30 Cheap Prop & Background Ideas for Blog Photographs | Blog Advice


First things first – happy new year! Let’s kick it off with some good ol’ blog advice. Photographs are what first attract people to your posts; they are so important. They must act like a big warm hug to your readers, and to tempt them in. So, you must get creative! You don’t need an expensive camera or fancy lighting. Just throwing in some simple props and backgrounds makes the world of a difference, you don’t even necessarily have to buy them, just use things around your house. There is something so satisfying about seeing the results of a successful photo when I upload the shots to my laptop. So today I thought i’d share some ideas with you on exactly how you can do the same.

30 Cheap Prop & Background Ideas for Blog Photographs | Blog Advice

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I have recently been into switching up my backgrounds. I used to just use a cream throw (above) but I realised my photographs lacked a little, well, umph. So, I bought a couple of different paper backgrounds that were so affordable but have improved my photographs so much. It wasn’t until I did some research that I realised how inexpensive they actually are. Alternatively, you’ll guaranteed have some of the items listed already in your home.

+ Magazine pages
+ Newspaper
+ Contact paper. I bought a marble effect one on eBay (here).
+ Surface patterned paper. I got mine in Vintage Wood on Amazon (here) for under £10.
+ Patterned scarves
+ Free wallpaper samples. Places like B&Q and Homebase always have a wide selection to take away.
+ Fur backdrop. Intended for baby photography but I nabbed myself a bargain at just £9.99 (here).
+ A throw or rug
+ Wrapping paper
+ Tissue paper
+ A white table. Products look their best on a neutral background. You can tables for around £5 at Ikea (here).
+ Your bed duvet cover

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There are so many lovely prop ideas and they make such a difference to a photograph. I like to add a little greenery to my pictures by using false flowers or cacti. Notebooks and photo frames also make nice additions. I switch up my props depending on the season, so for Christmas I will use stockings, candy canes etc. and in the summer i’ll use bright coloured flowers, fuchsia lipsticks etc. Here are some more ideas…

+ False flowers
+ A patterned diary, folder or notebook. Paperchase do some lovely designs.
+ Makeup Brushes
+ Makeup. Crushed (if they’re old) or as they are in their packaging.
+ Jewellery
+ Christmas tree decorations
+ Fairy lights. I recently bought some copper string ones (here) which are so affordable.
+ A large mirror under products
+ Candles
+ Jars and bottles. You can get these almost anywhere now, but Ikea have a great selection.
+ Dried fruit. You can dry your own or buy them already dried in a lot of homewear stores.
+ Fur Cones
+ Items of clothing
+ Laptop (or laptop case)
+ Perfume bottles
+ Ornaments
+ Mug of tea/coffee
+ A tray

I hope this post prompted an idea or two for you. Natural light and Adobe Photoshop are my best friends. These two combined are how I get the best photographs. I am going to do a full post on exactly how I take and edit my photographs very soon, so watch out for that.

Do you already use some of these props and backgrounds in your photographs? Which would you love to try?


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44 comments on “30 Cheap Prop & Background Ideas for Blog Photographs | Blog Advice”

  1. Marné says:

    This is definitely a post to bookmark and refer back to, thanks so much!

    And I have to admit that you’re absolutely right, I will delay doing blog posts because of my fear of my own photography skills. I have a huge appreciation for beautiful photography and get very frustrated that my pics don’t look like the idea I have in my head. This post will help with lots of new tips and tricks, thank you 🙂 xx

  2. T. Luna says:

    Since I want to improve my photography skills but lacking some decoration ideas it is a huge help for me!

    1. Clarina says:

      I’m so glad! Simple props can make all the difference to a photograph. Just have a play around! Sometimes trying something different can result in a really good photo.

  3. Great ideas Clarina! I will be definitely incorporating theses tips in my blog pics!

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you! I’m glad it helped. 🙂

  4. sarahpratley says:

    I’ve never thought about using surfaced pattern paper but it’s such a great idea, definitely going to be getting myself some! How big do they come up? x


    1. Clarina says:

      They’re great because they can look like real surfaces on the picture and no one know! (Apart from everyone that’s read this post and have seen exactly what I do haha). They’re so affordable too. Do you mean how big are the papers? My vintage wood one is around 7m x 2m, so very big. But the marble and throw are half that. X

      1. sarahpratley says:

        Yeah they look amazing – I think I’m going to get the white washed wood one, I’m really excited about it haha! x

        1. Clarina says:

          Aww good! I love the wood ones, they’re so realistic and the one I got is especially made for photographs with anti-glare! So that’s a good one to go for. Xx

          1. sarahpratley says:

            Great, thank you so much for your help! xx

          2. Clarina says:

            No problem 🙂 Xx

  5. Omg this was so helpful 🙂 Thank you so much 💗

    1. Clarina says:

      Glad you found it useful!

  6. wow lovely tips!! xoxo

    1. Clarina says:

      Thanks! Hope you found them useful. Xxx

  7. Lily Daniels says:

    This was really helpful! Thank you so much xxx

    1. Clarina says:

      So glad you found it useful! Xxx

  8. Yes, a neutral background can bring such an effect on the presentation of the picture

    1. Clarina says:

      Yes! If in doubt, keep in neutral. Super cheap too.

  9. Chanelle says:

    Thanks for the tips lovely, always looking to up my photo game! Xx

    1. Clarina says:

      No problem! Hope they promoted a couple of ideas for you 🙂

  10. Amanda Bella says:

    Really great suggestions, girl! I’m totally taking note on some of these. Personally, I’m a fan of using scarves + poster boards!! 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      Thank you lovely! Yes they always make good ones! The vintage wood backgrounds my fave 🙂

  11. stashmatters says:

    Great ideas! I like a clean white background but sometimes it’s nice to switch it up! 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      Thanks! I agree. I wish I had access to a white background! I could buy a plain white one. But I love the way products look on the vintage wood background 🙂

  12. Carmen says:

    This post is perfect! Been trying to look for backgrounds lately and this post came right on time 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      I’m so glad you found it helpful!

  13. So aesthetically pleasing! Great tips, thanks x

    1. Clarina says:

      Glad you enjoyed! No problem:)

  14. This is a little dilemma I’ve been wondering about since I started my blog! Wonderful post – thanks for sharing all your ideas. I’m especially excited to try out using some of my patterned scarves 🙂

    1. Clarina says:

      Glad I could help you solve it! They’re such affordable ideas and everyone will already have a few of them lying around their home 🙂

  15. Mali Capri says:

    this is wonderful! Thank you so much, I really needed this haha.

    1. Clarina says:

      Glad it helped you! It’s so easy to get stuck for ideas. 🙂

      1. Mali Capri says:

        I know. I’ll have to get some of that marble contact paper- it seems like a big trend in blog photography.

        1. Clarina says:

          It’s so cheap too! Yep, a lot of bloggers are using it.

          1. Mali Capri says:

            It is cheap. Thank you again for the advice.

          2. Clarina says:

            No problem at all! Glad I could help

  16. lifebylaurax says:

    Love this! Really helpful thanks 🙂
    Laura x

    1. Clarina says:

      Glad you found it handy 🙂 x

  17. This is awesome! Especially the idea about the wallpaper! Thanks for such a lovely, useful post xxx

    1. Clarina says:

      Glad you found is useful! Wallpapers great because there are so many styles to choose from xxx

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