Inexpensive Prop Ideas for Your Blog Photos

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Ever wonder how your favorite bloggers manage to create the most intricate and beautiful pictures you’ve ever seen? You just can’t help but want to take your own. However, it can get expensive if you’re always buying and purchasing props to take photos. Many experienced bloggers are getting sent free things to include in their photos, but if you’re just starting out, this can be a little tricky.

Here at Bloguettes, we’re always taking photos, whether it’s for Stock That Rocks, our Instagram, or blog posts. So, we have quite a few tricks up our sleeve when it comes to photo styling and finding cute (yet affordable) props. Keep reading as we share some fun ideas for props and some tips for getting the perfect shot!

Inexpensive Prop Ideas for Blog Photos

What better way to save money than to utilize what you already have around the house? Many times we overlook some of the everyday items we have laying around. Adding in an ordinary item can make a photo more relatable, not to mention cute.

Here are some items that you might already have at home that can make great photo props!

Fabric & Textures

A great place to start when looking to add visual interest to your photos is your very own closet! Go through your wardrobe and look for things that will make your photo pop–maybe it’s a dress with a fun pattern or a denim jacket. Blankets and bedding are also great for photos! The key here is to look for patterns and textures that you can use as backgrounds or main pieces for your photos. 

Kitchen Supplies

Grab that white plate and put some cookies on it, or fill your favorite mug up with coffee. Everyday kitchen items can actually be great props for photos!

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Candles

In addition to making your home smell amazing, a candle can make a great addition to photos. Lit candles can really add a homey, cozy vibe. 

Books and Magazines

Books and magazines can make for a fun background, flat lay, or focus in any picture.

Plants

A touch of greenery can make any photo pop! So, grab your potted cactus or bouquet of flowers and snap a shot.  

Mugs

This popular prop is a classic add-on to any photo. Create a cozy atmosphere with your favorite mug! Plus, there are a ton of mugs out there with cute sayings.

String Lights

Almost everyone has some sort of Christmas or fairy lights lying around, so why not put them to good use? Lights can add a whimsical feel to your photos and be used in many different ways, not just during the holidays!          

 

Notebooks

There are so many cute notebooks out there, making them a great addition to any photo!

Planners

Go find that cute pink planner that you bought on New Years and planned to use but never did and put it to good use! They are adorable in photos, especially flat-lays.

Marble Adhesive

Marble adhesive can be a little bit harder to find, but it works great if you want a cute background for flat lays but don’t want to go out and buy a full-size marble table.

Letterboard

Letterboards are a great way to add charm to your photos. Plus, the options are endless because you can customize them!

 

Other Items to Consider:

  • Laptop (or any tech gadgets)
  • Stationary
  • Jewelry
  • Glasses
  • Cards
  • Purses
  • Sunglasses
  • Art Supplies
  • Journal
  • Pens

Photo Styling Tips

Now that you have all of your props, it’s time to put them to use! Here are some of our favorite tricks when it comes to styling and taking photos.

Stick To A Theme

When designing your blog, you probably stuck with a few main colors from the color wheel. Utilize those colors to create a cohesive theme in line with your blog! We suggest choosing four to five main colors that you find yourself drawn to and stick with it.

When it comes to putting together a photo, remember those colors and try your best to use them in the shoot in any way possible.

Focus On a Core Piece

There’s always a focus in a photo; whether it be a person, place, or thing. Use that main focus item and build around it. This will give the photo balance!

Experiment with Backgrounds

Backgrounds will make or break a photo. You want to keep it simple so it doesn’t overpower the shot, while still complimenting it all the same. At Bloguettes, we love using our beautiful neutral colored walls as backdrops for our shoots. Some other background options include:

  • Wooden Table
  • Marble Adhesive
  • Bookshelves

Add Some Personality

Add a little bit of flair in your photos! People like to see you in the pictures, because it makes them more relatable and human-like. Photos with hands or even a glimpse of a person always seem to be more of a hit than photos of just items. Incorporate a bit of your style into the pictures – you are using them for yourself, you know!

Editing

Keep things consistent by using the same editing strategies for each photo. Same filter, contrast, exposure, saturation, temperature, etc. It gets distracting if you’re all over the place with your filters and editing styles. You want people to recognize your brand and aesthetic at first glance!

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It’s All About the Angles

The angle in which you take your photos makes all the difference. When you’ve set up your flat lay, experiment with capturing the photo in different ways. This can give the shot a totally different feel and allow you to use it for different purposes! For example, if you take the photo with a lot of negative space, you can go back in and add text to it for Pinterest graphics.

Get Creative

Lay out your phone on a table with a cute mug filled with tea or coffee and then put in a screenshot of your latest blog post or Instagram photo on the phone. The possibilities are endless when marketing yourself, so get creative with it!

What are some of your favorite props and photo styling tips? We would love to hear in the comments below. While you’re at it, be sure to give us a follow on Bloglovin’ to keep up with all of our latest posts!

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