Do you ever open up Instagram and see an account showing off their shopping loot and it looks picture perfect like a page from a magazine? The perfect Instagram pic. The next time you go out shopping you remember that picture, so when you get home you arrange all your goodies on the table and take a few snaps! You take a look at your pics and all you see is a pile on the table. What gives?
I’m an introvert so I don’t have too many pictures of outings on my Instagram page. To break up the usual selfie, cats, garden photo reel that is my page I like to throw in the odd picture of objects; such as coffee/tea breaks, food, books, and things I bought that I think others might like.
As you can tell, that picture above is pretty boring. If you had no interest in the book you would keep strolling, not feeling intrigued at all.
This picture on the other hand probably did a better job at getting your attention. So what did I do that was so different? Did it take a lot of time and attention? Did it cost any extra money? The main difference here is that the book is in a well lit area, accompanied by attractive objects that don’t take away the attention, and it has a comforting backdrop.
A backdrop can make or break your picture. I recently decided to look up how to make a DIY backdrop so I had something to display my shopping hauls on and was astonished by how much was required to spend on craft supplies to make one.
If you have items you are trying to sell then it makes sense to eventually purchase the supplies to make a professional looking background. Myself on the other hand, if I just got back from Sephora or the bookstore than I can guarantee that I went over budget and will not be spending another $30 or more for something cute to lay my loot out on just to get some extra likes.
What if I told you that you didn’t have to spend a dime to get a backdrop that will make your pics look praise worthy? It’s true, you just need to get creative and take a look around your belongings.
Once you have decided what the subject of your picture is going to be you need to figure out what kind of theme you would like your backdrop to have. (Maybe something knitted to show off your new winter socks and the book you’re going to read while curled up in them, or a pastel colour with florals to show off your new spring nail polish colours.)
Once you know what type of display you want your backdrop to have take a look around your place to see what you have that suits the colour or pattern you want to show off your subject on.
The following items are some ideas of things you could use:
- Throw pillows
- Decorative blankets
- Wrapping paper
- Patterned/textured shirts, dresses or skirts
- Hardwood floors
- Textured counters
- Lace table runners
- Patio stones
- Floor mats/rugs
- Foot stools
- Bed sheets
A backdrop isn’t the only thing that makes your picture stand out. As you can tell the picture above has a backdrop but is still stuck in the Plain Jane category.