8 Winter Photo Props You Can Use for Photos

Are you looking for winter inspiration for photos? Here are seven winter photo props you can use for photos!

The temperatures are dropping, the sun is setting at 4pm, and the Christmas lights are coming out. It’s officially the Holiday season in the Pacific Northwest and I’ve been inspired to take photos around the city.

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If you’re looking for winter photo props this season, this blog post is for you! Here are a few easy photo props you can use for your next photo shoot:

1. Scarves

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Scarves are an easy prop to pose with during the fall and winter season because you’re probably already wearing a scarf. One photography tip for scarves is to throw them towards the camera for a fun action shot. It adds movement to your frame and it’s different than just standing there posing with a scarf on.

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2. Coffee/Starbucks Cups

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If you’re hanging out in a cabin in the woods or maybe out in Whidbey Island, bring your coffee cup into your photo. If you’re wandering around the city, grab a Starbucks cup. Coffee is always an easy prop to pose with for photos.

If you’re looking for other coffee shops in Seattle besides Starbucks, make sure you check out 10 Most Instagrammable Coffee Shops in Seattle.

Starbucks cup

3. Tinsel

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Maddy and I got together after Thanksgiving to start shooting December content. She had so many great winter/Christmas props! Both of us reached for the tinsel as we got ready to shoot. You can drape tinsel around your shoulders or wrap it around your body for a fun shot!

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4. Christmas ornaments

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If you celebrate Christmas, Christmas ornaments are always fun to pose with. Christmas ornaments come in all shapes and sizes. For a fun action shot, I recommend tossing the Christmas ornaments in the air. Capturing this photo takes several times though – so just be patient!

Also, I recommend buying plastic ornaments if you plan on tossing them into the air. You don’t want to use glass ornaments because they might break if they hit the ground!

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Christmast ornaments

5. Wreaths

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There are so many great Christmas wreaths around Seattle! If you’re looking to pick up a wreath, I recommend either stopping by Swanson’s Nursery or Ravenna Gardens in University Village. Since we don’t have space for a Christmas tree in our apartment, I usually pick up a wreath to hang inside!

Christmas wreath

6. Poinsettias

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My mom loves poinsettias so I grew up with poinsettias around the house every holiday season. If you’re looking for an easy way to pose with poinsettias, just hold them in your hands! They also make a great backdrop for photos.

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7. Presents

If you’re wrapping presents this holiday season, presents also make a great winter prop to pose with! One winter prop hack I have is to wrap an empty Amazon or shoe box with wrapping paper. That way you don’t actually have to bring the presents from under your tree to your photo shoot location!

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8. Snow

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If you’re lucky enough to get snow where you live, snow is a natural winter prop you can include in your photos. Karya and I were attempting to shoot spring photos around Pike Place Market last February and it started snowing! I was originally wearing a spring dress but I changed back into my winter sweater and scarf when the snow started coming down.

Snow at Pike Place Market

What other winter prop ideas do you have for photos?

For more photo tips and ideas, you can also check out:

10 Easy Photo Prop Ideas for Your Next Photo Shoot

Photography Posing Ideas for Instagram: 8 New Poses to Try

How to Pose Sitting Down  

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Thank you for reading!

Love,

Emma

Photos: Karya Schanilec & Holly Phan & Maddy 

5 Comments

  1. December 9, 2019 / 12:16 pm

    love this ! such fun ideas im definitely going to try these out for my instagram 🙂

  2. December 10, 2019 / 2:05 am

    Great suggestions as usual! And it looks like you had so much fun shooting those photos too!

    I definitely need to start paying more attention to my blog / Instagram photos and make the use of props more, plan my outfits better, etc.

    • Mary
      December 13, 2019 / 7:52 pm

      Okay I now want to do a winter photo shoot!!

  3. December 11, 2019 / 11:30 am

    Always love your blog posts Emma!!

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