Photography is a lot of fun, and it gets even more fun with the right gear. That’s especially true when you’re trying to get the perfect photo, especially for a shoot. Planning a photo shoot can be overwhelming, so the first step is to stock up on photo props for many. Using props for your photoshoot can completely change how you feel about taking the picture, so it’s critical that you buy the right props for your needs. A prop doesn’t have to be expensive, but a good prop can help you achieve professional results.
Whether you’re a professional or an amateur photographer, having the right props on hand can make all the difference. Some of them are cheap, and some can be expensive—but a solid collection of props means you always have something fun and unique to work with. The best part about them is that you can use them to make anything imaginable: from silly faces to silly poses.
Here Are Some Must-Have Props for Photo Shoots:
While a DSLR camera is nice, there are times that you’ll need something better suited to on-the-go photo shoots. Small, portable lighting options are best designed for quick, on-the-go photo shoots. The portable lights we carry are bright, lightweight, and easy to set up. When shopping for an on-the-go light, consider the size of the light source, how much space you have left in your bag, and how much weight you’re willing to carry.
Prism / Glass Ball
The jewelled prism can be a whimsical prop, particularly with coloured paper and other shiny materials. It can serve as a symbol of youth and ingenuity or perhaps a professional edge for business photos. Purchase a prism of your choice and pair it with paper, coloured tape or paint to make your own.
Whether you’re a professional model or an aspiring one, you need a quality mirror on location. A compact mirror is a must-have for fashion shows, photoshoots, modelling classes, and product shoots. These small mirrors can be hidden in handbags or pockets and are ideal for a quick touch-up for hair and makeup.
Whether you’re a professional photographer or an amateur, there are many items that will come in handy when you’re capturing the perfect image. One of my personal favourites is fairy lights. These lights also referred to as photo lights, come in different sizes and are easy to attach to tree branches, walls, ceilings, or anywhere. Their soft glow creates a romantic feel, perfect for wedding, engagement, or boudoir photos, but photo lights aren’t just for photography!
Whether you’re a professional or an amateur photographer, props can make your photos pop and stand out from the rest. Coloured cards help break up the monotony of black-and-white photos. You can use them behind your models to turn them into superheroes or to transform them into anything you want them to be. You can also use cards to give props to your models, like props for a photo with a baby or a toddler holding a bouquet of flowers.
Lighting gels can pop your photos, especially if you have a specific photo in mind. Sometimes, using gels can lend an entirely different look to a photo. From dramatic to natural, there are so many different types of gels, and they work so well.
Pillows can be a great prop to use in your photos. They can easily be wrapped with fabric or ribbon, and you can use multiple pillows to create depth and dimension in your shots.
Vases can be a great way to add some colour to your shots. They can be filled with various coloured flowers or used to hold fruit or other items. I frequently use vases filled with coloured water as props, too.
Candles can add a romantic feel to photos, and they come in a wide variety of colours, sizes, and shapes. You can use them in a variety of ways, too. One of my favourite things to do is place a small candle in a glass filled with water and float candles in the water.
The most important part of a photoshoot is often the props the photographer chooses to use. The right props can even make a boring object (like a potted plant) look interesting. The right props can bring a picture to life.