Tuesday, 16 August 2016

What's In My Photo Prop Box?

A few weeks ago I posted a Photo Prop Wishlist of bits that I'd like to add to my blogging prop box; you know those little bits and pieces that add a bit of interest to your product shots and flat lays? I try to keep mine all together in one box so that they're handy when I need them, and I don't have to spend ten minutes rounding up trinkets for a blog photography session. Let's have a look at what's in my box!
I have a fair old heap of magazines - I buy one or two most months, depending on the freebies (have a peek at this month's magazine freebies!) so I build up a little stockpile, and every so often I rotate them, recycling any that are looking a bit worse for wear or I haven't been using, to make room for new ones! I find magazines make a great background for product shots (it's nice to have a few to choose from depending on the colours/style you're after etc.) as well as featuring in lifestyle-type photos.
As if I need an excuse to hoard stationery! I keep a selection of pretty notebooks and pencils, along with this weekly planner pad and a little notecard, in my box - I do also use my day-to-day planner and an assortment of fineliners on occasion, but I use those in everyday life so they don't live in this box.
Side plates and coasters are a bit of an obsession of mine - these are all from Sainsbury's except the glittery square plate, which was Home Bargains, and none of them cost more than about £4. If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen the patterned side plates popping up on a regular basis as they make a fab background for product shots.
Candles etc.
Various candles, candle holders and the like sneak their way into my photos, and I'm very enamoured with my Jo Malone matches at the moment - the poshest matches in the world?! I've not used them in any blog photography yet, I'm biding my time, but I do think they look lovely and luxe! They'll be perfect for lifestyle shots.
Bits & Bobs
I keep a random selection of ribbons, twine, paper flowers and other similar miscellania to hand, as again these can be lovely to add a bit of interest to your photos. Anytime a giftset comes with a ribbon tied around it, it ends up in my prop box! Things like rings, necklaces, hairclips, and brooches are also fab for adding colour and texture to your shots. And potentially the biggest essential of them all - Blu Tack. I can't believe how long it took me to cotton onto this, but it is ideal for stopping lipsticks, mascaras or anything else that's round from just... rolling out of shot.
I wish I could afford to buy fresh flowers each week to use in my blog photos but until then, I'll be making do with this little lot! What are your favourite blog photo props? What's missing from my box of tricks? I'd love to hear what you add to your blog photos!



  1. Thanks for sharing these tips, I always struggle to find ideas for blog props!

    skinnydecxflatte.blogspot.com xo

  2. I have a box full of blog props at home too!! I love perusing the dollar bins at Target to find cute little decorative bits and bobs that I can dress up my pictures with. I'm also totally with you on the fresh flowers thing. I'd love to have them in my home at all times but I don't really have that in my budget right now!

  3. What a great idea! I think I need to put one of these together as I'm always scrabbling for things like this!


  4. These are great ideas! I have used pretty stationery quite a lot in the past, as well as my crochet projects!

  5. Bluetack is an absolute life saver for when those tubes will not stop rolling about x

  6. This is a great post, I always get stuck for ideas for blog props. I have been using wallpaper samples lately and also fake flowers :)

    Vikki | http://planetvikkiblog.wordpress.com

  7. What a great post, so many good ideas! I am a bit rubbish at my blog pics so thanks for the tips!

  8. I have never really had a prop box, I just find random things in my house and stick them in the pictures I take! However, now that you mention it, it's probably a lot easier to have a prop box! Thank you for the tips! X

    Whitney | www.whitneylorenbeauty.blogspot.com

  9. What a great idea!! I need to get a box of my own together for blog photos!! I struggle to find what to photograph as most of my posts are lifestyle based but I do try :D

  10. I generally have a lot of magazines and some stationery in there too! I sometimes get flowers from my garden to use as props haha I also like using makeup brushes, sequins and jewellery to add something extra to a shot :)

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  11. This is such a great idea, I am usually desperately trying to find an uncluttered spot for a photo! Kaz x

  12. Love this! Thank you for the fantastic inspiration, I am pinning this! xx

  13. I'm so bad with choosing things to use in images, I tend to just opt for a background and then the image I am talking about x

  14. I really need to get my act together when it comes to props as I don't think that I use enough of them xxx

  15. I love blog props even though mine are always just marble, little plant and magazines haha x

  16. So interested to read this! I do mostly food photography, so I have a zillion props for that, but when it comes to beauty I am sometimes stuck for styling ideas so you've inspired me :)

  17. Ooo I love the idea of photo props! I don't have any yet but I'd love to get a piece of marble to use as a backdrop but your crockery is definitely going to be added to my list - jewellery would look beautiful on them!xo


  18. What a great Idea! I feel like I need to work on my photography. Have just ordered some floor samples to use for flat lays! xxx

  19. If you would be in Netherlands the flowers are so affordable. Now that I moved I have the issue should I still buy flowers or not, at the moment I use fake flowers.

    Pink Frenzy

  20. I love everything you use! I don't use props as such but I love photos that do xx

    Gemma ♡ Miss Makeup Magpie

  21. Your photo prop box is amazing. You can never go wrong with magazines or candles. :]

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  22. What a wonderful post! Think I need to get myself a prop box!
    Summer xx

  23. You have such a great box of props! I definitely need to pick up more!


  24. Love this post, such a great idea, I'm definitely going to put one of these together!


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