Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Check this out!

I always look at those professional photographs and wish I could get even a bit close to them!  I love some of the backdrops used, so I did some research.

I didn't want anything huge, just small backdrops to take my Etsy photos.  Something inexpensive but fun.  I learned I was always stopping on backdrops that looked like wood.  LOL!  

Finally, I found something I liked, still expensive but the place sold vinyl pieces in 2 foot square pieces and put together assorted bundles.  I found a bundle I liked with two wood, a grass and a polka dot vinyl.  This is what I wanted but without the polka dots.  I saved and saved until I could get them without using a credit card, had a great sale in my shop, so now is the time!  I convo'd the seller and asked if I could take out the polka dot one and put another wood one in its place and they said yes!  They were quick with answers, quickly got my listing up and it was purchased.  Here are some sample photos, I'm still working on bettering things so hang in there but even the first photos I took, I liked!

I'm going to use the same item in all the photos to show you how things can change by simply changing the background.  In the photo above, I'm using leftover floor planks from our bedroom project on the base.

After I got the backdrops, I wanted something to off set the two items (backdrop and floor planks), so I set out in search of baseboard pieces.  First stop was Lowe's.  Unfortunately, they don't cut large baseboard pieces down.  I did find an interesting item though, it's this gray rubbery baseboard that I did buy, it was under $3.00 for a 12 foot piece that I can easily cut down to size.  That's at a later date!  

Anyway, our next stop was Home Depot.  My hubby swore they had a pieces bin you can pick up pieces of wood that were cut down from larger pieces.  No way.  We get there and he couldn't find the bin and started doubting himself!  Then, there it was.  A marvelous bin filled with pieces of wood!  I picked up a piece and he took it over and cut it down to size for me.  We weren't sure how to price it, thought we had to find the large piece and just cut the price down to match our size.  In the meantime, I found another piece, so now it's time to figure out prices.  This salesman comes down the aisle and says, you found our piece bin!  Yep, how do we price it?  He says, just take it.  What?  Yep, just take it, here, I'll write you a note to get through the checkout with them!  Oh, Brian, I am in love with you!  

Now, let's take a look at the same photo above with the primed baseboards I found.

This one is a taller piece of baseboard.

Same backdrop with the shorter piece of baseboard.  This is the one I like the most with smaller items.

Now, let's change up the backdrops!

Chippy blue!  One of my favorite ones.

Rustic wood.  And don't forget, you can turn these so the wood grain goes in the other direction!

Last one is with grass as the bottom.  I need to figure out why it gets such a glare on it and get rid of that glare.

Almost makes you want to take photos, doesn't it!  I think it's best with these to take photos that aren't so close up, I'll play around with it all but just had to share!


VintageVendor said...

Love your idea and how you can change them any time you need to. I can't leave without commenting on that cute pig!! I'm in love. LOL

Donna OShaughnessy said...

Chippy blue.! Love it most. I often play with backgrounds for the soap I sell. Could spend days experimenting and then I realize I've done nothing else. Just played with my soap...