When it comes to blogging there are a million little pieces that come together to create a successful post. Everything from the title to the tags on each individual photo makes a difference in how your post is received and how accessible it is to the general internet population. You can have an amazing piece of content that you spent days perfecting but unfortunately if you don’t have the other pieces to the puzzle your post might not be so successful.
In my year of working on La Belle Sirene, I have grown and my style and content has grown with me. Along the way I have discovered little tricks and tips that have made an impact on the success of my posts and the biggest one seems to be my photography. I don’t claim to be an expert in any way whatsoever, I only know what works for me but blogging is all about community so why not share what little knowledge I might have? I am not a “photographer” in the least but I really enjoy the process of creating a well styled photo that speaks to my readers and the key to those photos is a good background. So key in fact that I have spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect backdrops (on a budget) and I want to share with you the things that work for me.
1. Canvas or Foam Board – A clean white background is absolutely essential for any blogger. You can use white furniture around your home or if like me you prefer to move your shooting location around with the sun, you can use a simple piece of foam board or a stretched canvas to get a portable white backdrop. The foam board is a great option because you can pick it up for about a dollar and have multiple pieces on hand in case you spill nail polish or maybe want to create a design with lipstick on your backdrop.
2. Salvaged Wood – If you want to add a little bit of texture to your photos, a wood background is perfect. Distressed wood is very chic and can give a nice rustic feel to a photo that pairs really well with beauty products. I created my background using a few pieces of wood salvaged from an old plant stand and painted it white. You can do the same with wood from garden centres or hardware stores for only a few dollars. If you want to get the same look without the actual wood there is an amazing post over on Citron and Guavaberry about using a printed image.
3. Marble Contact Paper – A marble background is incredibly popular right now and rightly so. The clean lines and light tones of marble give an ultra sophisticated vibe to any photo and is perfect for amping up the glam factor of your higher end products. Unfortunately not all of us can afford to go out and buy a slab of marble just for photos so the next best thing is to pick up some marble contact paper. The paper will adhere to just about anything so you can cover canvases, trays or frames and the glossy finish makes it look like real marble. I bought mine at the dollar store but you can also get some at Home Depot and craft stores like Michaels.
4. Fabrics – Another great way to add texture and warmth to your photos is to use different fabrics you find around your house. I love to use throw blankets, rugs, scarves and towels, all of which have different textures that add a bit of depth to a shot. You can layer them up with other backdrops to create something really unique, one of my favourite combinations is a cream throw against the salvaged wood. If you don’t have many options in your home, IKEA is my favourite store to get inexpensive choices.
Once you have your background figured out it’s time to start playing with props to really set the scene but I will save that for next week!
What is your go-to background? Where do you shoot your photos? What new background are you wanting to try?