children photography

Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.

1. 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.

2. 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 favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.

3. Size matters. 

There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa's farm tractor 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.

4. Make it meaningful. 

If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.

5. Use what you have. 

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

I am home a lot ( being that I homeschool 8 kids) So, naturally I get a lot of practice in Lifestyle/ Documentary work and so number 5 here is huge for me. I am constantly just using what I have available to me in my images. 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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Storyteller's Blog Circle

I am so excited to be a part of this monthly educational blog circle with my fellow storytelling photographers! Take a look at my storytelling image and read about my thoughts behind it and then click on to the next amazing artist and so on... follow around until you have completed the loop! I hope you enjoy!

"So, what is a storytelling image?" You may ask. Well, that is a great question! Just as with reading a book that has a main subject and supporting elements, so does a  storytelling image. You will usually have a main subject ( or two) along with an supporting  enviornment and extra objects in the shot that help to tell you who they are, what they are doing and what they see. I love storytelling in my imagery, especially when documenting my family ( which is what I am doing most of the time) I always make sure to keep my camera in a central location so that I can be ready asap when I spot just the right moment.  

50mm ,f/1.8 ,iso 200, 1/640

50mm ,f/1.8 ,iso 200, 1/640

The image that I chose this month is of my son  drawing on our family room windows. It's such a typical childhood thing to do and I knew I wanted to capture forever this nostalgic image. I knew right away that I wanted to convert it to bnw with all that light/shadow and texture that was present, so it was really just a matter of setting up how I wanted the composition.  and I really loved how the window sill was a leading line straight to him. 

 

 

My biggest advice to you when making storytelling images is to really make sure you choose the right angles and perspectives so that you can  accurately capture and portray your subject.... remember to think, who is the subject? What are they doing? What elements around me can help to support the subject and tell the story accurately? 

I am so excited to see what your favorite storytelling images are. Comment below with your link! Remember to follow this circle on to the next amazing artist for some great tips on how they shoot their storytelling images!  Next up is the amazingly talented Jen Lucas

 

xoxoxoxo

 

Tanya Moon

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Cami Turpin

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Cami Turpin

I have another wonderful artist to share with you today! I am so excited to feature Cami Turpin of Blue Hill Images.  Cami is a Lifestyle family photographer who resides in the beatiful state of Utah. She is a Click Pro and MOD @theabstractlens on IG. 

Embracing Harsh Light: 4 Tips

Embracing Harsh Light: 4 Tips

If you are like me and kinda dread it, here are four tips to help make your harshlight sessions a success. 

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Gina Yeo

Photographers Who Inspire: Getting to Know Gina Yeo

If you weren’t a photographer, what would you be?

If I wasn’t a photographer I think I’d like to do something in nature.  I’m not exactly sure what that would be but I love being outdoors.  I think I would love to have a career that would incorporate that love.  Perhaps lead mountain guided hikes.  

Photographers Who Inspire: Natasha Huisman

Photographers Who Inspire: Natasha Huisman

Happy, happy Monday friends! Today's featured photographer is another sweet soul I have met via the wonderful IG!! She describes herself as, "Wife, Mama, Visual Storyteller." Go friend her on IG right now because you don't want to miss a second of her work. Her IG is a beautiful mix of client and personal work. She is superb in capturing everyday moments in such a wonderfully emotive way. And she is amazing at freelensing, I could scroll FOREVER!! So sit back and enjoy getting to know the amazingly talented... Natasha Huisman!!

Photographer's Who Inspire: Getting to Know Lauren Webster

Photographer's Who Inspire: Getting to Know Lauren Webster

I want to introduce you to Lauren Webster of Lauren Webster Photography. She is a Lifestyle & Documentary Photographer of Families. She is a Click Pro with www.clickinmoms and has been Featured in Dear Photographer and Click Magazine as well as on WordPress Discover!! 

Understanding Negative Space

Understanding Negative Space

Composition can either make, or break an image. Today I want to talk to you about one of my favorite compositional techniques, Negative Space.