73 Blog Photography Prop Ideas (You’ll Already Own!!)

blog prop ideas, blog props

I love using various blog photography props in my photos. Some you’ll see alot in pretty much most of my photos and then others you’ll see now and again and some I just use as a one off. I feel like props can really make a photo but not everyone can hunt down the goodies and some of you reading this may be looking for more inspiration for new props. So that’s what you’re getting today!! You’ll also probably own most or almost most of these items anyway…



Naturally, as a beauty blogger it just so happens that I use a tonne of beauty related items in my blog photos. MAC lipsticks, palettes and anything with cute, pink or quirky packaging will always make its way into my blog photos. Beauty products are so versatile to use as blog props because they can be as big or as small as you like depending what product you choose to use and they are easy to manipulate at different angles etc.

  • Bobby Pins 1
  • Make Up Brushes 2
  • Make Up Products 3
  • Nail Polish 4
  • Fragrance 5
  • Make Up Bags 6
  • Lipsticks 7
  • Make Up Storage (in the background) 8
  • Flannels & Wash Cloths 9



Home props can really make up a blog image. I’m forever buying homeware and love to sneak things I’ve been buying into my blog photos. It adds a new texture and something different to an image. Trays can be added to give an extra touch to an image and soft furnishings such as blankets, throws and rugs can be used in the corner of an image or as a full background. Flowers for props give me life too! If you do decide to use artificial flowers (which is just as good as fresh ones!) make sure your getting ones that look realistic there are so many on offer that look so real now don’t go for the super fake looking ones!

  • Mason Jars
  • Blankets & Throws
  • Mugs
  • Pretty Plates
  • Bowls
  • Trays
  • Trinket Boxes
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Fresh Flowers
  • Vase
  • Potted Plants
  • Succulents
  • Candles
  • Cushions
  • Rugs (faux fur is always a winner!)
  • Pot Pourri
  • Frames
  • Baskets
  • Clear Acrylic Trays
  • Canvas Shopping Bags (ones from places with cool prints!)
  • Small Decor Items
  • Tea Towels (with pretty patterns on)


Craft & Office Supplies & Stationary

office and stationary

I’m a stationary whore. I just love the shit, I can’t get enough of planners, notebooks, stickers, washi tape. It’s no secret that these kinds of props appear all over my blog images. They are often small enough yet so pretty that they can really add something to blog photos! I love placing them in corners and using pegs and other things like such to add pops of colour here and there.

  • Ribbon
  • Washi Tape
  • Notebooks
  • Planners
  • Coloured Card
  • Paperclips
  • Pins
  • Pegs
  • Paper Clips
  • Coloured Pens & Pencils
  • Pen Pots
  • Fabrics
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Gems / Sequins
  • Confetti
  • Glitter
  • Stickers
  • Magazines
  • Books
  • Post Cards
  • Prints
  • Quotes
  • Polaroids
  • List Pads
  • Gift Wrap
  • Folders / Pretty Wallets
  • Envelopes
  • Blank Note Cards (can use to write the blog title on)




This will probably be the only one which not everyone will already own. I personally love to add my iphone into my blog photos with something on the screen (usually my blog or social media). It’s probably one of my most used props, along with lenses too. You don’t have to go out and buy a lens just to have it for a blog prop though duh, it’s just if you have got it they can be great to use!

  • Camera Lenses
  • Iphones & Other Phones
  • Laptop
  • Ipad
  • Headphones
  • SD cards, external hard drives
  • Camera
  • Polaroid Camera


anitipodes cream

In the above photo, I used a white fluffy cardigan I owned, made sure there was no labels or any seams showing and then I set my products on top of it. Using fluffy items of clothing or knitted clothing or patterns can be a great way to add dimension or texture to you images. Sometimes I’ll just add a piece of clothing off to the corner and other times I’ll add the entire thing and use it as a background!

  • Watches
  • Jewelry
  • Bags
  • Cardigans (use for background texture)
  • Purse
  • Scarves
  • Sunglasses

I’ve written a few blog photography related posts on here that you might also be interested in!

Getting You’re Camera Off Auto: Understanding Exposure

My Editing Process Pictorial & Video!

I hope todays post has given you some inspiration for you to hunt down some great blog photography props! Let me know in the comments down below what your favourite thing to use as a prop is!


“Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.”


  1. Nicole Marie
    24/07/2016 / 8:28 am

    Yes! This post is so helpful! I’m always adding a lens or a SD card into my photos! They help make them look so much more professional xx

    Thrifty vintage fashion

  2. 24/07/2016 / 9:44 am

    This post is so inspiration, saving this for future reference 😉 I really love using bobby pins for props, so dainty.

    Selene Addicted

  3. Holly @ Mellifluous
    24/07/2016 / 10:17 am

    Bookmarked and Pinned to come back again! I’m terrible at blog photos so hopefully having some prop ideas will help.


  4. 24/07/2016 / 10:32 am

    So many fab ideas! I always struggle to find new or different props to use in my blog photos, so going to save this post and refer back to it the next time I’m in need of some inspiration. Thank you x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

  5. Rebecca Fletcher
    24/07/2016 / 1:25 pm

    These are great ideas. Its nice to see a post with things you already own. I love using potted plants and books as props. I still have quite a way to go though with taking better photos! haha x


  6. Ellen Smith
    24/07/2016 / 2:54 pm

    This has definitely given me a lil bit of inspiration.
    I don’t feel like my flat lay game has been my strongest lately, so I’ll definitely have to add some jewellery and bits I never think of adding to photos!


  7. Claire Walker
    24/07/2016 / 4:18 pm

    This was such an inspirational post! -(and so cuteee!) I definitely need to work on my use of props xx

    Grab Your Camera x

  8. 24/07/2016 / 10:46 pm

    This is so useful, thank you so much for this post! I’ve been struggling with taking photos of my makeup, and in the meantime have been using these rose hair clips that I bought ages ago, but this list is a life saver! I’ve just recently bought a pretty scarf from Primark purely for prop purposes haha!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

  9. 25/07/2016 / 12:30 am

    Really been needing some help with blog props, I’ve had no idea what to use,now I have a whole list to choose from, thankyou this post is a godsend!

    Claire ❤ | My Little Memoir

  10. 25/07/2016 / 2:10 pm

    Love all of these ideas! It’s so perfect to have something to play around with and photograph indoors, especially during the winter months when I have no desire to be outside taking photos. Thanks for sharing =o)


  11. 25/07/2016 / 2:13 pm

    Your photos are incredible…….pppffftttt but I’m kinda inspired to try something new with my pictures but they will never be anywhere as near as good as yours………ugh…….i love every single picture you have ever posted Caitlin, they are simply gorgeous and ooze scumptious texture. Absolutely beautiful and you are incredibly talented!!! I hope you’re putting this to use and earning money from it sweetie!!!
    Love Sarah xxxoxoxo

  12. kate_winford
    25/07/2016 / 10:31 pm

    I am so bad about not using props in my photos – your blog post gave me a lot of great ideas! Thank you for posting this!


  13. 26/07/2016 / 3:31 am

    Such a helpful and detailed post! I’m always looking for new props to add in my photos, but I have a difficult time deciding what works. Definitely pinning this for reference.

    Fariha | blog.farihawajid.com

    • 28/07/2016 / 11:31 am

      yaaaay! I’m glad you enjoyed it lovely!

    • 28/07/2016 / 11:31 am

      yaaaay! I’m glad you enjoyed it lovely!

  14. iheartcosmetics
    26/07/2016 / 10:27 am

    This is really helpful, thank you. I love your blog header by the way! I am always trying to find new props in different colour schemes, I ended up doing an ocado shop the other day and found some cute party items on there that are good props xx Sarah from iheartcosmetics

  15. kirstie_komoberi
    26/07/2016 / 12:19 pm

    This is super helpful, I was literally having a meltdown yesterday because I have a load of posts scheduled but no photos for them, so I’m definitely going to use some of these ideas – thank you!!

  16. 26/07/2016 / 10:00 pm

    This is going to be so handy! Thanks for sharing! Tania xx taniamichele.blogspot.co.uk

  17. lauren matthews
    27/07/2016 / 9:35 pm

    This is very handy and I was in need of a post like this.

    Lauren | laurmatthews.blogspot.com

  18. 31/07/2016 / 5:54 pm

    This was useful to read, thanks for sharing. I am trying to improve my blog photography at the moment


  19. 31/08/2016 / 5:38 pm

    You don’t understand how helpful this is! Honestly thank you so much, I hope you don’t mind but I’m going to write a lot of these in a cute little list and add a few extras! You’re a god sent!

    Jem | JemsJournal.com

  20. Charlotte
    27/12/2016 / 8:38 pm

    I think I really need to master flay lays next year hopefully this is something which can be achieved

  21. 29/12/2016 / 12:02 pm

    Very inspring, I’m usually more a landscape and out-and-about photographer but these ideas are really catching my eyes!
    xx finja | http://www.effcaa.com

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