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My blog photo set up

blog photo setup

Last week, I posted about my desk set-up  and wanted to follow it up with the setup I currently use to take my photos.

I’ve not always had a set up like this – in my old house, I would take photos on my living room floor. In this house, I flicker between using my white desk and my bedroom floor. But then I started using wallpaper samples to display products on. At first, I started using my floor but was getting fed up of having to arrange it and then tidy up every time I wanted to take photos, especially when I started using it on my Instagram account too.

I decided to dedicate my desk of draws in my room to bit of a photo station.

blog photo setup

I have it laid out all the time now, with the props I use around it.

I keep various note pads, jewellery and things I can use as blog props to the left, and I keep my camera on the right alongside the things I need to review and any information that gets sent with PR samples to help the write up.

I also have my box light which I keep set up almost all the time, though I sometimes move it to the corner as it does do my head in! I love the box light, though, because it means I’m not restricted to taking photos at a certain time only.

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blog photo setup

blog photo setup

 

blog photo setup

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blog photo setup

blog photo setup

This whole setup just makes it to much easier to take photos and cuts out almost all the time it takes to prepare for a shoot. It’s definitely part of my work smarter not harder philosophy!

I guess this is one of the perks of being single, I have my own room and I can use the space as I wish!

Do you have a blogging space like this? How do you take your photos?

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42 Comments

  • Lucy

    I would love to have a dedicated space sadly I don’t have enough room. Your right though about it being more efficient and a time saver . Great tips Lucy x

  • Robyn

    This is such a good idea! I wish I had the space/work station to be able to have mine constantly set up. At the minute i’m having to clear my table every time I want to take some photos.

  • Imogen

    This is one of the most helpful posts I could read at the moment as I have a lot of problems taking good pictures of anything non outfit related. I can never get it to look good and have discarded many intended posts as a result. I am impressed with your set up and this gives me lots of ideas.

  • Anca

    I have the same piece of wallpaper for my food blog. I have lots of pieces, for different settings, but that one is one of my favourites. I am thinking of getting some wood-design vinyl flooring to make a couple of more realistic wooden backgrounds.

  • Cafebiblioart

    A couple of weeks ago I started using wallpaper as well and also wrapping paper or self adhesive paper. I am really happy with the results as my pictures look much better. So far I only posted them on Instagram and I have seen good reactions, now I am preparing my first blog post and I curious to see what my readers will think.

  • Kim

    I love the idea of using wall paper, it’s easy to switch out. I currently use different tiles I bought for super cheap at a local hardware store. This is a great idea, love it! XO -Kim

  • Ela

    I don’t have a blogging space like that, and I definitely need a box light. In winter I can only takes photos at the weekends, and if the weather is bad, photos won’t be good. I need to try different backgrounds, and come up with some photo ideas 🙂

  • Shireen L. Platt

    The dining table is my work desk and the floor is my photography place while I store everything else in the storeroom and only get things out when needed. I am looking to invest in lighting but I have no idea what would be good, price range and it needs a huge space for storage. Do you think you could dedicate a post about lighting?

  • Cat

    This is great! I recently started using wallpaper samples as well and it’s changed my life hah. Wish I had room on my desk for a permanent set up though…I tend to throw the wallpaper down on the floor, grab the box light, aim and snap! Then get too lazy to put it all away again…

  • Kirstie

    I really needed this post! I feel frustrated with my photos at the moment, I feel I can’t get them to the quality I want them to be. I’m considering investing in a similar box light, for future YouTube shindigs too.

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent (formerly Kimamely Beauty)

  • Kaitlynn Marie

    I need to do this. Well, I need to figure out how I can do this. I don’t have a dresser, and my chest is much too tall. I might be able to make it work with my desk, because it’s so big. Hmmm, and I think I need to invest in a box light too!

    -Kaitlynn

  • Anne

    Using wall paper is such a great way to mix up your backgrounds and make your photos more interesting! Can ask I where you got your light? This winter has been so frustrating when it comes to taking pictures, and I am trying to figure out what kind of light I should buy 🙂
    x
    – Anne | annesmiles

  • Eme

    Thanks for sharing your setup, I currently use a table and a plain white background for all my photos but I do like the idea of using wallpaper samples if I can find some. that is a great idea and you are lucky to have a dedicated space for your photography as I currently have to set mine up and take it down every time I shoot.

    http://www.peoniesandpassionfruit.com

  • Aimee

    I’m so jealous. There’s no way I could have this kind of set up. My cat has free run of the house and no matter where I put a set-up like this, he’d just jump all over it, knock everything off, and generally be a dick! Haha. I have rolls of wallpaper sample, some marble card and a tub of props. I use the kitchen (best lighting in the house) floor by the french doors and set up when I need to. Probably part of the reason I don’t use backgrounds etc for my IG. Far too much time! Haha. x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Ella Pinto

    I’ve actually been looking into making one of my own for a while now, but I first want to remodel my whole room as it’s been something I’ve wanted to do for ages. And I think wall paper is such a brilliant idea, especially have different ones as I believe it makes things much more easier.

    I’ve also been looking into investing in a light thingy (I forgot the name) – is it really worth it? I think it’s so smart of you to always keep the things you use on the side. I can only imagine you do things faster than I ever could ahahaha.

    Love it!

  • Katie

    I really need a set up like this! My bed is right under my window, so currently I use a board (with backgrounds stuck on) on my bed with me often standing on my bed to get above… Not ideal :’)
    This post definitely makes me think about how I can utilise the space in my room a little better…

  • Anita

    How did I miss this blog post? I always wondered what you used as your background – I always imaged you had this big old, wooden chest on the floor. Thanks for allowing us a sneak peak into your world. So smart of you to have all your photo stuff all in one place!

  • Lulu

    So jealous of this set up, I tried to do one like this although it wasn’t anything near as good! – my boyfriend is a nightmare for tidying, if it’s not all hidden in a draw or cupboard he will sulk until it is, it’s hell for me as I’m disabled so can’t do as much for myself, I spend more than half of my life looking for things he has ‘put away,’ oh well it beats having a boyfriend that never changes his pants or something like that I guess lol

  • Caroline

    This is such a good idea! If only I had the space and didn’t have a toddler that thinks that everything is his to play with!
    It is a pain having to get everything out.. I do try to take as many pics as I can in one sitting.
    Love the paper, I have something similar. I got a big ‘ole roll from eBay. 🙂

    Caroline.x
    http://www.notesfromcaroline.com

  • Fay

    I have used paper samples for a while now and it is just great as it is portable too! If I can’t be bothered with getting out my soft box light I just roll it up and stick it by the nearest window. I recently got a piece of mdf for a better base support and loving it! Great post hun 🙂 x

  • Clare

    This is great, I have the same problem and seem to spend more time setting up/tidying away than actually taking photos! Box light is brilliant, gotta get me one of those.

  • Nikki-ann

    I so need a space like this! I also need good lighting… the lighting in this house is awful and due to living in a bowl-like Welsh valley, the sunlight doesn’t get in much either.

  • Sam

    Love this! I currently have changed from the bedroom floor to the kitchen worktop, but am considering wallpaper when I find the right one! I do need to get a proper set up though to life easy!

  • Tamsin | Eco Fluffy Mama

    I don’t have a dedicated area but I do use either my floor as I like how the tiles look, or my old wooden table. If it’s dark I’ll use my soft boxes. Just don’t have the space here for a dedicated area. Plus a 4 year old who likes to touch everything spells disaster for having any camera stuff out. I really love the wallpaper idea.. I may well head out this weekend for some block colours 🙂

    Tamsin xx

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