How to take better (blog) photos: props
For me the most fun (and time consuming) part about blogging is the photography. I love taking pictures for my posts and setting up everything up, and I’ve found that having a collection of different props really helps with the styling my photos.
If you read my blog regularly or follow me on Instagram, you might recognize some of my props. I started storing them all in a basket so they’re always at my disposal – it makes the setup and styling process so much easier! Here is a breakdown of what I have in my basket:
- Magazines and catalogs – I have about 3 of these and will rotate them out as I get new ones. Ones with thicker paper and colorful editorials work best!
- Coffee table books – I’m obsessed with Megan Hess’ work and her books make amazing photo props, opened or closed.
- Cheap costume jewelry – Faux pearl strands, dainty rings, or anything with a lot of bling will be perfect in photos. Most of these are old jewelry from my younger days, haha
- Faux flowers – This is a tricky one because you don’t want them to look too fake, so opt for silk or “real touch” flowers instead. I used faux flowers for my wedding bouquet with the intent of using it as home decor afterwards, but now they double as photo props as well!
- Cute stationary – Old calendars, post cards, notebooks, scrapbook paper, even washi tape – all these can double as props! It’s also great way to reuse items instead of throwing them away.
- Small trays – You can find these at Target, Home Goods, or any home decor store, and they’re super versatile. Use them for storing jewelry, makeup, or the occasional photo prop!
- Makeup, especially lipsticks – If you have any with beautiful packaging (eg. YSL or Smith & Cult), use them in your photo as props!
- Large throw/scarf – Pick one based on the type of texture you’d like to add to your photos. For a smooth flowing texture, go with cashmere or silk. For something more raw and textured, go with knitted wool.
- Contact paper – Want that marble or wood background you always see on Instagram? Fake it with contact paper! I bought mine on Amazon (marble and wood) and it was the best $10 investment ever.
All the above are great props, and I love mixing and matching them to create the perfect setting for my photos – just keep in mind the subject of your photo, the colors, and the textures, to create a cohesive look. But you know what the best prop is?
Seriously, the internet adores cats (and dogs), plus they add a personal touch and a ton of cuteness to the photo. The only trick is getting them to stay still the entire time. This is why you rarely see Shelly in my Instagram posts (though she’s always in my stories!).
Hope you found this post helpful, and let me know which props you like using in your photos!