8 Prop Ideas for Blog Photography Under $20

Oct 17 2015

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!Have I mentioned before? I have a photography prop box at home – I store all the props I use regularly for my blog photography in it. This saves me a lot of time, because each time I need to shoot photos, everything I need is at an arm’s reach and I don’t have to fetch different things from different rooms in the house. Today I want to give you ย a peek into my prop box, as well as give you ideas about the different props you can probably use for your own blog photos + Bonus: Most of these are free or under $20!

Also if you are wondering, I have created this shopping guide that lists all the amazing places that you can buy these props from, you can download the guide right here!

Stationery and office supplies:

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

As a child, I loved stationery and now, I still do. I think everybody does! Stationery and office supplies is the easiest way to prettify your photos, isn’t it? You probably already have these things at home, you don’t need to go buy them. The next time you are taking a photo, try adding a few stationery pieces like pens and pencils to fill up some empty space. Here is a list of stationery supplies you can use for your photos:

  • Washi Tape
  • Colored Pens & pencils
  • Pockets notebooks, notepads & planners
  • Colored paper
  • Paper clips, stapler and binders

Devices:

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

Okay this is definitely not under $10 but you already probably have them. So its essentially free ๐Ÿ˜‰ Are you taking a picture of your breakfast for your Instagram – Why not include your earphones in your shot? Or how about including your phone when you are shooting your workspace? These little things personalize your photos and help your audience connect more with you.

  • Phone
  • Camera
  • Laptops, tablets, desktops
  • Earphones
  • Watch
  • Music players

Books and Magazines:
Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

Do you have vintage books stored away in your attic?ย Or are you subscribed to magazines? Use books or magazines to add interest to your shot. You can use them in the background of your subject or place your subject on a deck of books, the possibilities are many – Get creative!

  • Newspapers
  • Magazines
  • Novels
  • Vintage books

Culinary Items:

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

It is surprising, but most of my props come from the kitchen! Culinary articles are always so delicate, elegant and pretty. You don’t have to be a food photographer to use them. You can use a mug in your workspace to show your love for coffee or scatter some cute, paper straws in your photo background! These photos always get a hell lotta’ love on Pinterest, just sayin’!

  • Mason Jars
  • Coffee mugs
  • Colored paper straws
  • Metallic tumblers or spoonsย (Copper, bronze and vintage textured)
  • Wine glasses

Want to know where exactly you can find and purchase some pretty props for your blog photos? I have got the shopping guide right here for you!

Home decor:

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

I love browsing the aisles of Ikea and bed, bath and beyond for photography props. I mean why not? They always have such beautiful decor stuff like candles, vases, planters that can spruce up even the most boring photography subject! Plus, you can always use them to decorate your house as well – 2 birds withย one stone, yay!

  • Vases
  • Candles
  • Planters
  • Cushions and rugs
  • Little decor show pieces
  • Potpourri, decorative stones and sand

Beauty & Fashion accessories:

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

Okay girls, bring out all the beautifully packaged, colorful beauty and fashion supplies you have in your vanity! Some of my favorite Instagrammers use their fashion and beauty pieces in their photos and I love the personality these add to the photos. How about including your purse in your Today’s workspace photo? Or how about adding that pretty scarf in the side with your evening coffee? I love how these items always make the photo interesting and pretty!

  • Bags, purses and wallets
  • Scarves
  • Makeup brushes, nail polish and lip tints
  • Bracelets, rings and little accessories

Indoor plants & succulents:

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

Honestly, I haven’t finished a Pinterest session without coming across an adorable succulent in one of the pins! I myself am guilty of browsing photos of indoor plants and terrariums for hours on Pinterest and Instagram, but man these are so common! For as little as $10-20 you can getย a pretty succulent to adorn your workspace. You can also add fresh flowers in your photos to add a graceful and feminine touch to them!

  • Cacti & succulents
  • Indoor plants
  • Hanging planters
  • Terraniums
  • Fresh flowers

Craft and art supplies:

Wondering what props to use for your photos? Here are 8 prop ideas to spruce up your blog photos and a free PDF with where to find and shop for them!

Step into a craft store and you’ll find a ton of stuff you can use in your photos. Craft and art supplies are always so colorful and pretty, they make wonderful props for photos. They can also be purchased for as little as $1- $5 which makes them one of the most affordable options as well.

  • Patterned paper, Prints
  • Paints and Paint brushes
  • Beads, paper glitter
  • Calligraphy supplies like nibs & ink
  • Ribbons, laces and bakers’ twine

This is everything I use for my photos and they are all pretty cost effective and make beautiful props! I love adding to my collection and often pick up dry flowers, leaves and ferns from the public gardens ๐Ÿ™‚ Make sure to download the photography prop shopping guide right here!

What are your favorite props to spruce up your photos?ย 

If you are interested in learning more about the course, enter your email address to join the waitlist and be notified when it launches! :)
  • aah some really great ideas here, definitely saving this post!

    Rachel // Style Soup

    • Hey Rachel ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much! Hope you put these to into action for your blog photos!

  • Great tips, I’ll definitely take them on board!

    Sara – She Who Is Short

    • Hey Sara! Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melanie

    I’m just starting out my new blog so these tips for items is exactly what I needed! Thank you! =)

    Melanie | Toots & Dilll

    • So welcome Melanie ๐Ÿ™‚ I ‘d love to see the journey of your blog, good luck!

  • Gret post! I need more props!

    • yay ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank u bri!

  • Niamh

    Some great ideas here! Definitely going to be trying some of these in future. I used some bunting and a magazine in my latest post ๐Ÿ™‚

    Niamh x

    http://mypetitecloset.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Hey Niamh! Sounds great ๐Ÿ™‚ Magazines are always a super prop!

  • Great tips Chaitra. I definitely need to schedule a time to take more stock photos for my blog. You’ve given me a ton of great ideas! Nowโ€”where do you get stuff like your beautiful textured background?

  • Irini

    I loved all the tips! Thank you! I will definitely use them for my future posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo,
    http://www.irinimeza.com

    • Hey Irini! Thats so good to know ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you!

  • I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog Chaitra. I’ve bee blogging since three years now and I wonder how I havent seen your blog! Incredibly awesome pictures….and this post was super helpful. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Dollie ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the super sweet comment, I really appreciate it! Would love to be in touch!

  • Crazy good ideas! Thank you so much for sharing.Can’t wait to put your suggestions in good use ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Great to hear that Zakkiya ๐Ÿ™‚ Please share your photos with us!

  • Deepannita

    i love your posts…

  • What lighting and lens are you currently using?

  • I love these ideas! Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    xo, Liz

    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

  • Great list! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    Xo
    Kara
    http://www.fcnextdoor.com

  • Really great list! Especially as I have most of these already ๐Ÿ˜‰

    http://www.majeang.com

  • This is really helpful!
    Thank you so much

    Akane
    http://www.humancat.co

  • Pingback: Fotografieren fรผr Blogger - Das Geheimnis schรถner Blogfotos - Die Linkliste()

  • Pingback: HER Fร…R DU GODE FOTOSTYLING TIPS()

  • Nikki Dennis

    Great post! I am always looking for ideas and you just gave me a ton that are right here in my house. I love the idea of having a prop box too.

  • Your pictures are so clean and pretty .. definitely found some great tips and ideas in this post :). I love photography and been doing it for quite a while but when starting a blog it’s such a completely different style you have to develop. >_<

JOIN ME ON PERISCOPE

@PinkPot7