Did you know that just like any other part of our lives photography also goes through fashion trends. Things change with fashion in general and photography seems to follow that same trend.
An example right now would be the vintage trend. Isn’t it just beautiful? Flowers in cute little jars, lace, ribbons, bunting and I could go on. These things are all so sweet, feminine and in high demand right at this moment.
Just like fashion there is nothing (and I sincerely mean nothing) wrong with wishing to use props in images. It can be super effective and beautiful. As a timeless photographer I wanted to share why I personally am not following this current (or any other) fashion trend.
You might be thinking “hang on a minute Susan Wall – you do have props in your images, I see them on your blog here”. Well you would be correct indeed. BUT these props are there entirely for a reason; and that reason is not fashion trends. A teddy bear in an image belongs to that child, has a story. A violin in an image is played by the child holding it etc.
Props with meaning, that’s where I am coming from. The prop is used as a way of telling the individual or families story. It is a part of who they are. Some families don’t use props at all, and that too is more then ok.
Here are some examples of props in photographs I have taken:
I want images to out last any type of fashion trend and to not look dated on your walls. The only thing that should age your image is in fact that the subjects are now older. That’s it. I certainly understand – and support – that my style of photography isn’t for every single person, just as fluro clothing isn’t for everyone also. That is why it is important for our industry to have a lot of choices of professional photographers – we need options that suit individuals.
Some examples of images that won’t date, at any stage: