To you, as a photographer who uses props in their sessions…
what makes a good photography prop, well GREAT!
Of course there is quality, craftsmanship, and the products used to make the said prop.
Aside from that…
The photography industry is an enormous pool of talent and skill behind the lens of a camera. Take a look at the work of photographers from different parts of the U.S. and compare them. You will surely see differences in settings, AND the use of props. There are so many different views & ideas on photography props. Those differences are what makes it exciting to shop the RTS events and to keep a view on the various postings from your favorite vendors AND on the new ones. We never know what great new ideas for a prop will burst onto the props scene.
Is knit better than crochet, is crochet better than knit?
Is upcycled more modern than new fabrics, or are new fabrics cleaner than upcycled?
Are muted colors hipper than vibrant colors, or are vibrant colors more eye catching that vintage tones?
I don’t see, or agree, with any given answers to those questions. In fact, I say TO EACH HER OWN! We are all unique in the style we dress every single day of our lives… and this shows through to our creative mediums, in every shape and form. To select one over the other is our personal choice, but to SAY that one is better than the next, that is a statement with little backing up. As there is no “better, best or numero uno”, there are only unique & personal choices.
As photographers, we have our own different styles.
Many of us love the vintage, organic and natural selections, while a great majority of us still love the bold, vibrant and jewel toned props. We have all adored over the newer “clean” style with little editing and hazy over lays, and baby is laying in a grassy field, or maybe on a neutral blanet/beanbag. Newborn skins are untouched and left looking organic… and in these styles of photography you see many of those precious and dainty natural looking props.
But then, you have the photographers that love bold & contrast styles, whos photography style pops with colors of the rainbow. Newborn skins may be smoothed and unflawed (as many are naturally as well). They are tucked into polka dot buckets with beautiful studio backdrops and layers of gorgeously rich textures and blankets. Here you see those lovely jewel toned props, that emphasize the colorful style of the photographer. You may see brightly knit hats, animals bonnets, and headbands that are girly glam.
Both styles of photography are just as gorgeous, artistic, and worthy of acclaim as the next. Same goes for our photography prop vendors…
Natural and organic looking props… pretty little tie backs, dainty headbands & halos, and outfits that make you wanna run shoot your session in a field of daisies.
Upcycled beautiful newborn pant sets, with fluffy “faux fur” layers.
Fanciful and glittery tiaras, with faux jewels and glimmering facets.
Character props, themed with animals or well known childhood favorites.
They each tell a story, equally beautiful and unique, and unlike any others.
One style may not be your forte, but this does not mean it’s unworthy of being noticed, acknowledge and praised for their hard work and craftsmanship.
Beautiful props seen in this article are thanks to these lovely vendors, and the photographers they work with: Sew Whimsey, Blessed b.love.d, Jazzcraft, Sugar Shack Teepees, Woodsey Wonders, Peas & Quiet, Aunties Love Creates, Bethanys 5, Chicken Scratch, Country at Heart, Crickets Creations, Goodnight Moon Props, Addis Inspiration, Lavender Blossoms, Photo Prop Village, Sisters Craft Corner, Snuggly Wunkins, Stiches by Sarah, Stephanie Baby Boutique, Strawberry Sprinkles, Thats the Cutest Thing, Totz Hatz, Two Crafty Mamas,Yarning to Be, Blessed Bambino… and so many others who submitted images to this fabulous post <3