Since I work on location, I want to talk more about where I like to plan the sessions and what I use for these sessions. I tend to cater to a variety of photography niches. This enables me to gain a great deal of experience. I also get the perk of meeting more people. I will break this down by each type of service I offer.
Location: Usually a chapel, or outdoor wedding venue. I prefer to shoot by water or by woods.
Props: Glitter, confetti poppers, silly string, smoke bombs, sometimes an old chair.
Couple & Engagement Portraits
Locations: Usually I prefer outdoor venues, on occasions like valentine's day I do studio backgrounds.
Props: Glitter, confetti poppers, having clients write sentimental notes, have the client bring rings or anything that was significant to their relationship.
Locations: Outdoor venues are good, a park helps kids stay happy and make for good candid's. Occasionally studio portraits for special events.
Props: Glitter, chairs, blankets, teddies, silly string, flowers.
Locations: Mainly in studio space with a plain backdrop. If they have access to an office or their work environment I prefer to do some shots there. Some clients request outdoor venues so I stick to woods.
Props: a reflector to control light, sometimes studio lighting.
Concerts & Public Events
Locations: Wherever the event is usually a big venue and sometimes an outdoor venue.
Props: None usually these shots are very candid.
Locations: The client's home usually, otherwise I suggest a park. I prefer to photograph pets in their naturally relaxed state.
Props: Treats, sometimes toys.
Locations: Studio or wherever the product is used, in-action photos are good.
Props: Water, ice, lighting, charms, candy, glitter, sand.
These are the props I use and where I tend to have sessions. Leave a comment if you have other suggestions or thoughts.