8 Household Items That Help You Tell A Story When Photographing People
Are your photographs looking the same? Do you want to add a little variety without spending money or time creating an interesting background? Look around your house because you might have props that add pizzazz without knowing it.
Check out these examples to give you a little inspiration.
Books, books and more books. You can stack them, sit on them, or hold them. Just allowing the title to be seen helps tell a story. Try it.
2. Photos or Old Empty Frames
Do you have an old painting from the past in the garage that isn’t being used? Take out the painting/photograph and use the frame around the subject’s face. Or if you like the painting/photograph have it situated being the subject somehow.
Not only are windows great for lighting, they can also be incorporated into the composition to make the portrait even stronger. Just make sure you don’t have backlighting or a flash reflection.
You have seen chalkboards used in many ways recently from announcing someone is expecting to how old a child is. This has become a popular way of making an announcement but can also be used to get a casual image of a child as they are writing on it.
If you happen to have an interesting piece of furniture in your house, use it in your photography! Do you have an old wooden crate to sit or stand on? Those work well. Or how about a wooden ladder? Look around for someplace other than the couch.
6. Toys and/or Stuffed Animals
Every child has a favorite toy or stuff animal. Letting them play with it while you are working on a shot can help them be relax and allow you to get some great casual shots. Be sure and change your angle.
7. Musical Instrument and/or sports gear
If a person has a special interest, having a musical instrument or tennis racket (for example) in the image with them contributes to their story.
Who doesn’t like bubbles? Bubbles can make great children and infant portraits but you might need someone who can blow them. If the child is old enough to do it themself great, let them blow the bubbles. But if they are under six, it really helps to have someone else blowing the bubbles. The little person will love trying to catch them.
Look around the house. Try different things. Whether you are taking images of a child or and adult, props add interest and help tell the story. Have fun!