Pretty Photo Prop Ideas For Bloggers: 30 Things You Already Own

Sunday, 11 December 2016


It can be difficult sometimes to pick your props for blog photos or to think of good props to use. When I started my blog a year ago I barely used any props and while occasionally just focusing on the actual item you are shooting can be really effective but it can sometimes be boring too. And using the same props all the time can also be a tad boring. I thought I would have to go out and buy props specifically for my blog photos but after looking at other peoples photos I realised that everyone uses things they already own which makes sense. Duh, Rebecca! I still have a long way to go with my blog photography but I am still learning and I would like to think that my photos have improved at least a little bit since I started my blog last year..

Well I put on my thinking hat and wrote down 30 props that I use or want to use in my blog photos. So, here are 30 prop ideas for you all ranging from the most popular ones to a couple of unique ones.

1. Magazines. Until a couple of weeks ago I would always use the cover of a magazine for a flatlay but then I saw a blogger (I cant remember who because I read so many blogs) opening the magazine instead and that adds a bit of flare to your pics. 
2. Flowers. Fake or fresh, you choose. Ikea do some great fake plants and flowers for only a couple of pounds. 
3. Sunglasses. My favourite sunglasses are my newest pair and they are the 'My Girl' ones by Quay Australia. They are beautiful and so many people use them as flatlay props.
4. Notebooks. I have loads of pretty notebooks lying around my room because I love writing to do lists and just writing in general and most people I know will have a couple of cute notebooks.
5. Jumpers
6. Coloured paper 
7. Hair clips
8. Patterned pj's. I have a pair of Cath Kidston Christmas pj's on my wishlist this year and they would look amazing in flatlays. 
9. ipad/iphone
10. Shopping bags. Some shops give out really pretty bags so instead of throwing them away make the most out of them. Topshop, Pandora and Victorias Secret have lovely ones. 
11. Confetti
12. Sequins are probably my favourite props to use. I have a bag of pretty silver heart sequins that I never opened and they have made an appearance in nearly all of my photos over the last couple of months. Hehe!
13. Pretty wrapping paper. Everyone has a role of pretty wrapping paper laying around in their house and thats a very way to spruce up your photos. 
14. Makeup brushes. My favourite ones to use are the Morphe ones but Zoeva make some beautiful ones, the rose gold ones are lovely, and as soon as I get my hands on a few of them they will be in every blog photo of mine!
15. Fairy lights
16. Postcards
17. For spring and summer, using pretty swimwear is such a cute idea. I will definitely be using that idea when its S/S 2017.  
18. Jewellery
19. Mugs. I personally love the look of a mug of coffee/ beverage of your choice in a flatlay. Its adds some hight to a flatlay and who doesn't love a hot drink?! 
20. Perfume/cologne bottles
21. Coin purse. Zoella has a really pretty little baby blue one.
22. Cushions
23. Bedding
24. Buttons
25. Books
26. Tea lights 
27. Shoes 
28. Scarves are perfect for blog photography in the autumn and winter time and if you live in a cold climate then you will probably have at least one scarf in your wardrobe. 
29. Rugs
30. Jewellery trays/bowls. You will know what Im talking about if you love jewellery like me. I have a few jewellery bowls that Ive used in my photos.


What are some of your favourite props for your blog photos? And if you're looking for some flatlay inspo you need to check out Hannah's if you haven't already. She has flatlays and blog photos in general down to the T!


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18 comments :

  1. Thank you for these tips. I need to work on my picture so now on I have some ideas. :)

    Michelle Morchella

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  2. Love these ideas! I've been meaning to pick up some fake flowers for ages but I might wait for the spring :)

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. Good idea. They always bring out prettier ones in the spring. x

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  3. These are great tips! I always struggle with blog props, but this has really opened my eyes to what i have at home! x

    Abi | abistreetx

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  4. I'm always really bad at using props in my photos but its something I want to start doing to make the picture more interesting. Will definitely be saving this post as its got so many easy ideas! Thanks for sharing. x

    itskaterose.blogspot.com

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    1. You're welcome. I never use to use props but now I cant go without them. x

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  5. I am terrible with props, honestly I just don't know what to use so this post is so helpful for me. Bookmarking!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  6. Great post! Def going to start using some of these in my photos :)

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

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  7. This is such a great post. I am really going to have to pick some new things up for my flat lays!


    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  8. I have become so obsessed with props. I pretty much go to town at kmart, and i ordered these cute pouches with phrases on them from shop miss a AND i want to get cute notebooks from kmart as well and i have gotten lots of plants.

    www.themakeupaficionado.com

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    1. Cute notebooks are my favourite things. I got a few for Christmas and Im so excited to use them in photos! :)

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