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        10 Easy Props for Headshots & Branding Photos

        Giving your hands something to do is the first step in feeling comfortable in front of the camera.

        How do i know?

        I’ve been photographing people for decades and I still get weird when I’m on the other side!

        I’ve done my own branding and headshots five times now. It does get easier, but my your gut reaction will probably always be uneasy!

        Branding Is Different From Headshots

        Casual headshots are just that – simple, straightforward, chest up photos of you. Professional headshots are usually a formal version of the same thing.

        Branding is a whole lifestyle approach to your branding message – your social media, your emails, your PDFs, freebie downloads and the like. Its a full catalog of visually cohesive images that match your brand style, voice, and message.

        If your brand is bold and vibrant, you don’t need dark and moody imagery, and vice versa.

        Branding images do many things:

        1. Behind the scenes
        2. Share your processes
        3. Show your workspace/products
        4. Solve client problems
        5. So much more!
        easy props to use in your branding photo session

        Don’t be afraid to put your face everywhere.

        Casual or professional headshots of you should be all over your marketing materials, both digital and print including but not limited to:

        • Email Signature
        • Your Newsletters
        • Newsletter Sign up form
        • Blog posts
        • Website (allll over it!)
        • Google My Business page
        • LinkedIn
        • Website pop ups
        • Freebie downloads
        • Instagram grid
        • Business Cards
        • Sales Page
        • Facebook Ads
        • Landing pages

        People want to know about YOU, behind the product or service you offer. Show them your headshot so they know who they’re working with.

        Here are 10 EASY props to using in your next headshot or branding photo session –

        1. Computer
        2. Jacket/blazer
        3. White board – especially for folks who mostly work on computers
        4. Mug
        5. Books
        6. Binders
        7. Confetti
        8. Industry/niche signage
        9. Phone

        This one may seem weird but it works…

        10. Your fingers!

        Hold up 1, 3 or 5 fingers to make a list!

        “Top 3 Reasons to….”

        “No. 1 mistake I see is….”

        “5 Places to shop for….”

        Alison bell family photographer

        Hey! I’m Alison!

        I’m a choas-coordinating mama to a 4 boy circus and USMC spouse currently in Hampton Roads, specifically in Virginia Beach.

        I’ve been photographing people for decades – since 10th grade to be exact. (Any yearbook nerds with me?!)

        I believe photos, even headshots, should be fun! The best photography is more than technical skill. Its confidence and comfort too! Even if it takes a shot of tequila at 9am.

        So whether it takes a Stress Away oil roll on, a 2000s hip hop playlist, hard liquor or all of the above, reach out and let’s make some magic!

        Alison is the chaos-commanding family photographer in Virginia Beach, VA thriving in the loud & messy offering in home lifestyle, outdoor, and extended family sessions.

        Owner & Photographer of Alison Bell, Photographer, she is also the circus ring leader of four boys, half-homeschooling USMC family.

        Alison offers full-contact family photo sessions with wardrobe styling, sessions that feel like a party and custom print shopping. Even Dad has a good time!

        She's on a mission to get your images in your hand, rather than gathering digital dust! Get an album and print dozens of shots in one place!

        If you can't remember last time your family did photos, its time to chat asap!

        Clients rave about how easy and enjoyable their session is and how their kids wanting to do it again!

        Alison Bell, Photographer serves VA Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk, Cape Charles, and Hampton in Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

        Find her on Insta @alisonbellphotog!

        Hi! I’m Alison!

        I find joy in chaos. The louder, the better!

        I’m a chaos-commanding family photographer thriving in the loud & messy.

        I love freezing time, photographing families in their own element at home, or on the beach!

        I’m  the ring leader of four boy circus, half-homeschooling USMC family, currently in Virginia Beach, VA!

        Follow the antics on IG @alisonbellphotog!