Blogger Photo Backgrounds to Consider

Finding a background can often be quite a difficult decision, especially if you want to change it up every now and then. More and more bloggers are opting for not only beautiful backgrounds but also the usage of props, although that isn’t something I’m covering much in this post. The key is really to work with what you have around you but I thought I would share some basic ideas which I use regularly. 

Simple White
I think a lot of bloggers have painted their room white in order to use a simple plain white background and I think it will always be my favourite. The white surfaces help bounce around light and it also means you have nothing in the background distracting you from the product. Alternatively you could also use a different colour background but I would keep it nice and light. I personally use my white walls and my white desk from IKEA but you could also just get a cheap small table top to use as the base of your photos from IKEA or even some paper/card. 

DIY Marble
If you’re lucky enough to have a marble table top than make the most of it, I personally don’t so simply stuck some sticky-back plastic in a marble effect to a piece of thick plastic and I love it because the photos look quite smart up against it but also because it’s portable. 

I save beautiful photos which I find in old calendars, books and postcards to then take photos on top off, I usually try and make them slightly related even if it’s only because of the colour choices but I find it’s an easy way to dress up a boring background. 

Framed Print
One of my favourite backgrounds, as once again it is portable and I love how the glass reflects the light. I usually use quite a monochromatic print which has lots of white to keep the image still very bright. 

I love using the beauty pages of my favourite magazine as a backdrop and often rip them out and keep my favourite images. They’re also great inspiration for a look both for you and your readers. 

One of the easiest is when I use my desk or a notebook as they are always to hand. Sometimes I don’t feel like removing everything off my desk in order to make the space all white but find that keeping my frames and belongings can add a bit of personality to the image although as always I try not to keep it too cluttered and insure my product doesn’t get lost amongst everything else. I also like a notebook as the lines don’t clutter up the image too much but it’s something a little different. 

Acrylic Storage
The nice thing about using acrylic storage is that it’s clear so you can put product’s in the drawers, under the drawers or on top of them.

You can use anything from your duvet cover to a jumper but I think fabrics work best in Autumn/Winter to add quite a warm feeling to your photos.

Wooden Floor Boards
Sadly we don’t have the nicest floor but if I did (or even beautiful tiles) I would use them non-stop! 

I’m still on the hunt for the perfect one but trays are become continuously more popular as blogger backdrops, you can place product on and off the tray which can make the photo composition particularly perfect, 

What do you use as your photo background? What will you be trying in the future?


  1. 15th January 2015 / 1:22 pm

    I have been guilty of using a faux fur scarf to photograph products on and actually, I think it works quite well. I'm a big fan of the plain white background to but sometimes a little extra is needed to 'jazz' it up a bit. I must try that marble idea…xx

  2. 15th January 2015 / 1:25 pm

    I love things like this! Photography is something I'm aiming to work harder on this year – I like a plain background, or a simple background best but I usually take my photographs in natural light.

    My windowsills are oak and aren't something I'd like in my photograph so I actually set up my ironing board so I can really get close to the window! It's neutral chevron pattern which I quite like, but I mix it up with nice patterns from my magazines πŸ™‚

  3. 15th January 2015 / 1:51 pm

    Eep love this post! I love finding new things to photograph everything on, I have just discovered that Vinnys Kids table from Ikea works well and I can put it infront of the window easily also. I also like taking pictures on a set of drawers I up cycled with white annie sloan paint it has a shabby chic look and looks lovely. I am currently looking for the perfect flat lay background which is a little harder than I thought! A white large tile is also great if your looking for something portable and want white fresh images.

    Liza | Glambeautys | YouTube

  4. 15th January 2015 / 2:58 pm

    I have a white portable wooden board that I take my pictures on – very verstaile as I can plonk it on my desk whenever I want – but I also textured, wooden trays so I have that amazing floor board effevt without having to redo my whole house.

    I think TK MAXX homeware section is an amazing place to get props

    Epiphannie A

  5. 15th January 2015 / 4:10 pm

    Great post – thank you! I always struggle with finding a nice background but I feel inspired to have a look around my room now πŸ™‚

    Jessica x
    Cruelty Free Cottage

  6. 15th January 2015 / 6:07 pm

    This is a great and really helpful post! I'll definitely be taking some tips from this!

    Danielle |

  7. 15th January 2015 / 6:22 pm

    Great post Sabrina. I've never thought of using marble x

  8. 15th January 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Great post and some really lovely tips x

  9. 15th January 2015 / 8:55 pm

    This is probably the area I need to work on the most! I'm going to do more research to amp up my photo backgrounds! I love the idea of the tray πŸ™‚ xx

    Blog With Laura | My Blog

  10. 15th January 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Such a great and helpful post, thanks! I always struggle with backgrounds because I live in a student house with hideous furniture and yellow walls but this was really helpful πŸ™‚

  11. 15th January 2015 / 9:29 pm

    Such a useful post! Thank you for all the ideas, this is something I think we all struggle with x //

  12. 15th January 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Never thought of most of these even though they are so obvious! Love it, soo helpful

  13. 15th January 2015 / 10:01 pm

    This is such a useful post! I am so used to a white background but it would be so nice to have a change. The lined paper idea is so simple and clean, I'm definitely going to have to give it a go

    Gaby // etcGabrielle

  14. 16th January 2015 / 3:52 am

    Great post! I have learned a lot here. I am kinda having a hard time picking the right background..simply can't decide. Now I know….

  15. 16th January 2015 / 1:54 pm

    Love this post, I really found it helpful. I must admit I do love a clean white background!

  16. 16th January 2015 / 1:57 pm

    I loved this post, some really good ideas. I use a piece of white plastic that my bf got from his work as I don't have any white furniture….it works perfectly πŸ™‚ xx

  17. 16th January 2015 / 2:24 pm

    I need to try the acrylic draw background with mine!

  18. 16th January 2015 / 9:59 pm

    *Add Bookmark* – great post and very inspirational, thank you! πŸ™‚ xx

  19. 16th January 2015 / 11:47 pm

    Your DIY marble board is amazing, totes giving it a go for myself! I'm always making the most of my wooden floorboards, white walls and fluffy rugs πŸ™‚

    Francesca xo // EffStar Beauty

  20. 17th January 2015 / 10:57 am

    Such a good post! I always struggle to find backgrounds but I find magazines and my duvet cover work the best at the moment xx
    alicekatex β™₯

  21. 18th January 2015 / 3:31 am

    Really good ideas for makeup! Love this post, I really found it helpful and inspirational. xx

  22. 19th January 2015 / 8:59 am

    There are a lot of possibilities! Loving all your examples πŸ™‚

  23. 20th January 2015 / 12:15 am

    Great post! I take mostly outfit post photos, but all of my product photos are taken with mainly white background, sometimes with a marble counter or some distressed wood boards that make for the perfect backdrop to recipe and lifestyle posts!

    Beautyosaurus Lex

  24. 25th January 2015 / 8:26 pm

    I love using fabric items with some texture as a background. This was really helpful for getting out of my usual comfort zone and try something new.

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