Newborn Photo Props: The Story Counts
Well-chosen photo props can beautifully enhance photographs. However, using props for the sake of using props can backfire. As with most things in life, when it comes to newborn photo props, discretion is important. A little goes a long way. Less is more. And the story counts. Let me explain.
The best photo props are those that have meaning to the client. I’m speaking of those props that capture a couple’s journey, a parent’s hopes, a child’s dreams, a client’s aspirations. Yes, and even a client’s footie team.
And sometimes, you get lucky. The featured image above of Leo and his orangutan is a great example.
Little Leo was just 12 days old when I met him, but like every child, he came with a story. Part of his story was instilled in the most delightful little orangutan. You see, Leo’s parents got engaged at the zoo, and on that magical day, they bought the little fella. When Leo’s parents asked me if they could bring him along, I answered, “Of course,” but little did I know just how wonderfully it would work out. I guess I got a little lucky, and it reminded me of the importance of each story. And more to the point, how well-chosen newborn photo props can enhance not only an image but an entire photo session too.
Here’s a second photo from Leo’s session.
Here are a few other images that capture how a well-chosen photo prop can enhance an image:
Newborn Photo Props: Collecting Story Material
Of course, in Leo’s case, the client was responsible for creating the magic. I was just a fortunate participator. But being open to seizing on such moments is the trick.
The truth is, getting the right prop for each client requires having a good assortment of newborn baby props on hand. And it requires a little thought and planning too. (Okay, a lot!) While an in-the-moment idea might surface in a session, experimenting is best done out of session. You know, on that poor doll you perform all your grim experiments on 😉
Here is a list of prop vendors for newborn photography props that I heartily recommend:
For over a decade now, Lorna Kirkby has enjoyed the thrill of capturing special of moments for her clients. She specialises in memorable baby, maternity and newborn photography, and it would be her absolute pleasure to serve you.
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