10 Photography Backdrop Ideas for Budding Beauty Bloggers…

10 Photography Background Ideas for Beauty Bloggers

Coming up with stunning but simplistic & affordable photography backdrops can be a bit of a struggle even for the most creative amongst us. However throughout my blogging journey I’ve managed to uncover a range of effective background ideas that can often be found around the house, or for minimal cost. Who needs to spend all their hard earned cash on budget draining equipment when you have these pocket friendly idea’s close to hand…

Background graphic 1

old calendars

As a huge fan of recycling anything particularly pretty, there’s no better way to make use of old calendar pictures than to unleash your favourite pair of craft scissors and give them a new lease of life by using them as some pretty backdrops. Floral & patterned ones can be particularly effective, so next time you’re shopping for a new calendar keep in mind to choose a complimentary themed one that will eventually end up as the perfect selection of backdrop images!


Background graphic 2

Clinique palette

If you love the idea of an editorial, high fashion or edgy look to your images then magazine features can set the perfect scene. If you’ve already ditched your stash of old copies then I’d encourage you to treat yourself to a sparkly new glossy. Vogue & Marie Claire usually have pages full of beautiful text and striking images for you to take your pic from. If ‘soft & romantic’ is more your thing, then there’s nothing prettier than a stack of well worn books to add a sprinkling of quintessential charm to your feature. Give it a go, you just might be surprised how well it can work.


Background graphic 3

Craft Paper

These are one of my favourite background staples. Having a craft drawer literally bunged with stationary goodies I’m never in short supply of some pretty paper to display my cosmetic goodies on. Keeping a selection of high quality paper sheets can really help your photo’s come to life. Available from all good stationary or craft stores, these are usually sold in single sheets for (approximately) 50p each or in a pad format which hosts a wealth of different designs to choose from.


Background graphic 4

Wallpaper Rolls

Pretty much every hardware store has a wall paper department filled with rolls of pretty designs that you can request a free sample off. This is a great alternative to buying craft paper if your budget is limited or you’re doing a specific themed feature that you might have no use for in the future!


Background graphic 5

wooden floor

Might sound a little strange initially but spending a few quid on a few sample boards from your local flooring store can be a great way to give your background some superb texture or the impression that you’ve a gorgeous table at home that’s showcasing your items perfectly. One of my favourite styles is a shabby but ‘oh so chic’ white-washed look that can really help the colour of your products pop on such a neutral backdrop.


Background graphic 5a

lacey fabric

Fabrics can create a gorgeous backdrop particularly if you fancy the idea of forming different heights (or platforms) for displaying a multitude of products. Unlike paper displays, fabric can be washed (which is particularly handy if you’re a bit of a clumsy fool like myself) or if it simply gets grubby with continuous use over time. Why not support a small business by taking a trip to a local textile shop to view the selection of fabrics on offer? Incorporating materials such as a sumptuous lace can give a luxurious look and almost vintage theme to your blog photography. Alternatively you could try something fun & eye catching or otherwise completely neutral to avoid distraction. Just remember to steam or press any fold lines & wrinkles before you begin your set-up!


Background graphic 6


Sometimes taking to the great outdoors (weather permitting obvious ladies!) can be a incredibly inspirational, especially if you’re showcasing any natural or organic products. A local beach, the woods or even your back garden can really get the creative juices flowing. A great benefit is that it doesn’t cost a dime and the natural day light will really help to capture the colours in their truest form!


Background graphic 7


I personally find that using a mirror can be especially effective if you’re photographing a singular product that may look a little lost on it’s own as the reflection of the mirrored setting will add some interesting depth and definition to your image. Just make sure you’re shooting from an angle that doesn’t show your camera lens. However pleeeeease make sure you give it a clean before camera clicking… grubby mirrors with smudged finger prints don’t make for pretty additions.


Background graphic 8


Earlier in the year I rolled up my sleeves & created this really colourful heart shaped button picture. It was super easy & such a fun project to work on, however what I didn’t realise at the time was how darn handy it would turn out to be for photography. Although it hangs on the wall above my vanity table, I usually just lift it off when I need it for photographing… no hassle, no fuss & it’s always to hand! If you want to find out how to make your own just *click here* for my easy peasy tutorial.


Here’s a pic of the button picture in action; it’s quite a pretty backdrop wouldn’t you agree?


Background graphic 9

Props and products

This is probably one of my most popular posts to date, particularly for those who really are limited for space & don’t want to spend a fortune on costly professional photography equipment. Creating your own mini photo studio is the ideal solution that’s super handy for taking great pictures against a simple backdrop. I painted mine white however if you’d prefer a different colour or patterned paper then why not give it a go?  If you’d like to check out the tutorial just *click here* to get creating!

pink heart

What’s your favourite backdrop for photography? Have you any suggestions of your own you’d like to share? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to hear them in the comments below so do stop by & say a quick howdy!

Cheerio Chums…

Karen signature

Catch me on:

Twitter   /   Instagram   /   YouTube

103 thoughts on “10 Photography Backdrop Ideas for Budding Beauty Bloggers…

    • So very welcome Chanelle, it can be really difficult thinking of little backdrops but actually quite amazing the amount of things we have about the house that can come in useful 🙂 Glad you enjoyed the post huni *hugs* XXXX

      Liked by 1 person

  1. Another great informative post! I always photograph my beauty products at the same place and add something from my interior… a candle, some flowers,… I esp like the idea of a magazine and a mirror!!! Don’t be surprised it that’s on my blog some time 🙂 Love, Kathleen

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much Kathleen!! Really glad you enjoyed the post lovely lady 🙂 Those little props are really pretty additions – perfect for adding pretty finishing touches! Ahhh I’ll keep a look out for magazine & mirrors then lol lol Thanks for stopping by, wishing you a super week 🙂 XXXX

      Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks so much Emma 🙂 Really glad you like the idea huni! They are sooo handy as the photos are usually really pretty. I spotted a Cath Kidston one that had lots of floral patterns, so pretty – just wish I’d have picked it up now!! lol xx


    • Wasn’t it a darn dismal day Melissa? Grey skies and rain gallore – so glad to be perched in front of the fire with my pjs on now lol Thank you so much huni for the compliments, really glad you enjoyed todays post! Hope you have a fab week 🙂 *hugs* XXXXX

      Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks so much Liz, hope it helped to inspire you a little. Amazing the little things we have around the home that can be so useful 🙂 Hope you have a lovely week ahead & thanks for stopping by for a chatter huni XXXXX


  2. I usually use my daughters white changing pad liner (since shes never used it) and put it in front of our patio door (our only huge natural light source). Recently ive been taking pictures out on our patio or the railing. But ive been thinking about getting a white serving tray and use that.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. All of this are brilliant, I find myself using them often. Your DIY photo studio is one of my all time favorite posts! I have never actually used a mirror as a backdrop, but now I really want to!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thank you so much Cyndel!!! That’s such a lovely compliment huni – I had sooo much fun making that post 😀 Oh you definitely should try a mirror shot, so pretty 🙂 Lovely to get a little chatter with you huni xxxx

      Liked by 1 person

  4. These are great suggestions, Karen! I actually bought a really large tile… yeah ONE tile lol… from the home repair store and use that 🙂 I can move it wherever the light is! I also really like to use any table that has a rustic wood look 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks so much Kaily!! 🙂 loling at your one tile buy….. you almost feel compelled to explain to the shop assistants why just the one lol Great that it’s so mobile, if your house is anything like mine the light is hit & miss so something moveable is pretty much a lifeline! Oooh I love the rustic wood look too – such a lovely backdrop, I’m particularly fond of the white washed look. Really beachy kinda feel 😀 XXX

      Liked by 1 person

    • Oh heck I wouldn’t go that far huni lol However I’m chuffed to bits you enjoyed the ideas!! Yep, wallpaper & Mags are brill backdrops – I’m sure you & Jules will enjoy picking out a variety of pretty patterns huni 🙂 Oh the cheeseboard idea is gorgeous – I’ve spotted that in the past, very chic Mil, as of course is the scarf 😉 Thanks so much for sharing huni – great to read others ideas for inspiration!!! Shall have to invest in a sparkly new marbled cheeseboard myself now 😀 hehe XXXXX

      Liked by 1 person

  5. My favourite will always be a clean and clear white background as a setting and if it is an indoor, I might opt for a mirror background setting or if it is an outdoor setting, then it would definitely be the ravishing colours flowing from the awesome flowers as background.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Soooo welcome lovely 🙂 Yes, mirrors are so darn effective, especially for little items (lipsticks, earrings etc) Just a nice way to display something that looks lost otherwise! Hope you enjoy giving it a go huni 🙂 XXXX


    • Nihaad I was just about scratching my head thinking… that’s not her normal blog name lol Oooooh I cannot WAIT to check it out 🙂 How exciting!! so glad you like the tips huni, if they come in useful the all the better hehe Hope you’re keeping well *hugs* XXX


  6. I LOVE this post 😍😘
    Such amazing, thrifty, n fabulous ideas.
    Small steps that make a world of difference.
    A complete novice when it comes to taking pics , u have given me sooooo many ideas. Its like a complete new world has opened itself up.
    Can’t thank u enough !!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Awwh thank you so so much huni 🙂 I’m beyond chuffed it’s helped to inspire you – I’m sure you’ll have hours of creative fun with your new backdrops!!! Thanks again for leaving such a lovely comment, totally made my day ❤ Karen xoxoxo

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Pingback: Keeping Up With Karen… | Confetti and Curves

  8. Pingback: My Top Ten ‘Must Read’ Posts For New Beauty Bloggers… | Confetti and Curves

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s