So like I mentioned here, I’ve become totally obsessed with Instagram. I firmly believe that a single photo can tell an entire story and nothing makes me happier than scrolling through a happy little Instagram feed of beautifully curated images. It wasn’t until recently that I realized what style of images I like the best, and nothing screams “chic” to me more than a white-balanced, clean, well-composed photo. Good examples of people who totally nail that look are Whitney Blake (obsessed, I mentioned here here too!), Meghan Rienks, and Cassandra Monroe. Check out a few of my fav images stolen right from their feeds:
c/o Meghan Rienks
c/o Whitney Blake
c/o Cassandra Monroe
Gorgeous, right? Have you ever wondered how you can get your photos to look so clean and well composed? Look no further!! I’ve got the answer for you in a really simple DIY that will elevate your shots from slightly mediocre to amazing in two seconds.
After experimenting a little bit, two factors really play a large role in the final composition of your photo. Lighting and the background. Solving the lighting situation is pretty easy. Always take your pics right in front of a large window or in a natural light source. Don’t bother messing with low lighting or artificial lighting unless you’re a seasoned photographer…I’ve been blogging for two years now and I still can’t get a photo to come out nice when I’m using a regular lamp. If you want more little hacks including lighting, check out the post that I did here not too long ago. As for the background? Why not opt for a marble background?
I know, you’re probably thinking, “What is this girl on? I don’t want to pay for/ haul around a slab of marble just for the sake of a few Instagram likes!” Don’t worry, I’m not asking you to go to a quarry or anything ridiculous. Instead, hop over to Amazon and order yourself five bucks worth of marble contact paper then follow the simple steps below to creating your very own marble background!
What You’ll Need:
Marble contact paper (adhesive on one side)
Foam core board (splurge for the thick stuff)
1. Start off by cutting your foam core board to whatever size you want your background to be. If you need something portable and you’re usually taking product photos (like me!) shoot for maybe like 1ft x 1ft.
2. Cut your contact paper slightly larger than the size of your foam core board (you want the edges to extend past the sides of the core board so they wrap nicely around the rough edges and conceal them from the photos).
3. Peel off the backing from the contact paper and lay it so the sticky side is facing up.
4. Lay the foam core board on top of the sticky sided contact paper, make sure that they’re stuck together and then flip the whole shebang over. Smooth out any wrinkles that you see on the “nice” marbled side.
5. Wrap the extra contact paper over the rough edges of the foam core board and secure them on the back with the packing tape.
Enjoy your new background!