Happy Saturday, everyone! Today’s post is all about upping your blog photography game with blogging props. It’s for those of you who feel your images might be a bit plain, and need that little extra “oomph!” Ultimately the content is what’s most important, but pretty imagery is what catches the eye and reels people in to begin with. I’m no expert, but I have done my research, and this is purely my opinion on what looks good. Let’s delve right in!
When I first started blogging, I was frustrated that I didn’t have the typical, perfect, pretty space to take my photos in. Don’t get me wrong, I love my apartment, but it’s not exactly chic. I love a white background, it’s an absolute classic, and makes the subject matter pop right out of the photo, which is exactly what you want in order to catch people’s eye. Because I don’t own a pristine white table, I invested in two paint canvases as blogging props instead! I bought these from Tiger, and they come in a variety of different sizes. I bought the biggest ones they had in stock at the time, in order to fit as much content in photos as possible. They work a treat, right?
I bought two so that I could lay one flat and stand one up if I needed to take portrait photos. I think they were €3 each? I’m tempted to buy a few more and some marble contact paper, so that I can make my photos even better, with a touch of something classy and different. Some day I’ll have my dream home with the perfect white furniture and surroundings decked out in IKEA, but for now, this will suffice. I sometimes use this leopard-print scarf, just for a change in background. It’s just a bonus that it fits right into my niche, I’m forever wearing my leopard-print Vans, and have quite a few more pieces like it in my wardrobe! I picked the scarf up from Penneys a few months ago, it cost €4.
I have quite the list for you, so maybe grab some snacks and a cup of tea. First up, flowers. I feel that they add such an essence of beauty and elegance, which is exactly what I want to produce on this blog. Everyone wants people to think that they live in a beautiful home surrounded by garlands of flowers, am I right?! These all came from Tiger again, but unfortunately they’re not listed on the website.
I don’t think I paid more than €2 for any of them. They all came on stalks so that you can bunch them together and throw them in a vase, I just popped them off the stalks for the purpose of this photo 🙂 Plant-wise, I also have this little succulent. Isn’t it cute? I picked this up from Penneys/Primark for €1.50, and it sits on my bedside table when I’m not using it for photos.
Confetti is another that I like to use when my photos need a little something more, but I don’t want to over-do it. They come in so many colours that they can’t help but grab people’s attention. I will whole-heartedly admit that I bought little strawberry ones because of their adorable-ness factor. They have a peel off sticker on the back too. So if sprinkling them throughout your photos isn’t your thing, you could use them to decorate instead. And hey presto, you’ve got yourself some home-made cuteness! Maybe I should start a DIY blog… (lol) These also came from Tiger, and were €2 per bag from what I recall.
Everything else in this post is purely to create the atmosphere that I want this site to have. I have a mad love for beauty, style, and little trinkets, hence the jewellery, lipsticks and adorable metal hearts from Penneys/Primark. I light candles 24/7, so of course they had to be added in. Books and magazines let people know what you like and also add something new to a photo.
I think what’s key to perfecting your photos is adding YOU into the photos as well as the content. There isn’t much more the world can ask of you than to be yourself. Fellow bloggers, PR, agencies, whoever, will appreciate the honesty. I love it when I can read someone’s personality from what they write, and what’s in their photos. Anyone else? Hope this post was helpful and enjoyable, hope you’re all having a great weekend!
Do you use blogging props? What are your favourites?