How To | Easy Blog Post Props

Hey Beauties! 


Last week I shared my favourite easy backgrounds for blog photos but no photo is complete without props styled to perfection so this week I want to share my top suggestions and tips for adding a bit of interest to your photos with props. 


The photos that you choose to post on your blog will say quite a lot about who you are and the way you look at the world. In a way your blog is a brand and that brand should reflect your personality as authentically as it can, so my main tip is to draw inspiration from your surroundings. Everyone has little knick knacks around their home that mean something to them or stacks of books beside their bed, use those items to bring life to your photos. Use your passions or things that bring a smile to your face and inject those into your work as much as you can. Play with your favourite colours or patterns, showcase your favourite pieces of art or prints you find on the computer. All of these little details will help create a unique look that speaks to who you are and to your readers. 



I have always had a love for everything feminine and french, I collect fake flowers and costume jewellery as well as anything with a Parisian flare. I love to read and collect books of all kinds from vintage Jane Austen novels to coffee table books on my favourite designers. I also have a strange need to write everything down and I am constantly making lists and charts which has lead to a ridiculous collection of notebooks and pretty little pens. I love to surround myself with beautiful images so I have folders filled with prints, drawings, typography and cards. All of these things make great props for my photos because they relay who I am in some shape or form. 



So take a look into the spaces around you and open your eyes to the little things that you might not have noticed or considered before. Maybe you will find a few things that you can use in your next photo. For just a few more ideas here is a list of my favourite props. 


flowers

magazines

notebooks

planners

ribbons

twine

coasters

gems

books

pens

pencils

notecards

frames

trays

dishes

teacups

jewellery

candles

nick knacks

photos

art

prints

drawings

herbs

fruit

accessories

momentos

action figures

& so much more!


How do you find inspiration? What are your go-to props? How do you like to style your photos?


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24 Comments

  1. The Procrastinator
    April 8, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    I need to get better at props! So far I'm shooting almost everything on a white or heavily blurred out background. Thanks for this 🙂

    • Courtney Connolly
      April 13, 2015 / 5:29 pm

      Your photos always look amazing Jenn! You have a really stunning minimalist vibe and your photos are so clean, I love them.

  2. Stephanie B
    April 8, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    I usually like to use what I find at charity shops. Sometimes its books, saucers, pieces of fabric. If I think it's pretty I have to plug it!MsBubu

    • Courtney Connolly
      April 13, 2015 / 5:30 pm

      I love little treasures like that from thrift shops, they add such a unique vibe to photos.

  3. Heather McKnight
    April 8, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    I'm really trying to improve my photography at the moment so this was definitely a welcomed post! Your photography is always beautiful!Heather, porcelainbeautyx

    • Courtney Connolly
      April 13, 2015 / 5:31 pm

      Thank you so much Heather! I'm so glad I could help but your photos are already gorgeous!

  4. Rachael Broomfield
    April 8, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Brilliant tips! I am having so many issues with my photography at the moment – I just never feel happy about my photos (bad lighting and a very, very basic and old lens are just getting the better of me). I'm definitely going to try out a few of these ideas though – your photography is always fantastic!Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

    • Courtney Connolly
      April 13, 2015 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you so much Rachael! Sometimes you just get into a rut and you need to change things up try adding stronger lighting and see if that helps.

  5. Little Blushing Birdie
    April 9, 2015 / 12:14 am

    I love the way your photos are styled! I think your advice about creating a brand for your blog is so key (and maybe also something I'm not very good at yet). If you find your own unique flare and stay consistent with it I think it creates a really pretty and cohesive look that will definitely attract and retain readers.

    • Courtney Connolly
      April 13, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Thank you so much! I'm so glad you agree with me, building a brand takes time and ALOT of work but you will get there and you will find your niche! I think you're doing a great job so far!

  6. Zoë
    April 11, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    so pretty! i am boring and just use white for my photos usually but i am super inspired by all the pretty props and backgrounds people like yourself have 🙂

    • Courtney Connolly
      April 13, 2015 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks so much Zoe! I don't think you're boring at all!

  7. Gabrielle
    April 14, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    I also gravitate towards fake flowers and everything feminine and/or Parisian – there's a lot to be said for immersing yourself in beautiful accessories/props! These photos support your ideas very well too as they completely live up to the ideal 'pretty setting' :)Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  8. La Deutsche Diva
    August 13, 2015 / 2:29 am

    I've never thought of using props to create my photos other than when I photograph my Boxycharm or Ipsy beauty boxes. I will try that. I just don't have a nice coffee table background that I can photograph against. I will research it more. Thanks for the tip! xoxo, La Deutsche Diva — The Denglisch Blog♥ German on top ♥ English on the Bottom ♥

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