If you’ve been dedicated to creating your own library of stock photos to pull from so you stand out in a crowd of bloggers, you most likely are always on the hunt for the best styling props. I’m going to share with you 4 places to find props for stock photos that won’t break the bank and stay on brand point!
I’m a firm believer in saving money when it comes to my photography. As a professional photographer that had my own studio for years, I always learned to seek out unique props from furniture to kitschy objects my clients could hold or would work in their photo backgrounds.
Nowadays, I’m teaching you how to be better at photography for your blog. And, it doesn’t have to be hard. Planning a day to do a block of photos will help you to have your own library and be able to stop using stock photos. So let’s get started!
My Go-To Places To Find Props for Stock Photos
Target – well, this was inevitable. I’m not telling you any secrets here. The Dollar Spot is my dream come true.
With the seasonal items they constantly rotate out of the many bins in this section of the store, you’re sure to find many props for stock photos here. And, at $1 or sometimes slightly more, you will have a nice little prop basket to pull from.
Some of my favorite items in this section of Target are the stationery items like cute decorative pens, thumbtacks, and little glass jars. Oh! Be still my Tar-JAY heart! If you’re lucky enough to catch the Dollar Spot on clearance…even BETTER!
Here is a shot using some pencils and stationery items I grabbed in the Target Dollar Spot. You can buy this stock image here on Creative Market.
Marshalls or Home Goods – I guess you could throw TJMaxx in here too. They are all owned by the same corporation, TJX Companies, so you’re going to find a similar selection of goods here.
For these stores, you can find ample props for stock photos if you’re a food blogger. Cute dishes and bowls and other little goodies like unique kitchen timers will surely give your food photos just an extra pop.
Back in the day, I would find so many amazing blankets here when I was dabbling in the newborn photography world. So. Cute. Here’s a shot with one of the blankets I loved using!
Antique Stores – While I am not sure you’ll always get the best buys here, I do know that you’ll find really amazing one-of-a-kind items. While I had my studio I would buy plenty of fun antiques to decorate with from some of the best stores in the middle of nowhere Missouri.
I have a pair of AH-mazing vintage church doors in my living room. Swoon. But, you can find cute things here that would be perfect for the DIY blogger. Things like sewing supplies. Cute old buttons, patterns, and other notions. Once you find one really good Antique store, you’ll be smitten forever!
My collection of old cameras is quite large.
Craft Stores – By that I mean stores like Michaels of JoAnns. Or any other store similar. You’ll be able to incorporate art supplies into your props like watercolor brushes and paint tubes. I love this look.
Plus, these stores carry a selection of seasonal items like miniature decor that would add just the right touch to your photos. I also love buying glitter and sequences to sprinkle across a photo backdrop. GLITTER – it’s the herpes of the craft world!
P.S. I have also found some cute stationery items here recently! Betsy Johnson anyone? This stock photo can be purchased on Creative Market.