Create Your Own Mini Photo Studio…

Mini Photo Studio

 

As many of know, I’m the kinda girl who loves to roll her sleeves up and get stuck into a crafty little project every once in a while, and seeing as I have an endless list of beauty goodies to review I was pondering over where & how to photograph them – until a little creative light-bulb appeared overhead… why not make my own mini photo studio?

Having an attic crammed full of empty boxes, I was pretty sure one of them could be the perfect candidate for my project… however, not willing to brave the potential army of spiders lurking up the ladder, I managed to convince my hubby into making the trip instead. Yes, he loves me that much! Needless to say he grabbed the perfect box I could transform it into a little photography haven.

Thankfully all went rather well… and seeing as this might come in handy for a few others, I thought I’d share a little tutorial with you guys. It’s mega easy to do and takes no time at all – two things I love in quick craft session!

 

 

 

Okay, so you’ll need the following list of magic ingredients….

1) One empty *spider free* cardboard box.

2) Acrylic paint to cover the inside of your box walls with.

3) Wallpaper remnants if you like the idea of a colourful background… check your local DIY store for any freebie off-cuts they have lying around.

4) Material for your photographed products to perch on, or alternatively you can paint the base!

5) An array of charming little props such as fairy lights, candles, gems or any other cutesy items you want to include.

6) Some goodies to photograph.

What you need

 

Here’s how to make the magic happen…

 

1) Take your empty box and cut out a side wall (including any of the top closure flaps) however if you want to create a slightly more stable base then you can leave the bottom of the side wall attached to the box and fold it in like so:

Empty Box

2) Paint the inner walls of your box to create a solid back-drop. I used a white acrylic paint which is water based and easy to work with, it also dries to a nice matte finish very quickly. You’ll probably need to apply 3/4 coats to get a good consistent coverage!

Painted Inner Box

3) You can line the walls of your box with remnants of wallpaper too if you prefer something more colourful… I opted for removing the folded-in flap and clipping the wallpaper on to that instead, so I could change it as often as I liked. Blue-Tack or mini bull-dog clips are great for this! Alternatively, if you have a sheer material you can also use it to create a soft elegant back drop instead!

Add Wallpaper

Material background 1

 Material background 2

4)  If you’re adding some material for the base, pop a few little boxes underneath to give your products some height range. I used white sparkle-tulle that has a light sprinkling of silver sparkle through it to create a beautiful soft look! However you can use other things like a pretty silk scarf to create a nice colourful base setting, alternatively paint the folded side to match your box walls.

Base options

5) Once you have your display set up and props in place, its then time to include your goodies. If lighting is an issue, grab yourself a little desk lamp which will help your camera capture a nice bright, clear image!

Props and products

Once your mini photo shoot is complete just remove everything and keep all your essentials tucked neatly inside the box so you’ll always have everything to hand pretty pronto!

Material background 1

There you have it – your very own little mini photo studio. Naturally you can buy pop up photography tents in a multitude of colours, but if you like something that’s quirky, easy to make and perfect for interchanging background choices then why not give this a go? Not only will it save the pennies, but you’ll always have a handy little place to take quick and easy product shots from. If you do give this crafty little studio a go make sure to send me some pics – I’d love to feature your creation on Confetti & Curves!

What (or where) do you prefer to use for your photography back drop? As always I’d love to read your thoughts & feedback in the comments below!

 Thanks for reading… cheerio chums 🙂

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    • Awwwwh Katie – thank you so so so much for sharing. Thrilled you love it that much & that you are giving it a go!!! If you do get round to making one please email me over some pics so I can do a little blog post and show the world your handy work hehe 😀 It’s just so handy for taking quick pics of small items, rather than looking for places to shoot new pics! Once again thank you so much for commenting, sharing & just being an absolute gem!! ❤ XX

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      • You’re so welcome! And I will definitely be sure to send you some pictures! I just think this is such a fantastic idea and really love it and love your blog itself of course! ❤ xo 🙂

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      • Awhhh – thank you so much huni, that is a hugeeeee compliment, so grateful for your kind words and support! And may I say likewise to your blog too – I adore reading all your new posts 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your fabulous pics hehe Xo

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      • So welcome hun 🙂 I’ve just checked my spam folder again and for some reason a few of your comments landed in it – has happened a couple of time this week with a few others Katie *grr*, keep an eye on yours too huni as both Nadine & Anne from Doves & Roses have had probs too :-/ Just in case you’re missing any!!! X

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  1. I love this idea as well! So simple and easy yet it looks great! I just use my desk at the moment with some fairy lights in the background and a flower ornament but you can’t always see it so might give this a go sometime 🙂 x

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  2. Great post Karen! A few weeks back I was looking into purchasing a photo studio light box from Amazon but I also like the idea of creating your own. I love your backdrop and prop ideas. So cute!

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    • Hi Asa, thanks so much for the lovely comment – delighted you like it! Yes, there are a mini light box available and they look fantastic but thought I’d give it a go myself & create something a little bit fun 😀 X

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    • Thank you so much for your kind comment – I’m delgihted it could come in useful for you!!! Wishing you all the best with your fab new blog – have fun, yes there’s definitely lots to think about but as long as you enjoy yourself in the process 😀 Xo

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  3. Hey Karen! As promised, I’ve just re-blogged your post as a thank you for your support. Also, I AM going to fill in your behind the blog questionnaire as soon as I can, just struggling a bit with visiting family over Xmas and now back at work xx jo

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    • Thank you SO SO much Jo – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it… you really are a gem! No pressure with the Behind The Blog, just take your time huni and get yourself back into a routine before you tackle anything!!! Hope you have a wonderful 2015 & enjoyed visiting your family over the holidays 🙂 Xo xo

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    • Hey Alexandra, I’m so chuffed you like the post – space is something I battle with in my house too, hence a solution to the problem for taking pics of beauty products! It’s definitely been a useful little thing that I take advantage off at least once a week now 😀 Thanks for such a lovely comment, hopefully it’ll be helpful for you too huni! Xo

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    • Thank you so much Rachel… that is super exciting and I’m delighted you enjoyed the post so much!! Hope it turns out really well for you… I use mine ALL the time and it is so so handy 🙂 Xo

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  5. This is awesome! I love how you did this and for me I love experiencing with new artsy stuff! I haven’t even though of this one. I like using like handcrafted designs in a notepag or something, super cute!

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    • Thank you so much Kayla, so chuffed you like it and I sooooo get the toddler clutter, however thankfully my little girl is well over that stage 😀 You’re so welcome…. thank YOU for leaving such a lovely comment – much appreciated ❤ XXX

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    • Awwwh Katie that’s such a lovely comment -I’m so glad you like it & have kindly bookmarked it!! Really hope you give it go, I’m sure it will be perfect for your tester Tuesday posts with Kaily 🙂 I use mine all the time – takes the stress out of looking for places to backdrop *yay* Anything for less hassle lol XXXX

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  6. I definitely need to find some time to make this. Now that I’ve gotten into making things, I really need a space to photograph those things. I only just recently wrote a post complaining about my workspace which is basically a spot by a printer where my cat sleeps XD

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    • Awwwh well you can’t evict your kitty, printers seems to be a cats favourite spot to curl up… my two tend to hover around my printer as well 😀 Oh you really should give it a go, I find it super useful as a great wee space saver!! Plus it saves on a buying a professional set up hehe 😉

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      • No, can’t do that – I’d just have an angry cat trying to ruin my photos (which I have had!). I had looked up the price of photo boxes but some of them are so expensive and the cheap ones don’t look very good, so I’ve very thankful that I came across this post!

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      • haaaaa hilar!!! Geee they’re temperamental aren’t they?! lol Aren’t they crazily expensive?! I’m just not prepared to pay that money for something I can make at home for pennies so easily! I’ve never tested any of them but I agree that the cheaper ones do look questionable :-/ So glad that the post may come in useful for you Emma 🙂 XXX

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    • Awwwh thank you so so much – I’m beyond chuffed you like it!! Hope you enjoy giving it a go – I use mine all the time & it works an absolute treat 😀 You’re sooo welcome lovely!!! XXXX

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