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The Best Photo Props

Last updated on June 23, 2023

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Photo shoots are all the rage, for both professionals and novices. Many people love to have photo shoots with their families and friends at special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and bachelor or bachelorette parties. It’s a great way to get some keepsake memories while having fun with those you love. In order to make the photo shoots even more exciting, many people add in photo props. These are typically silly accessories such as oversized glasses or funny hats, along with signs with cute and quirky phrases on them.

When choosing photo props, there are many different types to choose from. It all depends on the venue of the photo shoot. For example, the photo props you choose for a wedding may be different from the ones you choose for a birthday. It also depends on the atmosphere of the photo shoot and the vibe you want to create with the pictures. For those wanting to create a silly and animated feel, go with photo props like fake mustaches, large hats and comical signs. Those going for a sophisticated vibe can add in photo props such as empty picture frames, old books or feather boas.

Be sure to also consider the age group of the guests, as kids or teens may like different props from adults and seniors. When choosing photo props for kids, pay special attention to the size of the props to ensure they can be held easily by little hands. You’ll also want to ensure any references on the signs are age appropriate as well.

What to Look For

  • Photography is an art, and so is choosing photo props. Be sure to pay special attention to the material the photo props are made out of. The material should not be shiny or reflective in any way, as that can show up in the photographs and take attention away from the people wearing the props. The material for the photo props should be matte and even.
  • When it comes to signs, which are a popular photo prop, be sure the writing is large and clear so it will be easy to read in the pictures. Check out the font as well to ensure it is legible. Sometimes, the signs can be written in an overly flowery cursive which can be hard to make out.
  • If you plan to use the photo props on multiple occasions, ensure their construction is durable and the props are sturdy. Many photo props are made out of a paper material, which often cannot withstand multiple uses.
  • Sometimes, guests at a photo shoot need some encouragement to use the photo props, especially if they are shy or nervous. Start by creating a prop table near the camera setup, where you can display all of the props. Typically, all you need is a large flat surface with a plain table cloth. Organize the props by type, such as all hats together, or by looks, such as all magician accessories together. Seeing all the props laid out makes it easier for guests to decide which ones they want to use. You may even want to take a few photos with the props yourselves and display them on the table to show people the possibilities.

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