A Tutorial, Sort of: Product Photo Stage

stage So this is my half-assed attempt at a tutorial/how-to/DIY post.  I mean well, but I just don't do tutorials.  So consider this my first and last how-to post.

Anyway, my mission last weekend was to create some kind of stage/backdrop to use for my product photos because, oh yeah funny story: I run this Etsy shop called EmilyMakes! where I sell handmade bags and purses (and some jewelry but not much anymore).  So my dad and I went to Home Depot and I bought some stuff to just completely improvise this photo stage because I didn't have some kind of ~super cute~ Pinterest tutorial to copy.  I did this all by myself, guys.  All from my head.

So what did I use?

  • A couple of square pieces of plywood 2 or 3 feet long.
  • A small palette of natural wood shingles.
  • Wood glue (which I returned because who knew we had three quarters of a bottle at home).
  • Wood stain (which I also returned because I never used it and kept the natural look).
  • We already had the sandpaper.


So first I laid out the shingles on the plywood pieces so I could see how I wanted it to look.  A lot of the pieces hung off the edge of the plywood but I was too lazy to saw them off.  I figured it would give extra length just in case the plywood itself wasn't long enough for what I was photographing.


Then I glued each piece and laid these huge ass bags of mulch on top of them to hold everything into place.  I left them there overnight and then in the morning...


I had this! I'm really happy with how it came out.  I re-shot a lot of my photos because...announcement:  I'm opening a store on this site!  I've been working on adding products and slowly it's coming together.  My Etsy store will remain open, but I wanted to have a separate avenue for people to purchase from me.  I'm not sure when this new online store will open, but I'm really excited about it!

[Shameless self-promotion]: In the meantime, I'm going to offer a special coupon code to my Etsy shop for Mother's Day!   Use code MUMMY at checkout for 20% off your ENTIRE order.  It expires on 5/12, just in case you don't have a chance to order something for Mum before Mother's Day.

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I had to get a few more shots of my new succulents...which I probably should water.


Look how good my bags look!  This project was well-worth the time and effort.  I can't wait to make everything look nice and cohesive.