Geek Out: Spots and Props Edition
I am loving the creativity I’ve been seeing all week in engagement, wedding, love and anniversary shoots. Really, I’ve been blown away. Aside from hiring a creative photographer (note: I didn’t say expensive, I said creative) there are several things you can do to make sure your photos really shine your personalities through: Location (spots) and props.
One thing the lovely Sarah of My San Francisco Budget Wedding told me while we were trying to figure out what we wanted for props and locations for our engagement shoot was, and I’m paraphrasing here, you have to be sure the props suit you as a couple…if Tony and I were holding up accordions in our engagement shoot like some of these newer shoots, we’d have a lot of explaining to do later. (Sorry if I butchered that, Sarah, but I couldn’t find the comment…hopefully I didn’t just dream that up).
Anyway, the Geek Out installment for the week.
I’m a huge fan of photo booths at weddings. Especially ones without a photographer, just a button, because I think people let out their crazy-photo-taking-side without someone spectating. Once that curtain closes – it’s snap, snap, snap…and you’ll uncover photos of your grandma dancing with Mardi Gras beads. At least that’s what I hope happens.
Anyway, we had a great time picking out props for our engagement shoot. I’m sure you’re oh-so-over our engagement photos. The props we chose were, for the most part, so personal. We eat ice cream as often as we can get our hands on some. We used a picnic basket I found from my dad’s childhood when we moved. My great-grandma made the quilt for me when I was in high school. We painted a few letters together to equal “LOVE” and used our own sunglasses and some print-off graphics we made.
I love this alternative to regular old painted or patterned letter cutouts for an engagement shoot. Crazy how much they can add! Found this gem on 100 Layer Cake.
This freaking fabulous sign deserves as many props as its ego can handle. But I also love the giant flower prop for the photo, which is also either the same or very similar as the centerpieces! So cute! From 100 Layer Cake.
Now for the semi-smilebooth-specific inspiration.
Isaiah and I both chuckled out loud at these fantastic smiley props as a hilarious alternative to mustaches (which, for the record, I’m not sick of yet) when we saw them on Rock’n Roll Bride.
I am a sucker for a good-crazy-colored background. This one, found on Amazing Days Events, is actually from a whole post about cheap and rad smilebooth ideas.
One thing I especially love is when you use the cheapest, delightfully-tackiest props (sombreros, giant sunglasses, an inflatable palm tree) for the smilebooth and then have the photos in black and white. I’m sure you can imagine this rad set of photobooth shots from Luminaire Foto would just look like pure chaos in color. Black and white…and voila! Just a fun, classy time.
There are a ton of great ideas out there to use for inspiration for your props. As beautiful as every prop that every stylish couple uses, I can only speak from personal experience, but our props that were meaningful and natural to us were our favorites. If you’re not sure what that means or don’t have anything you can think of that’s particularly special prop-wise, take a look around at what the web has to offer and then try to personalize it to your tastes together. I was initially all about some lace doilies, Isaiah in a bow-tie and vest…but a quick “Whatchu talkin ’bout Lizzie?” set me straight. He almost had to slap me out of it. Kidding.
After browsing through my share (ahem: Days/Weeks…) of wedding porn, I ended up with the perfect location for our engagement shoot: Atop the Eiffel Tower, both of us in berets, a bright blue expanse of sky behind us while we clung to the tower without those unphotogenic harnesses from just one hand and one foot, our other hands clasped together. We would have died.
We ended up deciding to have our shoot done only in places we frequent. Recycled Books is a favorite of ours, lucky for us it looks like a dusty old antique bookstore…There’s an old-fashioned ice cream parlor on the Square that we stop in every chance we get and we happened upon some bright teal doors on the way home.
I love the location for this engagement shoot. The creek, the giant rockbed, their outfits (so dressy for a day at the creek) all make for a way-romantic shoot. Found this one on Rustic Romantic.
This engagement shoot is marvelous. The photography is stunning, it was shot in an abandoned prison and featured on Rock’n Roll Bride. Three things that make it extra awesome.
Engagement shoots done at home are, by far, my absolute favorite. If the sardine-sized box the management company so sweetly calls “an apartment” was even a tiny bit photogenic, we would have done ours here. And who doesn’t lose it a little every time they see some Feather Love Photography?
These mini-mobile-trailer shoots are among my favorites as well. They are just the cutest! (I know, I’ll calm down). I found this one on Love My Dress.
And the icing on the cake…if you just happen to have an old, badass looking airplane somewhere nearby…you know…just laying around…this is from Wedding Salon.
Sorry for the unusually long Geek Out, but there’s a lot to geek out about. If you haven’t already done the engagement-shoot-thang, there’s so much more inspiration out there for you creative folks that you can do for almost no money. Again, can’t stress enough, try to go somewhere you are comfortable and, preferably, have been before. If Isaiah and I were in a field of yellow flowers, we wouldn’t have known what to do with ourselves. Instead, we just sat down, ordered a delicious sundae…and let our fab photographer do the rest of the work moving us every which way.
Best of luck! We’re pumped about Template Thursdays tomorrow, getting a Halloween note together today! Do something badass this week, will ya?