So I’ve made it to Wednesday and the third post in my Blogtober mini series – this is a big achievement for me so give me a moment to celebrate.
Today’s post is all about the stuff you’re going to need to get that blog photography off the ground. You’ve got your blog idea and niche, now it’s time to start creating.
Now I’m not professional when it comes to photography – I use my old iPhone for most of it and my Instagram is seriously lacking photos. But I have invested in a lot of photography props over the past year so hopefully I can lend you some useful advice.
Everyone needs some sort of device to take these photographs on. Whether it be a camera, tablet or phone. Although you might feel pressured to get the latest high-tech camera that all the blogger’s are posting about, you don’t actually need it.
As mentioned before I take all my photos on my phone, and with the latest technology your phone might have a better inbuilt camera than most compact cameras on the market.
Whether you take the photo on your phone or camera, these devices actually make for good props. Everyone loves a good Instagram action shot, or lens picture.
It’s pretty obvious that you need a laptop in order to write your blog posts, but they make really good photography props as well. Nothing says chic blogger like some fleshing painted nails tapping away on a keyboard. Or a cute Mac sat on a desk in the distance. Obviously you don’t need an Apple laptop, any keyboard will do.
If you haven’t seen a magazine in a blog post photograph or Instagram snap then where have you been! These are the blogger staple when it comes to flatlays and photography props. They just add that little bit of colour to the photo and are really good if you don’t have wrapping paper or card to make a background.
If you’re looking for photography props then head over to Paperchase and take a look at their postcard range. Forget “wish you were here” and say hello to inspirational quotes and flatlay goals! Take a look at all the top bloggers and you’ll see some of these in their photos.
Just like magazines and postcards, notebooks are perfect for stacking and creating some sort of background for your photos. They also help to take up a large amount of space, which is handy if you can’t afford to buy all your props in one go.
What’s even better is that you can then fill them with all your blog post ideas – killing two birds with one stone right there.
It is no secret that Hannah Gale is my favourite blogger and one of her staples, and now mine, are photographs. Whether it is polaroids, old pictures or those cute photo boot strips. These add personality to your photography as well as let your audience into your life. The chances are that you already have some of these lying around from the good ol’ days before we all went digital.
Whether your niche is beauty or parenting. A lipstick, perfume bottle or hand cream tube make for excellent props. They help to break up all those harsh lines from magazines, notebooks and rectangular postcards. Everyone has these things lying around the house – and who cares if you never use it, just wack it in the shot.
I could go on about photo props but this Blogtober series is about the basics of blogging so let’s just start with that for now shall we. If you want some more ideas then Rhianna wrote a perfect list over on her blog which I’d highly recommend checking out.
You can read my other Blogtober posts from this week here.
© Emmi Bowles