Just a quick post (that I'd meant to put up around Halloween-time, haha, due to the demonic-looking umbrella eyes pic) to show just how versatile and fun an umbrella can be as a photo prop.
Different umbrellas, TOTALLY different feel to the photos :)
You can give one to your kid and have them jump around with it - if you capture it just right, it looks like they're floating :) Sort of cliche, yes, but really cute! I wish I'd had him stand just a little bit closer to the edge of the stage (says no mother ever!) so that the shadow of his feet would have better shown that he was off the ground...
You can use one to make your infant look demon possessed... Maybe not everyone's cup of tea. It was not my intention, but we just happened to have this red umbrella up over the table in the back yard and it was reflecting these, well, red pentagram-looking shapes into the baby's eyes, so... I took some pictures.
You can use one (a golden flash reflector, no less!) to take weird, apocalyptic self-portraits... The 'toxic' bubbles that were supposed to be raining down on me from the bubble machine didn't work out for this photo - too many elements to get just right, too much wind, and not enough time...