Blog Photography | 40 Blog Photography Background and Prop Ideas

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 Backgrounds & Blog Prop Ideas

Dark vinyl background with white bowl make the strawberries stand out.

 

Blog Photography Background & Prop Ideas

 

Backgrounds

  1. Wooden: flooring, tables
  2. Vinyl backdrops
  3. Wallpaper
  4. Grass (with daisies/buttercups for added colour)
  5. Baking trays
  6. Fluffy rugs
  7. Throws/Picnic blankets
  8. Sheets
  9. Cardboard
  10. Tiles

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

  1. Different bowls and plates, serving dishes, etc
  2. Napkins
  3. Edible flowers, berries, herbs
  4. Fruits such as lemons and limes
  5. Ingredients: dry ones such as oats, dried fruits, cheese, nuts etc
  6. Cutting boards: slate, marble, wood
  7. Cupcake cases, cookie cutters, twine, recipe books
  8. Different utensils: measuring cups, rolling pins, serving spoons
  9. Cutlery: vintage, wooden, coloured
  10. Pretty glasses, straws, drink stirrers, etc.

 

Banana and Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats – Vinyl Background with some oats, chocolate chips and a measuring spoon as props.

 

Blog Photography Background & Prop Ideas

Prawn Dopiaza – Fabric background adds colour and texture

 

Lifestyle, Beauty and Fashion Bloggers’ Props

  1. Phone, iPad, PC, laptop, etc
  2. Magazines and books
  3. Make up: lipsticks, eye palettes, mascaras
  4. Flowers, plants, cacti, leaves
  5. Stationery: planners, paperclips, pens, postcards, washi tape
  6. Accessories: jewellery, watches, scarves, belts, glasses
  7. Candles, fairy lights, photo frames
  8. Table confetti, glitter, dried petals
  9. Perfume, body sprays
  10. Food: cake, macaroons, chocolate, etc
  11. Light box, scrabble letters, peg board, blackboard
  12. Make up bag, make up brushes, sponges, eyelash curlers, tweezers, compact mirror
  13. Slogan mugs, vintage teacup, travel mugs
  14. Camera, lenses, photos/polaroids
  15. Bags, purses, wallets, shoes, trainers
  16. Nail varnish, emery boards, hand cream, cotton wool, cotton buds
  17. Paper/cardboard for swatches
  18. Pretty packaging and ribbon that items have came in
  19. Trinket trays, wire baskets, tealight holders
  20. Fabric, coloured card, wrapping paper

 

The Body Shop Haul– Vinyl background with dried rose petals. You can keep it simple and just add in one blog prop.

 

Blog Photography Backgrounds & Blog Props

Blog Equipment I Use – Dark vinyl background with stationery, mug, postcard & earphones as props.

 

Blog Photography Background & Prop Ideas

Fluffy rug background with bright tulips as a prop.

 

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.

 

Blog Photography Backgrounds & Blog Props Looking for ways to improve your blog photography? These 40 prop and background ideas will make your photos go from meh to wow.

 

What backgrounds or props do you use for your photos?

 

 

 

 

 

 

13 Comments

  1. 19/06/2018 / 11:58 am

    Great tips, thank you. Bookmarking for future reference. 😊

    • Denise
      Author
      22/06/2018 / 10:23 am

      No problem! Glad you found it useful 😊

  2. 19/06/2018 / 12:35 pm

    I need to improve my photos for our blog. Thanks for sharing these ideas! I’m going to jot some down and give them ago!

    • Denise
      Author
      22/06/2018 / 10:22 am

      No problem! 😊 I think everyone’s images improve over time as I’m sure even the bigger bloggers look back on their earlier pics and cringe!

  3. Rachel
    19/06/2018 / 10:38 pm

    Oooh I love this. Some great tips, I’ll definitely be back to read this post next time I take some photos! X

    • Denise
      Author
      22/06/2018 / 10:00 am

      Thank you! Glad that you found the post helpful 😊

  4. 20/06/2018 / 9:11 pm

    There are some great tips here. I love Lucy’s backgrounds. I need to order a couple more I think.

    • Denise
      Author
      22/06/2018 / 9:59 am

      Thank you! Glad you found them useful 😊 Lucy has lots of lovely backgrounds hasn’t she? There are a few more that are on my wishlist at the moment, you can get carried away when looking through her store!

  5. 23/06/2018 / 9:00 am

    Some fantastic pictures and some very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing

  6. 23/06/2018 / 9:08 am

    Lovely imagery and some great tips. I need to add more flatlays on my Instagram to break up my Instagram feed. Off to buy some props. Thanks x

  7. 23/06/2018 / 5:17 pm

    There are so many clever and creative ideas. I don’t know which one to try first.

  8. 23/06/2018 / 6:30 pm

    Some great ideas here and something I very much need to work on with my blog. Love the use of props too. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I want those strawberries….

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