see the difference. For kids individual photo sessions bringing a personalized sign with their name, baby blankets or a favorite stuffed animal works well. During this graduation season it is popular for seniors to bring a cap and gown and diploma to their portrait session, along with a nice outfit underneath to switch easily between the two. Regarding additional outfit changes, most families usually stick to one outfit but it is best to consult with your portrait photographer if wanting to incorporate a second outfit into your photo shoot. The availability of having a private changing room varies location to location and requires additional time so it is best to discuss this directly with your professional photographer.
Planning Your Professional Portrait Shoot
If wanting to incorporate a more elaborate prop into your portrait session, such as a 1 year old birthday cake smash that will take considerably extra time, it is best to inform your professional photographer in advance when they call to confirm your photography session. That way they can prepare and accommodate your props in a way that does not inconvenience the following families. When arriving to the portrait shoot make sure to communicate with your family photographer before starting the photo shoot if you have any props that you wanted to use. Don’t be surprised if you don’t see any of the props that I previously mentioned at first glance around the portrait studio. I learned on day two of this job to hide all the props until you’re ready to use them, unless you want to spend 15 minutes bargaining with a two year old to get away from the building blocks in exchange for bubbles to get the family portrait photo. So if this gave you some new prop ideas don’t hesitate to ask about incorporating them into your next professional photography portrait session!
When I’m not traveling, I can be seen biking around my wonderful mountainous home of Boulder Colorado, running, experimenting with my film camera collection, gardening and spending as much time in the mountains as possible.