Tuesday, November 3, 2015

7 Frugal Things to Use in Styling Your Photos



When it comes to styling my photos for the jewelry as well as other things I make I always turn to interesting things I have at home which I can turn into photo props or backdrops.

1. Tablecloths and Doilies
 
The most used objects when it comes to photographing my jewelries are my crocheted and embroidered tablecloths and doilies. I like the effect they create and the feeling they give to the whole setting.
 
 
 
  
I always choose embroidered tablecloths that color match for a more effective picture. 


 
 
 





 2. Fabric
 
The second thing to use as a backdrop and this one comes very handy due to my large stash of fabric.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
3. Flowers
 
These always make my heart jump a bit! Whether real, fabric or paper, flowers are an inexpensive props that make photos more natural, eye-catching and beautiful.
 
 
 


 
 
I have also included these rye stalks and fluffy white (here it is colored pink) beach weed (I really don't know the exact name) in this selection, which I have had for years and use them quite often.
 
 
 
 
4. Paper
 
I use gift paper, magazine covers, paper doilies, tissues or napkins, all kinds of cards I find in tune with certain projects.
 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5. Books
 
Books also come very handy when you want to fill in the scenery. I am especially fond of using drawings in books as backdrops for my romantic jewelry as you can see here.
 


 
 



 
 
6. Clothes
 
Clothes are not essential or necessary to use in styling your jewelry, but buyers always like to have an idea how to wear / style your product, so using clothes is also a good idea to include in your photo books / portfolios. Here are several examples of my choice of clothing for some of my crocheted pieces.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As you can see, my clothes preference is limited to shirts and blouses given the fact that brooches and necklaces are being the focal point of the picture and I sometimes use cardigans and scarves. My preferred color is white - it puts the emphasis on the photographed piece of jewelry and lets it pop out. 
 
 
7. Glasses and Cups
 
Glasses and cups proved to be very useful in styling photos. I use them to create a story behind the picture.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you like my selection.
 
What backdrops and photo props do you often use?

20 comments:

Alessandra Poggiagliolmi said...

really love your embroidered table cloths!!!!!!
I love to work with a wooden background : is warm and adaptable to anything!!!
xxxxxx Ale

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Oh Maya, I love how you display everything for your beautiful creations. You make it all look more interesting too. I will have to remember this with doing my photography work.
Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
Enjoy the rest of the week.
Julie xo

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Ale! I also like using wooden background - especially whitelately

Little Treasures said...

and that also comes on the list.

Little Treasures said...

Why, thank you Julie! That's ao sweet of you!

moois van me said...

I like my settings for jewelry pictures a lot more ' quiet ' . I want my jewelry to pop out and therefor never choose a crowdy setting. I use white paper as a background, or lace , fabric, wood , stones , a sea shelf...

Rebecca at SimplePracticalBeautiful.com said...

Your photography is lovely, and your backdrops really add to the image. Thanks for helping me think outside my normal painted white board.

craftyqueens.nl said...

Beautiful pictures!! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

Little Treasures said...

Lace and wood... yes, those are really useful but I forgot to mention them :)

Little Treasures said...

Hi Rebecca, I am glad I did. Thank you for stopping by :)

Little Treasures said...

Thank you!

handmade by amalia said...

All great ideas, Maya. I always like your photos, they are fun and interesting.
Amalia
xo

Little Treasures said...

Thank you so much Amalia!

The Crowned Goat said...

Maya, I just wanted to let you know this beautiful post is going to be one of the features at Monday's Something to Talk About Link Party. Hope your weekend is a happy one, hugs, CoCo

Jessica Pelasky said...

You definitely have some good ideas!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Little Treasures said...

How delightful CoCo! Thank you so much, I am honored! Cannot wait!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Jessica!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Maya what a beautiful post. Your ideas are magical. So much to look at and so many pretty layers. Thank you for sharing.

Little Treasures said...

Thank you so much Mary! That's so sweet of you!

bj said...

Great tips here.
I take a lot of food photos and always use something interesting and pretty...flowers are my favorite...and candles...even photos of something you've bought at a thrift store are so much prettier when using props.....