Since my last post in my Lena Talks Blogging series (well, the first post) was so popular, I’ve decided to do another one. Today, inspired by a discussion with other bloggers, I’m going to be rounding up 5 different backgrounds for blog photos. I use them for beauty products, but I think many of them would be relevant for blog photos for any genre. When I first started out blogging I mainly just used things which were around the house, and over the last year I’ve bought a few different backgrounds – all of them have been very cheap. A lot of people stick to white backgrounds, and while it’s a classic option for a reason, I prefer a bit more colour for my photos.
1. Blankets & Towels
I thought I’d start with what’s in the background of the image above – it’s a Turkish bath towel with a nice pink and white print. I have a lot of different blankets, and have used them quite a lot for backgrounds because of the variety of colours and textures. It’s an easily accessible background for blog photography, and if you buy some for the purposes of blogging you can still get good use of it as a blanket.
I used the red blanket as a background for my Glam Me Up Red post.
Using scrapbooking paper is an idea I took from my friend. I found a pack of scrapbook papers at Spotlight, it was $10 for 10 sheets with different patterns on each side so 50c per backdrop. I’ve also used plain coloured paper and wrapping paper, both of which can be a really nice background for photos.
Scrapbooking paper used for my Billion Dollar Brows – Mad About Brows palette post.
Another Spotlight buy of mine is fabric. They sell bags of five or six different offcuts of fabric for around $10, and they’re usually a size that’s good for product photography. Sometimes I’ll have to rummage through the bin to find a bag with fabrics I like the look of, and other times I have to stop myself buying multiple bags. If you sew, you may already have offcuts lying around, or you could ask any sewers in your life if you could have them.
Fabric offcuts being used as a background for My Haircare Routine.
4. Furniture & around the house
I like to make use of my furniture, and places around my house for photos too. I use my makeup table, kitchen bench, and even my couches as backgrounds. They are particularly useful when I want to take photos of products standing up, as opposed to lying down. The photo of the nail polishes below is on my kitchen bench – I wasn’t intending for the reflection to be part of it, but I thought it looked really cool.
Polishes I used for my Harry Potter nail art
I don’t use the grass as backgrounds in the sense of putting products on them, but I’ve used it as a backdrop in the nail polish photo below. I like how it looks a bit blurred out.
This photo is of Faby Glittering Chlorophyll Nail Polish hovering above my lawn.
I know, this is hardly groundbreaking – a lot of beauty blogs use magazines as backgrounds. I’m not a huge fan of the lipsticks strewn over open magazines with some casual jewellery in the photo cliche, but often magazines can have some good photos in them to use as a close up background. The photo below is a jewellery ad from a big glossy mag, I always save them to use for blog photos long after I’ve finished with reading them.
Maybelline Bleached Neons nail polishes on a magazine ad
I hope this was a source of some inspiration for you bloggers! I have a few other things I use as blog backdrops but these are my main background ideas for blog photos. I’d love to know what you use – if you’re a blogger, leave me a comment, I’m always looking out for cool new ideas.