Blogging props. Something that no one ever told you was crucial to being a blogger. Minus thinking of content to write, being permanently on the hunt for interesting and cheap blog props is what the majority of my time is spent on. Blog photography gives you a chance to really sell whatever it is you’re talking about in your post. As well as being a fantastic creative outlet. However, the flatlay, the hallmark to the blogging community. It is both adored and feared, as they create a beautiful snap shot into a seemingly perfect life. And this is what you’re creating with your props, a story. So let’s get into the cheap blog props you need to tell your story.
Marbled backgrounds just seem to be standard practise when it comes to blog photography. And I can see why, it gives the images an edge as well as making the images crisp and bright. However, if marble isn’t tickling your pickle there are so many choices out there. You can usually pick up a roll of background paper for under £5.00, I picked mine up from Urban Outfitters for £3.00 in the sale. It is in literally every photo that has ever featured on my blog. Without a doubt the best investment I’ve made into my blog photography.
It’s almost shameful the amount of notebooks I have, let’s just say I really don’t have to buy anymore for at least 4 years. Notebooks aren’t the same now as they were when I was in school; adorable stationary came with a hefty price tag. And as a result it was Pukka pads all round. However, that isn’t the case anymore you can pick up aesthetically pleasing stationary for as little as £3.50. Yes, I picked up this gorgeous leaf print notebook (one of the only ones I actually use as a notepad) for £3.50 in Primark.
I also picked up a marble printed notebook from Primark for the same price when I first started out blogging. Funny story, I would use this as my marble background before I discovered you could get rolls of printed backgrounds. It super fun trying to squish everything in, and not let anything roll off the sides.
I fricken love trinket dishes, even if they weren’t fabulous props, they really are so handy in day to day life. Mine seem to be full of hair ties and grips, what else would they have? I picked up this golden leaf trinket dish from, you guessed it, Primark. I’ve had it for about a year but from memory it wasn’t more than £5.00 (obvs). And I picked this really cool sugar skull dish from Homesense, just for a bit of a seasonal twist for the Autumnal months. And it only conned me out of 399 pennies. BARGAIN!
Who says you actually have to spend money to take amazing photos? Some of the best props you can use are things that you’ll probably already own. A lipstick, a storage basket, makeup brushes, some jewellery, it really is that simple. Just to add a bit of an ‘au natural’ look, like you really are just getting a snapshot into typical life.
I love artificial flowers, especially in the Spring and Summer months when everything is in bloom. When it comes to artificial flowers though, I do think it is better to invest in ones that are more realistic and better quality. Just so it makes your photos look better quality and they will wear a lot better!
I used to have a few bunches from Wilkos as their homeware is usually top notch. They were under £2.00, and you could really tell that they cost me that much. They didn’t even really look like flowers. So they were swiftly dumped when I wondered into The Range and saw 2 beautiful bunches that were only £5/6.00. The quality in comparison was non existent, and they really made my photos look more put together and professional.
I think a little bit of sparkle makes all the difference if you feel like your shot is needing a little something. I picked a little pack of them up in Tesco for £2.00 and I sprinkle them all over the place, the majority of the time.
Who doesn’t love a good quote? Plus if you have ones that are framed or on a canvas, you can use them as pieces of art in the background of your photo. In my case I sometimes stand them up to hide my shabby skirting board when I’m taking photos. The quote on the left I got from The Card Factory for around £3.00, and then on the right the quote itself is from notonthehighstreet.com and it’s in a regular picture frame. This was a gift, but a brilliant idea for a prop, or even a gift!
Let me know your must have blog props!
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