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. A Little Love uses props to style every session, fully complimentary!  Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next 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 favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.

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.

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.

 

 

Keep your family’s personality in mind. What do you do for fun? Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Love the country? Incorporate horses! Love the outdoors? Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot.

 

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.

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

 

Don’t forget to check out A Little Loves Shop to book Christmas on the Farm minis or, for photographers, purchase A Little Love Actions!

If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.

Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it into because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.

 

Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.

 

 

Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.

Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.

 

DON’T FORGET TO BOOK YOUR CHRISTMAS ON THE FARM SESSIONS- HERE!

There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, fall and winter photo sessions. The autumn leaves falling from the trees and covering the ground or snow lightly falling and icicles hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session. Here are some tips to make your winter or fall photo sessions go smoothly.

1. Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly.

2. Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.

3. Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but melting snow can change the entire look of your backdrop. If you are looking for light snow flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with melting or heavy snow.

4. Be flexible. If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.

5. Incorporate color. Even though fall and winter have some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves. If booking your session with A Little Love Photography, take a look the back of our client guide for some great guidelines regarding your wardrobe and color palettes!

6. Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times.

Take some hot tea or coffee along to make your photo session even more enjoyable and get ready for some beautiful results.

 

I know that full new babe sessions aren’t in everyones budget, however, I also know that capturing your new bundle in their first couple weeks is something NO parent should live without. A Little Love is now introducing (No Expectations) New Babe Mini Sessions!

Here is a comparison between a full vs mini new babe session.

      Full: $600                                                Mini: $350
3-4 hours                                                  1 hour
family photos                                            family photos
2-3 prop setups                                        choice of either:
multiple blanket poses                     1 prop setup or a blanket pose             

Don’t let this important milestone pass you by. New babe sessions are best booked between 5-7 months of pregnancy to ensure a spot and are best shot at 5-10 days of life, however, I try to work in everyone who inquires!

Now accepting 2018 Senior Rep Applications!

Are you graduating in 2018? Are you sociable and outgoing? Want to earn some extra cash? This is the perfect position for you!

What is a Senior Rep?

 Being a senior rep means you’re a spokesperson for A Little Love Photography. All it requires is showing off your awesome photos to all your awesome friends!! And by referring your friends to A Little Love Photography you can earn some extra cash and amazing products!! Just see the details below!

What is Required?

  • Become a fan on Facebook
  • You must have a strong presence in your high school and community, and spread the word via your social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • You must currently be a 2017 Junior, graduating in 2018.
  • You must live in and attend a high school within 30 miles of 75703.
  • You and your parents must agree to promote only for A Little Love Photography for your senior portraits from the time of acceptance through the entire 2017/2018 school year.
  • You will receive a minimum of 5 watermarked, web-sized images to use as your Facebook profile picture and will be required to use one of them for at least 6 months.
  • Your parent or Guardian MUST sign a model release, allowing A Little Love Photography to use your images for advertising and promotional purposes.
  • Pass out your rep cards to your friends at school.
  • You are responsible for sending A Little Love Photography a minimum of 3 referrals. These referrals must book, pay for, and complete their senior session by March 2018. If minimum of 3 referrals is not met, you will be responsible to pay the balance of your senior session fee. ($300).

What do you get?

My reps receive a FREE Senior session, 20% off all products and session fees for their entire senior year, a gallery of their images to show off to friends, a Senior Rep spotlight Blog Post, featuring you, your hobbies, and interests. Along with a blog post of the group senior session and 25 senior rep cards to hand out (photos of your choice!).  In addition, you will earn a $20 print credit for each referral. For every 5 referrals, you will receive a $100 Prepaid Visa Card.

What does a Senior Reps photoshoot look like?

All Senior Reps will participate in one big photo shoot (hair, makeup, and lunch provided).

We will shoot individual sessions and a group photo.

Your friends can earn too!

Every friend that you refer to A Little Love Photography receives $25 off their senior session! All they have to do is mention your name!

So would you like to be a Senior Rep for A Little Love Photography?

Just fill out the form and answer all the questions to be considered for a rep spot!

We will be accepting applications through May 31, 2017.  The mass Senior Rep Photoshoot will be held in July 2017 and reps will be provided their photos and rep cards by August!

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