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11 Creative Prop Ideas for Your Next Photoshoot

Updated: Mar 7, 2022

Want to make your next photoshoot a blast? Finding great props is the way to go!

Props are a great way to get creative and focus attention away from your nerves.

When looking for props, it’s important to keep in mind the purpose of your shoot and the overall theme/mood. They're also super personal. What's cheesy for one person is the perfect storytelling device for another.

That's why part of my intake process is working with you to find props that will inspire you and add a unique touch to your photos.

Here’s a short list of props and the types of shoots they work best with.


This is great for candid-style family and child photos, but can also be fun for playful couples as well. Be prepared for cheek-to-cheek grins.


Sparklers, fairy lights, light orbs, or lantern - you name it!

These are fantastic for golden hour and evening shoots. Depending on how they are used, they can make engagement photos super fun or romantic. Also great for individual photos.

Magnifying Glass

This is such a fun idea and one I don't see a lot! It's great for couples who want something cute and fun, or families with very inquisitive children.

The magnifying glass can also be used creatively for framing.


Bring your favorite book to your family shoot and you have not only a prop but also an activity to keep your kids engaged.

If you're a bookworm, then books are also great for personal branding and individual sessions!

Flowers and Plants

Flowers are so versatile. They can be used to add a dreamy romantic feel to your photos or they can add energy and vitality. They can be used in studio or outdoor. They're great for couples and individuals.

Photos & Frames

Ultrasound photos are great for pregnancy announcement photos. Or perhaps you have a late family member and want to include them in your family shoot.

Or maybe you want to use an empty frame for some creative, fun photos. There are so many creative options here.


You heard me right. You can use potatoes as fake snow. No, not baked potatoes.

Dehydrated potato flakes!

This prop is fun AND earth friendly.

Stuffed Toys or Blankies

Kids just love their teddies and blankies, so why not bring them along for a few shots?

Of course you’ll want to choose a items that won’t distract a lot from the shoot, so browns and neutrals are best here. As with all props, keep in mind the style of the final images you want.

Shawl, Veils or Wraps

Light, airy shawls are versatile and great for creating movement and framing the subject. They are great in maternity and wedding photography, but can also be used in individual and family photos.

Hobby Related Props

Bringing hobby-related prop will help you get comfortable and will make your shots super unique. Plus it’s a built-in activity for the shoot.

Avid baseball fan? Bring a mitt and ball to the shoot.

Music is more your thing? It can be as simple as bringing headphones or your guitar. The list is endless, just make sure you don't need a U-Haul to get it to the shoot.

Quilt Batting

This is great for studio portraits. Create a cloud out of quilt batting. Your kids will quite literally be on cloud nine with this one. Adorable.

But Wait, There's More

All good blog lists must come to an end, but believe me when I tell you, the list is endless. During my photoshoot intake process, I explore props that will make your photos uniquely you!

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Photo of Laurie Neale

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