Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Personal Branding Photo Shoot

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Suffolk Personal Branding Photographer

Have you ever thought about adding props to your personal branding photo shoot sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get cooking in the kitchen with some fresh produce for your restaurant shoot. Personal Trainer? Then use exercise equipment and measuring apparatus in your next profile photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next personal branding photo session:

Avoid trends

While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.

Be realistic

It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favourite fashion magazine article, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits at that time of year, in the required colours.

Size matters

There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using a hint of your prized vintage car as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn't detract from it.

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Make it meaningful

If you have particular items that play a big part in your brand story, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your viewers and will give depth to your associated copy.

Use what you have

Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the Autumn make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.

Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.

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