Use your living space as inspiration
Going to the shops and buying new blogging props is fun, but is it necessary? If you have the money to spare then yes! But if not, do not worry... you can create equally as beautiful photos for your blog by rummaging around your home and finding the perfect props for the product your photographing. When deciding what props to use, think about the context or the story you want the reader to envisage. If it's a baking post, head straight to the kitchen and find sprinkles, cookbooks and pretty bake-ware. If it's a skincare product, think about delicate flowers or objects that correlate to the fragrance of the product. There are many things you can use such as your pretty floral bedding, the fresh flowers out of your mum's vase, the sparkly dress you feel like a princess in - the list of things you can use is pretty much endless. By using a little imagination, you can create stunning blog photos to suit your tight budget.
No need for expensive gadgets
DSLR cameras are a great investment and I couldn't be without mine, but they are not necessary if you cannot afford them. Plenty of phones nowadays have high quality cameras that can produce clear and bright images. A great way to improve your photos is by investing in a light box and reflector; both of which can be found both new and second hand for bargain prices on Ebay or Amazon. Those on a tighter budget should make the most of natural lighting by taking photos in the brightest room, near a window, or outside if it's not raining! Having good lighting makes such a big difference in the overall aesthetic of your photos whether you're using a fancy DSLR camera or not.
Make use of free editing apps
Editing apps are able to transform a dull image into a bright and beautiful one. These are especially helpful in the winter or you have an issue with poor lighting. One click of a button on an editing app magically makes your photo burst with colour. In my first couple of years blogging, I used the camera on my phone and used Instagram to edit my photos and managed to get by. Now, I much prefer to use free apps such as PicMonkey; this is where I edit most of my photos if needed. Here you can crop, sharpen, change the exposure, add effects and text all for free. I tend to stick to the basics by simply clicking auto adjust or changing the exposure slightly. Photography has become a big part of blogging as clean, clear and bright images draw us in and is a big factor in whether we want to read on or not. With the use of easy to use free editing apps like these, your blog photography will be greatly improved in a flash.
Supermarkets and bargain shops
Having a stash of pretty backgrounds comes in handy, but buying so many can get expensive if you get a little carried away. Have you thought about using wallpaper or floor samples? Head down to your local DIY store and grab a few. Think about what colours and patterns would tie in with the personality and tone of your blog but don't end up coming home with enough wallpaper to cover every wall in your house! A place I like to go for cheap backgrounds is Wilko's, this marble adhesive film is perfect for a fresh, modern look and is only £4. With regards to where to find cheap blogging props, great places to go include Ikea, Tiger, Primark, DotComGiftShop and Sass&Belle. Supermarkets are the place to go for bright and beautiful flowers as they cost very little but look amazing in photos.
Inspiration and imagination
A little imagination goes a long way. Don't like how your photos are going? Try taking them from a different angle. Photograph your fun outfit in a fairground. Photograph your striking purple hued makeup look in an enchanted bluebell field. Photograph your freshly baked vanilla buttercream cupcakes against a rainbow of sprinkles and glitter. When it comes to inspiration, there are many places you can look. For a start, there are lots of wonderful blogs around full of inspiring photos and content! Social media is always a great source for inspiration too; think dreamy flat lay's on Instagram and a wealth of pretty photos on Pinterest. Be inspired, don't compare, use your imagination, and portray your uniqueness through your blog photography and content to be the best blogger you can be.