I've known for a while now that I needed to make some photo backdrops for photographing things for the blog and for my etsy shop. I've known. I really have.
But knowing and doing are separate things, and I never got around to making them. I've been considering the concrete of our front porch acceptable, until recently maintenance scraped the entire concrete up, and it is no longer uniform in color, and has lines all over the place. Not pretty, and takes away from the objects I'm photographing.
Finally, I did it. I used the wall paper I'd bought a year ago for this very purpose to make a photo background. I decided to use the light colored cream paper and the vintage floral paper this time.
First, I glued to pieces of foam board together to make the backdrop more sturdy. I was reusing some old foam board, so I just wanted to be sure it didn't bend.
Here are my pieces glued together.
I wanted my backdrop to be double sided. One side I used a vintage floral wallpaper.
This side is just plain cream wallpaper.
Glue your wall paper (or other paper) to the boards and let them dry.
And now I'm going to demonstrate my photo backdrop as well as show you my free photo books that I received! One book was free because I filled out a survey about our wedding for the Knot, another was from a coupon that was in one of the ink cartridge packages I bought when I was printing our wedding invitations.
The left book is a 20 page hardcover from Shutterfly, and the right book is a softcover from Snapfish.
And since I've got them right next to each other (and yes, I realize the softcover is lesser value), I just want to say that Shutterfly's quality is awesome.
No, unfortunately they aren't compensating me to say that! (I wish!)
My apologies for the glare on these. I took the photos at night with a direct light in the house over them...there was no avoiding glares.
Apparently there was also no avoiding fuzzy pictures. I miss my not iPhone camera!
We ordered our Save the Dates from Shutterfly, and I am just super impressed by how well their images and products look. And...I'm not really impressed with Snapfish. But thanks for the free book anyway, Snapfish! I still like it!
These pages of the honeymoon are from the Snapfhish book...
Do you have other suggestions for good blog photo backgrounds? I often use our wooden table, and some slabs of wood for photographing, but its harder to get those outside in the natural light. I would love to hear where you find your best photos coming from!