A Guide To Alternative Blogging Props

A Guide To Alternative Blogging Props

As I have recently acquired more space to designate to my photography, I decided it was time to grab myself some new photography props. For those unfamiliar with the term, props are, in a nutshell, the items you feature in a photograph besides the focus; if you’re taking a flat-lay of some beauty products for example, you might surround it with fake flowers and other elegant accents. I like to consider my photography to be fairly unique from other bloggers – I try to incorporate more than just flat-lays in my posts – and so I figured I should get some blog props that reflect my personal style.

Patches & Pins

I recently started a small collection of embroidered patches and pins. I eventually plan to put them all on a jacket or a bag, but I think I’ll keep some aside to use as blog props. Not only are there thousands to choose from online, the different designs can also reflect the tone of theme of a post. I’ve got most of mine from Etsy & Punky Pins.

Prints & Stickers

Similar to patches and pins, prints are a great way of reflecting the theme of a blog post. Loads of designs to choose from, and they look super cute at the edge of a flatlay or propped in the background of a photo. I also love using stickers in my photos. They’re small, so don’t take up loads of space in your photos, and you can theme them around the content you’re posting!


Non-fiction, fiction, or even a journal; books make excellent background props in photos. The better the cover, the better the photo; I’m always on the hunt for aesthetically pleasing books – although, I’d never buy a book just for its cover! Amazon is my go-to for books, especially secondhand copies that you can get for less than £10.


Sometimes I like to feature my DSLR, my phone, or other types of tech as props for my photos. Tech is a huge part of my life – I wouldn’t be writing this post without it – so it makes sense to use my gadgets in my photos.

What are some props you like to use in your photography? Leave me a comment below and let me know! Thirsty for some more photography prop ideas? Check out my gal Gemma, aka the flatlay queen’s guide to photo props!



    • Emma Drury
      March 16, 2018 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks for reading, so glad it’s helped you!!

  1. March 16, 2018 / 11:28 pm

    Thank you for this helpful post! I really need to invest in some blog props and this has given me a few ideas xx

    • Emma Drury
      March 17, 2018 / 11:38 am

      Thanks for reading – glad you got some inspo!

    • Emma Drury
      March 18, 2018 / 12:13 pm

      Thank you!

    • Emma Drury
      March 18, 2018 / 12:11 pm

      Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed 🙂

  2. March 18, 2018 / 12:07 am

    Love this post em, I’ve just bought two new books for blog props and I’m so excited to use them! It’s something different and they are both lush!! x

    • Emma Drury
      March 18, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Books are such great props – I’m a real sucker for a cute cover haha!

  3. ohlunablog
    March 18, 2018 / 10:28 am

    I love using sticker sheets and patches for backgrounds, they just add extra detail don’t they?! I always add notebooks because I’m a huge hoarder and have them in every colour it seems haha. Great tips!

    Lisa | http://www.ohluna.co.uk

    • Emma Drury
      March 18, 2018 / 12:12 pm

      Yes defo!! I’m the same with notebooks – I’ve got about ten that have never been used but I always buy more “just in case” haha!

  4. March 18, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    I’ve been on the hunt for some blog props recently and i never thought about pins / patches so that’s super helpful, i bought some like crafty bits the other day like a small pack of keys and stars and then some rope and they actually look quite cool so i can’t wait to take some photos with those incorporated somehow! Thanks for the tips!


    • Emma Drury
      March 22, 2018 / 9:46 am

      Thanks for reading! Hope your photos turn out great with your new props!

    • Emma Drury
      March 22, 2018 / 9:46 am


  5. shaunaclairesop
    March 19, 2018 / 7:08 pm

    These are all great suggestions! Books are my favourites!

    • Emma Drury
      March 22, 2018 / 9:46 am

      Thanks for reading!

  6. March 20, 2018 / 8:24 am

    I absolutely love using books in my blog photography, I think it adds sounds a nice little touch. I would have never of thought to use patches though – Good thinking! This is such a helpful post Emma! Xx

    • Emma Drury
      March 22, 2018 / 9:47 am

      Thanks Angela, glad you enjoyed it!

  7. March 22, 2018 / 8:01 pm

    Girllll I’m so happy I found your blog!!! This is the best thing ever! Lots if love. You are really really amazing

  8. March 27, 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I love using books in my photos ! Love your blog so much! xxxx

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