What do you think of photo props?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What is your opinion of photo props?
    Tacky, dislike them. : (6 votes)
    27 %
    They are okay, I might choose only a couple if I find any I like. : (14 votes)
    64 %
    I love them, the more the merrier for my wedding photography! : (2 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 3
    632 posts
    Busy bee

    Everyone else seems to like them but I absolutely can’t stand them. I feel like it makes photos even more posed than they already are and makes them cheesy. My 2 cents. 

    Post # 4
    652 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @Seattlegrl:  I personally think a good photo should be able to tell a story without the subjects holding a sign. 🙂

    When I first saw your thread topic, I thought you were asking about props for a photo booth. I really dislike those!  I spend a lot of time (and pain!) keeping my upper lip hair free.  Please don’t ask me to hold a mustache on a stick in front of my face for a picture! 🙂  Tee hee. 🙂

    Post # 5
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I do not consider pets as props and I think a few photos with a cat/dog is cute.

    However, I am not a fan of balloons, signs, sparklers, etc.  I find props distracting.

    A beautiful backdrop (field, ocean, park, etc) with two well dressed people make for a wonderful and timeless photo……….


    Post # 6
    3836 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Seattlegrl:   LOVE the one on the dog!!!!  

    Post # 7
    9652 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @Seattlegrl:  I think it just depends….I’m not really for or against it but the first pic is just ehhhh ok but the 2nd picture is fabulous! How could anyone not like that 2nd pic……its awesome with the doggie in it!

    Post # 8
    6951 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Seattlegrl:  I think it depends. I’ve liked some, like with balloons or something related to their interests. We’re doing our engagement session this weekend at a bookstore, so I’m sure there will be some of us “reading” our favorite books. I’m not into sports, but I have seen cute ones with sports-related things which would be awesome for a couple that is into that. 

    In general, I think any wedding related things should say something about the couple. Don’t have all your bridesmaids in cowboy boots when you’ve always been a city gal. Don’t have super serious traditional portraits done when you’re a casual, silly couple. I just hate how the wedding industry tries to turn everyone into some Martha Stewart, SMP, big white frilly princess-robot. Be you. 

    Post # 9
    3777 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I think they’re cute if they really mean something to the couple or say something about them. So using signs for the sake of using props, meh. But using your pet, or something that describes you as a couple can be cute.

    Example, we used a football for our e-pics. Everyone knows DH and I are huge football fans, so it made perfect sense.

    Post # 10
    1662 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

    I like some of them, most are tacky in my opinion.  We have a dog and wanted to incorporate her, she’s a 5lb yorkie, I bought a sign that said my humans are getting married, but none of the photos came out.  She isn’t photogenic, lol! 

    Post # 11
    11469 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @Seattlegrl:  I like a few but I really think it is easy to go overboard. They certainly shouldn’t be in EVERY photo.

    We had a few:

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