740+ Mini Session, Location & Prop Ideas for Photographers

I love this new bundle we have on the store. We are taking some of our best idea products and combining them so you can get as many ideas as possible! 

These are perfect for your session planning guides, client guides, emails and to get inspired!

Bundle Includes:

300 Out Of The Box Mini Session Ideas

200 Unique Location Ideas for Photographers

240 Creative Prop Ideas for Photographers


What you'll receive in 300 Out Of The Box Mini Session Ideas:

Note from Brooke: You know what I love about this product? Even if you don't shoot mini sessions it gives you 300 session ideas! Need some creative ideas for a family or engagement session? HERE YOU GO! So many uses it's unbelievable! 

Coming up with mini session ideas can be fun… until you realize that you’ve got a bajillion photos to edit, a ton of sessions to shoot, and no time to sit and brainstorm! So you know what we did? We brainstormed for you.

That’s right! We put some professional heads together and brainstormed for weeks to come up with 50 pages of creative mini session ideas that all photographers can use. Further, the ideas come with tips for marketing, how to set it up, and offers advice for when to network with area businesses to make the most of your session. Also note that these mini session ideas work for both one-off customized sessions, or traditional mini sessions where you have five to 10 in a row on the same day.

We have mini session ideas for family, children, maternity, newborn, adult, wedding, engagement, boudoir, and senior photographers, and we cover all the holidays (plus some you may not have thought of). Whether you find yourself in a marketing rut, or you simply want a little inspiration, all you need to do is open this document and BAM – ideas galore!

Did we mention we have sample mini session pricing packages included!  

You'll receive a pdf with the 300 mini session ideas and tips! 

     Scroll below to see samples! 


    What you'll receive with 200 Unique Location Ideas for Photographers:

    Ever had a client say, "Have any ideas on where we can have our session?" Well now you have 200 ideas you can send over to them. It's really that easy, pick and choose the ones you like and put those ideas in an email and your done! Voila! I love how you can look through this and the creativity is instantly there!

    See sample locations below!

    If you’ve ever found yourself in a creative rut as a photography, the number one thing you can do to remove yourself is to step out of your comfort zone.


    Those tried-and-true locations you’ve been using for years? They’re wonderful. They’re fabulous. They’ve given you some truly remarkable photos for your portfolio. And though we’d never urge you to retire them completely, we do stand by the idea that creative growth can only happen when you push yourself. One way to do that is to shoot somewhere new.

    This guide is as straightforward as they come, but we’re positive you’ll find it to be a very giving fountain of inspiration. In it, we share 200 different location ideas for both indoor and outdoor photographs. Even if you’re exclusively an outdoor photographer, you’ll be able to use the indoor suggestions for rainy days (or as a way to change things up). Along with each suggestion, we’ve provided helpful tips and suggestions for making the most out of the locale.


    200 Unique Location Ideas includes the following:

    • A quick guide
    • 100 Location ideas for outdoors
    • 100 location ideas for indoors
    • Suggestions and tips for making the most of each location
    • Suggestions work for ALL niches of photography, though they’re especially ideal for families, couples, children, maternity, engagement, pets, seniors, and boudoir. (Essentially sessions where the photographer has more creative say regarding locale, which may not always be the case for birthing, fresh 48, or wedding).

    Please note: This guide does not include images of the actual locations.

    What you'll receive with 240 Creative Prop Ideas for Photographers:

    Do you ever get a client that asks, "Have any unique ideas for our upcoming session?" Literally, now you do! Copy and paste these ideas to send to your clients for a unique session experience.  Put these ideas in a welcome packet or on your site! 

    We know you’re juggling a lot of things right now — those things being cameras (literally), clients, and a backlog of photos to process. To say you might be feeling overworked could be a bit of an understatement, which is why here at BP4U we’re all about lightening your load. And our newest product? Well, it does just that.

    After many hours of brainstorming, we’ve created a very, very long list of 240 different prop suggestions that you can begin using in your upcoming sessions as soon as today. The idea isn’t to inundate your photo or detract from your subjects with the prop, but rather to seamlessly incorporate props that elevate your photography. Our prop guide helps you do that by listing categorizing the prop suggestions into 11 different photography niches. Each idea has a short explanation for how you can use the prop in your session, as well.

    In addition to taking and using these prop ideas at face value, you can also let them inspire your own ideas, well. Because once those creative juices start flowing, it’s hard to turn off the nozzle! Another thing you can do with these ideas is copy and paste them into an email, onto your website, or into a pamphlet or brochure that you share with your clients. By sharing the prop ideas with them, you all can brainstorm together to devise the perfect shoot!

    240 Creative Prop Ideas includes the following:

    • 25 Wedding Prop Ideas
    • 25 Engagement Session Prop Ideas
    • 20 Newborn Session Prop Ideas
    • 25 Maternity Session Prop Ideas
    • 20 Birth/Fresh 48 Session Prop Ideas
    • 25 Family Session Prop Ideas
    • 20 Kids Session Prop Ideas
    • 20 Senior Portraits Session Prop Ideas
    • 20 Boudoir Session Prop Ideas
    • 20 Studio Session Prop Ideas
    • 20 Pet Portrait Session Prop Ideas

       Scroll below to see samples! 

      **Please note, all BP4U guides are ebooks and will be delivered electronically!**


      • 300 Out Of The Box Mini Session Ideas:

        Elf On The Shelf Mini Session, or Christopher Pop-In-Kins in Kins Mini Sessions:

        (If you’re unfamiliar, Christopher Pop-in-Kins is similar to the Elf on the Shelf)

        Have the child read the book with their elf sitting on something next to them, but far enough away that they won’t touch the elf. Have the client bring in the Elf on the Shelf nonchalantly so that the child does not see you placing the Elf on the setup. You want to maintain that elf mystery and magic, after all!

        May The 4th Be With You Mini Session

        This is a Star Wars themed mini session that takes place on or around the Fourth of May. You could hold these in your studio and set up a Star Wars theme, or you can set this up at an outside location. Have them wear their Star Wars costume and bring a light saber. You can even host a lightsaber fight.

        Puppy Cake Smash

        This is similar to a one-year-old baby’s cake smash session, but instead you have a one-year-old fur baby eating cake for theirbirthday! If you are getting the cake for this session, make sure it has doggy-approved ingredients. These days, there are many gourmet pet bakeries (barkeries!), so consider this an opportunity to collaborate and network!

        Camping Mini Session

        Camping is a great family activity in the spring and summer, and presents tons of photo opportunities! Head to a nearby campsite — or even set up a tent in the backyard — and capture all those fun camping activities.

        Weight Loss Mini Session

        A client who’s beginning a weight loss journey would love to take advantage of this. Have a mini session before they begin and after to document the progress they’re making. This session will make them feel so great about themselves, and you can even offer a discount if they reach their ultimate goal to further incentivize them!

        Sorority Mini Session

        Set up a session at a sorority house to do group shots and then individual headshots for those who want them. Also capture details from the house and shots of groups of friends. This will provide a lot of opportunities for future bookings, as well as print sales!

        200 Unique Location Ideas for Photographers:

        Sample Location Ideas:

        • At an Outdoor Flea Market — You’re guaranteed to get some quirky shots at an outdoor flea market. Shoot in and around booths, next to large décor pieces/signs, and while interacting with trinkets and fun accessories.
        • At a Boat Dock — Use the elements around you, such as stacked canoes or the worn wood, to craft a unique picture.
        • At a Pool — Spring or summer sessions at the pool are bound to be a hit, and you can really play it up with the accessories. Try sunglasses, cute bathing suits, and giant pool floats!
        • On a College Campus — These are often open to the public and the grounds are well taken care of, which makes for gorgeous images! You’ll find they’re less busy during campus-wide holidays and breaks (including summer vacation).
        • On a Farm — If you can secure access, use the tractors and fields of crops as your backdrop. The expansive landscape feels simple, earthy, and really grounded. We love this for all kinds of sessions, including senior pics!
        • At a Brewery — Same idea, only this is ideal for beer lovers. If you’re able to photograph near the fermenting kegs, it could make for some very cool industrial shots.
        • At the Bowling Alley — The shoes, the ball, the nostalgia! This is great for families and couples and will deliver lots of authentic smiles and candid shots.
        • On a Ski Lift — Whether it’s snowy or green outside, a ski lift offers the potential for unique images. Some resorts or cities provide inexpensive lift tickets for people who just want to “go for a ride” without the skis, but if your clients want to ski, as well, have at it!
        • At Indoor Rock Climbing Gym — Sporty clients may dig the idea of shooting at an indoor rock climbing gym. We recommend this for families and couples, or even seniors who excel at climbing.
        • Indoor Jump House/Bouncy House — Though this is obviously great for a children or family session, we think it’s pretty cute/romantic for an e-session, as well!

        240 Creative Prop Ideas for Photographers:


        1. Flickering Candles: Candles add romantic ambiance to a dusk or evening engagement session. Try placing many in a variety of heights/shapes/sizes around a room or outdoor space, place a couple in the background, or on a table between the two lovebirds.
        2. Coffee Mugs: For a cozy-casual shoot, have him and her hold coffee cups while chatting or looking at each other. Shoot in or near a café, at home, or sitting on a stoop.
        3. Sundae: Having them share a sundae on a spring or summer day. Make sure it’s loaded with all the toppings and a cherry!
        4. Skincare Masks: Capture a cute image of them (ideally at the end of their session) both wearing a face mask on their couch. To keep it flattering and sweet, paint on a thin layer of a brightly hued mask with a skincare brush and shoot quickly before it dries.


        1. Packing Boxes or Sign That Spell Out: “Nursery Coming Soon”: Ideally you photograph this in the actual nursery, or perhaps outside with only the boxes and a natural backdrop. Have Mom or Dad sit on and around them, or put them in the corner with the parents in the foreground.
        2. Bicycle with a Tiny Tricycle Attached: Have Mom or Dad standing next to a bicycle (or a tandem one!) and attach a little tricycle to the back. Extra points if they’re colorful or have a vintage vibe.
        3. Vintage Stroller: Have Mom and/or Dad pose around the stroller. Vintage strollers tend to photograph more sweetly than modern versions, but trust your instincts!
        4. “Coming Soon” Sign: Go for a cinema theme with a sign that says, “Coming Soon.” You could even shoot at a movie theater. If you know how to pull strings, ask the theater to put up the sign for you on their marquee.


        1. Kite: Let’s go fly a kite! This prop looks especially good in distance or in landscape shots. Keep it simple and colorful versus over the top.
        2. Vintage Bed: If you’re willing and able, a vintage bed set outside under a tree or in the middle of a sprawling field would make for an epic family shot. You can also move this indoors for a “tucked in” feeling.
        3. Ice Cream Cones: A family that enjoys ice cream together is a family that’s about to have a really sweet (literally) photo session! Make sure you photograph the process of scooping or ordering the cones, too.
        4. Cotton Candy: Same idea as above, only whimsical, lightweight, pastel-hued cotton candy! Get some action shots of the family plucking it and devouring, as well.
        5. Paper Lanterns: If you shoot at dusk, have the family send paper lanterns into the sky, photographing the entire process along the way (including them looking up as they float away).


        1. Piñata: Think of the color, actionable shots, and looks of pure joy you’ll be able to capture with a piñata in tow!
        2. Old Polaroid Camera: Hand over an old polaroid camera and photograph what happens next! Make sure you explain what it is eventually, and snap some good ones of them “shooting.”
        3. Tire or Wooden Swing: Whether sitting or swinging, this is a great prop to elicit smiles and a sense of whimsy.
        4. Fishing Pole: Hit the pond with a pole, tackle, and bait and set yourself up for some great pictures. Feel free to add a “gone fishin’” sign into the mix, or a classic straw hat!

        There’s 223 more ideas where this came from! This product is such a timesaver. Even if you’ve done some of the ideas, this explains all the options in a professional way so you don’t have to!

      • This product is subject to the copyright of BP4U – © BP4U 2010-2019. All rights reserved. Disclaimer: These are suggested session ideas only. Under no circumstance shall BP4U and any affiliates or partners of BP4U be responsible or liable for such sessions. Under no circumstance shall BP4U and any affiliates or partners of BP4U be responsible or liable for any reason including but not limited to any claims made or any issues that arise out of any of the session ideas, the photographer is completely liable and responsible for the sessions they offer. It is the photographer’s responsibility to check local, state and federal laws that may pertain to any sessions they offer. It’s up to the photographer to obtain permission for certain sessions that may contain copyrighted characters or session themes. It is the photographer’s responsibility to research copyright laws when using characters or sessions themes. It is the photographer’s responsibility to make sure their sessions are in accordance with the law.

        Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents for any purpose is prohibited. This product was made for the purpose of educational use for professional photographers. It is not to be resold or redistributed for any purpose, including, but not limited to: sharing in workshops, lectures, or other classroom settings.

        If you'd like to use any of our products for the purpose of group education, please contact BP4U directly at bp4uguides@gmail.com to see our bulk rates.

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