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10 Ideas for Blog and Instagram Photography

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I'm a self proclaimed instagram addict. Why? Because it's one of the most beautiful and visually appeasing social media tools and because I find the majority of the traffic for this blog via instagram. (P.S. you can follow Blog in Between on Instagram @bloginbetween).

Styling your instagram can be a lot of fun but you're not always sure what to post or use. So, I came up with a list of 10 different props you can use, and most are under $20!

10 ideas for blog and instagram photography


Let's start with the base. This is one of the most important features of Instagram. Having a nice background can make or break the image. So, how can you find them?

1. A brick wall

Backdrop Ideas for Blog and Instagram Photography

Cost? Free!

Go around town or maybe the side of your house. This makes the prettiest backdrop for your hands (I love hand pics...) and makes your images pop.

2. White rug

instagram photography backdrop white fluffy rug

Cost? Around $10-$100 for a fake one.

I literally use this all the time. If you're looking to master the flatlay, this is the perfect backdrop. I have this one from Target for $45.

3. Your Desk

Blog Photography Background White Desk

Cost? Most likely free!

You probably have a desk or a table top works too. Love the look of white? Buy a $2 white foam board. (This is a secret that most instagrammers never tell you- they use a white board!)

4. Wood Background

wood backgrop photography

Cost? Free or $20.

Don't you love the look of the distressed wood? I do! You can buy this on Amazon or go to your local Home Depot and buy some more. I like this etsy option for $10.


5. Candles

prop ideas for instagram candle

Cost? $4-$15.

Candles magically up your instagram game. Whenever I draw a blank on what needs to round out my picture I add in a candle. Lit or unlit, it's up to you.


6. Office supplies

Prop Ideas for instagram office supplies

Cost: free or uber cheap.

Chances are you have some post-its or pens lying around, begging to be part of your instagram photos. I love using scissors, planners, pens, notepads, and pencils. Pictured: my fave planner.

7. Fresh flowers

blog and instagram photography props

Cost: $5-$20

Want people to swoon over your instagram shots? Throw in some pretty blooms. I like to pla around with the full bouquet or just using a few strategic flowers here and there. Some of my faves? Carnations! They last forever!

8. Coffee

Blog photography ideas, coffee

Cost: $1-$5

Sometimes it's awkward to have a photo of just yourself, the solution is easy- a cup of coffee. Whether in your favorite mug or from a coffee shop, you really can't go wrong.

9. Beauty Products

How to style instagram photos with props

Cost: $1-$20

Need to add a bit of color to your image? Add in a pretty lipstick or pink blush. Beauty products are packaged the way they are for a reason, you might as well use them.

10. Books


Cost: $1-$15

We all want to know what you're reading! You can stack them, open them up to where you've stopped or just put it on display.

Want more on Instagram? Check out this free report on why Instagram is the most important social media tool of 2016 and get an in-depth look at how to transform your Instagram!