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Jazz Up Your Event Photos Without Breaking the Bank: Tips for Buying Props

As an event photographer, you may think the only tools you need to invest in are your camera and accessories—but this isn’t necessarily true. Photography props can add an extra layer to your photos and business and can help to set you apart from your competitors. The items you use help define your style as a photographer and can even make your brand more easily recognisable.

studio_propsThere are a wide variety of props available for use, so focus on finding objects that meet these standards:

  • Quality: Pieces will be used by multiple people for varying events. Low-quality items are likely to be easily damaged and will need to be purchased again.
  • Gender Neutrality: Objects that are not gender specific will get the most use, giving you more bang for your buck.
  • Versatility:Props that can be used for more than one age group, event and purpose are great bargains.

Photography props can be expensive, and, although they are a great asset to your business, you may not want to allocate a substantial amount of your budget to purchasing them. Luckily, there are more options than just buying from professional prop shops with high prices.  Here, we list three different alternatives for purchasing or creating distinctive pieces.

DIY Props:

Crafting objects yourself is not only cheap, but it allows you to personalise each item. Do it yourself choices include:
  • Chalkboards
  • Scrapbook Paper Flag Buntings
  • Wooden Numbers or Letters
  • Backgrounds

Thrift Store Props:

One-of-a-kind treasures are scattered throughout second-hand stores. The trick to buying is to see the possibilities behind the imperfections and dust. Thrift Stores have pieces such as:
  • Empty Picture Frames
  • Vintage Items
    • Books
    • Doors
    • Bicycles
    • Suitcases
    • Wooden Fruit and Vegetable Boxes and Milk Crates
  • Furniture

Retail Props:

Smaller items are more affordable at retail stores, but make a huge difference in your photos. Inexpensive retail props include:

  • Faux Flooring
  • Blankets
  • Balloons
  • Christmas Lights

The possibilities for acquiring photo props are great for the budget of a growing event photographer. This way, you can invest in your business without spending a fortune whilst also setting your business apart from your competitors. To learn more about building a successful event photography business, download our complete strategy guide today.

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