Posted: Jul 08, 2013 10:00 AM
 
Adding photo props to your pictures not only adds a pop of color and interest, but giving kids something to do besides telling them to stand up straight and smile makes for happier munchkins in portrait photography. From paper mustaches to painted furniture, check out how to create DIY photo props for kids.

DIY moustaches and lips photo props for kids

diy photo props lips and moustaches

Using some cardstock, chopsticks and some glue, you can turn your kids' portrait photography from flat to fun with these easy DIY photo props. Not only do lips and moustaches offer a dash of color to your photography, but they also give kids something to do, which puts them at ease and makes them more willing participants.

Chalkboard sign photo props for teens

Chalkboard sign photo props for teens

Especially when it comes to taking photos of your teens, giving kids a way to express themselves is easy with a chalkboard DIY photo prop. Simply spray the glass of a picture frame with chalkboard paint and let your teenager scribe a message with a chalk paint pen to personalize their portrait.

Colorful balloon photo props

Colorful balloon photo props

Regardless of the age of your kiddo, adding balloons as a photo props for kids is an easy and fun way to add color, interest and tons of smiles in your portrait photography. However, when photographing toddlers, be sure to weigh the balloons down or tie them to something if you want to avoid tears in your photographs!

DIY painted chair photo props

DIY painted chair photo props

An old chair can be your best resource for adding pops of color to the photos of your kids. Scour garage sales for the perfect old chair, give it a new coat of brightly-colored paint and your DIY photo prop will bring your photo from drab to fabulous at a minimal cost.

^ The key to successfully taking photos of your kids is to trick them into participating. Using DIY photo props for kids gives them something to do, adds interest to your portrait photography and doesn't cost a bundle because you make it yourself. So, think outside the box — even a favorite toy can become a perfect prop! Happy snapping!

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