Taking a great flat lay or product photo for Insta isn't easy! And having the right props can really make or break the shot. Sharing my favorite places to find the best props, without breaking the bank!
The Dollar Store
What to look for: paper, drawer liners & contact paper, dishes
What doesn't the Dollar Store have? Plus you can't beat the price! The Dollar Store is always my first stop when looking for props and they always have new things. I make a beeline for the contact paper, cards, and wrapping paper, but their seasonal section is always on trend and great for themed shots.
Featuring House of Harlow 1960 Helicon Hoop Earrings
What to look for: coasters and cheese plates
You might not think of Anthropology as "not breaking the bank," but when a sale comes around, they have incredible deals! So keep an eye out for home wear sales so you can score some gorgeous gemstone coasters, woven placemats, and more.
Featuring ASTER Chrysanthemum Pendant in Lavrakite
What to look for: plates, trays, fabric
Talk about variety! Thrift stores can sometimes be hit or miss for me when looking for props, but I will often score great pieces at insanely low prices.
What to look for: fake plants
What to look for: vintage postcards, books
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!
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Karya Schanilec is a Seattle based photographer specializing in fashion, portrait, and performance photography.