Saturday, 27 May 2017

Affordable Props Your Blog Photos Need

It's really hard being a blogger sometimes you know. First world problems, right? But seriously. You spend all day sat at your computer, surrounded by Pinterest perfect images consisting of flawless flatlays, colourful doors (there are literally Instagrams dedicated to them), and incredible coffee art. How do you fit into that?

The answer is simple. PROPS. And lots of them. 

I'm talking searching every nook and cranny of your room and creating a box full of random, yet necessary items to up your photo game. You'll be surprised at what you own, I bet!

I'm not saying my pictures are amazing, because they're far from it, but if you go back to my earlier posts (Side note: Please don't), you'll see that they have improved a lot. The more you practice your product shots, you develop an eye for creating the content similar to what inspires you.

For instance, I bloody love a flatlay. Who doesn't? The busier the image, the better, in my opinion. This is where the props come in use. Fill all the gaps, develop your style and find your aesthetic!

I've compiled a short list, inspired by the wonderful Rhianna's post, of my favourite props to use, and what I deem necessary for capturing those crisp images.

1. A Foam Board 

This is what I use as the base for 90% of my flatlays. I bet you didn't realise that, eh? Not only does it come in useful for creating a flat surface, I find it so much easier to build and piece together my props on top of one!

They cost next to nothing, so don't worry about setting aside lots of money to become picture perfect - This one cost me less than £5 from Hobbycraft!

2. Textured Backgrounds

I'm such a loser when it comes to collecting tissue paper, wallpaper and a selection of card for my photos. Seriously - I have plastic wallets bursting with samples. 

Blankets, fluffy cushions and scarves are also my personal favourites for adding texture to images. I feel it adds a whole lotta different dimensions because trust me, there's a thing such as flatlays looking too flat.

3. Prints & Books

I enjoy using a range of prints to fill a space, just to add a little something extra to a photo for next to no cost. My personal favourite shop for prints is That Lame Company, they sell everything you need to satisfy your stationery needs. 

Magazines are also great for again, adding texture. There's something just so striking about balancing a product upon a page full of text, I live for it.

4. Fake Flowers, Plants & Foliage

Who else loves wandering round IKEA picking up every cacti and fake plant you can get your hands on? Guilty.

They're dirt cheap and keep your house looking super cute, as well as your images, obv. 

Only in the last year have I gotten into using fake flowers but oh my, they make such a difference. Layering delicate make up products around a couple of £1.99 roses from Dunelm Mill is the key to my heart, without forking out a loan to keep repurchasing the real thing. I'm a blogger on a budget, and firmly stand by that!

5. Trinket Dishes

There's so many to choose from. Display your jewellery in them, your perfumes on them, or let them be the sole focus of the pic.

They can be expensive, but also super affordable. Oliver Bonas and Sass & Belle are bae when it comes to lovely little dishes to brighten up your room. I pretty much can't take a flatlay without including one now because helloooo pastel cuteness.

6. Perfume, Make up & Brushes

That's right, you can include all three of these to create the prettiest of images. One thing that's important to brands when it comes to releasing new products is the packaging so use it to your advantage!

You didn't spend £30 on a highlighter to not be able to show it off with every photo opp you get, let the world see.

Brushes and delicate perfume bottles are also great space fillers too, and don't you even worry about those brushes being sparkling clean - We know you only wash them every few months, we're all guilty.

7. Candles

A blog prop essential. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, I've never owned a Diptyque or Jo Malone one in my life, although they are very photogenic. 

I always scope out Primark, TK Maxx & the Yankee Candle sales for candles - You find some right treasures in all three!

Candles are my favourite to use alongside product shots, especially those of a neutral colour as it livens up the frame without causing a distraction. We want all eyes on the products please guys and gals.

8. Literally, anything

Straws, plates, pillows, fairy lights, pin boards, pictures frames. You can use anything and everything, it's all about presentation.

Don't be afraid to get creative, that's the thing I love most about producing images. Sure, the clean up is a bit lot of hassle but when trust me when I say there's no better feeling than being proud of your photography.

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  1. Your flatlays definitely look gorgeous ♥︎ And I think I FINALLY need to get some fake flowers, they really do make such a difference! xx

  2. Ah I love these photos! Definitely need to get myself some fake flowers, I think they make a photo look really summery and fresh

    Emily x |

  3. Such beautiful photos - I'm experimenting a lot with flatlays right now and I definitely need to get my hands on some more props, I might have to pick up some more fake foliage and stuffff!

    Lucy | Forever September

  4. I'm basic but.. You can never go wrong with a marble background! Candles, flowers, fluffy cushions and even a mug filled with coffee are my favourite things to use!

    Toni x

  5. I love this post! The right blog props can really take a photo from drab to fab. I really do love using fresh flowers that match my colour scheme and experimenting with textures. Thank you for sharing!

    Katie xx

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