The moment I discovered that seemingly useless inanimate objects could lift my photography and flat-lays to a whole new level was a moment I will remember forever. Something as simple as a fake flower can add incredible colour and dimension to your blog photos. Here are a list of my favourite blog props, and where you can get them from!
I got my faux fleurs from Hobbycraft and they’re exceptionally reasonably priced. My favourites are these cherry blossoms, which I believe are only £2.50 each. If you don’t have a Hobby Craft near you, then you can buy them online and get them delivered to your door which is what I used to do before we moved 5 minutes away from one (woohoo!).
These are insanely easy to get a hold of. I usually buy magazines to read and then just keep them to use in blog photos, but sometimes I pick up free magazines to also use. The free magazine that you can pick up in Canary Wharf is incredibly photogenic with gold embossed titling and gorgeous, glossy double paged spreads which make amazing blog props. Spoiler: most magazine shots in my photos are using this magazine!
I really love photos that have my laptop keyboard in them. Popping this in a corner of a photo really adds dimension and works really well for posts where you’re sharing blogging tips, or Netflix recommendations… or anything really! The laptop I have is a MacBook Air but I don’t think the type of laptop really matters – most keyboards look the same!
A Chopping Board
This miniature chopping board is from Tiger and I believe it was only £2. I really love how it looks in all kinds of blog photos – especially beauty posts. It’s a nice way to use space in a flat-lay and it’s also nice to put a feature product on to allow it to stand out and be the main focus of the photo. It was also super affordable and while I don’t think it would be a great, practical chopping board, it really works as a prop!
I buy a lot of patterned paper – mostly from HobbyCraft but I’ve also picked some up from Oliver Bonas in the past. I feel like they really fill space in flat lays; they add colour and brightness and they can really change the way a photo looks for the better. There are a lot of ways to do this on the cheap as well: steal wallpaper samples from B&Q or download free printable patterns online and print them out. My favourites are from Hobbycraft and they’re about £1 a pop.
These are my favourite blog props – cheap (for the most part) and easy ways to get lovely looking photos!