Blogging is more and more about visuals these days. Gone are the days when blogs were just words on a screen. Nowadays if you don’t have large, bright, well-composed photos to complement your writing, readers will move on. So I take a lot of pictures. Many are of my kids (like, a million of them), but I also take photos of the products and recipes that I talk about on my website.
I’m a blogger though, not a photographer. I’m slowly learning how to use all the buttons and settings on my camera, but it’s still a work in progress. In the last couple of years, I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way. The most important rule is to never ever use my flash. Another game changer for me? Photo drops.
Nobody wants to see a review diaper on my wrinkled bedspread, or a delectable dessert plate on my old linoleum counter. It’s distracting.
See this pretty picture?
Or how about these Star Wars inspired chocolate and macadamia nut cupcakes?
Let’s pull back the camera back a bit and take a look behind the scenes. My painted white wood is really just a 2 by 2 foot sheet of printed vinyl!
Vinyl backdrops are a tool of the trade for professional photographers obviously, but I would consider these a must have for lifestyle bloggers, food bloggers, and anyone selling on Etsy or Ebay too. You know when you visit your favourite blog and see those mouthwatering pictures of dinner staged on a vintage painted wood table or next to that marble backsplash? Chances are, they’re using a photo drop too.
I was on the hunt for a few quality backdrops when I discovered Peek Prints Backdrops on Etsy. This family-run business prints gorgeous backdrops, floor drops, and seasonal prints on durable vinyl using matte finish, ECOLOGO certified, GreenGuard Children & Schools Certified, 100% recyclable, and solvent-free inks. The friendly folks at Peek Prints sent me a few drops to check out for myself and share with you.
Here’s Tee hanging out on my posh, vintage whitewashed wooden floor.
Oh, wait. That’s another sheet of vinyl printed to look like a bright grey wood plank floor .
When I was shopping around, I looked at plenty of budget photo drop places. They all cautioned not to use their drops for close-up photography because they would look blurry or digitized. But the level of detail and definition in Peek Prints’ images is fantastic. Their drops look just as great close up as they do at a distance, without charging an arm and a leg. (Scroll back up to look at that photo of sidewalk chalk. See what I mean?)
I love the subtle tones and texture of this slate tile floordrop. Looks real, doesn’t it?
I also received this larger 5 by 5 foot washed white brick backdrop that’s just the right size for pictures of my kids goofing around, both in front and behind the scenes! Peek Prints backdrops come ready for hanging on a backdrop stand using clamps like I have them here. They also offer the option for brass grommets or pole pockets that you can thread a rod through.
All Peek Prints drops roll up for storage or transport in the sturdy cardboard tube they come shipped in. The smaller ones especially are so convenient to move around wherever I need to catch the light.
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Check out Peek Prints Backdrops‘ extensive collection of backdrops and floor drops on Etsy. Small 2×2 foot photo drops start at only $6.99, and standard sizes range from 2×2 to a whopping 8×16 feet. They have literally hundreds of designs and sizes to fit your needs, whether as a portrait photographer, food/product photographer, blogger, or a seller on Etsy or eBay. They also take custom orders!
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Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.