Top Photography Props For Instagrammers

Ever scrolled through Instagram and wondered how some of your favourite photographers got so lucky? I mean they seem to have it all don’t they? Lovely weatherd wooden table tops, perfectly peely plaster walls, incredible natural bokeh light… Well not to burst your bubble but 9/10 it’s probably fake and i’m here to tell you how you can get it too.  Yay.  Here are my Top Photography Props For Instagrammers.

1. Fairy Lights

If you want to create Bokeh, you need lights.  As far as possible the use of light from a bulb will give the best effect, it’s a lot harder to create light from nothing.  To create a shot like this one below, i used a standard string of LED lights. Angled them just out of focus to create the blur, and you can play about with the direction of your lens to get the best look.  Tip– tie the lights around your tripod or camera and drag the string out towards you.  You’ll get the best focus that way!

Bokeh Photography

2. Stools

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what in God’s name i’m on about, but trust me for a second.  If you’re looking to create a levitation photo or one where the subject appears to be falling, you will first need to be capture the subject in a levitation or falling pose.  Chances are you wont be able to do that without some assistance.  Enter, your stool.  To create a levitation photo like this below i used a Fold up Stool to sit on, crossed my legs and tried really hard to think like a genie.  When you’ve taken the images you need, the stool is very easily erased in Photoshop and it will look like you’re literally floating on air.

Levitation photography

3. Smoke Grenades

Like the images that use light, the best photos with smoke, actually use smoke.  you can purchase Smoke Grenades online in lots of different colours.  You need to be super careful and always read the instructions before use.  Using these can be super fun, but be careful as they only last a minute or so.  It’s always best to have someone else behind the clicker when you’re using these. Tip– just dance about and try not to get the smoke infront of you… aim for a day with little wind and try to be in front of the smoke as much as possible.

Smoke grenade photography

smoke grenade photography
4. Photoboards

My Favourite ‘boards’ come from Captured by Lucy.  She has a wonderful selection of Vinyl backdrops, perfect for creating the illusion of a rustic table or painted wall.  I just make sure i’ve got a roll of tape handy to make sure i can get this flat on a surface, be it table or wall. Altering where you shoot with your backdrop can totally change the look too, so you can use it over and over and adjust your edit to make it look different in every shot!

hands in frame

hands in frame

5. Mirror

This Bevelled Mirror is gorgeous, and the perfect size and shape for creating mirror images like the one below.  Mirrors like these are great for Cinemagraphs and Platographs, you don’t even need to know how to use photoshop with the wonders now available from the App world. Take a look around your house, you might find something there that you never thought you could use before! It doesn’t even need to be a Mirror, a simple Photo Frame would do too!

conceptual portraits

There you have it, together with a helping hand from five things Instagram has taught me, there is no reason you can’t also have an account like the ones who admire, fake it till you make as the saying goes… Sx




  1. October 14, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Great post, thanks for sharing your tips! Can’t wait to give these a shot! S xx

    • sarahcolvine
      October 26, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Be sure to let me know how you get on! Sx

  2. October 15, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I really liked this! Beautiful photographs and some really helpful tips! X

    • sarahcolvine
      October 26, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Thanks Jess. Glad you like the post! Sx

  3. October 19, 2017 / 4:31 pm

    Great suggestions! I went to the dollar store and got a variety of backgrounds there – a wood tile, some vinyl tiles, even a placemat that looks like marble. Good for the budget! I really want to get a good, fancy mirror.

    I love photos with those smoke grenades but I’m afraid I’d set myself on fire or something haha!

    • sarahcolvine
      October 26, 2017 / 11:02 am

      Ah that’s great. The £1 stores around here wouldn’t have anything that cool! Ah you wouldn’t set yourself on fire, i promise! They’re really easy to use! Sx

  4. Lois
    November 29, 2017 / 1:11 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing how you made these pictures. I have seen some amazing creative posts on Instagram and wondered how the hell they do them and your post answered a lot . I particularly like the smoke grenade shot . Your account really shines out as you are taking such brilliant self portraits , its very inspiring .

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