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12 Props to step up your photo game

To do, Oh what to do with your hands? That is the question...

When it comes to posing for photos, be it for my blog, for my Instagram or even for a little snippet video for myself, I can never know what to do with my hands. Now I'm not saying that I'm a professional model, but I've found that it's a lot easier to make your hands look more natural in photos by simply adding a prop. The problem is... you can't use the same prop too many times, that's too obvious and maybe a little boring. That's why I've combined a list of various props you could have when posing for a more natural and candid look. 

1. Coffee cup/drink

If you're a coffee addict like me, this should be an easy one. The choices are endless : hot coffee, slushies, bubble tea, milkshakes, etc. Sip on your drink while posing, and your photos will be candid !

2. A cute little Umbrella

Rainy Day? Don't let it stop you from getting that perfect photo! Add a cute little umbrella to your shot. Not only is it a necessity but it gives the photo a story line. If the sky doesn't cooperate, just change it! Nothing a little editing couldn't fix.

P.S : you can also get the tiny clear umbrella from your local Dollarama for super cheap

3. Newspaper

Not only is this a great prop, but newspapers can also be free. Grab any free newspaper from a newstand at any bus/train station and get creative. 

4.  Portable Fan

Need some air? Grab a fan and get that windy/breezy look! It's an easily accessible prop that's available in most stores or that you could probably find at home already. Take multiple shots until you're satisfied. 

5. Basket of fruits/fruits

Fruit picking is an amazing fun activity that can be enjoyed with friends and family. Spend some time with your loved ones and turn it into a photoshoot. It's a win win! And what better than a fruit basket filled with fresh fruits as a prop for photos? 

6. Flowers/Leaves/Nature

Look around, explore your surroundings and see what you could use in your photos. Some of the best props are available for free. You just have to keep an open mind and trust in the process. Whether you buy a bundle of roses, or using a fallen Autumn leaf as a prop, nature is by far my most favourite. However when it comes to taking photos with natural props, I prefer close up shots as opposed to wide angles when it comes to landscapes. I find that it keeps the focus on the beauty of nature and as a result makes the photo more authentic. 

7. Collection of things (phone cases)

Having an obsession could be a good thing! I used this idea for a promotional shoot I did for @IdealOfSweden (phone case company) and it turned out to be creative and unique while also showcasing their cases. 

8. Camera/phone 

Pretty basic to mention the technologies that we normally use to take the photos, am I right? But, it's true! Digital cameras, phones, vintage cameras, etc. are all great additions to have for photos. Not only to take the photos, but to be in them as well. 

9. Sparklers

The inner child in me is always happy to get sparklers. I don't know what it is about them, but they're just so much fun. So why not add them for a cute new year/birthday/celebration photo? Not only are they so much fun, but they can also be found pretty much in most dollar stores at a very ridiculously cheap price.

10. Balloons

Balloons are perfect for celebrating an occasion. Just like sparklers, balloons do not cost much. Nowadays, there are so many different shapes, sizes and types of balloons available pretty much everywhere. Grab yourself some cool balloons and get that shot!

11. Food

Food is always a MUST! Growing up, I was always told not to mess around with my food. As an adult, my food is not just food, but also a prop. 

P.S : the photo on the left was posted on Narcity and I am beyond excited about that!

12. Sunglasses/Glasses

This is my go-to selfie pose : holding the frame. It's the perfect effortless pose, especially if you're like me aka blind AF. 

You’ve reached the end of this blog. For more creative and fun photos, follow me on Instagram : @aanahsarah.
If you use any of the props for your own photos, don’t forget to tag me, I would love to check them out.

Until then, live a little... 
A little lot ♥️