Thursday, 10 December 2015

BACKGROUND PROPS FOR BEAUTY BLOGGERS



You asked so here we go. 


Lately I have been getting a lot of compliments on my photography (which literally makes me melt from happiness). Personally I was quite surprised since my backgrounds have always been quite minimal and simple (well, unless you go back to when I first started. But don't - my skills were awful). 

I get asked weekly what I use to shoot product photography with, especially in terms of props so I thought it would be nice to do a post and give you some tips as well as confessing some little secrets, the biggest one being that no, it's not a marble table and no, you don't need to spend lots of money to get the same results I do, in fact it's less than £5. 

I found my paper from Wilkinsons and it was super cheap but also great quality. It's easy to clean in case any makeup stains it - you just need a wipe - and it is also water resistant!  It's that glossy texture that fortunately doesn't show on pictures but bounces light nicely to make the photos brighter. 


For anyone who's not into marble, again from Wilko you can get samples of wallpaper for free. In some of my past posts I used fake wood and a white wrinkly background (examples below). Don't worry, you won't look like a weirdo carrying four or five samples home, just pretend you're redecorating your room or something and honestly no one ever approaches you anyway. I have done it many times and never got bothered by anyone. 

I haven't found a marble background in their samples pile but a blogger I talked to recently on twitter said she google image searched marble and printed out some backgrounds at home which, hey, it's brilliant. (and in case you're wondering, this post is NOT sponsored by Wilkinsons)


Wrinkly white background.
Beauty essentials for the retail worker - post linked here

Wood background. 
Bagsy post here

The latest addition has been flowers for me. I thought it would be nice to add a touch of colour to my continuously monochrome style so some wintery blue hues fit nicely with my theme lately. My choice here was from Debenhams since I had some flowers delivered from them. Obviously if you were into other shades, there's a variety of options available! A nice range of Christmas flowers has caught my eye recently and my mum has been lusting over them for the past month. 


Little clear photo of what the actual flowers look like. 

A way to use the flowers is to add them as full background for product close ups such as this Kat Von D lipstick. 

The way I personally liked using them was as a touch of colour on the side and mostly out of focus.
Cosmo post - here

I do think that depending on what you blog about, there's nice additions that you can have to make your photos stand out. For example, for this time of the year, a nice set of Christmas Hampers would be brilliant. I spotted many bloggers rocking a few of these lately as a background and it looked really cosy and professional. Personally flat-lays for me are always a win but with a nice lens that blurrs out things you can get away with almost anything in your pictures.  I photographed products with a messy room before and no one noticed because all they see is some stunning bokeh.  

So that's it from me, short and sweet. 
I hope you found it useful. In 2016 I'll be re-designing my blog and I will add a "blogging" section where I'll be sharing more tips and things I've learnt so far. I can't wait to get started! 

XOXO 

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32 comments

  1. I need the marble background, at the moment I am using a marble dish for some posts but it isn't quite cutting it. I actually need to head to Wilkinsons soon so i'll be able to have a nosy! x

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    1. haha everyone loves marble, it's so classy :) I hope you'll find it x

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  2. I am pinning this post I always thought you had fancy surfaces but I never knew that you were just using paper. I will definitely be buying this.

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    1. Thanks for pinning love :) Glad you found it useful x

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  3. Fantastic post, Pinned and will be sharing!

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  4. This is AMAZING. Thank you so much for sharing!
    Ambar | Her Little Loves

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    1. THANK YOU for stopping by and reading :) x

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  5. I have a marble surface on my drawers now but I actually love the rustic wood look xxx

    BlondeOfCarbs

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    1. Oh yeah, the wood look is my second favourite :)

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  6. I have a marble background and I must say its so useful and I absolutely love it! I definitely need to find some more background variation though.

    I love the look of woodsy backgrounds however I don't have anywhere in my house that has any 'wood' that I really like, it's all been painted or is a weird colour :( such a shame really.

    I love the idea of the flowers, and also the textured white background - so so pretty!
    Such a helpful post lovely.
    ________

    www.isabellekategm.co.uk ♡

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    1. Thanks lovely, glad you enjoyed it! Glad you liked the flower idea as well, it's so nice :) x

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  7. I need a background for my photos. Love the ideas you gave!

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    1. Aw yay, so glad they were all helpful! x

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  8. I've got a stash of wallpaper samples I use for backgrounds. It's such an easy and super affordable way to mix it up. Great post!

    Becca

    www.QueenBeeBecca.com

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  9. This is so useful. I will be looking into this.

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  10. I've been using tinsel and Christmas decorations recently x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  11. This is brilliant and so useful, I need to get down to Wilkinson ASAP!

    Georgia x

    Georgia Petite

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  12. This is such a helpful post - thank you for sharing! :) x

    Melanie | Lilies Beauty

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  13. This post was super interesting!

    http://themakeup-gypsy.blogspot.com.au/

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  14. I don't do as many product shots any more but I definitely want to pick something like this up for when I do (and for cooking/food stuff instead of my worn kitchen work surfaces!)


    Milly
    Mini Adventures

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  15. I know these backgrounds are becoming a bit of a blogger cliche...but personally I love the style and think the photos look so good! Wilkinsons is a great tip, I'm definitely checking them out!

    www.jessicainyourear.com

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  16. Such an ingenious tip and trick! I loved this post - your writing is not only superb, but your humour also made me laugh out loud while reading your revelation to us about how you carried free samples back home from the store, lol!

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  17. Your pictures are lovely! Thank you for this fun and informative post. I need to head to Wilkinsons for some backgrounds ASAP. xo

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  18. Love the marble background idea!!

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  19. Such a helpful post, can i keep you in my pocket and let you run wild on my blog?
    www.carlyrowena.com

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  20. I really want a wood background! Thanks for sharing this!

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  21. Definitely need to get myself along to my nearest Wilko!

    Meg | A Little Twist Of…

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  22. Thank you for this post !!! It's so helpful and your ideas are amazing !!! Thanks for sharing !!!

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  23. Some lovely ideas here Kristina, thank you for sharing! I've really been enjoying playing with different backgrounds and props for my photos lately :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  24. I am in love with the marble background. I have seen a few bloggers use it and it's just so simple and chic.

    Great tips, thanks for sharing :)

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