Why I started shopping on Amazon Prime
I have to start off by saying that I’ve wanted to write this one for a while!
The idea hit me earlier this year when I began utilizing Amazon Prime more efficiently and made the discovery that there are a TON of Instagram worthy props available to be delivered to me in 24 hours or less! Wow!
At the time, I was a mother of a child under the age of one and still today, am the primary caregiver for said child 99% of the time (see how I learned to manage my time as a Work At Home Mom and Get Organized Like a Mom Boss). So, needless to say, the idea of such speedy delivery time plus reasonable prices was an amazing one; because you don’t know the kind of patience you are capable of until you take your baby (or now rambunctious toddler!) on a shopping excursion.
If you can make life just a little simpler and eliminate two or three stops, why not take advantage of this, right? In mommy time, this could equate to something like 2 hours and you can instead get all of your shopping done in 20 minutes or less while your little one naps… even on your lap!
Can I really buy beautiful photography props on Amazon?
You might be thinking, Nikki, can I really get gorgeous things on Amazon for my Instagram and Pinterest photos? Yes, you SO can! Plus, you will be AMAZED with the high quality of them too! I know I was. It’s incredible how many DM’s I get asking where I picked up certain items and I almost always got them on Amazon, haha.
And bonus, if you’re not happy with one of your purchases, head back to your Amazon account and ask for a refund! If the item was sold and shipped by Amazon (always be sure to do a double take on this before checking out), Amazon will normally give you up to one month to decide whether or not you want to keep something and, if the issue is related to quality or functionality, they’ll even pay the return shipping! You can’t get more win-win than that! The incredible return policy is the reason I do the vast majority (actually around 95%… seriously) of my shopping on Amazon or at Costco, haha.
So, without further ado, let’s dive right in:
11 Instagram Photography Essentials You Can Get on Amazon
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(1) Felt Letterboard
Just about every Instagram mom and lifestyle blogger I know has invested in one or a couple of these! Perfect for making announcements, advertising sales and giveaways, and rewriting quotes to display in your home or as a flatlay. People LOVE letterboards and they look fabulous in just about every photo!
(2) Sheepskin Rug
Sheepskin rugs, whether faux or real, add a beautiful texture to your photographs. Whether layered on top of a fluffy white blanket or placed on top of a modern wood plank floor, this simple yet elegant piece is sure to add a pop to your next flatlay!
(3) Artificial Flowers
I once considered purchasing real flowers for a mid-week photography session but then I realized I was a busy mom! Needless to say, that photography session never happened. Buying artificial flowers allows you the time and freedom to shoot photos when you want, as often as you want, and how you want. No need to worry about keeping them alive or ruining your pristine white bedding, beautiful new carpets or flooring. End of story! They are low maintenance and add a feminine touch to any shot.
(4) High Cozy Socks
The top-down comfy, high socks and coffee shot is an iconic one on Instagram and in my experience, consistently does very well. Paired with a new best-seller and the right hashtags, this shot will not only draw engagement though, it also adds a new perspective to your overall Instagram feed. People naturally love trendy things and going the extra mile to mixup points of view on your feed makes a difference!
Whether your prefer flameless (maybe you have small children like I do!) or real candles, including this elegant and timeless accessory to your photos makes for a gorgeous addition. As the Danish would say, candles are hygge (a word that embodies the mood of coziness and feeling content). They create a warm (sometimes quite literally, hah!) and comfortable atmosphere that can be felt in their presence and/or through a photograph. Exactly how you want you audience to feel when they stumble across your profile, right?
(6) Eames Style Molded Plastic Chairs
Ah, the famous Eames chair! I remember first seeing these on Pinterest and falling in love with them there! First designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1950, this gorgeous piece of furniture has since experienced a resurgence in its popularity. Cover it with your sheepskin rug, sit your adorably dressed toddler on it, or showcase it in a beautiful corner of your home! The Eames Molded Plastic Chair always draws a lot of comments and DM’s; I constantly have others in disbelief when I tell them I got mine for the price I did on Amazon! Bear in mind though, the chairs shown above are shown in a lot of two, so the price will actually be a reflection of this at checkout. These chairs are sold as singles on Amazon for a higher price point but why spend more on one when you can get two for just a few dollars more.
For an even bigger discount, check out This Link to get each chair for even less when you buy four If you don’t need all four, sell a couple on Facebook using my tips for 7 Ways to Slay on the Facebook Marketplace to get some money back!
(7) Bi-Fold Foam Board
A super inexpensive but essential tool for flatlay photography! Nothing gives you a more vibrant or white background quite like a foam board does. And bonus, this one is bi-folding, which means you can use one side for bouncing light while you photograph the other side. Balance it on a chair to give your props a lift. Control how much natural light you have access to by taking your “portable photo studio” anywhere you want to go! A foam board is the least expensive and easiest way to get started on taking better and brighter photos while Maintaining and White & Bright Instagram Feed!
(8) Rectangular Plates
If you’re a food blogger especially, rectangular white plates are definitely the way to go! Compared to round plates, they photograph much nicer and give you more styling freedom. Round plates are quite limited as placing a similarly shaped objects next to one another is far less interesting than rearranging beautiful clean lines against varying short and long edges. Plate the meal or appetizer right and boom, you’ve got yourself a trending image!
(9) Trendy Coffee Mugs
I absolutely adore my Mama and Girl Boss coffee mugs! They just have a way of brightening my day right from the start. And Instagram agrees! Cute coffee mugs and tea cups are always a hit. Whether showing off your in home barista skills or taking your personalized cup to work in your office, these unique little pieces add personality to your cupboard and photographs.
(10) Weekly/Monthly Planner
This is definitely a multi-purpose prop! It looks beautiful in photographs with other stationary or even on a breakfast tray with a cup of coffee and other morning essentials. Plus, choose a planner with an inspirational quote on the cover and perhaps, one at the start of every new month, and you’ll brighten both your own and your audience’s day whenever you share these happy words.
But an agenda is so much more than just a fabulous Instagram prop!
As an Instagram influencer, a planner is an absolute must for me; I often have deadlines for sponsored posts that overlap and find that the best way to schedule them all is to have an agenda in front of me. It’s just so much easier to examine everything at once.
While I’ve managed to minimize almost all other aspects of my life (check out my One Simple Rule for Maintaining a Showroom Home to see how minimalism helped me go from spending hours cleaning my house to only 15 minutes a day), I’m a bit old school in the sense that I still prefer a paper planner over a virtual calendar!
(11) White Bedding
Perhaps we saved the best for last! Amazon offers Amazon Basics bedding for an unbelievably low price! An absolute steal for a pristine white bed sheet set.
Nothing sells your Instagram page quite like a beautiful environment. Whether the theme is travel, fashion, motherhood, or interior design, people love looking at gorgeous spaces. And nothing cleans up a space like adding some comfy, white bedding.
Bonus: double up and use your bedding as another surface to shoot flatlay photographs! Shoot top-down and then zoom out to capture your collection of goodies in your room as a whole. Just make sure to only place items that won’t run colour or stain your gorgeous new bedding here!