I think it’s safe to say that I’ve accumulated rather a few blog photography props over the past few months, and since making a bit more of an effort with my blog photos (especially beauty products shots and flat lays) I’ve been much happier with what I’m putting on my blog.
When it comes to props, I really don’t think there’s a right way to do it – some people take beautiful, minimalistic beauty shots while others will create the most intricate busy flat lays that immediately draw my eye. I think the best thing to do is to experiment with lot of different bits and pieces to discover what works for you. Personally, I’ve found that a couple of photo backdrops, dried petals and an assortment of ribbons works best for my style of photography!
If you like your images to have a smattering of petals to break up your flat lays and make the photo more interesting, having a couple of pots of dried petals is really useful! You can use them for as long as you want, and you can literally toss them onto your backdrop before placing products on top of them – easy as pie!
Etsy is a great place to shop for lots of different colour combinations and petal types, and luckily they’re not too expensive!
You can definitely make these yourself, in fact, if you pop down to Wilkinsons you can pick up a few wallpaper samples and stick them to some cardboard to make them a bit more sturdy! However…if (like me) you are lazy AF you can buy pre-made photo backdrops, and you can get them in a variety of prints which will give a lovely backdrop for your beauty and lifestyle shots.
BackdropsByLucy have a lovely selection, and although they are pricey, I am glad I splashed out because they’ve made my blog photos far easier to take!
Finally, if you’ve got a few beauty products you want to take a shot of, why not break it up by running some ribbon around them? I have gold and silver as I find these two work best for the types of products I photograph. I think I may collect a few more colours and patterns though, so I have lots of different things to work with!
I don’t buy these, instead, I collect them from the PR packages that come my way (or birthday gifts!)