Make Better Blog Photos Series: Simple Background Hacks

Make Better Blog Photos: Tips for Creating Memorable and Pin-Able Photos brought to you by the Rockin’ Art Moms.

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Today I’m delighted to be part of the Rockin’ Art Moms “make better blog photos series”, a series where us Rockin’ Art Moms break down different aspects of creating better blog photos.  We are covering Composition, Styling, Lighting, Photo Editing, Typography, and Backgrounds (where I come in with some Simple Background Hacks)!

I bet you didn’t know that I don’t have crazy expensive photo props.

Or that 99% of my photos are done in my 10×10 sunroom, not some fancy photo studio.

Or that 100% of the time I’m just a mom, in my sunroom, with two little ones running amuck in and out of my photos, bumping my shots and eating my props, with just my camera, some natural light, and some simple backgrounds.

I’ll let you in on my little secret… my Simple Background Hacks.

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Would you believe that all of these photos are SUPER SIMPLE Background Hacks you can easily create for your own photos?

Well, they are!

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Foam Board – Simple Background Hack 1

A simple piece of matte white foam board is the PERFECT simple white background, providing a crisp and smooth white surface, without any angles and bumps.

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Wooden Tray – Simple Background Hack 2

Serving dual purposes – you can use a wooden tray for serving food & a perfect weathered wooden backdrop for your photos.

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Ceramic Tile – Simple Background Hack 3

My ceramic tile background is one of my favorite backgrounds to use.  If food falls on it, it wipes clean – it’s also an easy matte surface that adds a simple visual interest to your photos.  It’s also pretty easy to get – head into your local hardware store to the floor tile section & for a couple of bucks you can have your own ceramic tile background.

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Scrapbook Paper – Simple Background Hack 4

This is one of my most used backgrounds.  A simple sheet of wood grain scrapbook paper. SCRAPBOOK PAPER!  Nope, it’s not some fancy Anthropologie farm table housed in my chateau – it’s a piece of scrapbook paper!  If you need something larger than a 12×12 sheet of scrapbook paper, I’ve also been known to simply tape two sheets together & place what I’m photographing on the connecting line to cover the tape and the pages connecting.

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Chalkboard – Simple Background Hack 5

Another one of my favorite backgrounds to use is my faux chalkboard.  Faux, because it’s not actually a chalkboard per se, but actually a large square piece of wood that hubs painted with chalkboard paint for me.  This one is great for food photo cleanups too – just spray it down with cleaner, and wipe, & it’s brand new!

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Now, on to the fantastic & brilliant tips from the other Rockin’ Art Moms and how you can make Better Blog Photos!

About the series:

The Rockin’ Art Moms (RAMs) are 16 mom bloggers who believe in the power of creativity as a necessary part of family life! Make Better Blog Photos was developed in response to a question we hear often: “How did you take such a great picture?” We decided to show you how! Each RAM participating in the series will be speaking about a different photo related topic.

Part 1: Composition Meri Cherry
Part 2: Backdrops Mama Miss
Part 3: Styling Willow Day
Part 4: Lighting Tiny Rotten Peanuts
Part 5: Photo Editing Babble Dabble Do
Part 6: Typography Tips Art Bar Blog

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  1. So simple! Thanks for the tip!

  2. love these easy ideas! one quick question with the chalkboard – did you “season” it to make it look a little worn?

  3. I was just saying that I need to take a photography class. These are great tips! I just started using scrapbook paper – poster board is another favorite of mine. I also have found several great surfaces in my house … i.e., the patina look of leather of our hassock is a fun background.
    Sharing this – and can’t wait for when I have a few minutes to read all the other tips here!

  4. As someone who is continually trying to improve my photog skills (because I’m seriously lacking in this area), this post is EXTREMELY helpful, and I can’t wait to try them.

  5. Wow! That’s really impressive! Thanks so much for the tips.

  6. Wow! Thanks for this! I’m going to look at my photos in a whole new way now!

  7. Oh wow thank you for these tips! When I’m away from home having a desirable background is what I struggle with the most.

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  8. Thank you for these awesome tips! I found your site through Pinterest and I am definitely impressed. My favorite is the scrapbook paper–who knew something so inexpensive could look so real?!

  9. Thanks for sharing this!! I’ve been looking into making various simple backdrops for my blog photos. The scrapbook paper??? You’ve got to be kidding me. Brilliant! I can’t want to try some of these out.

  10. Love it! I actually knew about the foamboard, but never thought to get ceramic tile!! Genius!

  11. I’m really enjoying this series :) I’ve already started using some of the hacks you guys have suggested and now I finally get to justify buying some chalkboard paint? Brilliant :D

  12. Oh, I love this series so much! I’ve used a few of these but this post really got me thinking about finding more creative backdrops to try. Thank you for sharing your pro secrets with us!

  13. This is awesome! I was cracking up looking at what your backgrounds actually are! That scrapbook paper really had me fooled.

    Thanks for the tips, I am always trying to improve my photos.

  14. I’ve been using a white foam board as a background. It’s simple, clean – and inexpensive. I love these ideas – definitely going to give them a try!

  15. Scrapbook paper!! Of course! You are a genius!!!

  16. It’s like you found all my favorite photog blogger mamas and put them in a virtual room together! LOVE this!! Thank you for sharing such useful tips!! :D

  17. Fabulous post!!! Especially the scrapbook paper hack, BRILLIANT! I will now be buying a boatload of different papers just for this use. Rock it Girl!

  18. Fantastic Post and beautiful photos!

  19. This is so great and smart!!! You just gave me so many ideas. Thank you Melissa! Love this post. This is a huge help to me. THANK YOU!


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