Congratulations! You’ve decided to take those pictures of your little ones. Now you are probably asking yourself what are some good photography props for children? I’m going to give you a list of about 5, (we’ll see how this goes). You will probably have most of these props already. This is in no way an exhaustive list. It is merely a list to help you get started. Be creative!!!
Children love their pets. I’m thinking about dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, Guinea pigs, fish, birds…the list goes on. Some children are their happiest when their pets are around. It doesn’t even have to be a live pet. It could be a stuffed animal that is very special. This gives me an idea. I still have my youngest son’s favorite stuffed teddy bear. Wouldn’t it be great to get a picture of his girls with his old stuffed teddy?
Put a pet in your family picture, and you will probably get some of the biggest and happiest smiles of the day. 🙂
My grandchildren absolutely love to play with bubbles. The little ones will just sit there and laugh at their granddaddy when he blows bubbles. He makes such funny faces and really puts on a good show for them. Genuine happiness. You can’t beat that when you are taking pictures.
With the sun at an angle and to the back of your models, or children, the bubbles make beautiful colors. They look iridescent. Pictures taken at sunset with your bubbles will be beautiful.
Chalk and Chalk Boards
Let your child deliver a message through his pictures to loved ones. Kids love to write or be helped to write. Maybe he or she has grandparents that live away. Help them write a message to hold during their photo shoot. They will love it, and so will the grandparents.
Vanity. Vanity. All is vanity. LOL, We all know that babies love to look at themselves in the mirror. I know several teens who still haven’t outgrown that stage. 🙂
You can place a pretty blanket on the ground beside a tree or a fence in the backyard and lean a mirror against it. Sit your baby in front of the mirror and place yourself where your little one can see you. Let baby see you through the mirror. They will think it’s a game and love it, and you will love your pictures.
If you don’t have anything to lean your mirror on, just lay it on the ground facing up. Make sure it’s a good strong mirror and can hold your baby’s weight. Then, stand in front of the baby, but get him or her to see you through the mirror.
Take your time and have fun with these pictures. You’ll be so glad you did.
Mother Nature’s Props
This may seem like a no-brainer, but I’m going to mention it anyway. Trees photograph beautifully, just like kids do. Put them together and you’ve got a beautiful keepsake. I’ve played peekaboo with many a little one standing on the other side of the tree. Kids love it. With a little photoshop, you can even add their name running down the tree.
In every season, you can find beauty. Find those special spots where Mother Nature has really smiled on your community and take advantage of the beauty. Make those spots special. Own them!! I, personally, love Mother Nature’s Props the best. I’m a sentimental Bammie. Can’t you tell?
Don’t Forget The Siblings
Oh, how I wish I had more pictures of my boys all together growing up. You can never have too many.
You can stand them one behind the other from the shortest to the tallest. You can stack them on the ground from the tallest to the shortest. You can have them running away from you and you can have them running to you. Siblings are natural with one another. Don’t only try to get that perfect posed picture. Try to catch the dynamics of their relationships. Show, through your picture, the love and the bond that they share.
OK. I can see that I’m getting a little long-winded in this article, so I will try to make it short and sweet.
I’m going to add a few more because I just can’t get them off my mind.
- Christmas lights and decorations… I could say Holiday lights and decorations for each holiday in the year.
- Old suitcases make great props. Stack them up. Open the top suitcase and sit that toddler in it. So cute. Also, great for tiny babies
- Little red wagons or basically any of your child’s toys can be great props.
- DON’T forget those generational pictures. Those pictures are so important. They show your baby’s heritage. They don’t have to be perfectly staged. I’ve seen beautiful heritage pictures taken in nursing homes and hospitals. They are just special. Plain and simple.
My point in writing this post is to show you that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get those perfect pictures of your little ones. I’m afraid that so many people, my family included, put off taking pictures for so long, that some of those perfect ages slip right past us. Time is so precious at this stage in their lives. They change every single day, in appearance and personality.
I have some pictures that I literally would not take a million dollars for. They are that special to me. They can never be replaced. I want you to have those same kinds of keepsakes. I took those pictures myself and I love them. I want to encourage you, that you can do the same thing for your family.
If there is any way I can help you, please feel free to leave a comment below or text me personally. I will get back with you. Also, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comment section. I love to hear from my readers.
All the best.