Portraits with Props: Weekly Photography Challenge

Portraits with Props: Weekly Photography Challenge



As a followup to our recent post on Adding Interest to your Portraits with Props we thought it might be fun to do one of our weekly challenges on the topic.

So this week your challenge is to take and share a portrait photo that has some kind of ‘prop’. Really it can be any kind of prop (subtle or not) that you like whether it be some element of clothing (a hat, scarf etc), an accessory (sunglasses), having your subject hold something (flowers, balloons, an umbrella) or do something (type on a computer, blow a bubble with gum, ride a bike) or anything else.

Have some fun with it!

Once you’ve taken and selected the ‘Portrait with Props’ image that you’d like to share – upload it to your favourite photo sharing site or blog and either share a link to it or – embed them in the comments using our embed tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSPROP to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks challenge – Backyard challenge where there were some great shots submitted.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Patrick November 27, 2012 01:30 pm

    This little guy doesnt need props for confidence, though they do help keep him still long enough to get a shot ;)


  • Tina November 25, 2012 02:39 am

    She's A Prefect Test Subject. My little peanut is growing up so fast!

    [eimg url='http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=329497277157619&set=pb.285962921511055.-2207520000.1353771489&type=3&theater' title='photo.php?fbid=329497277157619&set=pb.285962921511055.-2207520000.1353771489&type=3&theater']

  • pyjamarama November 23, 2012 06:21 am

    Cool, think I got it figured out. Had to adjust image links in Photobucket

  • pyjamarama November 23, 2012 06:17 am


  • pyjamarama November 23, 2012 05:59 am

    I am apparantley in the same boat as Emily Swoboda. My posts never work for the photography challenges. The images dont appear. But they always appear in the weekly assignments. Can someone take a minute, to try and explain why?? I am using Photobucket, and never have a problem with weekly assignments.

  • Raluca Melania November 22, 2012 06:45 pm

    self portrait with props...sort of... :)


  • Ben Chapman November 21, 2012 09:42 am


  • Ben Chapman November 21, 2012 09:22 am

  • Emily Swoboda November 20, 2012 08:43 am

    My posts never work. What am I doing wrong? Am I here? I feel an existential crisis coming on!

  • bethany ogdon November 20, 2012 07:45 am

    OK, I didn't go for working on making a good, sharp photo for this challenge. The topic reminded me of some of the first photos I took last summer with my first (and only) dslr. Couldn't pass up using one for this. The portrait serves as documentation of the subject's frantic attempts to finish cleaning an apartment before departing on a three continent summer vacation. You can just make out the thinly veiled panic on the face. Lots of props! (Heavily processed, obviously.)


  • Usha November 20, 2012 12:42 am

    Real Happiness...
    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8477/8198080755_b7a8983b0f_m.jpg' title='8198080755_b7a8983b0f_m.jpg']

  • NgeeJee November 19, 2012 04:21 pm

    have been wanted to shoot a portrait with red running cloth for a long time, finally get to do it, in light drizzle in the middle of the Malaysian Rain Forest. All comments and criticism are welcomed! =D

    The same image on 500px.

  • Rebecca Kingdon November 19, 2012 11:24 am

    My friend and her teddy bear.[eimg url='http://rebeccakingdon.wix.com/photos#!portfolio/vstc1=portraits/slideshow77=4' title='slideshow77=4']

  • ykj November 19, 2012 10:26 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/familyphotographer/8195375569/' title='IMGP8522 copy' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8199/8195375569_117db67efa.jpg']

  • Owen Milks November 19, 2012 04:37 am

    First Submit. Soooo nervous. LOL

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/90230126@N06/8197193656/' title='IMG_2520_620' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8486/8197193656_27da8412a9_c.jpg']

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/90230126@N06/8196100737/' title='IMG_2545_620' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8210/8196100737_42446706ce.jpg']

  • Emily Swoboda November 19, 2012 04:19 am

    From a maternity shoot (of my best friend) on Friday.

    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8337/8196033531_77e282f850_m.jpg' title='8196033531_77e282f850_m.jpg']

  • Lynet Witty November 19, 2012 04:01 am

    [eimg url='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Ad7slFANxZg/UICBbWcJj8I/AAAAAAAAMJQ/iQMbG4-3Hec/s1600/DSC_1280.JPG' title='DSC_1280.JPG']

  • Tom O'Connor November 19, 2012 03:02 am

    This is one of my absolute favorites of my daughter:


  • Mei Teng November 19, 2012 02:25 am


  • Mei Teng November 19, 2012 02:22 am

    [eimg url='https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BPvXPE9PusY/UKj31Rk9yQI/AAAAAAAAWfI/JEZ1HrivOkQ/s512/IMG_3003.jpg' title='IMG_3003.jpg']

  • Stephanie November 19, 2012 01:14 am

    The prop is my glasses. I don't usually include them so used them to pose.

  • Lukas Stewart November 19, 2012 12:18 am

    i cant seem to comment. third try.

    Does paint count as a prop?

  • Lukas Stewart November 19, 2012 12:14 am

    Does paint count as a prop?
    RED by Lukas Stewart

  • Agro November 18, 2012 11:54 pm

    Here's mine:
    [eimg url='http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/5521/img94181400.jpg' title='img94181400.jpg']

    My other portrait works (mainly Japanese models) can be seen at http://www.facebook.com/meibi.shashin

  • Fábio Petry November 18, 2012 11:36 pm


  • Jesse Adams November 18, 2012 06:59 am


  • Guigphotography November 18, 2012 06:12 am

    This is soooo much fun! I photographed some work colleagues as criminal alter egos. Plenty of excuses to play with props! This is one of my faves from the set.

  • Unithra November 18, 2012 04:38 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/unithra/6878547280/' title='' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7107/6878547280_984986b532.jpg']

    Captured this for my friend on a dry forest trip.

  • Gary Paakkonen November 18, 2012 03:16 am


    A night shot of my daughter smoking with an umbrella and a goofy fedora. I had a remotely fired sppedlight mounted inside the umbrella to hightlight the smoke. Another speedlight to camera right to light her face and the umbrella :)

  • Gary Paakkonen November 18, 2012 03:12 am

    [url=http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Portraits/Portraits/14636542_vtw6pC#!i=1857102596&k=MsccX7K&lb=1&s=A][eimg url='http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Portraits/Portraits/i-MsccX7K/2/M/_GPP1282-Edit-Edit-M.jpg' title='_GPP1282-Edit-Edit-M.jpg'][/url]

    Umbrella, hat and ciggy for props

  • Thomas November 18, 2012 01:54 am

    First self portrait
    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8348/8188750337_535a71984c.jpg' title='8188750337_535a71984c.jpg']

  • Jeff E Jensen November 18, 2012 01:51 am

    Here's some images from a recent senior portrait shoot.


  • Matthias November 18, 2012 01:40 am

    Hey Inkid, I like your shot a lot. Very inspiring!

  • Adam November 18, 2012 12:54 am

    This guy was in a little hole-in-the-wall fish and chips shop.

    [eimg url='http://www.adamlem.ca/photography/dps/dpsprop.jpg' title='dpsprop.jpg']

  • Roberth November 17, 2012 11:15 pm

    My Creative Self-Portrait
    [eimg url='http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/8813/robstudio1280x768.jpg' title='robstudio1280x768.jpg']

  • blueb3ll November 17, 2012 09:03 pm




  • Bloch Léa November 17, 2012 07:31 pm

    Instant taken in a wedding. With Canon EOS dII mark.

  • Steven Dempsey November 17, 2012 03:42 pm

    [eimg url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8488/8176552007_080e721ff6.jpg' title='8176552007_080e721ff6.jpg']

  • inkid November 17, 2012 11:28 am

    sharing my version, cheers

  • inkid November 17, 2012 11:28 am

    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/13696711@N06/6193852219/][eimg url='http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6029/6193852219_8699fa188d_n.jpg' title='6193852219_8699fa188d_n.jpg'][/url]
    [url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/13696711@N06/6193852219/]Warming up[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/13696711@N06/]inkid[/url], on Flickr

  • Scottc November 17, 2012 11:12 am

    I'm not sure this one qualifies, it was a "real" glass of wine......


  • Matthias November 17, 2012 08:49 am

    Here's mine... A shot called "Cool Blue" from late July 2012 in the subway tunnels below Montreal. Been wanting to include that red cloth into a portrait session for a long time and was very happy with the results when I finally did.

    [eimg url='http://www.knowingme.org/wp-content/uploads/Fig-8-Final-Result.jpg' title='Fig-8-Final-Result.jpg']

  • Marcy November 17, 2012 08:30 am


  • Jesse Peraza November 17, 2012 08:29 am

    Holding a box cutter.

    [eimg url='http://500px.com/photo/17046801' title='17046801']

  • Steve Pottenger November 17, 2012 07:36 am

    Rachael Hanel is writing her memoir about growing up as a gravedigger's daughter titled WE'LL BE THE LAST ONES TO LET YOU DOWN.

    We shot promotional images for her last week. Some were standard poses and others a little different. It was great to get creative and Rachael was totally up for it.

  • Marcy November 17, 2012 07:16 am

    My prop was my garage door, which I had just tagged with graffiti:

  • Jai Catalano November 17, 2012 06:57 am

    Yes. Portraits with props.


  • giladr November 17, 2012 06:56 am

    Bert and the hat:

    [eimg url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7109/8162564460_cd3a3952d0_z.jpg' title='8162564460_cd3a3952d0_z.jpg']

  • Aitor November 17, 2012 06:48 am

    [url=http://aitortug.smugmug.com/Art/Fashon/17427533_b45Lb7#!i=2062374049&k=xFXGZhb&lb=1&s=A][eimg url='http://aitortug.smugmug.com/Art/Fashon/i-xFXGZhb/0/L/IMG_1794-L.jpg' title='IMG_1794-L.jpg'][/url]

  • joshi daniel November 17, 2012 06:23 am

    Holding a walking stick http://joshidaniel.com/2012/08/15/201/