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Milk Train Rose Wall

As a blogger, content creator and avid Instagrammer, I know that images are everything. The old warning ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ has become irrelevant in our day and age, in which we place as much value on accompanying images as we do the content itself. We double tap the dreamy, well-lit pictures, the perfect flat-lays and pretty poses which draw us in and leave us wanting more. Even the very best writer would struggle for success as a blogger without the power of imagery. I’ve always viewed myself as a creative person, but over the last year I think that with practice my photography and attention to detail has come on leaps and bounds. I thought that I’d share my ‘bloggers essentials’ for great content.

Wishlist

A Bloggers High-Quality Camera

I’m typically pretty impressed with the kind of quality the iPhones provide. Saying that, for a while now I’ve been on the look-out for a more professional camera. The Panasonic Mirrorless 12-60mm Lens Camera is one which has recently caught my eye as it has the worlds fastest in class burst shooting. The camera enables amazing shots of pretty much everything and it’s definitely one which I’d love to have to take on future holidays.

Bloggers Panasonic Mirrorless 12-60mm Lens Camera

Wooden Bath Tidy

Most bloggers love bath time setups. Scrolling past Instagram posts of colourful bath bombs and relaxing bathroom decor never fail to hit the mark. Some of the most gorgeous bath themed images I’ve seen feature bath tidies; racks which rest across the width of the bath hosting a variety of photogenic goodies. I’ve had my eye on this one from The White Company for a while, and I think I’d definitely get my moneys worth from it.

Bloggers Bath tidy

Paperchase Post Cards

Bloggers Props

I bought a ‘when life gives you lemons’ postcard from Paperchase a while ago and I think it makes such a great photo prop. Next time I’m in Cambridge I’ll definitely be on the lookout for a few more, as they’re just the perfect flat lay feature.

What I Use

iPhone X and iPhone 8

I’m lucky enough to own an iPhone 8 and to have access to my partners iPhone X. Both phones have great cameras. I love the portrait mode, which gives depth effect and enables professional photography in seconds.. the only drawback being its need for a very well lit environment.

Depth Effect Bloggers

Props

New Look, Mermaid Tray

Bloggers Props

I only bought this quite recently but can’t find it online! The principle is simple, pretty trays will always make great backgrounds, propped either behind or underneath the product you’re shooting. It basically acts as a pretty cover up to any mess around you. Other great props include jewellery, candles, beauty products and..

Flowers

This rose wall from Milk Train is stunning. You bet I’d install one in my house if I knew how/ could afford to/ had room/ didn’t have hay fever (it’s not looking good). Although I don’t use anything quite as elaborate as a whole flower wall at home, I always make sure that I take advantage of fresh flowers.

Milk Train Rose Wall

The artificial ones from Neptune are stunning too if you’re looking for something longer lasting. They’re on my wish-list for as soon as I find the perfect vase for some peonies. At the moment I’m using some gorgeous false peonies which I was kindly sent by Ferris Heart Salone.

Bloggers Props

All of the Apps

It will never cease to amaze me how photo editing apps can take a picture from oh no I can’t post that to wow in a few seconds. My favourite for dramatic effects and toning yellows to bright whites is Lightroom, but check out this post if you want to know which other apps I rate.

Backgrounds

Sometimes the wooden floor and crumpled duvet (true story) just don’t cut it anymore. I’ve had to find a ways of upping my backdrop game. I picked up some wallpaper from eBay recently which I’ve found to be a great background for product photos.

Bloggers Cult Beauty Haul

 

Let me know in the comments what your blogger essentials are for great photos!

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*  This post is a sponsored post in collaboration with Panasonic. It contains PR Samples which I have been sent to review and give my honest opinion about. All words, images and opinions about the suitability of these products is my own. Please read my full disclaimer for more information.

 

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57 Comments

  • Reply crystalsandcurls

    Okay so I am in love with your photography! Honestly, flowers are my favourite photo prop EVER ?

    June 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm
  • Reply jazminheavenblog

    Your photography always looks amazing! Some great ideas here. Yes to paperchase cards hahah! Xx

    June 21, 2018 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Aw thank you lovely! Paperchase does some amazing little bits don’t they! xx

      June 21, 2018 at 8:16 pm
  • Reply Bexa

    I never thought of eBay for wallpaper, great tip Sophie! ? I love the flower wall, it’s gorgeous. Also Paperchase for postcards is my absolute favourite, they can brighten up any photo instantly. Great post and stunning photos as always! ? xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    June 21, 2018 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Honestly, it was my boyfriends idea but a pretty good one! Amazon have some great ones too. Thanks so much!xx

      June 21, 2018 at 9:46 pm
  • Reply Lorna

    Love this, your photos are gorgeous!! So many great prop ideas here and some are so simple but really effective!x

    June 21, 2018 at 8:59 pm
  • Reply Tsundoku Girl

    Love love love this! Will definitely be looking into some of them, as I am obsessed with props!

    Rhianna x
    http://www.tsundokugirl.com

    June 21, 2018 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply foundationsandfairytales

    Absolutely loved this post, I’m always looking for ways to make my photography better so this has really helped! I keep meaning to pick up some wallpaper testers for blog backgrounds, I’ll have to go to my local B&Q soon! Your pictures are always so beautiful!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

    June 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm
  • Reply justnatonya

    Those flowers were gorgeous!!!! Definitely want to start incorporating more plants and flowers into my images, seems to bring the photo to life.

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    June 21, 2018 at 11:05 pm
  • Reply glowsteady

    I’m sorry, did I just read that all of your amazing instagram posts are ALL taken on an iPhone?! Give a second to pick my jaw off the floor…that’s absolutely incredible! I need to get the Lightroom app installed. Everyone says that one works wonders. I’m forever going to be a fan of the crumpled duvet photos though x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    June 21, 2018 at 11:06 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Yes! Haha thank you so much, I’ve had so many questions about how I take my photos and everyone is always so surprised when I say iPhone, but its starting to make me feel like I should maybe step up to a professional camera! I love Lightroom it makes such a difference! There’s nothing wrong with that haha! x

      June 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply The diary of Ellie

    Postcards work super well for blog props!

    June 22, 2018 at 2:09 pm
  • Reply Kelsey Marie

    I have this odd wooden palette that is washed with white and has flowers strung across the top and it is now my absolute favorite prop. I just recently took a photo of an outfit and was like “Wow, I can’t believe how pretty this looks.” I love the marble! I need to look more into purchasing something marble for future posts!

    I love your blog and am so happy I just found it!

    June 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Aw that sounds like a wonderful prop! Thank you so much!

      June 23, 2018 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply NunziaDreams

    Sophie, I’m in love with your photography!! So pretty!! xx Fresh flowers and pretty trays are definitely a necessity for me!

    June 22, 2018 at 10:26 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thank you so much! Fresh flowers just brighten up everything don’t they?!

      June 23, 2018 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Lena Dee

    Yes to ALL 5! I think the eBay pointer is a nice hack so thank you Sophie! ?? I think your photography is awesome btw, so vivid and bright! I think iPhone has done phenomenally with their cameras, I’m hoping to get an 8 plus to play around with portrait and take cool pics too lol…also that flower wall is so chic! Great post always, sending loads of love!! ?

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

    June 23, 2018 at 3:59 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I’m so glad you think so! I agree, iPhone camera’s can produce the most amazing quality! I hope you love your new phone when you get it, I love mine! xx

      June 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Desiree Quitugua

    Ah! This was an entertaining post. I’m currently researching a suitable camera to step up my photography game. Your photos look amazing!

    xx, Des
    https://www.itsbetterinheels.com/blog/2018/6/13/a-denim-jacket-in-seattle

    June 24, 2018 at 6:37 am
  • Reply Freja

    I loved this! I am always looking for ways to take better photos and this post really helped. Thank you for sharing this!

    http://whatmakesmesmileblog.com/

    June 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply mummywho

    Great tips here! Never thought about checking eBay for wallpaper for background/props

    Kate xx
    http://www.mummywho.com

    June 24, 2018 at 5:28 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Hope you’ll get your hands on the Panasonic camera soon! It’s great to have a nice camera even though I still have a hard time learning the settings XD. The postcard looks cute! Part of me likes buying those for decoration purposes XD. I LOVE floral walls! They make such great background props.

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    June 24, 2018 at 6:21 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I have a hard time learning the settings too haha! I like them for decorating too! x

      June 24, 2018 at 10:03 pm
  • Reply Sophie Rayne

    I didn’t even think to look in paperchase for props – guess where I’m going as soon as I get a chance?
    And also thanks for the tip about eBay wallpaper! xx
    Sophie | sophierayne.com

    June 25, 2018 at 5:21 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Timms (@TiffanyTimms_)

    I absolutely love those postcards from Paperchase! I have so many as they’re so cheap and they make great little blog props. I’m always looking for new ways to change up my photos so this has been so helpful xx

    Tiffany x http://www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

    June 25, 2018 at 5:32 pm
  • Reply Ashton

    I have been looking for a post like this for some time. Thank you so much for sharing them

    June 25, 2018 at 5:58 pm
  • Reply Aaliyah Hunt

    Lovely post! I really love taking photos for my blog and I’m always on the lookout for new props to get. The flower wall looks so amazing I would love to have one of those for my photos! X

    June 25, 2018 at 6:49 pm
  • Reply Kayla

    When I upgraded my camera for my blog, it changed everything. While newer phones have great camera qualities, I have an older generation Samsung phone that can’t keep up with the quality that I need. Also flowers are a must for me! I feel like they bring out the vibrant colors and Detail in any picture. These are all great tips and ideas for photoshoots, thank you for sharing!

    June 25, 2018 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Lisa's Notebook

    Firstly, what amazing pictures (but no surprises there as I follow your Insta which is always goals!). That camera is the model of dreams although I’d have to work twice as hard as I do now to get that – better start saving then… Great tip about artificial flowers (which I use despite having a garden!) and wallpapers. They both make such a difference to photos, I can’t believe I used to use a sheet too. A tip I picked up from another blogger – when you’re in a hurry for a white background, just use your bath 🙂 Great post, Sophie, as always x

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    June 25, 2018 at 10:03 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thank you Lisa! I know the price is the only thing holding me back at the minute, I’m debating if its warranted by how much it will improve my images but I have no way of knowing! haha! The bath tip is fab so thank you for sharing! xx

      June 26, 2018 at 8:42 pm
  • Reply Kourtney Salyer Howard

    These are all really great ideas. It makes a lot more sense how so many bloggers have such beautiful photos. I see now that it takes a little effort and some props! I LOVE the idea of buying wallpaper!

    Your blog is so beautiful and helpful. Thank you for sharing! <3

    xo, kourtney| http://www.wutheringwrites.com

    June 26, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! Thanks for stopping by xx

      June 26, 2018 at 8:47 pm
  • Reply Sahara

    I feel like no matter how great the iPhone camera becomes the feeling of having a camera and snapping a photo will always be something we want! I have an iPhone X and I LOVE the quality of it so much though! I’m more of a shower person – but I loveee bath bombs so much I might actually consider having a bath just to see a bath bomb in person and not just on my instagram!

    My favorite app for my photos are VSCO (sometimes this app loves me, sometimes it doesn’t haha) and A Color Story helps me a lot with lighting!

    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    June 27, 2018 at 12:29 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I agree, there’s something nice about a camera and they’ll always be at least slightly better quality! Thanks for stopping by!

      June 27, 2018 at 9:35 pm
  • Reply Emma

    I love this post! And I am in love with the floral display 🙂 lovely post sophie.

    Emma | http://www.lifeofemmax.co.uk

    June 27, 2018 at 9:08 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      I’m so glad you liked it Emma, thanks for stopping by!

      June 27, 2018 at 9:42 pm
  • Reply Iga?Berry (@igaberry1)

    Props can really help to make a photo just a little bit more interesting. I love visiting antique shops to find things with character. Love, Iga http://www.igaberry.com

    June 27, 2018 at 9:31 pm
  • Reply jzpthomas

    I love the idea of using wallpaper as a background! I was actually considering wallpapering one of my wooden boards to use in photos.

    June 27, 2018 at 9:39 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      You should do that! It makes life so much easier and you always have something quick and easy to use when you haven’t got time to create a nice photo set up!

      June 27, 2018 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Life Travel Soul

    Hi there! I’m new to blogging and I learned a lot from this post. I’m also using my iPhone and my hubby’s Samsung for photos. My wish list also includes buying a new camera – will definitely check out Panasonic.

    June 27, 2018 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Ashiana

    I love all the photos you’ve taken!! My favourite thing you’ve included is the post cards I never thought of those for a good addition to a flatlay. Personally I love pics of jewelry to add some shine to a flatlay or flowers.

    Ashiana

    June 27, 2018 at 11:49 pm
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thank you! Flowers are one of the best props in my opinion!

      June 28, 2018 at 3:04 pm
  • Reply jenmolina1313

    I have yet to play with a bath bomb 🙁 I am in need of that and a bath tidy! I also love seeing those posts on my feed!

    Also, a bloggers best friend is most definitely a great background! 🙂

    xoxo,
    Budgetgirlife.com

    @budgetgirlife

    June 28, 2018 at 3:13 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Oh they just make the prettiest photos don’t they?!

      June 28, 2018 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply mermaidmoonchild

    Loved this post! Your photos are stunning! And I really want a bath board too as they make the most incredible bath props in photos! X

    June 28, 2018 at 7:44 am
    • Reply sophieheartsnet

      Thank you! I’m always so envious when I see them!

      June 28, 2018 at 3:13 pm
  • Reply Tushar

    The photographs are beautiful… I too wish to buy a professional camera someday… But that has to wait…

    June 28, 2018 at 8:07 am
  • Reply At Lifestyle Crossroads

    Lightroom is the best! I’ve recently started editing with it – but it really makes such a big difference! And I´m also using a lot my iPhone X, cause the quality of pictures is simply impressive for a phone. Otherwise I use Canon 700D.

    Have a great weekend!
    Anna
    http://atlifestylecrossroads.com

    June 29, 2018 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply lifeofshar

    These were really helpful for me because I am trying to improve my photography! Using wallpaper is such a good idea! x

    July 1, 2018 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    This is such a great post and perfect for giving me all kinds of inspirational ideas for when I start taking my own content photos. The wallpaper too is genius, I was getting so frustrated thinking what I could use as a good backdrop! ? x

    November 29, 2018 at 8:03 pm
    • Reply sophhearts

      I’m so glad you found it helpful! I hope all of these work as well for you as they have for me! x

      November 29, 2018 at 10:17 pm

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