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Having a beautiful background has the ability to completely transform an image, playing an essential role in the final look and feel. And the same is true when photographing flat lays, invitation suites and getting ready photos on the wedding day.
With flat lay photography any stationary surface can act as a background – from the floor, to a chair, couch or table. However, many times surfaces found within the getting ready space or venue have colors, patterns or textures that just aren’t cohesive with the overall wedding design. Enter…
With styling boards (also known as styling surfaces) we’re no longer at the mercy of our environment.
On wedding days, this enables me to control the background of my images so that details I capture beautifully blend with the images from the rest of the wedding day. This helps me create a cohesive final gallery from the very beginning of the day to the very end.
I have boards in many different materials and colors, from blush and dusty-blue to more neutral tones of white, cream and grey that match with a large variety of weddings. Many of my boards have been purchased (See my video on ‘What’s in my Styling Kit‘), but I also love creating custom boards for special projects and styled shoots. I’m sharing my whole process on how to make a styling board from home (for under $20) in just 3 simple, easy and fun steps!
Step 1: Apply your caulking or tile adhesive all over the board
Step 2: Smooth using putty knife going in even sweeping movements, varying the direction as you go. Keep working it until the full board is covered and you like the texture. Let dry completely (1hr+) If you touch your surface it should feel dry and firm.
Step 3: Paint! Start with your darker color first, covering the entire board. Next, lightly brush a lighter color in a similar shade to add variety and dimension. This is optional depending on the look you want. Also, instead of two colors you can optionally mix white paint with your darker color.
Watch the video for the full tutorial & more tips!
I hope you have fun creating your own custom styling boards!
If you enjoyed this tutorial, check out the others in my Flat Lay photography series:
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