When I very first started blogging my photos were all taken on my iPad and they would then be uploaded to the post with
some nasty looking a pretty border around it. My editing skills were a big fat zero and I had no idea about composition. For example, if I was taking a photo of a lipstick it would likely be taken on its own on my coffee table which is dark wood and probably with the light on as well which would give off an orange glow and that would be it, job done! Now, I’d place the lipstick on a lighter background beside a window for natural light and add in a few blog props too so it makes the picture look more interesting to the viewer and less like a catalogued item. Then I edit the pictures by altering the saturation, exposure, brightness and contrast as well as sharpening the overall photo, before finally uploading them to my blog.
Now I no longer use my iPad for taking photos and instead use my camera and different lenses so I can take pics with wider angles, have lovely blurry backgrounds and sharper details. I bought myself some vinyl backdrops from Capture by Lucy (who has a gorgeous selection of backgrounds for you to use) so no more taking photos on my furniture surfaces and have an ever increasing selection of things to use as blog photo props too.
I am by no means Annie Leibovitz but I’d like to think that my photography skills have improved quite a bit since my early blogging days so I thought I’d share some blog photo prop ideas to take your photos from meh to wow. Most of these things you will probably have at home already or maybe you are on the look out for some new props and need inspiration, hopefully you find these ideas helpful.
Blog Photography Background & Prop Ideas
- Wooden: flooring, tables
- Vinyl backdrops
- Grass (with daisies/buttercups for added colour)
- Baking trays
- Fluffy rugs
- Throws/Picnic blankets
For backgrounds you can use different textures and colours to make colours stand out as well as make the image more interesting. A fluffy rug, a grassy lawn or tiles will add a bit extra to your photo as well as making it more unique.
Food Blogger’s Props
- Different bowls and plates, serving dishes, etc
- Edible flowers, berries, herbs
- Fruits such as lemons and limes
- Ingredients: dry ones such as oats, dried fruits, cheese, nuts etc
- Cutting boards: slate, marble, wood
- Cupcake cases, cookie cutters, twine, recipe books
- Different utensils: measuring cups, rolling pins, serving spoons
- Cutlery: vintage, wooden, coloured
- Pretty glasses, straws, drink stirrers, etc.
Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion Bloggers’ Props
- Phone, iPad, PC, laptop, etc
- Magazines and books
- Make up: lipsticks, eye palettes, mascaras
- Flowers, plants, cacti, leaves
- Stationery: planners, paperclips, pens, postcards, washi tape
- Accessories: jewellery, watches, scarves, belts, glasses
- Candles, fairy lights, photo frames
- Table confetti, glitter, dried petals
- Perfume, body sprays
- Food: cake, macaroons, chocolate, etc
- Light box, scrabble letters, peg board, blackboard
- Make up bag, make up brushes, sponges, eyelash curlers, tweezers, compact mirror
- Slogan mugs, vintage teacup, travel mugs
- Camera, lenses, photos/polaroids
- Bags, purses, wallets, shoes, trainers
- Nail varnish, emery boards, hand cream, cotton wool, cotton buds
- Paper/cardboard for swatches
- Pretty packaging and ribbon that items have came in
- Trinket trays, wire baskets, tealight holders
- Fabric, coloured card, wrapping paper
With props you can keep it simple and just use the one or you can add in a few different ones but make sure that it doesn’t take the focus away from the subject your image is about. You don’t have to have everything in the shot either, an edge of a magazine works just as well.
What backgrounds or props do you use for your photos?