Focus On The Props – Photo Styling
(This post is part of my Focus Your Craft & Soul Blog Event – see the list of all the posts HERE!)
You may have noticed that I’ve been attempting to make my photos a bit more arty and styled lately – using props rather than just photographing a project on a plain background. This is for several reasons – 1. I got a bit bored with the way I was doing things, 2. I wanted to emulate nicely styled photos like you see in magazines like Mollie Makes, 3. I noticed that things which get pinned more on Pinterest are often the ones with more props.
I still have a lot to learn, and I thought this event was a good excuse to practice a bit more and share what I’m doing!
Here’s some of the photos I’ve posted recently using props:
I also used props to style my header for my Jennifer Grace Creates Facebook Page:
Adding the scissors was the ah-ha moment in the above photo!
On these pictures I’ve mainly been using crafty items as the props, but I want to start adding other pretty items too. One of my inspirations for adding more items is the #propstylers challenge on Instagram, set up by Georgie St. Clair and Christina Colli. Each month they challenge use to use a certain prop (for this month, May 2015, it’s ribbon) and style it in a gorgeous way, to post to instagram using the hashtag. You can see Georgie’s original post about the challenge HERE. If you click HERE you can see some of the recent #propstylers entries on Instagram. I thought I needed a plan of action to help me focus on this!
So I gathered up a basket full of bits and pieces:
Here they are all spread out. It include a big mix of items, large and small, and different sizes and colours – though I did keep it to more muted colours rather than bold and bright ones for now:
Note the little boxes of sequins and buttons – these wouldn’t be necessary for everyone but I think it’s good for me to use something I’m comfortable with, and so I can keep my scattered style!
I tried to create a styled photo straight away, using the ribbon prompt for the challenge. Plus I used an empty frame and a triangle button to keep in with my ‘focus’ theme for this weekend. I liked how the tarnished frame looked with the green flowers inside so I picked these out with a couple of other bits in the same hues:
Which looked okay but I thought it needed something else to make it ‘pop’. So I added in a couple of coral-coloured buttons:
I liked this much better!
Next I decided to try and photograph my ‘On A Journey’ Brooch again with these new props. I also kept some ribbon in for the challenge, but wanted to do something different with it, so I wrapped it around a piece of slate:
I thought I’d try a different background surface, so I photographed the same set-up on a woodgrain patterned piece of paper:
I’m not sure if I prefer this on white or on woodgrain, what do you think?
One tip I’ve learnt is it’s great to have a lump of Blu Tack to hand while you are styling. You can put a small piece under a curved object to stop it rolling around, or you can use it to keep things level – for example in the above photos the brooch is propped up at the top with a thick button and a piece of Blu Tack to keep it level with the slate:
What do you think? Have you ever tried to add props to your photos? You could try photographing some of your favourite things, or a nice meal, or a new purchase, in an arty way like this, then use the photo for a scrapbook page!
Style a photo using some props
Wrap ribbon around something grungy / discoloured
Put some flowers inside an empty frame
Which of my styled photos do you like the best?
I’ll see you again soon for the last post of the day,