When it comes to photography, some props can come in handy. Yes, just like you we do not live in a Pinterest worthy house/apartment (unless you do, and if you do we envy you!). So props help us build the visually perfect setup for photos. Only showing you the bits and pieces we want you to see. Because when it comes to blogging photos or Instagram, what you see only represents I square meter of your home, that was put together especially for a photoshoot (but one day we will have the perfect flat, with the white walls and perfect furniture..).
Props Worth Spending Money On
As well as not living in a picture perfect place, we do not have a tone of money to spend on props or makeup for pretty photos. After 1 year of blogging we have learnt a few things about props, and now know what works and what doesn’t. We also know how to carefully pick our props and not spending money on stuff that will not work. This is what we are going to share with you today!
1. Patterned & coloured backgrounds
One thing we like to play with in our photos are colours! We like to use different colours together, or using patterned backgrounds on half our photos to add a bit of life. For this we use coloured paper. You can get all sorts, pick the ones you fancy! However make sure to choose matt paper and not glossy paper. Glossy paper can reflect light, and that is the last thing we want in a picture! You can also get marble patterned adhesive rolls that you can stick on a piece of wood to have a marble patterned surface. We also love using a slate for some photos!
2. Sequins & sparkles
All our readers probably know it by now, we have a glitter addiction. Not only for fashion. Anything can do! So obviously we love to add sequins and sparkles to our pictures. It’s just a nice addition. Like little shiny stars or heart sprinkled on the flatlay. Just gives a little something extra. We usually use rose gold or golden sequins!
3. Prints & Postcards
Prints and postcards are for adding some motivational and inspirational quotes or just nice images. They are available everywhere now. You can also cut some out from magazines or print them off the internet.
4. Flowers & plants
Fresh flowers are ideal but we get that not everybody has time or the money to get fresh flowers every day. Artificial ones are just as good. We have some that we use and reuse. Same for plants. Cacti and succulents add some green to your pictures and cheer them up! Since they always come in a pot, you can keep them and reuse them as many times as you want.
5. Fashion Magazines & Books
A glossy magazines is a great addition to any picture. They are cheap, shiny and colorful. You can mix them up or take many pictures is one go with different magazines. You can use either the front cover or the inside, it’s up to you but they definitely add something to your pictures. You can also reuse them over and over again, it doesn’t matter if they are out of date, the picture or display (inside & on the cover) will still be great. Same with nice books. If you have a special them colour you can choose books that are the right colour, or if you are into fashion or beauty choose books from that category.
6. Pens, Pencils & Paper Clips
Having a pen or pencil handy is always good, and super useful when taking photos. You can get all sorts of pretty pens and pencils now. Just find the ones you like. Paper clips are also nice to scatter around when doing a flatlay.
Candles are life. To us at least. We’ve been working with a few candle brands lately and using and reusing the products again and again. Because they are just gorgeous! Candles adds some kind of coziness to your picture. Makes it warmer. It’s also an easy and great way to use space and make the picture look more consistent. When the wax has completely burnt, you can use the pot for brushes or makeup storage, which you can also use on your pictures. You can’t go wrong with candles.
8. Trays & Trinkets
using little everyday accessories in your photos will add volume and dynamic to your photo. It will also make your photo look less “staged”. If you think about it, you’ll naturally put your keys or bobby pins in a tray. You’ll fix your necklaces and earrings to a jewellery organizer. Using trays and trinkets helps to create a natural environment and great pictures.
9. Fairy lights & garlands
Fairy lights and garlands in the background are an amazing way to upgrade your pictures. It gives them a mysterious aspect and adds some details. If you are really good at photography and know your camera inside out, you will make the lights blurry in the background which gives a great visual effect! Be careful to choose some with thin wiring (unlike in the picture) otherwise it can quickly take other your picture.
10. Blankets & Throws
Blankets and throws give a more cosy aspect to picture. You can call it Hygge if you like. It gives a more naturel look, less flat, regular or boring. Throws also add a bit of texture. However, a little warning, avoid using them to take pictures of makeup. God knows how hard it is to get rid off lipstick or foundation marks on fabric!
What are your staple props? We would love to know! If you likes this post you may also like our tips to promote your blog like a pro, it’s all about promotion 🙂
See you soon, love
Corinne & Kirsty
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