19 June 2017

Essential Blog Props

Recently I've been trying to up my photography quality and I've become slightly obsessed with blog props, if you're a blogger and you love taking photographs you'll probably be well aware of the hype around blog props lately and how many people are using them to really enhance photographs. For me I now find myself using several different props in my photographs as I feel it really adds that little something extra to them and I feel they look a lot more professional. 

Blog props are becoming more and more popular and there are so many different things out there now that you can buy that are really beautiful for photographs however having a collection of props certainly doesn't happen overnight and if you see something you like, you have to grab it there and then or you'll miss out! It's only the past few months that I've really gone wild with buying new bits and bobs and I've managed to accumulate quite a few different pieces that work really well for my blog, without breaking the bank. I'll be sharing with you my favourite items I have discovered to use as blog props and where you can get them.


Backgrounds
I usually opt for a white background, for this I use a piece of white A3 foam board that I picked up from Hobbycraft for £4. I also have a roll of marble sticky back plastic that I got from Wilko which works really nicely with my colour scheme and it makes a beautiful background, I covered one of my foam boards with this to make it portable. 

Stationery
This is likely an obvious choice and if you're a regular reader of my blog you'll see that I love a good notebook, I actually have an entire drawer full that I only ever use for my photos! My favourite places for buying pretty stationery at the moment, I am obsessed with copper and marble, are Sainsbury's, IKEA, Home Bargains, TK Maxx and online stores such as Coconut Lane. As well as notebooks I love to use things such as pretty paperclips, bulldog clips and pencils. 

Flowers and plants
I've become obsessed with buying tulips lately in all different colours, the only thing about these is that they just don't last long enough, I only ever manage to get a couple of post photos out of one set but they are definitely worth it. I also love to use other plants such as fake plants from New Look or I pop to my local florist and ask for pieces of eucalyptus, gypsophila and any other pieces that look pretty. 

Magazines and books
I always buy the latest issue of Cosmopolitan and Glamour anyway but these come in really handy when you just want to add a little something to a photo, I love the pages where its just a block of writing as they look really smart and add a lot of definition. You can use magazines in so many photos as its such a great universal prop, they also come in super handy for Instagram posts too! I'd like to invest in some pretty books such as Girlboss to use in my upcoming photos.

Trays and mugs
There are so many super cute trays, mugs and other pieces available on the market now. I have picked up a lovely grey plastic tray from IKEA in the past and recently found a gold cat shaped dish from ASDA, both of which were super affordable. I really like to use slogan mugs in my photos as they are a great item to use for just generic shots, they also look lovely when blurred in the background.

Copper and rose gold
I've recently become so obsessed with anything that is copper or rose gold, the colours are just so pretty and really fit in with my blog theme, I find myself adding something to pretty much every photo I take now! Some great pieces I have are the stationery pots and pencils from Sainsbury's, a small makeup bag from Hobbycraft and I always find myself using my Beau Belle rose gold makeup brushes lately. All of the items I use are a great way to add a little colour, warmth and definition to your photos.

Clothing and ribbons
This is probably the most recent of props I have started to use in my photos and that is pieces of clothing and ribbons. I have a baby pink jumper as shown above that is such a pretty colour and its a great way to layer items in your photo or add something to the edges of the frame, to avoid any nasty shadows. I've seen other bloggers use really pretty lace clothing items which also looks really lovely. I popped into my local Hobbycraft and picked up a few different ribbons, these are very inexpensive and again add that little something to any style of photo you are taking.

Makeup tools and jewellery 
Have you ever set up for a photo, taken a shot and feel as though something just feels a bit empty? You can add simple items such as makeup brushes, eyelash curlers, other makeup products and cute jewellery pieces to your photos and it can really liven the space up and add that little something to make your photos feel complete and perfected. Primark sell copper eyelash curlers for £1 so that's definitely a bargain I recommend any beauty blogger snapping up!

So there we have it, those are my current favourite blog props that I am finding myself using in pretty much all of my photos. It now feels really strange to take a photo without using any props and I am really starting to find and develop my photography style into one that I am loving.

What props do you use most in your photos?

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Alice May Snell