Katy Texas, credit Crystal Glade
The bluebonnet photo is a Texas tradition. Each year families take to the fields around Texas Hill Country to capture southern spring in all her glory. While Mother Nature certainly does a great job providing us this gorgeous backdrop for family photos, sometimes it’s fun to add a little something extra to make your pictures stand out. Below are six prop ideas to make your bluebonnet photos even more memorable.
1. Buckets of Fun
An antique bucket or washtub is a great prop, especially if you have babies or small children. A metal or wooden bucket provides a rustic focal point in a beautiful field of bluebonnets and makes for an adorable vintage photo opportunity.
2. Grab a Chair
A shabby chic wooden chair, a pretty white wicker chair, or even an overstuffed plush chair – any of these will work, as long as you don’t mind toting it around! A chair provides contrast to a nature scene and offers dimension for group shots. It also allows for a variety of poses for solo portraits.
3. Bring Your Blanket
A blanket is practically a necessity for any outdoor shoot, a blanket provides a more comfortable seating space for your photo subjects. It also allows them to be photographed at ground level, literally amongst the flowers. Bluebonnet photos look great with a vintage quilt for a country look. Bring something white and lacy for a more classic or romantic shot.
4. Frame It
Utilizing frames in a bluebonnet photo is a fun way to create emphasis on a particular subject or subjects. By literally “framing” your subject, you can determine where the eye goes when viewing the picture. Frames can be ornate or simple – some metallic spray paint works wonders on a basic wooden frame. An old barn window, a decorative gate, or a wagon wheel can also be used to frame your subject.
5. Bring out the Boots
Nothing says “Texas” quite like cowboy boots. The combination of boots and bluebonnets is an instant classic. In addition to the traditional cowboy look, little kids in big boots, a long, flowing skirt with boots peeking out the bottom, or a family shot featuring boots of different sizes are all cute options for using this Texas staple in your bluebonnet photos.
6. Go Full Texan
It’s no secret that Texans are proud of their state! That’s why it’s fun to “go big” and add even more Texas flair to an already quintessentially Texan photo, by adding a distinctly Texas prop. Whether waving the state flag, drinking a Big Red, or sporting your favorite Aggies/Longhorns/Spurs/Cowboys gear, there’s no such thing as too much Texas in a bluebonnet photo!
Whatever props you decide to use, remember to respect your bluebonnet fields: tread lightly, clean up after yourself, and beware of local wildlife. Bluebonnets are only around for a short time, so get outside, start snapping photos – and enjoy the beauty of springtime in Texas!
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