You love the traditional school portrait poses and backgrounds, but this year you also want photos of your little ones that are as unique as they are. For a completely customized look that captures the true essence of your child, consider using a favorite toy as a prop in their portrait.
Has Mr. Teddy traveled everywhere alongside your child since he was a 1 year old? Perhaps he has a fire truck that he plays with every day. Or maybe it's a dolly that she needs by her side each night to fall asleep.
Such items are ideal for personalized photography. Little ones love to show off what they adore in photos. Having something special nearby can inspire beautiful smiles! It's also a wonderful way to freeze a moment in time so you can cherish their childhood forever.
He won't always be sleeping with teddy, and certainly his love for trucks will wane as he grows, but right now he's a little boy and these photos capture his personality perfectly. If you want to include a prop in your child's preschool portrait, it's important to be thoughtful so the result is as amazing as you want it to be. Lifetouch Preschool Portraits professional photographers offer these smart tips to including props in portraits:
Be genuine: Pick an item that is truly meaningful to your child or reflects their personality. This will help you create a photograph that will be a keepsake for years to come.
Note the size: Items that are too big will overpower your child. But too-small objects won't be recognizable. Opt for a medium-sized toy or object that can be held by your child or set beside them.
Avoid busy details: Props with just one or two colors are best. Try avoiding props with too many small details, intricate colors or busy patterns.
Leave valuables at home: If something is valuable, it's best to leave it at home. While grandma's vintage teacups might seem like a neat prop, you'd hate for them to break.
Examples of good props for preschool portraits:
- Medium-sized stuffed animals
- Silk flowers
- Play cars, trucks and trains
- Rocking horses
- Fun hats
- Dramatic play items (costume accessories)
A picture is worth a thousand words, and when those pictures contain a special prop, it can be even more meaningful to your family. Lifetouch Preschool Portraits specializes in all types of photos, including portraits that include props, so ask the next time photos are scheduled at your center or school.
Put a fun spin on your child's portraits by having them bring their favorite toy to Picture Day! It is a fun way to personalize your pictures to bring out your preschooler's personality.