So, I thought I’d do something a little different today. It’s a combination of an “inspiring post” as well as “suggestions.” If you’ve never seen my What to Wear post, & are looking at booking a session, then please go check it out. It’s a simple guide on ideas of how to dress for your portrait session, assuming you want to take it a step beyond t-shirt and jeans. : )
This is something of an addition to that. It’s a list of props (and accessories) that can add that bit of personalization and pop to your portrait session. I’m presenting images from other photographers to give you a boost of inspiration (and me too). : ) They’re all from Senior Sessions, since we’re in that time of year.* And, as always, if you click on the link, you’ll be sent to the web page/flickr account of the awesome photographer.
One final note before the photo goodness: if you do plan to bring a prop, which I would love, do let me know. That way I can think about what fabulous images to take before we get there. : )
Playful, imaginative & just a touch whimsical? Balloons. Whether a whole handful or just one lone balloon. They’ll add a bright pop of color to your photo (and we’ll do our very best not to loose them). : )
Personal & Memorable. Your instrument. Tuba, Sax, Drums, Guitar, Flute, it doesn’t matter to me as long as you bring it. Even if it’s large & hard to move – like a piano – we’ll work out whatever we can. You’ve spent hours learning how to play it so there’s no reason to not include some shots of your talent.
Great Accessory? Hats. They can add a vintage touch, tell your favorite sports team, or be immeasurably fun. (And if anyone wants to take off their high heels/converse & get into some water, definitely don’t be afraid to let me know).
Hobby or Sport. Skateboard, baseball bat / glove, basketball, photography. It is undoubtedly important to you – you’ve spent all that time learning it, after all – so include it in your photo shoot.
Unique & just a little out of place? A chair (or other piece of furniture). I love the bright color that the chair adds to this image (and her skirt, but that’s not the topic). If you have a prop that’s bigger, let me know.
Likewise, if you have a chair that’s brightly colored and can be moved by a single person (me) but that you don’t want anymore, do let me know. I’d be happy to get a chair specifically for portrait sessions, and while I have my eyes peeled, I’m looking for unique furniture & so instead of tripping over it in the garage, I’ll take it off your hands. : ) Or if you just know where to get one because you saw an awesome chair, but knew it wouldn’t quite fit with your current decor, shoot me an email!
Vintagey & Modern? A bright flower headpiece, a headband made of pearls, a peacock feather clipped into your hair. Perfect. (And don’t forget the nice conglomeration of necklaces she’s put together).