Ever since I started getting serious about my photography and how I wanted to brand Blissful Gal, I have been loving styling pictures and finding new ways to make them pretty. If there is anything I have learned in the last year of blogging, it’s that your images need to be aesthetically pleasing if you want readers to stick around and turn into followers. Yeah, of course you also need to have great content, but people are visual, and your images are what they first see and use to decide if they want to read the words.
There are so many different aspects that lead you to great images, from layout to photography to editing. So today we’re going to discuss how to make backgrounds for pictures to make them look more professional and enticing. Regardless where you want to utilize these tips, whether it be social media or blogging, they will definitely help you get your creative juices flowing!
1. Classic White Background
For me, I go about this two different ways. The first method I utilize is using a plain white sheet as a backdrop. What’s cool about using fabric is that you can bunch it up to create depth and dimension, which makes images more interesting. Fabric is actually pretty affordable too! All I did was hit up my local Jo Ann fabrics (you can go to any craft store) and found some scrap fabric. Scraps are usually the perfect size for flat lays and are typically marked down more than the fabric you have to get cut.
The second method is using poster board. I also love using posters as a background because it creates a clean, white space for whatever you are trying to capture.
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2. Stone Background
Ever see pictures with a gorgeous marble backdrop? I feel as it adds a special touch to the photo and often times makes it more elegant. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go out and get a slab just to use for your pictures? Yeah, me too! Except for the fact that while I was at Crate and Barrel last week, I found a marble cutting board (perfect for pictures, right?!) and it was close to $100!! HA HA, this was when I realized that I needed to find an alternative to authentic marble.
Where I live, there are a couple Habitat for Humanity Restore locations (you can see if you have one near you here), which is one of the best places to find items for pictures. One of the greatest purchases I have made from there are a couple floor tiles. One of them looks like a marble counter top, which is perfect for what I wanted to do! What’s awesome is that the tiles are max $3 if you buy them individually.
In a couple of Facebook groups I am in, several people have also talked about how they use marble contact paper (you can purchase it on Amazon). Some keep it on the roll for convenience, and just roll it out when they need it, while others attach it to foam board for more durability. I have not used this method yet, but I am definitely open to it if I don’t find what I want at the Restore.
3. Patterned background
Patterned backgrounds are perfect to add a little something extra to a photo! This past weekend, I was wondering the aisles at Target (my wallet says this has been happening too frequently…) and found and adorable patterned adhesive paper for only $3! All I did was stick it to a poster board and bam! I had a new backdrop for my pictures. Never underestimate the power of the Target dollar section.
Tip: If you decide to use adhesive paper, I would recommend attaching it to foam board instead of standard poster board. It is a lot more durable and won’t produce air pockets when trying to attach them together. The poster works fine for me right now, but if I had to do it over again, I definitely would use the foam board instead.
Another idea: You can also get different patterns of scrapbook paper. I have seen so many different designs that I know there is something that would match what you want!
4. Colorful Background
Depending on your color scheme for your images, you could very well be able to use the colored posters sold at craft stores or Target or Walmart. If those aren’t your preference, you could also use construction paper for accent colors. I typically don’t use the colored poster for my entire background, but using it for an accent is perfect
I got this pack of colored poster board at Target for about $2.50. The size of these are perfect because I don’t need full size board, as I am only really using them as an accent.
These are currently my four favorite techniques for backgrounds for my pictures, but that doesn’t mean they are the only methods! If you employ different techniques for your photos, please leave them in the comments below! I’d love to hear about them (:
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