It's great to have a routine for taking photos in place, but sometimes adding a little extra visual interest into an image can make a world of difference. I'm talking props, and although you may just be taking personal style photos or close-up product shots, there certainly are some easy, affordable options you can utilize to make the pictures that you take for your blog even more memorable.
Add in a Cool Plant or Topiary
You can go real or fake, hearty or delicate but adding in a unique plant or floral arrangement can really help to set the mood in a photo, as well as adding some dimension and filling some blank space. Pick one up at a horticultural outlet or go faux at a store that offers great style and price like Home Goods, which also has awesome options for various table decor and tchotchkes that can work in the forefront or backdrop of photos. You could also try a craft store like Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michael's for some artificial plant decor; just be sure to go for ones that seem realistic, and/or pick ones that may be “on-trend” at the moment, such as air plants and succulents.
Try Some (Temporary) Body Art
Wear this prop option on your skin, and even coordinate your look with some Henna or Temporary Tattoos (I've found some super cool ones on Etsy). Flash Tattoos were insanely popular last week at New York Fashion Week (they come in metallic tones and are meant to look like jewelry), and when I looked at my outfit photos from the week, they really photographed spectacularly in the natural light.
Visit a Prop Shop or Costume Store
You've also got the option of a local college, theatre company, or even department or specialty store (used for window displays) that may let you borrow some props, which is even better than buying and keeping something, as you won't feel obligated to use it over and over again just because you own it. You can find some pretty zany stuff by sorting through the objects available at these vendors, and who knows, it may even inspire an impromptu photo shoot at that very location!
Flea Markets, Thrift Stores
This one is a bit of a no-brainer, but the key is to find and use objects that may at first feel a bit unconventional. Signs, lamps, furniture — search for items that may be in a unusual color that can pop in photos, or look interesting partially cropped out of the frame or blurred in the background. If you're looking for something specific, scour eBay and Etsy first, as you may have better luck locking down that exact item.
Go Through Your Scarf Bin
When the idea first struck me to lay the jewelry I was photographing on top of one of my scarves, I was instantly mad at myself that I hadn't thought to do it sooner! Both fashion and winter scarves add a great variety of hues and texture to objects, and the best kind of prop to use is one that you already have! I've also used pristine place mats and box lids, laid with the inside part, up, and put smaller objects inside. Boxes both meant for vanity/table top storage, vintage hat boxes, and even the inside of shoebox lids can have some surprisingly cool designs, prints, and colors found within; flip a few over at home to see what you're working with, and I bet you'll be amazed.
Search for some inspiration online by looking on sites like Bloglovin, and start a private Pinterest Board or Evernote file were you can pin and brainstorm your prop ideas.