You may not know this about me but I am a craftaholic. One of my favorite things to DIY is photography props. While there are numerous excellent shops that sell photography props, sometimes their prices are just a little too steep for me.
Or, most of the time, I need my prop immediately. We are talking about within a few hours.
This is when I pull out a last minute DIY project and get to work.
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1) Don’t underestimate the power of canvas.
I made a yellow (think gender neutral) “And then there were three” canvas sign for a client who was in love with the idea. It only took a few hours but I have been able to use and reuse this prop (even in my own maternity session with my first child). It’s paid for itself ten fold.
All I did was get some large alphabet stickers , and I laid them out on the canvas. For the heart, I made the shape using an Exacto knife and some masking tape. The point is to cover (in the shape) where you don’t want the spray paint to go. I grabbed my yellow spray paint and went to town.
Remember to let it completely dry. I almost never got that yellow paint off my hands!
It was worth it, however, because this prop is so freakin’ cute! It’s also lightweight, easy to carry around, and reusable.
2) The Bunt Banner is always a winner.
Seriously, I have never had a client who did not love a banner, and they can be used for anything. All you need is a printer, tape, and some string.
3) A Rustic Chair can add a whole new feel to a session.
I love my rustic highchair! It has come in handy so many times with small children. Not only is it super adorable but they can’t get down.
They have to stay where I’ve put them! *Cue evil music* This has been a great tool in my arsenal when I have a session with toddlers.
While you may not find an antique highchair, per se, chairs are for sale everywhere. They are usually dirt cheap as well. I think I only paid 10 dollars for my highchair. Hook it up with a can of paint or spray paint, and you have an easy photography prop that can be used over and over again.Hyper toddlers can't beat this photography prop! Click To Tweet
If you are looking for a last minute solution then find one that you do not have to paint. I used my hairchair as is. This baby was ready to go from the moment I brought her but I am a rustic junkie. That was the look I was going for.
Here’s my legendary purple chair below. Alas, I had to get rid of her because the husband said my props were taking over the closet. (He just doesn’t get it!)
4) Scarves can be used for all sorts of things and are one of my favorite Photography Props.
While technically not a DIY, I adore scarves, and they can be customized through DIY techniques. I have used them for everything from Fine Art to Newborns and Maternity.
My favorite scarf is a soft, flowy white one. I even had little tassels added to it for a maternity session.
5) DIY setups can give a romantic, soft feel to a Maternity session.
For this session, I took a pair of sheer curtains (I got mine at Ross for 5 dollars) on a curtain rod and “hung” them up on a light fixture. I positioned my subjects in front of a glass door, and I blew out the background.
It was a simple set up but it gave a whole new dimension to the shot. It made it feel more intimate like you were getting a glimpse through a window rather than looking at a photograph.
Okay, I shared some of my favorite last minute photography props. What are yours? Which photography prop are you glad that you made? Make sure to share in the comments! We are here to learn from each other.
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