A photo booth seems to give people an instant license to show off their silly sides with friends, loved ones, acquaintances and even strangers. Photo booths at parties and events can be a recipe for fun times for your photography clients and, ideally, some shareable, keepsake photos. Unfortunately, the great majority of photo booth photos tend to have a “sameness” about them; people make the same basic funny faces and may use a few requisite photo booth props. However, whether you run a traditional or open-air photo booth, more creativity in your photos is possible. Use these five tips to help take your photo booth photography from ordinary to awesome:
Newborn photography is in a league all its own; every new parent seeks it out, and the results can create family treasures that delight for generations. The key to the most stellar results is strongly based in your newborn photography posing techniques. While newborn posing offers a realm of virtually unlimited possibilities (especially with a newborn posing beanbag and digital editing software), there are some newborn posing basics that can work for you in nearly any scenario. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the realm of infant photography, equip yourself with these infant posing basics:
The rustic photo shoot artfully combines a refined, modern subject or sensibility with vintage or “shabby chic” props and design elements. Rustic photo shoots often take place out in nature, in rural settings, distressed barns, lofts or out-buildings that have a weathered, vintage look. In the past, rustic photo shoots required hauling your antique and rustic props (and subjects) to the setting and dealing with weather, lighting conditions and other variables on the fly. Fortunately, photographers now have more options than ever before; innovative backdrops and floordrops allow for amazing rustic photo shoot results right from the studio. Rustic photography props and shabby chic styles bring eye-catching distressed wooden chairs, beautiful floral garlands and patterned tutus that can make for the perfect accessories at a rustic themed portrait shoot. The traditional rustic-style rural outdoor locations like an overgrown field, abandoned farmhouse or country landscape can now be emulated with very realistic photo backdrops. While rustic photography props can certainly be taken outside to these locations, you now have the option to recreate the same rustic, country look in your studio with a wide variety of mix and match backdrops and floordrops. Pair them with innovative, portable rustic-look props for a winning combination your clients will love.
Photography props can add tremendous interest to a shot and help to convey a theme or message. Whether you’re doing product photography or portrait photography, the key to effective use of props is to make sure they don’t take away from the subject. A prop should enhance, never detract or distract. Photographers can use their intuition, experience and creative eye to choose props that help the narrative of a photo; the reason that the prop is in the frame should be abundantly clear. Potential photography props are everywhere — the attic, the basement, garden shed, craft closet, the kids’ toy chest, the garage, thrift stores and rummage sales are all potential prop havens. You can even buy professional props online. Try experimenting with a variety of different props; take lots of shots to find out what works best.
Even though many photographers try to cut corners when it comes to purchasing posing props, it’s worth your creativity, time and money to keep a variety of these items in your studio. Props not only help you capture more appealing and interesting photographs, but they can also make your photography sessions run more smoothly. Take a look at the exact ways props can make a big difference in your photography business.