Blog props. They literally used to be the bane of my life. I have always felt so much pressure to have amazing blog photos but not quite the right equipment to do it with. Until I realised creating good photos for my blog is all about photographing what I love. Unfortunatley I am not lucky enough to own a snazzy camera (Olympus hola at me). However I don’t let that stop me taking photos for my blog with what I have.
Currently I have an iPhone 7 and my charming boyfriend has an iPhone 8+ (and lets my borrow it occasionally to snap my photos, thanks boo) And to be honest the quality is good enough for me right now. So really I want to make a little public service announcement to all the bloggers who don’t feel as though they don’t have the right equipment. Trust me you do, start with what you have a slowly build up, if you can. There is no set formula to blogging and photos and the style of photos are just that.
So what props do I use?
Blog props for photography. I believe that they are important. They are all about creating a theme and aesthetic around your blog. I am personally a huge fan of a detailed flatly, centralising a product. However blog props felt like an extra expense to me. It took me a while before I realised that there’s so much I can use that will cost me so little (if anything).
So my lovely readers, I’m sharing three things that you can go out and get for yourself, with a little or no money.
A lot of gorgeous blog photos have a beautiful background. I think white space on a blog photo is totally fine however, having a great patterned background is just as good if not better. It serves photos like flatlays really well and just makes the photo look so much more fuller.
But where can you get so many variations? Easy. Homebase and B&Q or any DIY store. You can pick up a range of wallpaper samples for free. You can take quite a large amount and just enough for a good flatlay background. of course I would recommend doing this regularly but taking just a couple. I would recommend keeping your background to two of three anyway, to keep a consistent theme. Perhaps add one in every season change, just to keep it fresh on your blog and insta.
Another great tip is to use, magazine cover, they are usually super creative and colourful. A great way to compliment your photo.
These are my go to blog props for sure. Partly because I just love flowers so a floral theme just makes sense when it comes to my blog and instagram.
Of course you can buy real flowers from your local supermarket but if you want a longer lasting solutions, fake petal and flowers might be the way go to. Recently on a blog prop trip to hobby craft I purchased the most beautiful fake flowers (intended for weddings) but they work brilliantly for my blog prop photos. They come in all colours and style perfect those who want the floral theme. I think this only cost me around £4 for the whole tub.
Another great find in hobbycraft. One thing that this store is super good at doing, is making sure all seasonal crafty items are front and centre. One thing I would is not to take blog prop shopping too seriously. Just enjoy looking around and thinking how you can use each item. For my autumn props, I thought about what colours I wanted use and how each item could make the photo look interesting and engaging.
So there you have it, three easy tips to not break the bank but still compliment your blogging hobby. I love taking photos and learning each and every time. Remember there is no set formula to blog photos and I encourage you to do you.
Once you’re done with that, check out my other blog post on photo editing tips for instagram and your blog!