I love Tamara's video showing her $250 budget design challenge: http://youtu.be/G6dPk9dEzQU But I don't actually have a studio - I'm an on-location shooter. What are some of the essential props in YOUR "on the go" kit that you bring with you to children's portrait shoots?
in my on-location bag are little gummiballs, and soap bubbles, and a funny hat for me - to make sometimes a little show ;)
i ask parents to bring a favorite toy. Sometimes its great to lighten them up and break the ice - and they still have something from their own comfort zone. and if this toy is in the pics - they will be happy down the track - to have a photo with the loved bunny.
I am always happy to get as well new ideas :)
I JUST bought tis course, downloading the files right now, and will have more to add after I watch it. But one important tool to me is the big 5-in-1 Wescott round reflector, and an assistant that can track the ever-moving kids and keep the fill light on them, lol!