How to use nature as your props: Winter Edition

For the last season edition of nature of props I am going to tell you how you can use the winter to your advantage. Yes, it may be cold out. However, these winter photos can be magical. I am telling you when I say to go on Pinterest and look at “portraits in the winter” photos, you will be blown away. I am going to give you some ideas on what props you can use in nature during this snowy season.

1. Snow

This comes in so many forms: snow men, snow angels, and playing in the snow. It would be so easy to use this as it is EVERYWHERE! It’s great for kids, families, individuals and couples. It’s great for everyone.

2. Frozen over body of water

Ice skating is where I am going with this one. Only recommend this if the ice is thick enough or if you don’t plan on falling/breaking the ice. If you still want to incorporate this, a good idea is to be cuddled in a blanket next to it.

3. Snow covered branches

These work well as backdrops, or even going right into the branches. One of my favorite things to do is “shove people into bushes/trees.” Meaning, I use greenery to make amazing photos. Having snow on the branches will only help enhance this beauty.

4. Christmas Tree lot

It is about the same as the previous one, but you can also use it to frame the subjects. I love being able to use a tree lot because it screams winter and you don’t need snow for it. I know that the snow likes to take it’s time into late December/early January so this is a great option for when you are waiting for that.

I know this list is small, but it may give you some ideas that you haven’t thought of for your session.

How to use nature as your props: Summer Edition

Everyone wants to know what they can use as their props for their sessions. I honestly think that unless you have a specific purpose for the props (i.e. graduation caps, engagement rings, ultrasound photos) you don’t really need any other props. I have come up with a list of things you can use already in nature this summer to help so you won’t need to bring anything else with you.

Tree branches

Flowers

Sand on the beach

Water on the lake/pool

Dandelions

These are just a few that I use for some summer photo session.

How to use nature as your props: Spring Edition

Props can be fun for photos, but not everyone thinks of what would make good props. Unless you have a specific announcement or have a little one with their favorite toy, it is hard to come up with something. Plus, you should only use them in some of your photos. I am here to give you some ideas to use your surroundings to help with great props. 

1. Flowers

Springtime means there are LOTS of them out. On trees, in bushes, on the ground, you name it, they are there. You can use them by holding them, placing them in your hair, hiding behind them, and so on. 

2. Trees

This is one of my favorite ones, as I have used this in my one photos. You can use the branches as a cool textural item as well as holding on to them. You can also use the tree itself as something to lean on. 

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3. Bushes

Also, one of my favorites. If you ever hear the upcoming quote from me, it is because a photographer that has taken my photographs. "Forever shoving people into bushes." Not literally, but it works as a fantastic background. The way it surrounds you honestly looks AMAZING. The proof is in the photo. 

4. Puddles

This may get a little messy but using mud or water puddles can be super cute when it comes to lifestyle types of photos. It shows a fun atmosphere and can be very playful. 

Just a few of these can really make a difference in your photographs and can be used as alternatives for obvious props.