8 February 2016

50 PROP IDEAS FOR BLOG PHOTOGRAPHY



Using "props" in my photos is something that I have never really done until recently. This year one of my main blog related goals is to improve the content of my posts and also make my photography more visually interesting and appealing. Adding in little extras and using props is a great way of making your photos more eye-catching, I can't wait to start experimenting more with my photography. I hope you enjoy this post and it gives you some inspo for props to use! 

Beauty
• makeup brushes
• single eyeshadows
• lipstick
• eyelash curler
• nail varnish
• tweezers
• makeup storage pots

Clothing and Accessories
• bag / purse
• scarf
• jewellery / watches
• sunglasses
• hair bobbles / pins

Stationary
• diary / notebooks
• coloured paper
• pens / pencils
• paperclips 
• post-it notes 
• clipboard

Tech
• phone / camera
• earphones
• laptop / desktop computer 
• camera lens
• iPad / iPod

Seasonal
• pine cones
• tinsel
• fairy / Christmas lights
• baubles
• beads / ribbon
• candy canes
• glitter / sequins
• bunting

Misc
• trays
• vases 
• books / magazines
• tealight holder
• candles
• indoor plants 
• flowers
• petals
• leaves
• sea shells
• mugs / glasses
• straw
• wire baskets
• cookie / biscuit cutter
• prints / frames

Backgroud
• furry rug/fabric 
• wallpaper / flooring samples
• desk / vanity
• material cut offs



Did you find this post useful? What props do you like using in your photography? 


Jenny XOX

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  1. Great ideas. I'm hoping to improve my blog and Instagram photos this year so your list will come in handy :)

    www.mydailywear.co.uk

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    1. So glad you liked it! Thanks for reading and commenting :) xox

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  2. The background you use in your post is this a floor sample? loos soo nice!

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    1. It's meant to be for decorating furniture, it's similar to wallpaper but is peelable. I got it from Wilko (can't find it on their website or I'd have sent you the link) I also use wooden wallpaper samples a lot too. I've seen others use marble clipboards too! Thanks for reading and commenting xox

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    2. any dollar store will have the reelable wallpaper. It's used for covering the interior of drawers. ! I use the same 'wallpaper '

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  3. these are definitely great ideas!! I always steal the flowers from my living room to add a touch of color to my photos and cactus are also great! :)
    xo
    Alice
    http://alicesbeautymadness.blogspot.nl/

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    1. Yes Alice I love little potted plants like cactus I want to get some eventually but haven't got round to it! Thanks for reading and commenting! Xox

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  4. Great ideas, also I think that the natural light will give a better quality to the picture!

    MaryGlow.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Mary, and thank you for reading and commenting! I'm very lucky as I have big windows in my bedroom which let so much light in so great for taking photos in front of! Xox

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  5. Do you have any advice for shooting flatlays? And is this marble background a floor sample?

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Bri! It's similar to a wallpaper but I think it's meant for furniture it is peelable but comes on a big roll like wallpaper does so I can just roll it out then roll back up! With regards to shooting flatlays I always try and mix up my backgrounds as much as I can for different posts so they don't all look the same (so hard when that marble is so pretty!!!) try and create a theme of using similar colours like I'll have my rose gold watch with my rose gold makeup brushes for example. And as well I think just accessorise for the time of year too so like sunglasses in summer, christmas baubles in winter! Mix it up as well so either have like a traditional square shot or some items at an angle and utilise negative space (depending on what it is that you're photographing!) I hope this helps! Xox

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  6. Useful post - thank you! I've never done photography on my blog (I'm all about the words haha), but my goal this year is to start trying to add photos in, and I don't really have any idea where to start so this is great! Question - do you think I need to invest in a proper camera, or is my iPhone camera acceptable?

    petticoatsandpatriarchy.com xx

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    1. Hi Liv! Thanks for reading and commenting :) I'm a very visual person so I think that's why I've always used photos in my posts but others enjoy reading strong content as opposed to looking at pictures don't they. Every one is different! Defo not I don't have a camera I just use my iPhone (well I used my husbands iPhone to take these as mine is in the photos). I use an app called VSCO to edit my photos to give them a more crisp finish. They're not heavily edited just slightly but it makes a huge difference! Xox

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    2. I have always wondered this, too, as I've only had my blog for a little over 6 months and think photography is so important yet don't have the funds yet to purchase a quality camera. This is a great list and very helpful!

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    3. No I haven't either Renee, and never thought I could capture such a high quality image from an iPhone but you really can! I'll have been blogging a year in April, time has just flown by! Glad you found this helpful and thank you so much for reading and commenting! Xox

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  7. This is useful indeed. I still struggle on laying everything but I am practicing. I am looking forward to share my progress in my blog.

    (◕‿◕✿) EmoteraGoddess.com | Instagram | Bloglovin

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    1. I look forward to seeing it! :) I'm amazed at how far I've came with my photography in just under a year! Thank you for reading and commenting xox

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  8. These are very helpful tips! thank you!!

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    1. Thank you I'm glad you found them helpful! Thanks for reading and commenting xox

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  9. Great prop ideas! Thank you for sharing these. I feel like this is something that always good to have out in front of you as a reminder!

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    1. Thank you Amanda! Plus they're just bits you have lying about the house as well! Thanks for reading and commenting xox

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  10. Fab tips!! Just discovered your blog, it's lovely :) xx

    Kate | kate emma loves.

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    1. Thanks so much Kate!!! Glad you liked the post and thank you for reading and commenting :) xox

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  11. great list! i constantly surround myself with things I can shoot for instagram + my blog haha ������

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    1. Thank you! They just add so much to your photography don't they! Thanks for reading and commenting xox

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  12. Great suggestions. I use lots of flowers in my backgrounds. I like your marble background btw.
    thanks for sharing

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    1. Flowers are great aren't they, they just add so much colour to your photos as well. Thanks for reading and commenting! Xox

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    1. Thanks Julienne! And thanks for reading and commenting! Xox

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  14. It's amazing the difference props make! I like to use wrapping paper too x
    www.whatrosiewrote.com

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting Rosie! They really do make a huge difference! Xox

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  15. It's amazing the difference props make! I like to use wrapping paper too x
    www.whatrosiewrote.com

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  16. Great Post it was very helpful.

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting! Glad you found it helpful :) xox

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  17. Omg this post is just what I needed! How weird that last night I was texting my friend begging her for ideas for some props! I bought some fairy lights and some rose petals, but this has given me some more inspiration! Thank you!!

    www.denajayne.co.uk

    xo

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    1. Ah no way! Great minds must think a like! Haha I'm so glad you like this post I love your blog :) thanks for reading and commenting! Xox

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  18. flower, mini doll, fridge accessories, leaves, and many more ^ ^ thank you for the great ideas
    www.beautyasti1.com

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    1. You're welcome! Glad you found this post helpful! Thanks for reading and commenting :) xox

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  19. Amazing blog post! I've been trying to think of this stuff recently and couldn't think so anything! I think I've got a good shopping trip ahead of me to stock up on some of these bits!

    Adele x

    http://adelesmith.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Adele! A lot of these bits you can just find around the house too so it doesn't have to break the bank! Thanks for reading and commenting :) xox

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  20. This is a really great post! I never used to use props but think I do need to start to so the photos are more exciting :)

    Hana | www.hanarosella.blogspot.co.uk ♥

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    1. I'm so glad you found this post useful Hana! :) thanks for reading and commenting xox

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  21. This is such a great post! I've been looking for something like this since I first started blogging! Thanks for sharing :) xx

    Charlotte | Just Charlotte

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    1. Aw I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for reading and commenting Charlotte xox

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  23. Awesome tips!! :)

    http://alifyalifestyle.com/

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  24. This has got to be one of my favourite posts I have ever read on someones blog! It's so useful and also if I run out of ideas I can always get some inspiration to this post! Thank you x

    Whitney | Beauty Affair

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    1. That means so much! Thank you! Glad you found it helpful :) xox

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  25. Thank you for this post, I always struggle to find things to use! :) x

    Holly ∣ Closingwinter

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    1. Glad you like it Holly! Thanks for reading and commenting xox

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  26. This was very helpful, thank you!

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  27. Thank you so much for this post i will save this post on my FB save space - some time's i see a beautiful gift bag with design and i cut the bag open a lie it flat for a background.

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    1. That's a fab idea! Thanks for reading and commenting xox

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