4 Jul 2018

Shabby chic photo prop secret weapons

My favourite shabby chic blog photo prop ideas
Happy 4th July guys! In my last post I talked about being snap happy and thought I would share with you my shabby chic photo secret weapons, some useful bits and pieces that totally transform the look of your flatlays
and are cheap and easily found. I was inspired by Catherine's post of styling beautiful photos, she has such beautiful ideas on there. When styling my photos I tend to conform to a certain colour scheme or 'aesthetic' as it is known on Instagram! I love to layer each item on one at a time, making sure I am happy with it before adding the next. I love to play around with colours and shapes to see which ones work well together...

1. Dishes, little plates and platters - little dishes are so great to work in to your photos, as a dressing table or dining table/picnic flatlay and to place all kinds of things on. I love to use them to arrange jewellery, food or beauty products and it's so much fun experimenting with all different kinds of arrangements. I love the Marie Antoinette vibes about this plate by Miss Etoile, the little face with eyelashes is so dainty and cute!

2. Marble backdrop - I have tried picking up flooring samples but they are always too small for me to take my photos on. These full size backdrops by Shop Backdrop are a lot better for me and range from about £15 - £20 for about 1-2m, so I can use them in my flatlays and to take outfit photos against. This marble backdrop is gorgeous, you could totally pretend it was your bathroom counter haha, it's so dreamy.

3. White brick backdrop - I'm loving this brick texture backdrop, it's very shabby chic and will be so perfect to use for indoor outfit photos, as well as use in flatlays. It's especially useful if you are not allowed to change the current decor in your house or it doesn't suit your blog or photography style. I love how versatile these are.

4. Wallpaper samples in frames - frames are so great to use in flatlays as there are so many different kinds and you can dress them up however you like! A really cute idea is to use wallpaper samples in the frames or cut outs from magazines, or even printouts and quotes from the internet. I love that there's so much choice out there.

5. Fairy lights for bokeh effect - these are so great to use in flatlays and to make a pretty bokeh backdrop to your photos. They are so easy to find too with lots of different colours, you can even dig out your festive lights!

6. Chalk furniture paint - so so useful to customise and upcycle props and transform them to make them really mesh with your theme or colour scheme. My ultimate secret weapon. I love to scour homeware sales, sometimes you find something absolutely beautiful but wish it came in a different colour. I found my deer plate here 25p in Asda George, it was mustard yellow but I painted it ballet pink with 2-3 coats of Rustoleum.

7. Books - books offer so many possibilities, you can lay out their covers or use their pretty pages/illustrations/bookmarks in your flatlays and photos. My favourites to use at the moment are the Laduree Almanac diary, Pretty Honest by Sally Hughes and the classics with the gorgeous covers by Jessica Hische. I look for them on ebay first to see if I can get them second hand. I even have a centuries old Mrs Beeton homekeeping book that I love to work in to my flatlays, it's a really unique character piece that exudes vintage flair. Another bonus is they can also be used to balance your camera on if you have no tripod me

8. White smoke wood backdrop - my favourite texture, white wood panels are my go to flatlay background at the moment. I used them in my crystals in my every day routine flatlay. The texture promises to be true to life with a matte finish and no photo glare and is a great investment, you can style a simple background like this in so many ways, you can reuse it over and over and it can appear in your photos for years to come.

9. Confetti - this white rabbit confetti is so cute! I have also used dried and fresh petals in my photos, or even leaves, and fresh flowers like peonies and roses are a popular choice too. I have also a collection of faux flowers, IKEA do a great selection! You could use sequins or little foil shapes, wedding confetti or even shells.

10. Sweet trinkets - try out draw knobs, hanging ornaments like this Sass and Belle hanging heart, jewellery, key rings, ribbons, hand mirrors, cute stationery pieces, candles and candle holders... all the pretty things

11. Straws - recently I have started to work pastel coloured stripey straws in to my photos, I love the nostalgic feel and look of them. I have a summer flatlay idea of laying out an old fashioned glass bottle like the ones here with a stripey straw inside, and using white confetti or beads to look like milk bubbles.

12. White IKEA wooden hangers - wardrobe hangers are so useful for photos as they can be used to arrange and showcase pieces of clothing in really creative ways. I love to use clothing in my flatlays and hangers make a great addition to create that 'just flung out of my wardrobe' look. Try upcycling plain wooden hangers with the chalk paint above, you can make them any colour you choose to mesh with the fabrics in your photo.

What are your favourite props and photo secrets? I always completely dismantle the curtains haha! ♡ 

25 comments:

  1. Ooh I love this!
    I need to get myself to Ikea, seems that have so many useful props.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks so much Cora! I love IKEA for photo props, the little accessories they have are so great and they have loads of faux flowers :D ♡

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  2. Ooh so many cute prop ideas πŸ•Š 🌸 I’m planning to do a blog post like this soon too! It’s lovely to share little tips and tricks with eachother! ☺️ xx
    www.freyasfairytale.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you so much Freya! I just realised you had a brand new blog design, it's utterly gorgeous!! I would love to learn your photo secrets :D ♡

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  3. These are wonderful! I really like the marble backdrops!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much Shannon! :D ♡

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  4. I love the white brick backdrop, I might have to invest in something like that!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much Danielle! I'm so glad you liked it :D ♡

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  5. OOH! I adore reading and also watching YouTube videos on how to take the perfect picture or tips for photography on Instagram because I like to see how the person expresses their creativity through their photographer eye. I also do the little wallpaper frame trick, where you collect pretty samples of wallpaper from like B&Q for instance, and then display it in a pretty, dinky frame and it just makes the photo look so aesthetically pleasing overall. However there were some weapons in there I'd never thought of. Thanks for sharing your recommendations and I find this extremely helpful as I tend to use props a multitude of props in my photography of my baking.πŸ˜…πŸ˜† Happy July 4th!

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aw thank you so much, that is so kind!! I'm so glad you liked it and I love reading/watching them too, I love learning about all the little tricks others use when it comes to photos :D ♡

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  6. The backdrops are such a good idea to take a variety of pretty flatlay pictures! I also love to use flowers for photos, maybe not so shabby chic (although white or pink roses would be great to stay in this style) but it adds such a pretty touch, especially for spring and summer blogging!

    Julia x
    Last Post: How To Get Your Life Together | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.com/2018/07/lifestyle-how-to-get-your-life-together.html

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    1. Thank you so much Julia! I adore your photos :D I love the idea of using different props for each season, to make the photos more springlike or autumnal, depending on what time of year it is! ♡

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  7. I love my fluffy white blankets!!

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    1. Ahh they sound perfect for photos! I love a light and bright backdrop, I love my white fluffy cushion haha :D ♡

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  8. Backgrounds are so handy love them xoxo Cris
    https://photosbycris.blogspot.com/2018/07/hello-my-beautiful-friends-winter-days.html

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    1. They are so helpful especially with flatlays when you wish you could change your floor just for the photo haha xD thanks so much Cris! ♡

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  9. Amazing!!

    https://julesonthemoon.blogspot.com/

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  10. Wallpaper samples are the best!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love them too! I could spend hours browsing the samples and never take the photos haha xD thanks so much Clare! ♡

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  11. These are such good ideas! Can't wait to pop into IKEA and have a good hunt for some great props! Thanks for sharing!

    Lots of love,
    Molly xo
    http://gracetoglowandgo.com

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    1. Thank you so much Molly! I'm so glad you liked it, IKEA is amazing haha! :D ♡

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  12. I looove your ideas! I'm surely will give your tips a go in my next post! Thanks for the tips :)

    http://www.reveriends.com/

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    1. Aw thank you so much Deborah, that is so kind! :D ♡

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  13. These are all super cute ideas, I think the backdrops are such a clever idea!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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