Chris Hanley is a photographer who specialises in weddings and portraits. He likes to approach his work differently to other photographers and has recently started to do "cherish the dress shoots" a backlash to the harsh trash the dress shoots that are now popular. You can learn more about him and his work at Chris Hanley.
Here's his tip about using props:
"It has not been the best weather this year, but you can make autumn/winter photo shoots fun in the wet by using brightly coloured props. We bought a great selection of fun kids umbrellas from an online auction site."