Must have Props for your Dream Instagram Aesthetic

Do you ever just see some Instagram accounts and go “Oh my gosh How does she/he does it??” and you immediately click the follow button. Even though your captions and individual pictures play an important role in building your IG audience, you shouldn’t underestimate the power of a cohesive and well organized feed.

It doesn’t matter what your IG theme is, from a minimalistic to a fun colorful aesthetic, there are some props which are worth investing in to make your individual pictures as well as your overall feed look beautiful.

  • 1-2 Backdrops according to your theme: It’s important to have at least 1 to 2 basic backdrops for your content because it lays a foundation for your content. If you keep changing the backdrops for your content, you won’t achieve that cohesive look because your feed will look really busy. Depending on your content you can decide on what backdrops will be the best for you. Some examples are bed sheet in white or beige color or in any other color according to your theme. Marble contact paper, single ceramic tile which is like $2 each at Lowe’s, any clean surface of your furniture which isn’t too busy and gets ample natural light.

You can see how I use white and beige sheets as backdrops for my content

  • Coffee table books: Coffee table books are one of the easiest and chicest ways to give your pictures an oomph! now coffee table books are little on the pricey side but definitely worth investing in to give your content an elegant touch.
  • Candles in 2-3 different sizes and colors: Candles can instantly make your pictures look cozy. Especially the mini ones because they are so cute and can provide just the right balance to your pictures.
You can see how I used mini and regular size candles on the side to add more details to this flatlay
  • Faux Flowers/ Pampas grass: Okay I love fresh flowers but let’s be honest they are pricey, not easily accessible and i just don’t think it’s practical to buy fresh flowers every time you are shooting content. That’s why I highly suggest investing in good quality faux flowers or pampas grass or any kind of premium faux plants as a prop. It dresses up your home as well as your content. There are so many options available on amazon, etsy and even the home decor sections of departmental stores.
An example of the pampas grass and dried wheat grass beside the product flatlay which I often use for my content.
  • Additional small props: Some additional props which are totally optional but do make a difference when it comes to beautiful details in your pictures are fancy hair barrettes, pretty ribbons, pearls, flower vases in the background, Jewelry especially gold pieces, decorative trays, coffee/tea mug and saucer matching your aesthetic.
used a mini candle, Gold jewelry pieces and simple coffee mug/saucer to make this simple flatlay stand out

  • Creativity: Now this is not a prop I know but it matters a lot how creative you can get with shooting content. Look around you, there are so many basic things which you can use to up your photography game. With time and practice you will be able to make simplest of things look beautiful and aesthetic.

So these were my suggestions on must have props to up your content photography! I hope you found this post helpful. Feel free to send me a DM if you have any questions 🙂

5 Tips To Maintain Consistent Instagram Feed

Hello Beautiful People!

First of all let me just say that you do not have to maintain a consistent theme! It’s totally a personal choice and if you think creating content is not fun anymore because of sticking with a theme, then don’t stress out! Do what you love because it’s your page and your account!

Also know that each account is different and not all tips will apply to every account. These are general suggestions which can be experimented with depending on your audience and content 😊

I always wanted to maintain a consistent aesthetic but I was never really satisfied with how it looked until now. Just know that it’s going to take a lot of trial and error and the thing that matters is that you never give up.

1st) Choose 2-3 Dominating Colors

This is the most crucial tip I have found to be useful. It doesn’t matter if you apply the same preset to your pictures, if it has a lot of colors in it, you might have a hard time keeping your feed put together. For my feed, you can see a lot of white and beige tones, and even if I decide to include more color like blue jeans, I would make sure that the blue color is soft and there’s enough white/beige in that picture (also around the picture) to be the dominant color

2) Decide on 1-2 Presets

Yes I get it one preset can be boring! That’s why I also rotate between two similar presets and apply it to my pictures. Remember that each picture looks different and it’s a good idea to not rely solely on preset itself. Play with exposure, contrast and saturation until you are happy with it.

3) Shoot in the same light and keep your backgrounds similar

It makes a lot of difference when you shoot at 7 am and when you shoot at 2 pm! Depending on what theme you are going for, shoot in the same lighting and same hours of the day. Also keep your backdrops similar, for example , sticking to white or beige walls when taking pictures of your outfit. Now obviously this tip won’t apply to a travel page or a page exploring colorful spots around the city.

4) Decide on a Category or Two for your Content

Now I’m not telling you to find your niche or anything but I want you to decide on 2 THINGS your account is based on. If you’re a beauty blogger, your audience will be interested in knowing about different products and looks you can create with makeup products. They won’t be interested in the sandwich you had for lunch (doesn’t matter how #aestheticallypleasing it is) Now you might be thinking that I literally told you in the beginning to do whatever you want with your page and yes I’ll still say that but I also think that if you’re serious about your content, you gotta stick to posting only relevant and valuable content for your audience, especially given how hard it is to build an authentic audience on Instagram. And you can always post those pictures to your stories which is a great way to be creative and to stay active on IG.

My account is focused on two categories; beauty flatlays and style content

5) Keep Your Feed Balanced

Keeping your feed balanced simply means that you are not posting same/similar pictures together and keeping it organized in a manner that each picture is different and yet an important element that fits within overall feed. For example, I don’t post a picture of myself side by side, I’d break them by uploading a flatlay in between those 2 pictures to keep it looking balanced.

Notice how I break the flatlays by inserting my picture here and there

So there you have it! 5 Tips to maintain a consistent Instagram Feed. I hope you found these tips helpful and thank you so much for reading my post 😊