Props & Activity Ideas

For Photos Sessions

When you're planning your session you have so much to think about. Your outfits, the location, making sure everyone is ready to smile and have fun. Coming up with prop ideas can be just one thing too many.

Props and activities for your photo sessions can bring a smile to everyone's face and add a little something extra special and uniquely you!

No worries! I've got you covered. Here are tons of prop ideas for all sorts of session types! Check them out to make planning your next session fun and easy!

Families (& Pets)

Family photos don't have to just be everyone sitting and saying cheese! You can bring props and plan fun activities to keep it light, interesting and create photos that will be filled with memories!

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  • Bubbles

  • Board Games

  • Water Guns or Water Balloons

  • Wooden Letters or a Banner spelling your family name

  • Chalkboards for writing fun messages

  • Bicycles

  • Wagons

  • Favorite toys

  • Favorite books

  • Musical instruments (guitars, drums, etc.)

  • Truck, camper or car

  • Fishing Poles

  • Fun blanket

  • A picnic basket (with snacks for the kiddos!)

  • Umbrellas (you never know with Missouri weather)

  • Favorite sports equipment (jerseys, balls, bats, team hats, etc.)

  • Matching sunglasses

  • Ice Cream (or other fun colorful snacks)

  • Ladder

  • Frame

  • Pet toys

  • Pet Bows/Bandanas

  • Pet Pillow

  • Decorated leashes (to match your outfits)

  • A pet friendly sign

  • Frisbee or ball to play with

Kids

Children's sessions help you remember what the kiddos were like at this age and what they loved to do. So focus on props that really help you highlight how tall they are, what activities they love, and that help you remember this fun time in their lives! The props also serve as a great way to keep everyone happy and engaged.

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  • Bubbles

  • Board Games

  • Water Guns or Water Balloons

  • Wooden Letters or a Banner spelling your family name

  • Chalkboards for writing fun messages

  • Bicycles

  • Wagons

  • Favorite toys

  • Letter Blocks (spell something fun!)

  • Favorite books

  • Balloons

  • Musical instruments (guitars, drums, etc.)

  • Truck, camper or car

  • Fishing Poles

  • Fun blanket

  • A picnic basket (with snacks for the kiddos!)

  • Umbrellas (you never know with Missouri weather)

  • Favorite sports equipment (jerseys, balls, bats, team hats, etc.)

  • Matching sunglasses

  • Ice Cream (or other fun colorful snacks)

  • Ladder

  • Yardstick

  • Frame

Maternity

Your maternity session can be just you, just the parents, or a whole family affair. These photos will serve to help you remember this special time as you prepared for your newest family member to arrive. Often times the photos are great for announcements, decorations at showers and to hang up in baby's room once he or she arrives. So bring props to help tell a story!

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  • Date cards

  • Message cards

  • Baby shoes

  • Blocks (Spell baby's name?)

  • Ultrasound image

  • Cute onesie

  • Chalkboard or Message board

  • Baby toy

  • Ribbon/Bow

  • Baby book

  • Favorite pregnancy snack

  • Balloons (color for gender reveal)

Fresh 48/Newborn

Whether you're having a fresh 48 at the hospital, the first day you're arriving at home or a newborn session at your home our on location outdoors, the props can help keep baby happy, share cute little details about them, and tell the story of their birth.

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  • Onesies with a message

  • Favorite blankets

  • Swaddle blankets in cute colors

  • Flowers & gifts from family members

  • Favorite toys

  • Snacks (baby bottle!)

  • baskets

  • Themed sports equipment

  • Your wedding rings

  • Books

  • Signs from the nursery

  • Bows, Headbands or Hats

  • Pillows

  • Hospital bracelet

  • Blocks (with name or dob)

Friends

Whether for a special occasion or just to celebrate your friends or siblings, these sessions are all about fun! Bring some props that will really bring out the smiles.

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  • Bubbles

  • Board Games

  • Water Guns or Water Balloons

  • Chalkboards for writing fun messages

  • Bicycles

  • Balloons

  • Musical instruments (guitars, drums, etc.)

  • Truck, camper or car

  • Fishing Poles

  • Fun blanket

  • A picnic basket (with snacks or drinks)

  • Wine or champagne

  • Umbrellas (you never know with Missouri weather)

  • Favorite sports equipment (jerseys, balls, bats, team hats, etc.)

  • Matching sunglasses

  • Fun matching hats

  • Ice Cream (or other fun colorful snacks)

  • Sorority gear

  • Prom accessories (corsages, boutonnieres, etc)

  • Your fur friends and their outfits!

Graduation/Seniors

Senior and grad sessions are such a great way to commemorate and celebrate finishing high school or college. Some fun prop ideas to really make the session extra fun and uniquely your own!

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  • Cap & gown

  • Decorated cap

  • Grad cap tassel

  • Diploma

  • Books

  • Chalkboards for writing fun messages

  • Balloons

  • Gear from your college, grad school or upcoming job

  • Musical instruments (guitars, drums, etc.)

  • Truck, camper or car

  • Fishing Poles

  • Fun blanket

  • Confetti, confetti canons, or glitter

  • Champagne

  • Umbrellas (you never know with Missouri weather)

  • Cute hats

  • Favorite sports equipment (jerseys, balls, bats, team hats, etc.)

  • Letter or club jackets

  • Ice Cream (or other fun colorful snacks)

  • Sorority gear

  • Prom accessories (corsages, boutonnieres, etc)

  • Your fur friends and their outfits!

Branding & Headshots

Headshots don't just have to be you in front of a backdrop. In fact lifestyle branding photography and headshots are a fantastic way to share what your business is all about on your website and social media. So let's chat about what story you'd like to tell and we can plan out all the right props for you!

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  • Computer, tablet or phone

  • Branded products

  • The products you create or sell

  • A product in process of creation

  • Tools of your trade (what you use to create your products or services)

  • Flowers

  • Blankets

  • Confetti

  • Gifts you give your clients

  • Coffee, water, wine or other drink

  • Snacks

  • Planner or notebook

  • Pens & pencils

  • Office supplies (paperclips, cute mouse pad, etc.)

  • Materials you would use to plan with your clients

  • Inspirational signs or decor

  • Resources you use for your business (books, podcast, calendar etc.)

  • Sunglasses or glasses

  • Hat

  • Candles

  • Bubbles

  • Items that are part of your routine to prepare for work

  • Anything else that helps tell your business story!

Engagements/Couples

These photos are your love story! Let's make then unique to you as a couple and include the things that really bring the two of you joy.

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  • Your rings

  • Chalkboards for writing fun messages

  • Balloons

  • Champagne (or wine, beer, or beverage of choice)

  • Signs or chalkboards

  • Cell phone

  • Scrabble tiles

  • Blocks spelling something

  • Cake from your wedding (or a new one to celebrate your anniversary)

  • Photo from previous anniversary or occasion

  • Keys to your first home together

  • Mat at your front door

  • Musical instruments (guitars, drums, etc.)

  • Truck, camper or car

  • Fun blanket

  • Confetti, confetti canons, or glitter

  • Umbrellas (you never know with Missouri weather)

  • Favorite sports equipment (jerseys, balls, bats, team hats, etc.)

  • Ice Cream (or other fun colorful snacks)

  • Items from your career or job

  • Snow

  • Your fur friends and their outfits or signs!

Ready to use those props at a session?

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