10 Blogging Tips – Perfect Props For Pictures

10 Blogging Tips – Perfect Props For Pictures

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!

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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.

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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.

7. Candles

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.

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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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52 Comments

  1. Harriet
    February 26, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    This is so useful I really need to improve my photo game! I’m thinking of buying some sparkles and stuff to just put in my pictures!

  2. February 26, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    I’m always looking for props and this post was very helpful. Thank you for sharing! x

    Jeff. | NAMELESSJEFF

  3. February 26, 2017 / 8:44 pm

    what a handy little post! I really need to pick up a few more things.
    Emily-May x

  4. February 26, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    Your photos are always so flawless, and I never know what sort of props to use as I never want my photos to look overcrowded and too busy.

    Alicia x
    Aesthetic Obsessed

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:20 pm

      Our next post will be about how to build a background, you might want to check it out 🙂 x

  5. February 26, 2017 / 9:31 pm

    These are some good suggestions! Love it!

    Jessica | foodandbaker.co.uk

  6. February 26, 2017 / 10:59 pm

    I’m starting to get better with my props, now I need to just start experimenting, Primark is so good for picking up lil bits!

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Yes you just need to play around with them and then you’ll know what works for you 🙂 and Primark is definitely the place to go! x

  7. February 27, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Your photos are so beautiful. Photography is something i’m still struggling with, especially when it comes to what props to use. Some really great suggestions!

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks 🙂 are next blogging tips will be about background building, you might want to check it out 🙂 x

  8. February 27, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I so rarely review products…but now if I do, I’ll know where to look as these are fab tips! It really is an art! Hehe, I definitely do not live in a picture-perfect blog-worthy apartment!

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks 😀 we wish we did and hope to one day lol, would make everything easier ^^ x

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:17 pm

      Thanks 😀 they are! Makes everything look prettier 🙂 x

  9. February 27, 2017 / 11:52 pm

    I really need to get some more props. I’m planning on getting some cute patterned tissue paper or card, glitter/sequins/confetti and a few more fake plants 🙂 x

    astoldbykirsty.co.uk

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:16 pm

      Card is better than tissu paper, tissu paper is actually a pain to use haha it’s so delicate and doesn’t stay flat enough 🙁 x

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:15 pm

      They are really pretty! We’re always prop hunting too, it’s so fun to do 😀 x

  10. Parie
    February 28, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    So many gorgeous and easy props!

    x

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      That’s the fun about it 😀 you don’t need fancy and expensive things in the end 🙂 x

  11. February 28, 2017 / 7:16 pm

    I love this I have just ordered some wallpaper to make my pics look better! And started using candles and fairy lights! Need to get some plants to stay alive in my house! X
    Lola Mia // http://www.lolitabonita.co.uk

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:13 pm

      Great! The thing is you don’t know when to stop and end up buying loads of props lol x

  12. February 28, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    Absolutely love these ideas. I always struggle choosing props and never know what will work. Magazines are always fab to use along with trinkets. I can never seem to get fairy lights to work as they are usually yellow in colour so make my photo look horrible 🙁 Going to look into the others you suggested!

    http://www.missbeautyemily.com

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:12 pm

      Fairy lights are the hardest! We are still trying to figure it out lol if you can play around with luminosity directly on your camera try and brighten up your photo before taking it, you will se it makes a difference 🙂 same for strong natural lighting! x

  13. February 28, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Great Tips! A lot of these pieces I have in my house and never thought about using them
    Thank you for this post 🙂

  14. February 28, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Eeeek I absolutely LOVE this post! You’ve got it so right – those are all the perfect props for blog photos. I absolutely love the photo taking part, thanks for such a fab post!

  15. crystal
    February 28, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Thanks this is very useful I am a beginner at photography.

    • February 28, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      We learnt the hard way, hope you will up your photography game overnight thanks to these tips ^^ x

  16. February 28, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Such an interesting post and has given me loads of inspiration! Thank you girlies 🙂 xx

  17. March 1, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I never really thought about props until I started to notice a lot of bloggers doing flatlays, but I totally agree with using things like magazines. It’s funny how such ordinary items could bring out a photo!

  18. March 2, 2017 / 5:27 pm

    Hi, thanks for sharing these tips. I need to improve my blog pics so these will help. I shall be shopping for some matt paper to give these a try, Chloe #TeacupClub

  19. March 3, 2017 / 9:56 am

    This is perfect, and translates so well across multiple blogging genres.
    I just *love* your photos!

  20. March 5, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    This is really useful, I always struggle to take pretty pictures for the blog

    Chloe

  21. March 5, 2017 / 10:53 pm

    These are a great selection of props – I’ve been feeling like I’ve been in a bit of a rut when it comes to my imagery so this is great for inspiration!

  22. March 19, 2017 / 9:18 pm

    Oooh i love this post, very helpful! Always looking for ways to improve my “insta game” lol. will def. be considering these and be out on the look!

  23. April 1, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    This is so inspirational! Loved your flatlays 🙂

  24. April 2, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Love all of these! Very useful.

    www,alice-hart.co.uk

    X

  25. April 3, 2017 / 9:28 pm

    Thank you for this post, I never thought about using fairy lights in my Instagram pictures. 🙂

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