While my blog photos may not be perfect, I like to think they have improved considerably over the past 6 months. And part of that is definitely down to me learning how to make better use of props. I love to use props in my photos, they help to add interest and dimension to a photo. So today I thought I would share my the ten props that every blogger should have. And just remember you don’t have to spend a fortune on props- a lot of these you’ll probably already have lying around the house!
1. White Sheets/Mountboard
Most bloggers, myself included, are a fan of a white background when it comes to their blog photos. Unfortunately, not everybody has a room full of white furniture to make this possible. I recently acquired a lovely white bedside table that I can use for my photos, but before that I had to get creative. One of my favourite props for getting a white background, was an A3 sheet of mountboard. Another way of achieving a white background is through using white bed sheets. I picked up a cheap one and I still use this when I fancy a change from my bedside table.
2. Coffee table books
If you’re anything like me, then you will have a hundred coffee table books lying around. And these books make the perfect props! You can use them behind products to give a lovely background blur, or as something to set a product on top of, or simply as a prop in a flatlay. And if you are in need of cheap books then check out TK Maxx, that’s where I get 99% of mine!
3. Flower/ flower petals
Flowers and petals are a great prop for photos! If you’re not a fan of fresh flowers, then fake flowers are always a great option, and also helps to work out cheaper. I also love using dried petals like these in my photos. I just find they give such a romantic feel to my pictures, and are the perfect accompaniment to underwear pictures in particular.
4. Wrapping Paper
A few months ago I bought three rolls of wrapping paper from TK Maxx, and they make lovely alternatives to a white background. To make them easier to use I wrapped pieces of cardboard in them and not they are easily placed in and out of photos.
Most of us tend to buy magazines, and they can make the perfect backgrounds for photos! I love to use magazines when I’m photographing on my bed, I find they help to give it a casual ‘thrown together’ feel.
I love adding necklaces to my photos. I usually place them in front of the object I am photographing, to help give that pretty blur that I love to have in all my photos. You can also add rings, earrings, bracelets… items almost all of us have lying around!
Similar to magazines, I love to use my glasses in photos that I am taking on my bed. I have two pairs from Lipsy that I switch between (depending on which pair I am actually wearing) and they both add a cute touch. Now I know not everybody has glasses, but if you don’t you can also use your sunglasses, though obviously this adds a different appearance.
8. Bowls and mugs
I don’t know about you, but I have so many pretty mugs and bowls that I have bought simply because of how cute they are! Half of them I don’t even use because I’m afraid of breaking them, so they are perfect to use in photos!
9. Blankets and throws
I love adding blankets/throws to my pictures, they really add a coziness and texture to them. I have two that I generally like to use- one white fluffy throw, and one grey blanket (that I ‘borrowed’ from my mum. Oops). In particular I love to use the grey and I like to pair it with a pink bed sheet I have. It just makes for the perfect colour scheme.
I have a few birthday cards that I have kept because they have a cute quote or saying on them (generally relating to gin). I also have a few lovely prints that I have bought from various bloggers etsy’s or from TK Maxx. These make for great backdrops to photos. They also make for a great main focus if you looking a little change.
What blogging props do you like to use?
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