Being an amateur photographer definitely has its ups and downs. Trying to find your own creative style in a sea of phenomenal, well educated and experienced photographers can be tricky and frustrating. You find inspiration in some many different styles and ideas that it is hard to develop a technique that is uniquely "you".
Living on maui, there are plenty of gorgeous scenes and beautiful people to photograph, but what besides an style of editing can really set you apart? Thats where my props come in! Having a few basic and handy props can add a unique touch to a photo. Below is my list of my top 3 photography props and where you can get them!
1)Fairy Lights: Images with very defined bokeh was what first peaked in my interest in photography. There are so many fun tutorials you can try with fairy lights (peep the bokeh tutorial a few posts back) and they add a little extra something to a photo. Plus, I love having something that my models can also interact with. Having a model hold the lights on one end and wrapping the other around the lens creates a really neat effect! You can purchase fairy lights pretty much anywhere. I got mine at target. They can be very cheap and basic for a few dollars, or bright and multi functioning for a little more money. Here is a link to the fairy lights that target has to offer: Target Fairy Lights 2)Lens Ball: I am still playing around with my lens balls. I have not encountered another photographer who has this item in their bag! It creates a 360 view of whatever is behind the ball. I have seen less expensive options on amazon, but I purchased mine here: Lens Ball
3)Rainbow Sun Catcher: Last but CERTAINLY not least, my favorite prop is the rainbow maker! When the sun is shining, this thing creates MEGA rainbows, unlike I've ever seen a crystal make before. The only place I've seen these (and where I purchased mine) was on amazon: Rainbow Sun Catcher
What are some of your famine go to props when shooting? Leave a comment below and let me know!