Whether you are a relationship coach, self-care guru, or food blogger more than likely before you can make any Valentines Day plans you’ll be thinking of what visuals you can create to grab the attention of your audience on such a popular holiday. Valentines Day is a great holiday to engage with your audience because love is such a broad and all encompassing topic. It’s also a fun way to show your audience some love and appreciation. Creating visuals includes many components and can feel stressful if you’re not sure where to start. Since props can be a very important component to consider- I thought it would be a good place to start. Today I’m helping you by sharing 7 fun props to incorporate into your Valentines Day visuals.

When thinking of props, the first thing you should consider is what you’re trying to convey. What words come to mind for the mind of photos you want to create? For Valentines Day it could be love, hate, galentines, self-love, or maybe even nostalgia. Once you’ve narrowed it down to what emotion you want to convey, then you can start to choose which props will help you do that effectively and fit into your aesthetic. So lets get started.

7 Fun Props to Incorporate into Your Valentines Photo Shoot

  1. Flowers – Flowers can convey so many emotions. Whether dead or alive, vibrant petals or dried petals, a lot can be inferred from just seeing a flower in a photo. A single rose could convey a sweet romantic gesture while a dozen or more flowers could convey luxury. Your options are endless when it comes to using flowers as a prop.
  2. Food (cakes, candies) - lets be honest, food is a love language. It’s definitely a way we share love. The right kinds of food in photos can convey nostalgia – like the sweet lollipop Valentines I’m sure we all passed out as kids. It could even convey creativity to a couple looking for a fun and creative cooking idea. Food can tell a great story. 
  3. Lights - What’s more whimsical than lights? If magical is the emotion you’re going for then purchasing starry string led lights may be the way to go. 
  4. Books – Depending on how books are staged, they can communicate an array of emotions. An open book highlighting loving words might be romantic. While a book with a burning page could remind you of a love lost. There’s so much you can do with books to evoke the desired emotion.
  5. Jewelry – Jewelry is a known gift for holidays like Valentines Day, anniversaries, birthdays, and more. If you’re a product-based business that sells jewelry this one’s for you. Jewelry can tell stories of promises and commitment, love, and dedication. 
  6. Blankets - Think lazy Sunday in bed, cozy night in with the kids, and even Netflix and chill.  Blankets add layers, warmth, and texture to a photo. Blankets can also give off a feeling of familiarity, coziness, and nurturing.
  7. People - As weird as this may sound, people are the best props! Seeing a person in a photo makes it easier to see yourself in that person. It makes it easier to connect. People convey emotions better than any prop can and emotions trigger engagement. If I could recommend any prop, it would be people. They tell the best stories without saying a word!

Finding props for photos doesn’t have to be stressful. A little planning can go along way. I hope more than anything I’ve inspired you to get out there and create some crazy creative Valentines Photos. If you use any of these tips when you post your photo on Instagrarm tag me @KelleyWithLove, because I’d love to see it and support you!