7 Affordable Blog Photo Props

Monday, August 22, 2016

Since photography is a huge part of blogging, today I thought I would write another post about it - this time dedicated to some affordable 'props' you can use to spruce up any blog photo.

I keep a few rings by the side of where I take my blog photos and use them very often. You could pick up a set of rings from somewhere like New Look really cheap and they work wonders in blog photos - if I have a blank space that needs filling up in my flatlay I'll pop a ring in that area.

I started noticing magazines being used in blog photos, so I saved a couple and tried it out myself. It is really effective to bring texture to your photos, and you probably always have magazines lying around anyway!

The marble background is probably my favourite blog photography prop of them all, and the best part it is - it's free! I've actually shared this tip already here because I love it so much, I just printed off a marble background from Google Images and it never fails!

Pretty Fabrics/clothes:
If you need to add some colour or texture to your photos, grab something like a pretty blouse or this tartan scarf I have used and it works really well. I know I'm going to be using the scarf a lot in my autumn posts because the colours of it scream autumn to me.

I am always getting my MAC lipsticks out for my flatlays, even if a blog post doesn't really concern them. They are pretty and small enough to fill blank space, so I'm often grabbing makeup - it doesn't help that I take blog photos right next to where I keep all my makeup.

Technology (eg. phones):
This one's always been a little tricky for me because I use my phone to take photos, but I like using gadgets such as my phone in photos, especially when the post is about blogging tips, just like this one.

If you're a stationery lover like me, you'll most likely have lots of cute pens and notebooks lying around! I love to use stationery in lifestyle posts especially.

What props do you like to use in your blog photos? I am always looking for new ways to improve my flatlays!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing these tips - going to try these myself

    Beauty Candy Loves

  2. Loved this so much! I love to include flowers in my photos... but it's not actually as affordable as you think - because you ned to buy new flowers every week :P

    Katie | katieemmabeauty.com

    1. I'd love to try that! I guess it's not the most affordable but it's worth it every so often right? x

  3. Nice post! I always feel I am running out of ideas for props for photos, thankfully I have a little more inspiration now.

  4. Such good ideas / tips! Can't wait to try these ideas out myself. I often struggle to fill that last bit of empty space. Thank you xx


    1. It can be hard sometimes, can't it! It's hard to get your photo to be not too cluttered while also not too spacious, and I think some of these props can help fix that! x

  5. All of these ideas are great! I love using things like knitted blankets and throws to spice p my blog photography :)

    Mae ♥


    1. That sounds like a great idea, I'll have to try it1 Thanks for commenting Mae x

  6. I love using jewellery for blog photos. x


  7. Absolutely LOVE these tips Erin! I never thought of using all of these different materials in a photo. Plus that tip on how to get the marble background is simply brilliant!

    Thank you for sharing! :-)

    Emma @ Emma's Bookery

  8. Oooh, you have given us some really good ideas here Erin! I already use rings in most of my photos, so I think I'm going to experiment with magazines next, considering I have a couple laying around. I also place most of my products on a soft lace blanket that both my sister, and I had since we were babies. I feel like it's better than the plain background in my bathroom!!

    Jade xx | simplyjadey.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Nice post! I absolutely love those tips! Thanks for sharing! Xx

    Althea | itsnotalthea.blogspot.com

  10. Lovely post! Definitely going to be trying out some of these tips!

    Hannah | alongsidehannah.blogspot.com

  11. This is such a helpful post! I especially like the way any type of blogger can use this to help them with their photography (eg. beauty, fashion lifestyle bloggers etc.) ♡ Lily xx


  12. Great tips Erin! Thanks for sharing!