Play with backgrounds
Every little detail contributes to the visual appeal of your image, and so does the background. Avoid cluttered backgrounds, and leave outside the frame anything that doesn’t contribute to your composition and doesn’t make your photo better.
Take advantage or rad doors, funky walls, buildings, skylines, trees, etc. – even if they are not the focus of your picture, they can really add to it.
Don’t be afraid to direct an image and use props. Colorful balloons, flowers, suitcases, that pretty polka-dot coffee cup – whatever works for your frame, use it to tell your visual story better.