Prop Ideas for your Brand & Branding Photos
I’ve been asked about props to photograph a lot recently, so I thought I’d collate a few ideas to help you out. Here’s my list of 7 types of props to include, with over 100 prop suggestions…
These ideas cover props for you to hold, to be photographed with, or to go in the background of your branding photos. And for your brand photos too, the stock kind of images like mine just above, where you photograph a few props for your blog and social media posts.
Use the same props for both, and it will help to give you consistency across the different kinds of photos and build your brand so you are more recognisable and memorable.
To continue the brand consistency, choose these props in your brand colours where you can, and it will really help to make your photos look more professional and build your brand.
Prop Ideas for your brand photos & branding photos
1. Tools of your trade / craft / work.
What do you work with all the time?
Microphone and headset
Relevant books and magazines
Paints and brushes, fabric and cotton reels, other tools, whatever you use/create with
2. Your Favourite Stationery
A great way to add a pop of colour.
Diaries and Planners
3. Food and Drink
Share your favourite:
Mug of coffee or tea
Teapots and coffee pots
Glass of wine, cocktail, champagne
Shakes and smoothies
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Snacks/treats – fruit, biscuits, cake, chocolate, sweets
Pretty plates and coasters
4. Your Accessories
What do you usually wear, or what will add a pop of brand colour or interest to your outfit or the scene?
Comfy socks or slippers
Welly boots or walking boots if you’re outdoors
Scarf and hat in the winter
Big floppy sunhat
Favourite pair of heels
Nail polish and make-up
Cushions and blankets
Seasonal accessories – Christmas/Halloween/Easter decorations etc.
5. Your Story
What will add a bit of you and your personality and your stories to your photos? Do you have/use/do any of these?
Letter boards and light boxes
Are you a reader? Books, newspapers, magazines
A writer? Journal, notebook, pen
A traveller? Souvenirs from around the world
An exerciser? Trainers, workout gear, yoga mat, water bottle
A gardener? Gardening tools, gloves, twines, flower cutting scissors
A cook? Pestle and mortar, pretty tray, tea-towels, fancy kitchen implements, ingredients
Time for hobbies?
Puzzles, board games, cards
Knitting, crochet, embroidery
6. Your Family & Pets
Decide if you will include your partner and your children in your photos. If you don’t want to, you could always include props belonging to them instead, or not show their faces. If you have a cute pet though, definitely include them in your photos!
7. Plants and Flowers
Finally, definitely include as many of these as you can! Any greenery will add life to your photos.
I hope that big list of prop ideas for your brand photos was helpful! Narrow it down to the things that really reflect you, with the more unique the better. And think about how you want your brand to be represented too, with the colour of your props and also the look and feel you want your brand to have.
If you’d like more help with getting to know your brand before you take photos or have some branding photos done, then check out my Create Your Brand workbook of my 20 essential steps to creating your brand, available with or without a two hour 1:1 Brand Brainstorm.
If you’d like to learn how to improve the photos you take yourself and how to get them on-brand, then join my next Basic to Brilliant online photography course.
And of course if you’d like some fabulous on-brand personal branding photos of you, then do let me know, or have a look at packages here: Capture Your Brand branding photos.
PS. Are you in my free Facebook group Your Brand Story yet? For tips, chat and trainings on growing your brand, visibility and business, and getting better brand images. Click the photo to come over and join us:
Prop Ideas for your Brand