A Few Blogging Photo Background Ideas


Photographs are a huge part of blogging. Having nice, clear photos on your blog can help to draw the reader in and give your blog that extra 'edge'. I've always found it quite a struggle to convey my photographs in an interesting way. Theres only so much you can do with beauty products but I find adding a few different backgrounds can help. 
I've used all kinds of backgrounds for my photos. The ones I've really enjoyed incorporating into my blog are trays - I like the wooden ones (I have this one here), notebooks (I use the rifle paper co notebooks here) and also the rifle paper planner from here. I've also used magazines, jumpers (yes, really) and placemats (the gold one is from Dunelm mill).


A chopping board might seem like a bizarre choice but I find its great for taking photos on as you can place it right in front of a window and make the most of natural light. You can get a pack of two of these from Ikea for around £3. I'm going to paint one white and possibly put some backing paper on the other to change it up a bit.


I really like photo frames for taking photos on. I'm not sure why, I just think its something a bit different. I have a few of these Sainburys one.


Bedding, throws and cushions are all popular backgrounds to use. If you don't have a lot of time, these are the easiest things to use. I've also used wallpaper samples, my ikea helmer, bowls, tissue paper and flooring.

What are your favourite backgrounds to use?


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31 comments

  1. I love seeing what other people use as backgrounds. People are so creative
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  2. Some lovely ideas. Magazines are my favourite background other than a just crisp white surface x

    pintsizedbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hi Lily, magazines are a great idea to use as backgrounds! I've never thought of that before. Just wondering, what do you use to create the 'crisp white surface' that you mentioned above? I really want to use one on my blog but I have no white surfaces that are easily accessible and are appropriate.

      Thanks,
      Bridget xx

      westcoasttstyle.blogspot.com

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  3. This post came at the most perfect time. I've been wanting to up my photo game, and these tips might do the trick. Thank you! Xx

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  4. Very helpful post! You've definitely opened my eyes to things I can do to give my blog that little oomph.

    www.rebekahkoontzsite.wordpress.com

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  5. Great choices. I love the naturalness of the cutting board. How exactly do you use the photo frame? :] // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

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  6. Thank you so much for doing a post on this! Honestly I always get left stumped on what backgrounds to use for blogging photos but these ideas are wonderful :)
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  7. Love this! I tend to opt for a white background and magazines to add a bit of depth, but I would like to get a bit more creative with my photos.

    Ivory Avenue

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  8. These are great ideas! I always have a hard time figuring out backgrounds for my photos. I usually use white printer paper for photographing beauty products, but I'll have to try my wooden cutting board next time. Thanks!

    Jenny
    From the Desk of J

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  9. Wallpaper samples is a really good idea! Gonna go on a hunt for some :)
    I just have a mini studio for beginner photographers that cost me like £50, but I do want prettier backgrounds than just plain white ones.. i've used magazines in the past and even wrapping paper D:
    www.laurcaud.co.uk

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  10. These are good tips! I need to come up with more places to take photos on, currently I just use my wooden floors, but when I moved my entire house is tiled with white tiles so I'll have to come up with something different!

    Tegan xx - Permanent Procrastination

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  11. Bedding has to be one of my favourites! The chopping board is a great idea as well. I definitely want to pick up some marble contact paper so I can create my own marble surface to photograph things on. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  12. I've stuck with my white end table infront of my window, I've tried some other background ideas but never like the way they turn out.. I never thought about bedding or wall paper samples, that's genius! Thanks for the ideas!

    Mikayla :)
    www.thenorthernjoli.blogspot.com

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  13. I struggle a bit with photo backgrounds. I have been getting a lot of use out of a canvas of sky and clouds. I need to start mixing it up a bit. Great post!

    http://thebeautybabbler.net

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  14. Thanks for the ideas. I'll be sure to tryout the cutting board one.

    www.withinjayslife.blogspot.ca

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  15. I always have such a hard time finding great blog photo backgrounds, I might pick up photo frames soon to help with my pix. great post
    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin

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  16. Love these ideas! So simple, yet they look great in the backgrounds of photos. I will have to try these out :)

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  17. Amazing ideas! I love having white background with some textures!

    Sophia // sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

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  18. I currently have wallpaper samples to photograph on, but I was thinking of getting some sort of wood so a chopping board would be an amazing idea!

    Great post, you've clearly thought outside the box for backgrounds! Refreshing from bloggers posting the same old white background or silver trays.

    Hannah
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    BananaBeauty

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  19. Great post! Thank you for ideas, I was searching for them:)

    http://limbria.blogspot.com/

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  20. I like to use a solid surface and use either plain white card, or a selection of pattern card with seasonal little bits to jazz it up!

    Sophie x

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  21. supercute ideas, especially as I always seem to struggle with my backgrounds <3
    Bell
    fashionblogbell.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. I use wallpaper samples when I'm taking photos of items to sell on eBay etc. Always looks cute and professional :)

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  23. perfect tips! These will come in handy for me. Thank you :) x

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  24. I hadn't ever thought about using a chopping board, I might actually do that for future posts. Great ideas

    little miss fii | Fii x

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  25. Great ideas! I'll definitely keem them in mind while taking pictures! :)

    http://onemillionlovelyletters.blogspot.com

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  26. These are awesome - I usually love photography but I struggle hard with blog photos. Thanks for the tips! :) xx

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  27. thanks for the tips - always looking for new background ideas :) x
    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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  28. Thanks for the background ideas ;) not sure how to use a white frame though. Also for that crisp white background try a large white poster board, the ones you used in highschool for school projects :)

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  29. This is a great starting point for me, as I'm just getting into blogging. Your blog has been a great resource with that by the way. I'd love to see some examples of how you've used these backgrounds.

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