Using Cotton Backdrops in Blog Photography

When I buy a backdrop for my photography work, it’s a multi-use purchase. I can use it for blog photography or I can use it for my portrait photography. A backdrop very rarely has one use in my world – maybe because I’m savvy or maybe I’m just cheap. Either way, whenever I do add one to my collection, I always tend to sway towards backdrop paper or vinyl. I’ve never tried material backdrops, which tend to be made from cotton, as I presumed they’d crease easily.

So, when I was offered the opportunity to test and review a cotton backdrop, I was delighted. Courtesy of iBackdrop, I was gifted a backdrop in exchange for a review on my blog.

I ordered a simple white brick backdrop with a pink rose pattern – it’s pretty enough to add something special but it’s also simple enough for me to use it in blog photography and portrait photography. I have hopes of using it in my newborn photography too! I did have a hard time choosing which pattern I wanted because the range of backdrops on the website is amazing – from simple patterns such as wood walls and floors to balloons, bunting, scenic views, fairy woods and dinosaurs.

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Whilst a lot of the backdrops are more suited to portrait photography and children’s photography (such as cake smashes), there are a lot of options for bloggers too. I regularly use wood vinyl off cuts for my blog photography, which takes up quite a lot of space. Instead, using a cotton backdrop, which can be folded for easy storage, would save a lot of room and maybe allow you to have a wider range of backdrops for blog photographs!

Here’s a sample of just some of the backdrops they sell:

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The material itself is lovely. It didn’t arrive creased, which I was very surprised about, and it actually feels a lot more like velvet than cotton. It’s a heavy material, meaning it will hang nicely and it’s not remotely see-through which is a problem I’ve seen in other, cheaper backdrops. The pattern itself is not as sharp as I would have liked, but as a backdrop doesn’t tend to be the focus of an image, that’s not a problem at all. In blog product photography, for example, the focus would be on the products, with a lovely shallow depth of field to blur out the background.

Blog photography is a huge part of blogging and any way of being able to improve it is always welcome. People tend to stick with what they know or what a lot of other people also use, which doesn’t easily allow for change! Cotton backdrops are an ideal substitute for the whole range of options that bloggers have out there, whether you’re using wrapping paper, coloured A4 sheets, vinyl cut offs or your shiny white desk. You can add so much more variety to your photography with these cotton backdrops.

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I’m really happy with this backdrop and I’m sure it will be regularly used in both my blog and portrait photography.

If you’d like to have a look at their range of backdrops, you can find them at www.ibackdrop.com.

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I was gifted a backdrop from iBackdrop in exchange for a review. As always, all views are my own. 

How Spring Will Improve My Blog

Now that we’re coming to the end of March, there’s no doubt that spring is well and truly here. The shops are full of festival gear and the parks are brimming with flowers. I even saw a bee today!

In the winter, there’s nothing more I want to do than cuddle up under a blanket and do nothing, but all that cosiness isn’t exactly great for my blog – whilst I’m snug as a bug, I’m not writing blog posts! All motivation goes down the drain… Because of that, I am so glad spring is here.

Not only will it’s arrival have a positive impact on my mood – let’s face it, every Brit is glad to see the back of that crap winter we just had – the season also brings with it a handful of reasons why it could improve my blog.

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Reasons why spring will improve my blog:

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1. Lighter nights means more time for blog photos: Clear, sharp, light images are such an important addition to a post. I love these light nights! Natural light is the best.

2. Better weather for trips out and about: More days out definitely means more “My Day in Photos” posts! My fingers won’t fall off from the cold during my little photography excursions either.

3. Brighter mornings will lead to productive days:  I’m pretty much forced awake by the sun in the spring, but at least there’s a guaranteed surge of motivation. Being up earlier means there’s way more time in the day to get stuff done.

4. Lots of wild flowers and flowers in shops: This means there’s lots of flowers for blog photography props!

5. It’s sunnier: For me, sunny means happy. When I’m enjoying myself and smiling, my writing is more natural and I think that’s going to make such a difference. 🙂

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Related: Reasons To Love Spring

Do you think spring will improve your own blog?

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