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35+ Brand Session Props to Elevate Your Images

January 2, 2022

Hi, friend! Have a brand session coming up or thinking about planning one? Whether you’ll be getting the images professionally done or setting up the self-timer, I promise you won’t regret thinking through all the little details. Props give visual dimension to your photos, they help tell a deeper story, and of course give you […]

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Hi, friend! Have a brand session coming up or thinking about planning one? Whether you’ll be getting the images professionally done or setting up the self-timer, I promise you won’t regret thinking through all the little details. Props give visual dimension to your photos, they help tell a deeper story, and of course give you something to do with your hands!

Gif from the movie Ricky Bobby

Let’s get the classics out of the way – your laptop & phone – so cute. But remember, we’re here to ELEVATE! What is unique to you? Your niche?

So what brand session props can you bring to really make your images POP? ✨ (pssst – make sure everything you choose is on-brand color & style wise!)

Food & Drinks

-Mug for coffee or tea
-Fun water bottle
-Alcoholic beverage
-Branded drink from your favorite restaurant
-Snacks
-Candy
-Dessert
-Dinner plate setup/charcuterie board

2 image collage, caucasian woman on the left sipping from a Starbucks cup and looking away from the camera with a smile. The African American woman on the right is sitting on a kitchen counter laughing toward the camera with a coffee mug in her hands.
2 image collage, caucasian blond woman on the left is setting down a plate of meat and cheese to a dining room table and smiling at the camera. The caucasian brunette man on the right is holding a glass of champagne in a luxury hotel while he looks away from the camera with a serious, alluring facial expression.
2 image collage, caucasian woman on the right with light brown hair is in a white summer dress holding out a bowl of popcorn. The same woman is in an image on the right sitting in front of a couch with a glass of red wine, holding it in a cheers position.

Around the House

-Pillows
-Blankets
-Family photos/on-brand decor
-Plants
-Candles
-Books
-Extra layers like sweaters/cardigans
-Games
-Family members
-Friends
-Pets

3 image collage, the top is an office wall and dresser with several decor pieces and a lamp. The bottom left image is of a caucasian brunette with blond highlights and she is looking and smiling at the camera while she fixes plants in a white vase. The caucasian brunette in the bottom right image is wearing jeans and a cream cardigan, coming down from a set of stairs and turning the corner with a smile and looking at the camera.
2 image collage, the caucasian brunette with light hair in the right image is laying down on a bed on her stomach while playing a Nintendo Switch and smiling off to camera right. The left image is a hand reaching to pull a book out from a bookcase.
2 image collage, the image on the right is a caucasian woman with light brown hair looking at her 1 year old daughter who is smiling at the camera. The right image is a woman with dark brown hair in the background holding her small, brown white & tan dog who is the focal point of the image.

While You’re Working

-Journal
-Planner
-Pens
-Calendar
-Vison Board
-AirPods/headphones
-Letterboard
-Stickers
-Glasses

2 image collage, the image on the right is a woman holding a pen and writing in a journal. The focus is just on her writing in the journal. The image on the right is a detail photo of a rose gold MacBook with a marble journal on top, a rose gold polka dot pen and Apple AirPods on top of the journal.
2 image collage, the image on the left is a blond woman with glasses holding a black journal with rose gold bees as the design above her face but below her eyes so you can see her looking at the camera. The image on the left is a caucasian woman with long, light brown hair with red headphones that go over her ears and she is looking at a rose gold Mac laptop with a podcast microphone next to her and sitting at a desk.

Out & About

-Hat
-Scarf
-Balloons
-Fun/Unique Chair
-Luggage
-Confetti
-Purse/Backpack
-Sunglasses
-Fresh Flowers

3 image collage, the top left image is a woman in jeans and a tank top tossing a hat into the air and about to catch it. The image on the top left is a man in a suit with sunglasses on looking at his watch. The bottom image is a woman with long brown hair walking across a brick street with a small leather backpack slung behind her.
2 image collage, the image on the top is an African American woman sitting in a mustard yellow velvet chair with jeans and a blue blazer on. She has on a black hat and glasses and is smiling and looking at the camera. The bottom image is a caucasian woman in black jeans and top with a jean jacket. She is leaning on a rolling luggage bag with her other hand in her pocket and smiling to the camera left.

Holidays

Pro Tip: plan your branding sessions monthly or quarterly to assure there is time on your calendar to get it done! Then, when thinking about props & images you need, consider upcoming holidays and incorporate those into your images!

2 image collage, the image on the left is a detail photo of a modern fireplace with limestone and painted in a dark blue. There are three polkadot grey and white fuzzy stockings above the fire, green pine tree garland on the mantle, two tall candles on each side of a framed canvas with a quote in cursive. The image on the right is a blond woman facing a Christmas tree and decorating as she looks at the camera and smiles.

And as Always – Tools of Your Trade!

Get extra creative here. What do you use daily to run your business? What items give clarity to what you do or what can you use in a fun way?

3 image collage, the top left image is a brunette woman standing behind a Realtor sign with a teal state of Indiana and her last name in script across the entire sign. The bottom left image is a brunette woman kneeling over a wedding invitation suite with her camera about to take a photo. The right image is a caucasian brunette woman with long hair standing in a modern kitchen. She is cutting cucumber on a wooden cutting board with multiple vegetables and a bottle of water around her. She is looking and smiling at the camera.
3 image collage, the top left image is a woman with a black shirt and white apron on smiling at the camera as she throws sprinkles toward the lens. The bottom left image is a woman with short brown hair standing at a desk in an office. She is smiling at the camera while she fans out a stack of Pantone color swatches. The right image is a woman with long, light brown hair in a black workout outfit. She is using two large spinach leaves to cover her eyes while laughing at the camera.
2 image collage, the left image is a detail shot on yellow background of a makeup back opened and spilling out various makeup products. The left image is a blond woman standing slightly in front of the camera left, looking into a mirror and smiling as she curls her hair, the image focuses on her reflection in the mirror.

At the end of the day it’s all about standing out in your industry by being yourself. Try new things & get creative! What brand session props will you be using in your next session? Leave a comment below or share this blog with a friend who needs a little inspiration!

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