When I first started this blog I quickly realized that you have to work with what you got. I had this idea that everything had to be perfect including my blog photography. If you’re just staring a blog and getting into photography, it might feel a bit overwhelming. You want your pictures to look a certain way without realizing that it’s actually a process and you will have to learn as you go. I personally love all the white photos out there but unfortunately my house is not white so this is something that was very hard to achieve. After so much trial and error I realize that I could create the images I wanted, without redecorating my entire house.
My photos are pretty minimal but I do have a few go to props for styling my blog photography and today I am sharing them with you
DIY BOARDS + CUTTING BOARDS
I wrote a post about Blogging Photography Backgrounds. You can find a ton of different colors and patters of adhesive film on Amazon or at home improvement stores like Home Depot. One of my favorite things to use as a background is actually a cheese board I found at Chapters. It is a gold & marble board that’s often featured in my images and it was on clearance so it was a great deal.
TRINKET DISHES + COASTERS
Small trinket dishes or jewelry holders are an easy way to add some color and fun to your shots. I use them not only for storing/holding my jewelry, but to also store smaller beauty products. Coasters are also great as props. You can find some great coasters some are colorful and some have sayings that give your photos just that something extra. I always cruise the clearance section and you would be surprised what you will find.
MAGAZINES & BOOKS
Using magazines is probably one the best ways to “dress up” blogging photography. This is also a great way to show how current the photo is. The same thing goes for books- especially the ones with pretty covers. When taking beauty product shots, keep in mind to be careful with the make up when using books for props.
Small rings, necklaces, pretty earrings can easily add a little something extra to your blog images. I find that this works best especially when it comes to flat-lay style of photos.
I try to stick with the basics here, I use a white one for bouncing off the light but they also work great when used as a background for your photos. I find that lighter colors like light pastels work best for this and also give me the white effect I love in my photos.
Colored paper- especially colors like pinks and blues- can easily add some color to your product or beauty shots. They’re also very affordable and with all the scrapbooking trends there are so many options. I always buy them at arts & crafts stores like Michael’s.
THROWS AND BLANKETS
These are great for adding some texture into your shots. I like to use anything from rugs, to patterned blankets or even white bed sheets. Sometimes I don’t use a lot of props so this is when I usually reach for one of my throws or little rugs and use them to add some texture to my shots.
NOTEBOOKS + STATIONERY
Pretty much any stationery products also work, especially for lifestyle photography. I love adding a great notebook or planner to photos.
When it comes to styling your blog photography I’d say first take a look at what you already have sitting around your house. You’d be surprised at all the little props you can find around. Don’t think that you have to spend a lot of money on those little props, most of my favorite props are from the clearance sections.
Styling your photos is definitely not a must, some of my favorite photos use just plain white background but if you are feeling a bit adventurous trying to style them can be really fun. It is a great way to add some personality to your blog photos and make them unique.
What are some of your ways to style your blog photos?