Must-Have Blog Props To Up Your Photography Game

I’ve been going mad over blogger props recently. One of my goals this year was to improve my blog photography, so I got a new camera and I actually went out shopping for blog props (who does that?). Anyway, my budget was £20 and I managed to pick up a few pieces that I can use in my photos over and over. I may need to buy an insta-worthy storage box to keep everything in now!

I thought you guys may be interested in finding out what I look for when I go hunting for props and how to keep it cheap but chic 😌. 

Blog Prop 1: Home Accessories

I like to buy cutesy home accessories that can double up as a prop when need be. One of my faveee tips is to find somewhere that sells wallpaper or flooring (B&Q, Homebase etc) and ask for a sample of your favourite ones. It’s completely free and for flat lays you can use your samples as a fancy background. I doubt every single blogger has white-wash wooden floors, trust me with this tip 🙌🏽.

  • candles
  • fairy lights
  • throws
  • art prints
  • cushions
  • wallpaper
  • tableware
  • trays
  • tech (phone, laptop, tablet)
  • letter light box/blackboard
  • good lookin’ food 😉

…anything geometric, fur, marble, striped or with polka dots really!

Blog Prop 2: Stationary 

Stationary is always a cheap prop! I love going into Tiger for some cool stationary, it’s defo one of my fave shops when I’m looking for some random finds. Tk Maxx is also good to tho!

  • notebooks 
  • wrapping paper
  • paper weights
  • magnets
  • postcards
  • scissors/perspex stapler/paper clips 
  • pencil case 
  • books
  • magazines
  • coloured cardboard

If you’re in Kate Spade Paper Chase or Oliver Bonas you will definitely find some pretty stationary!

Blog Prop 3: Flowers

This is my absolute fave prop! It’s not always easy to buy fresh flowers every week. So I usually use faux flowers because it makes my life 100% easier.

  • peonies
  • hydrangeas
  • roses
  • tulips
  • cherry blossom branches
  • succulents
  • lavender 

My favourite places to shop for faux flowers are Dunelm, eBay , The Artificial Flower Shop and of course IKEA for some succulents! 🌵

Blog Prop 4: Makeup & Accessories

A good tip when you’re trying to do a flat lay photo. If your products keeping rolling about and are difficult to keep in one position, try using a little bit of blue tack to hold it in place!

  • glitter 
  • glasses
  • trinket dishes
  • makeup brushes
  • pretty lipsticks
  • perfume
  • jewellery (rings, bracelets, earrings, watches)
  • nail varnish
  • scarfs 
  • lip balms 

I hope this post helps you to improve your photos! Remember that you don’t need an extravagant budget to take good pictures. So many bloggers stress about this, but it’s totally do-able on an iPhone & with things you can find lying around the house! Get creative ✨😘

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What’s your fave photo tips?

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15 Comments

  • Reply Sarah July 17, 2017 at 6:09 am

    This is super handy! Thanks for sharing your ideas xx

  • Reply Poppy Mayy July 17, 2017 at 6:25 am

    I definitely need to up my blog photo game ❤️ This has given me some much needed inspiration 💕

  • Reply Natasha July 17, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Some great ideas for props! I brought some marble adhesive from wilko for my flat lays

    Tasha x

    http://itsatashathing.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Reply Chloe Dickenson July 17, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    This is such a helpful post! I always struggle to know what things to use as blog props and I tend to just use flowers and makeup but this has definitely inspired me to up my prop game! Xx

  • Reply Nicole July 20, 2017 at 4:29 am

    These are great tips! I always like to incorporate flowers in my photos as they look so good!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

  • Reply Kimmiee July 21, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    OMG the blueback tip is so clever! I would have never thought of that, damn! A lot of thought has to go into getting those perfect photos doesn’t it! Thanks for the lovely advice! xx

    https://thetypicalbeautyblog.wordpress.com

  • Reply Terri July 21, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    I need to get myself some flowers for my flatlays! Always great seeing what props others use 🙂

  • Reply Louise Joy July 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm

    I always like to use scrapbook backgrounds or sometimes craft magazines come with lots of free cute patterned paper x

  • Reply olivia July 22, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    such a handy list! candles, fairy light and books are my go to!

  • Reply Jadirah Sarmad July 23, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Love blog photography ideas! Thanks for this post. 😀 x

    Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

  • Reply Caitlin Houston July 23, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    this was so helpful because I always struggle to decide on what props to use for different photos I’m definitely going to follow this list though and go buy myself some new ones. xx

  • Reply Harriet Day July 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

    I need to get some more blog props, these lists have given me so many more ideas!

    http://www.harrietday.com

  • Reply Helena July 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Blog props come in so handy!

  • Reply Liz August 20, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    I just found your blog and it’s already helping me! I’m seriously trying to up my photography game but I’m struggling, so I need more posts like this in my life. I’ve never been good with a camera but I’m trying!

    Liz | http://efforlescence.com/

  • Reply Lily Indigo August 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    These are fabulous tips! Love your blog! Thanks for sharing x x

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