#TIPSTUESDAYS: MY PROPS AND BACKGROUNDS FOR BLOG PICTURES

Last week I wrote a post on how to improve your blog images where I talked briefly about props and backgrounds to make images nicer, I received a comment from a lovely reader saying they would love a detailed post on what I use for props – so here we are, taking a look at some key items I use as props for my blog and Instagram images! P.s I really do value any feedback you guys have or future posts you’d like to see – always feel free to leave any suggestions as I love reading them!

Makeup: I find that makeup is a great prop to use, especially brands like Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury and Benefit as their packaging is always so luxe and fun so it really makes an image. If you’re posting your desk essentials, slot it your favourite lip balm or hand cream, if you’re posting a snippet of what’s in your bag then share your favourite everyday lipstick – it’s always a great prop to slot into your pictures and improves them I always think.


Stationary: From postcards, cute notebooks to magazines – I tend to use a lot of stationary in my images as I think they are easy ‘filler’ products to use which look great! Lately I’ve been picking up a lot of beautiful stationary from TK Maxx and Paperchase, Kate Spade is beautiful too although a little pricier. Have a look on places like eBay and Amazon for cheaper alternatives by niche brands that create bespoke stationary. I also love to use some of my favourite magazines such as Elle and Vogue as they work well with images, as do postcards and inspirations quotes!

Backgrounds: I try to keep my backgrounds varied so my pictures are too similar, I tend to keep a big box in my room full of backgrounds so I can switch them up easily. Back in January I posted about my DIY marble dressing table which cost me under £5, I tend to take a lot of my beauty images against this marble backdrop as I love how it looks. I also sometimes use my faux fur rug which I picked up from IKEA, some wallpapers and backgrounds from Amazon, Paperchase and IKEA. I also recently picked up some wood flooring samples (pictured above) for around £2/3 each from Homebase which are great for close ups too.

Perfumes: I always think perfumes make a lovely filler for any images, especially beautiful bottles! Some of my favourites include Jo Malone, Chloe, Aerin or Philosophy. If you want to snap some perfume in your image, remember your pictures doesn’t always just have to be about perfume so if you’re worried it’s not relevant I’d pop it in anyway and just turn it into a general post on your current favourite beauty items etc. 

Everything else: Other props I tend to use and keep close by tend to be candles (always make an image), cacti and succulents (you can pick these up cheaply from IKEA, B&Q or Wilko), dishes or trays (I have a lovely marble one from H&M – pictures above, and a pineapple copper one from Debenehams), jewellery or loose rings which always work well to fill in any spaces in your image. 

What do you tend to use for blog props? Any go-to places to shop? I hope you found this post useful!

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13 Comments

  1. The Style Rawr 12th May 2015 / 12:45 pm

    I LOVE this post! Lots of amazing tips, thanks! J x

  2. Gemma Louise 12th May 2015 / 1:44 pm

    Thank you for this post, I always find my posts get a bit boring when I use the same background continuously (usually my fur rug because it's pretty!) I absolutely love that light wood flooring sample, definitely going to have to get myself one x

    Gemma Louise | Just Little Things

  3. Anjalee 12th May 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Love the backgrounds you have used, like the wallpaper, marble and wood. They look so classy. Need to give it a go myself! Where is the pastel pink, geometric print background from?

    Angi | Anchor text

  4. Jasmine Stewart 12th May 2015 / 7:18 pm

    This is so helpful! I love how most of what you use is really affordable 🙂 definitely bookmarking for future reference. I think I need to just spend a bit of time playing around with composition to find the right use of props for different images xx

    Magpie Jasmine

  5. Sammie Foster 12th May 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Such a great post, I keep meaning to buy more props for photos, especially to start more baking posts again but at the moment I'm waiting to create a space to practice better blog photography in…plus buy a new camera.

    Great post.

    Sammie

    Little Blonde Life – Lifestyle Blog

  6. Julie - Ellen 18th May 2015 / 8:59 pm

    Amazing post, so helpful – thank you so much for sharing. I feel inspired to go shopping now. I always am in the mood for shopping though

  7. Gabby Nugent 29th October 2015 / 6:46 pm

    This is brilliant and so helpful. I'm just starting out and wouldn't have thought to purchase sample flooring! thanks so much!

    Gabby | gabbynugent.blogspot.com

  8. Katie 6th May 2016 / 7:42 pm

    I love this post! It’s given me some great ideas 🙂
    Katie | xktram.blogspot.com

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