Debi Brett Photographer
Debi Brett Photographer

The illusive perfect prop…

With so many options available, do you find yourself questioning which props are best for your shoot? You are NOT alone. The choice can be, in all honesty, rather overwhelming!
Then, once you have found your ‘perfect’ prop, do you then find yourself questioning how to actually use it to style your shoot?

Long Haul Spa products
Candles for @yogat_au
Second_Scout_tags_in_holder_with_girl_placing_one_down
Kids organiser for @secondscoutau

Why you need props 

Props are essential for creating a mood, for setting a vibe and to creating an emotional connection between your audience and product, ie is your vibe light and bright / vintage / rustic. Is your audience early twenties or mid 40’s with a family?
The viewer needs to understand the size of your product, espcicailly if the platform you are posting the image on is trying to convert to a sale. Props can be wonderful at indicating scale, especially if the props are a pretty universal size, ie hands, books, magazines. Props that are ambiguous in scale such as plant leaves, stones, paint pots and jars etc can sometimes be misleading and therefore lead to a disappointed customer. Try to show scale using a prop that is relevant to your product. Remember though, large props can dwarf your product, so going for smaller props for smaller products is a good idea.
Seasonal and occasions props are great at instantly connecting to a sense of purpose for a purchase, think ever greens for Christmas, spring greens, bunnies and eggs for Easter, love and self care for Mothers Day etc .
Ingredients used as props tell your viewer what is in the product, for natural products this can be a great way of grabbing the attention of a potential customers who is driven by high quality / low tox ingredients

Personal Branding Photo for @kitchen_coach

Sourcing props

Props are quite literally EVERYWHERE. You do not need to spend a fortune on buying props. Do you have an interesting shaped vase, old book, old textured chopping board in your home. Start looking for and sourcing props way before your shoot, having a cupboard full of brand appropriate props is an essential asset to your business.

Your surrounding are also wonderful props, a beautiful front door and a model in a classic white dress is all that was needed to make this beautiful sage green cup pop off the page.  A boho modern backdrop with lots of greenery, simple and beautiful woven baskets, a model in active wear are all the props needed for this sustainable yoga mat shoot.

One thing I have learnt is never underestimate the power of having people in your images, yes it is harder to coordinate and if you don’t have friends available to help you will need to pay for a model BUT it is really really worth it… they are the best props you can invest in!

Product photography for @carysmartinceramics
Product photography for @yogat_au

A few easy tips

Here are a few simple tips that will save you a lot of time and effort :

  1. Make sure you know who your target audience is and what would appeal to them.. Are you targeting a particular age, do they aspire to a particular lifestyle (urban / Hamptons / countryside etc), do they put a high value on how sustainable your product is or where the ingredients / materials are sourced from.
  2. Put together a moodboard on Pinterest of the kind of style you would like to achieve. Is is light and bright, dark and moody, classic and vintage. Remember that consistency is key when it comes to your ‘brand voice’ .Click here for some sample Pinterest mood boards
  3. Start to create a ‘story’ for your shoot, what props would your story need. Think about fabrics, textures, colours, practical props and atmospheric props, background and surfaces. For Example : If you are selling………..
  4. It is key to remember the scale of your props against the size of your product, no matter how beautiful your props are, the product you are selling should ALWAYS be the key focus and the size of your product should be clear.
  5. Your props should be of an excellent quality, they need to be well made and considered. The props will reflect the quality of your own product.
  6. Remember that less is usually more, be selective with what you add into your shoot. Question, are the props enhancing your story, are they stealing the show. Usually you only need 1 or 2 props to make a high impact
  7. Is your product seasonal, if so … do you need to collect props and ingredients at a certain time of year ready for your shoot.

Start to build your props cupboard today, keep your eyes peeled for items that catch your eye and suit your brand voice.

 

KidsBliss Moisturiser and baby

Personal Branding photo for @indigiscapes

Second_Scout_one_girl_standing_pointing_to_tag_on_shelf_one_lying_on_stomach_playing_with_blocks
Product Photography / Content Creation @secondscoutau

HAPPY SHOOTING!

Debs

 

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and take advantage of the EARLY BIRD OFFERS

 

The illusive perfect prop

With so many options available, do you find yourself questioning which props are best for your shoot? You are NOT alone. The choice can be, in all honesty, rather overwhelming!
AND once you have found your ‘perfect’ prop, do you then find yourself questioning how to actually use it to style your shoot?!

Long Haul Spa products
Candles for @yogat_au
Second_Scout_tags_in_holder_with_girl_placing_one_down
Kids organiser for @secondscoutau

Why you need props 

Props are essential for creating a mood, for setting a vibe and to creating an emotional connection between your audience and product, ie is your vibe light and bright / vintage / rustic. Is your audience early twenties or mid 40’s with a family?
The viewer needs to understand the size of your product, espcicailly if the platform you are posting the image on is trying to convert to a sale. Props can be wonderful at indicating scale, especially if the props are a pretty universal size, ie hands, books, magazines. Props that are ambiguous in scale such as plant leaves, stones, paint pots and jars etc can sometimes be misleading and therefore lead to a disappointed customer. Try to show scale using a prop that is relevant to your product. Remember though, large props can dwarf your product, so going for smaller props for smaller products is a good idea.
Seasonal and occasions props are great at instantly connecting to a sense of purpose for a purchase, think ever greens for Christmas, spring greens, bunnies and eggs for Easter, love and self care for Mothers Day etc .
Ingredients used as props tell your viewer what is in the product, for natural products this can be a great way of grabbing the attention of a potential customers who is driven by high quality / low tox ingredients

Personal Branding Photo for @kitchen_coach

Sourcing props

Props are quite literally EVERYWHERE. You do not need to spend a fortune on buying props. Do you have an interesting shaped vase, old book, old textured chopping board in your home. Start looking for and sourcing props way before your shoot, having a cupboard full of brand appropriate props is an essential asset to your business.

Your surrounding are also wonderful props, a beautiful front door and a model in a classic white dress is all that was needed to make this beautiful sage green cup pop off the page.  A boho modern backdrop with lots of greenery, simple and beautiful woven baskets, a model in active wear are all the props needed for this sustainable yoga mat shoot.

One thing I have learnt is never underestimate the power of having people in your images, yes it is harder to coordinate and if you don’t have friends available to help you will need to pay for a model BUT it is really really worth it… they are the best props you can invest in!

Product photography for @carysmartinceramics
Product photography for @yogat_au

A few easy tips

Here are a few simple tips that will save you a lot of time and effort :

  1. Make sure you know who your target audience is and what would appeal to them.. Are you targeting a particular age, do they aspire to a particular lifestyle (urban / Hamptons / countryside etc), do they put a high value on how sustainable your product is or where the ingredients / materials are sourced from.
  2. Put together a moodboard on Pinterest of the kind of style you would like to achieve. Is is light and bright, dark and moody, classic and vintage. Remember that consistency is key when it comes to your ‘brand voice’ .Click here for some sample Pinterest mood boards
  3. Start to create a ‘story’ for your shoot, what props would your story need. Think about fabrics, textures, colours, practical props and atmospheric props, background and surfaces. For Example : If you are selling………..
  4. It is key to remember the scale of your props against the size of your product, no matter how beautiful your props are, the product you are selling should ALWAYS be the key focus and the size of your product should be clear.
  5. Your props should be of an excellent quality, they need to be well made and considered. The props will reflect the quality of your own product.
  6. Remember that less is usually more, be selective with what you add into your shoot. Question, are the props enhancing your story, are they stealing the show. Usually you only need 1 or 2 props to make a high impact
  7. Is your product seasonal, if so … do you need to collect props and ingredients at a certain time of year ready for your shoot.

Start to build your props cupboard today, keep your eyes peeled for items that catch your eye and suit your brand voice.

 

KidsBliss Moisturiser and baby

Personal Branding photo for @indigiscapes

Second_Scout_one_girl_standing_pointing_to_tag_on_shelf_one_lying_on_stomach_playing_with_blocks
Product Photography / Content Creation @secondscoutau

HAPPY SHOOTING!

Debs

 

Be the first to hear about new blogs and special offers by signing up to my newsletter

 Are you struggling with taking great looking content creation images?

Join the wait list for my new ‘The Easy Product Photography Course’ and be the first to hear about the early bird offer!

 

Click below to be one of the first to hear when the doors open on the ‘The Easy Product Photography Course’

and take advantage of the EARLY BIRD OFFERS

 

Don’t just take my word for it!

Some kind words from workshop attendees and clients

 

Since updating my website last week with the new pics you have taken I’ve had a huge increase in sales on those items.
So thank you x thank you for your passion and support and helping my business grow 🌿

 

 

HONEYS PLANT CLIMBERS

CLIENT

Highly recommend Debi who I recently used for my product photography. Debi has a wonderful creative eye and is so warm and welcoming. Her studio is equally as gorgeous too!

 

 

SECOND SCOUT

CLIENT

‘I can’t believe that I took the photos I left the workshop with!’
‘I came away feeling a lot more confident – thank you’
‘Your encouragement to think about different angles to shoot from was a game changer’
‘Making the time to focus on taking photos. I know it’s important but always get put to the bottom of the list’
WORKSHOP

REVIEWS

Debi is great fun to work with! She patiently took me through the basics of photography, helped consolidate my colour palette and theme, and gave me some great ideas for photo composition. It was wonderful to bounce ideas around with her and get advice on branding. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Debi!
LISA TWOHIG

CLIENT

Debi’s Interior Design background is a perfect alignment to my homewares e-commerce brand, she bought life to my vision for the collections. Care was taken with representing true colours and the photos were supplied in flexible formats. Debi understood my brand and I’m blown away by the quality and beauty of her photography. I could have never achieved this look on my own.
FULLER FLIPS

CLIENT

I’ve been working with Debi for a little over a year for my lifestyle brand and love the images she produces. She is intuitive, professional and goes above and beyond to ensure only the best images are captured and my brand’s story is told through her work.

 

FULLER FLIPS

CLIENT

 Don’t just take my word for it!

Some kind words from workshop attendees and clients

 

Since updating my website last week with the new pics you have taken I’ve had a huge increase in sales on those items.
So thank you x thank you for your passion and support and helping my business grow 🌿

 

 

HONEYS PLANT CLIMBERS

CLIENT

Highly recommend Debi who I recently used for my product photography. Debi has a wonderful creative eye and is so warm and welcoming. Her studio is equally as gorgeous too!

 

 

SECOND SCOUT

CLIENT

‘I can’t believe that I took the photos I left the workshop with!’
‘I came away feeling a lot more confident – thank you’
‘Your encouragement to think about different angles to shoot from was a game changer’
‘Making the time to focus on taking photos. I know it’s important but always get put to the bottom of the list’
WORKSHOP

REVIEWS

Debi is great fun to work with! She patiently took me through the basics of photography, helped consolidate my colour palette and theme, and gave me some great ideas for photo composition. It was wonderful to bounce ideas around with her and get advice on branding. Don’t hesitate to reach out to Debi!
LISA TWOHIG

CLIENT

Debi’s Interior Design background is a perfect alignment to my homewares e-commerce brand, she bought life to my vision for the collections. Care was taken with representing true colours and the photos were supplied in flexible formats. Debi understood my brand and I’m blown away by the quality and beauty of her photography. I could have never achieved this look on my own.
FULLER FLIPS

CLIENT

I’ve been working with Debi for a little over a year for my lifestyle brand and love the images she produces. She is intuitive, professional and goes above and beyond to ensure only the best images are captured and my brand’s story is told through her work.

 

FULLER FLIPS

CLIENT