Daily Dose of Design: 15 Fun & Practical Photo Prop Ideas

Monday, September 24, 2018

15 Fun & Practical Photo Prop Ideas


If you're a blogger, vlogger or love taking pictures, then you know the importance of having pretty, bright and attractive photos. It's easy to find fun little things you can add to lifestyle shots, but they aren't always practical items or things you have use for. It's great to have things like these around but it's always ideal to be using things you already love, have and use on a daily basis. If you're in the market for some new decor or home finds, check out these picks that'll look great in your home and that you'll use but also make for great additions to your photos!

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1. Navy Accent Pouf: I've been eyeing this pouf for soo long now. It comes in so many colors and is available at so many stores, but there's something about this beautiful navy! It's on sale right now so if you're looking for something new for your home, consider this! It's great for extra seating, to put your feet up on, or my personal favorite idea - in the middle of your closet! Perfect to sit on while trying shoes on. ;) It adds texture to photos and is a really pretty, different background if you need something new.

2. Heart Eyes Mug: I LIVE for these cute mugs! They're the most perfect, $10 gift. This one is my favorite and whether you gift it or keep it for yourself, it's a great deal! They're cute to drink out of, obviously, and also look super cute in photos! They'd all be great for holding flowers and other small things for pictures.

3. 'The Little Dictionary of Fashion' Coffee Table Book: can you ever have too many coffee table books?? I don't think you can, so add this one to your ever growing collection! It's the cutest and one of the prettiest for sure. You can never go wrong with adding a book or two to a photo!

4. Elephant Shaped Match Strike: this is nothing more than a cute little decor piece that looks really cute in photos. ;)

5. Gold Scissors: they're just prettier than your average pair of scissors! ;) Super useful (and cut really well if you were wondering!) and look really good in pictures if you have the right setting going on!

6. Blue Light Glasses: these are an essential if you work long hours on the computer! They're made to block out the blue light that our electronics' screens give off and if you've ever suffered from headaches, I highly recommend trying these. They've helped me so much even on days where I have long hours staring at the screen! They're really pretty too which is a bonus. ;) I love the idea of having these in a ton of different product/lifestyle shots for blog posts and even flatlays!

7. Light Pink Shag Pillow: this is the comfiest, softest pillow EVER. It comes in three colors and it's on sale! It's seriously so cozy - I take it with me when I watch TV in the living room at night because I love it so much. I've used it for the background of one of my shoe photos recently - check it out in this post. Everyone needs one!

8. Gray & White Printed Area Rug: if you're looking for a new area rug of any kind, go straight to Wayfair. Seriously - they have the most beautiful rugs and there's almost always a sale going on, on already really well priced pieces. The quality is great too and there's no better background to add some texture and color to a photo than a printed rug!

9. Gold Catch-All Tray: I have a million 'catch-all' trays and really, it's an excuse to have more little things laying around that you probably don't need... But they can be really useful to hold jewelry and I always love having one on my nightstand. The same goes for using one as a photo prop!

10. Essie Gel Polish: I love adding nail polish into my pictures! I think it looks so pretty and it's hands down one of the simplest ways to add color to a picture. The Essie Gel Couture line is worth trying too - it looks beautiful on and lasts much longer than you'd expect for an at-home mani! The color shown here is 'Fairy Tailor'.

11. Agate Print Trinket Dish: another catch-all tray that's too cute to pass up!

12. NARS Lipstick Set: if I had to pick one of the most useful photo props out there, I would pick anything beauty/makeup related every single time. Lipsticks like these NARS minis add the pop of color that some photos just need sometimes! They're also really beautiful and you'll love using them daily!

13. Gold Potted Artificial Plant: if you have trouble keeping real plants alive or want a little something extra for your desk, dresser, a side table, etc., this $7.99 artificial plant is for you! $7.99, seriously! I love adding some sort of floral or plant to my pictures and this one looks extremely realistic so it's nice to have whenever you need it, aside from looking really pretty.

14. Gold Beats Earbuds: these are my favorite earbuds ever! The volume control is top notch and they're another everyday item that you can add to your pictures.

15. Wooden Tray: I've actually been looking for a tray like this for a long time and finally found the perfect one! It's meant to carry food on/use in bed, but you can use this for so many things. I'm almost as much of a tray addict as I am a blanket addict! You'll find this useful - as you would any type of similar tray - but also to add something different and new to your pictures.

XOXO -A

42 comments:

  1. Oh these are awesome! I love using props!

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  2. I can totally relate to wanting cute things in the house that can also be used for photos. I love the fashion coffee table book the most! Great picks here!

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  3. so creative! I always have to hold myself from buying something that I can use ONLY for the picture - it's like a desease hahaha I see it and there is a picture idea pops up in my head

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  4. I love new decor! I cannot wait to decorate my own place!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

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  5. Love everything, but the trinket dish & wooden tray are up my alley! Great ideas - I need to scour my home more closely for potential props!

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  6. I need that cute Dior book! Love all these ideas! I'm always in need of props for my photos!

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  7. Love me a pretty plant and those scissors are GORGEOUS!

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  8. These are all such good ideas! I seriously need to up my game with photo props. I would love to get some more coffee tables books, because that's such a great prop idea. I also love how much gold and neutral colors you incorporated into this.

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  9. this is such a great post babe! i've been in a creative rut these days with flatlays but now i'm feeling inspired again! thanks darl xx

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  10. Oh such good ideas! I never really post flatlays, but I like the idea of including some of these things in photos anyways.

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  11. Such great ideas! Love that you shared this

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  12. I definitely need more of these in my life! I have a few of them - fluffy pillows and cute scissors, but books and rugs are always good to have as well! Such good ideas!

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  13. Love that navy pouf! If I had room for it, I would totally pick it up. Navy is one of my colors in my living area. Loving all of these pieces!

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  14. Loving the pouf! And I love cute mugs too, as well as fun & pretty books - great for displaying on the coffee table in addition to using it as a prop!

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

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  15. These are all so cute! I am loving that navy pouf, such a cute photo prop!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

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  16. I love that navy pouf and the color would fit right into my grid! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. My glasses are the best prop ever! And super useful, haha.

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  18. These are all so cute! I'm moving into my first college apartment next year and I think I need a white fluffy rug like that!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com 

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  19. I'm always looking for ideas for props to spice up my photos. Thanks for this list!! Love the blue pouf!

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  20. These are all such great ideas for props! I'm always looking for pretty things to put in my photos haha

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  21. Love all the simple things that could already be in your home!

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  22. Great ideas! I have some things around the house like this that I need to go roundup.

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  23. So many cute ideas. I love going to Hobby Lobby or Target to find props.

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  24. I have a thing for poufs! I just bought two...love them so much

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  25. These are all such cute ideas! Thanks for the inspiration :) xo, Suzanne

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  26. Oh I love this! I have been looking for ways to spruce up some of my photos a bit, especially flatlays! Plus, none of these props are crazy expensive!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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  27. Love this list!! I desperately need to step it up on my flat lay photos. Once we settled into our new home, I need to pick some of these items up!

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  28. These are great props! I need to get better at using them in my photos.

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  29. I really love using props! That coffee table book prop is just perfect ans exactly what I need!

    Ash | www.theashtreejournal.com

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  30. What a great post!!! Love seeing what other bloggers love. I want the glasses so bad!

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  31. Oh that poof and tray are my favorite ones! I really love that these are functional but great for props too, perfect for my house.

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  32. That mug is so adorable, and I love the pencil holder, the white is perfect for contrasting pictures. So many great picks!

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  33. I LOVE collecting props for photos! I have shelves full of cute cups, straws, pens and a whole lot of other stuff. Styling photos is just so much fun!

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  34. Omigosh I've never thought of soooo many of these great prop ideas!! Totally inspired now;) PS: I desperately need to try the blue light blockers....

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  35. I love these photo props! I have a ton of little things I've scooped up from around the house for my photos, but I am really loving that pouf!

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  36. Great ideas, Adriana!! Props make such a big difference in photos.

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  37. Love these props!! I feel like everything I buy for my home these days is bought with the intention of potentially using in photos haha! #bloggerlife

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  38. This post is so helpful because I never know what props to use for flatlays. I totally need to get some cofee table books :)


    -xo, Azanique | www.lotsofsass.com

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  39. These are definitely great ideas for props!! I'm in the market for new home decor and I loved looking at your picks and getting some inspiration :)

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  40. I love all these prop ideas!! Home decor is definitely my weakness but I've found that now that I have a son, I'm much more hesitant to buy cute decor items that could potentially get destroyed.

    xo, Laura

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  41. Having photo props is so important these days aye! I love having all these things in my office ready for when I need to shoot things like flatlays!

    Helen xx
    https://helenchik.com

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