Ten More Household Items That Can Improve Your Food Photos

Ten Household Items That Can Improve Your Food Photography

Hey-o and happy Friday!

Let’s jump right into the good stuff today – we’ve done this once before, so here goes round two! My goal for today is that you could find one thing that you have in your house right now that can really improve your food photography. Easy!

1. Crumpled Paper

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Crumpled Paper

Yep, like a piece of crumpled up paper. Crumple, smooth, and voila. Beautiful texture and vibe for your background. You can adjust how this looks by choosing different colored paper – hello, adorable bakery-style light brown – or crumpling the paper more or less. If I was a person who had lots of time, I might even iron the paper to get it nice and flat so it’d be really easy to work with after I attacked it with my crumple-skills. But I’m not usually the person with lots of time, and I have a feeling you’re not either (life, I tell ya.) and it still worked like a charm for me. Win!

2. Half of an Apple

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Half an Apple

Are you willing to sacrifice half of an apple for an awesome photo? I am, which is why this is one of my favorite tricks of all time. The basic idea is to get the apple to fill the bowl in so that you can “build” your food into a nice rounded heap that will make for a more interesting picture. For example, I always struggle to take pictures of soup. It’s so flat and boring. Bla bla bla. But if it’s a soup that can stick together a bit, I will put a half of an apple upside down in a bowl and then just gently pour my soup over the top, creating a non-flat heap that gives it a have-to-eat-it-NOW kind of quality.

Doesn’t have to be just soup, either – I used a real nice fancy trail mix for this example photo. Whatever you’re photographing, be an architect! Build your food into structured shapes and mounds and heaps using something like a half of an apple or a small bowl, upside down, to create a base.

3. Chopsticks

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Chopsticks

Along the lines of food architecture, chopsticks are a great tool for building a shape that works to showcase your food. For example, with these noodles, I first used the chopsticks to clean up those darn renegade noodles that were not following my plan. Thank you very much. I then stuck the chopsticks directly into the mound and pulled, tugged, wiggled until it was loosened up a bit. And I finished off by using the chopsticks to grab noodles throughout the mound and kind of gently direct them in line with my noodle-twirls. Basically chopsticks allow you more precision without having to get your fingers all messy and/or risk a chubby fingers moment where you knock the whole heap of hot noodles over. Which… happens.

4. Q-Tips

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Q-Tips

Say hello to these cuties who’ve come to save your soupy, saucy day. I have this thing about soup the sneaks up onto the side of the bowl. My thing is this: it’s gross. Even though it’s not, because it’s actually just the amazing soup itself doing what any liquid in a bowl would do if you were to wiggle it even slightly, which is stick to the side of the bowl. I just, it just, bleh. It bugs me. Especially for pictures.

So Q-Tips are my new go-to for the fix! I just dip the Q-Tip along the edge and it wipes that soup or sauce mark right off the side of the bowl. Bam. One and done.

Although I guess it depends on how much you wiggled the bowl. Maybe more like seven and done.

5. Ice Cream Scoops

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Ice Cream Scoops

Weeee! I love these little things. I use them for creating perfectly domed muffins and cupcakes by scooping the batter into a nice little mound, like these pumpkin muffins, and I also use them for plating rice or quinoa or anything sticky that looks better in a high pile than flat on a plate. These scoops allow you so much control in your food architecture – you can literally build your food into the perfect shape, like this steaming pile of red quinoa. If I would have tried to create that shape with a wooden spoon, I would still be cleaning up quinoa all over my kitchen.

PS. It doesn’t work quite the same as normal ice cream, because for example, with quinoa on a plate, if you turn the scoop upside down the quinoa will indeed fall all over the place. No good. So just work with it depending on what food you’re styling. If it’s something like, again, quinoa on a plate, turn your scoop gently vs. dumping it over the top, and created a domed shape over the top that way. It’s slick.

6. Tweezers

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Tweezers

Yet another resource for us chubby fingers peeps to use to get tiny things just where we want them. This is awesome for removing a stray herb that got put where it shouldn’t have, or picking up a sprinkle that you want out of the frosting drip. It’s also great for adding food. For example, with the (repeat) real nice fancy trail mix here, if I wanted to put some pecans throughout the bowl but actually make them look like they’re a part of the mix, I can just grab ‘em with the tweezers and kind of nestle them in right where I want them. Do you like when I say nestle in reference to a pecan? I do, too.

7. Small White Plates

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Small White Plates

Okay, here’s the thing. I find that in general, my food photographs better on smaller plates. Part of the reason is obvious; there’s less space to fill. If you use a bigger plate, you better have a little side salad or something ready to keep things looking full and interesting because otherwise you have your one or two food items in the center of a big white empty plate universe. But with a small plate, your dish is the star, and suddenly it’s all you can see, all you can think about, maybe overtaking the plate a tiny bit, looking like a nice big serving, and guess what? People are attracted to it because it looks over-the-top yummy and filling. So that’s what I look for when I go propping aka thrifting. Small, white plates, somewhere between a small dinner plate size and a dessert plate size.

8. Eggshells

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Eggshells

…make an awesome food prop. Especially if they’re brown and especially if they came from your own chickens because you are one of those fun, inspiring people who raises their own chickens. I wanna be you and I might try someday. But anyways.

Eggshells, after they’ve been cracked, have this awesome texture and tell the story of something so charming, like classic farmhouse baking. How cozy. Honestly. I wouldn’t necessarily use eggshells as props for something like, say, lasagna. That might be gross. But muffins, cakes, cookies like I have in the oven right now… fun, fun, and more fun.

By the way, I just keep an egg crate and then put my prettiest cracked shells in there for storing. I literally keep them by my little photography station with all my other props. That way if I happen to be using white eggs instead of the pretty browns *gasp* then I’ll have some on hand for backup.

9. Aluminum Foil

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Aluminum Foil

It’s a reflector. That’s really all it is. It folds, it stands, it does whatever you want it to do, plus it’s uber shiny and it bounces light back over your food. So easy, so cheap, so perfectly scrappy.

The best part? IT WORKS REALLY WELL.

10. Chalkboards or Whiteboards

 

Ten Items to Improve your Food Photography - Chalkboards or Whiteboards

Okay final thought of the day. Two fun background recommendations I have actually happen to be fairly common household items: chalkboard and whiteboard. I will acknowledge that those of us who don’t homeschool may need to make a trip out to Home Depot. But I did just that, got myself a few big sheets of each for, what, like, $20 total? It was really affordable. And now I just layer them on top of my table for alternate backgrounds from time to time.

The bummer about the whiteboard is that it’s shiny and it scratches easily. The blackboard gets grease marks on it and they can be hard to get off. But the same is true for my old wood boards as well, so what the heck? I just swap out the old one for a new one when it has too many scratches. I can get 4 boards out of one sheet if they cut it for me, so I’ve got a whole stash in my garage. Here’s a post for pumpkin pancakes with pictures using blackboard as the background, and here’s a post of a peach green smoothie with pictures using whiteboard.

If you know of any other great replacements for all white or all black surfaces that are less shiny and/or don’t scratch and/or don’t stain, I’d love to hear them!

And if you’re looking for some on the fly, these two might be your ticket.

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Comments

  1. Excellent!! Great post!

  2. Thanks for yet another great post! Right now I’m really struggling with backgrounds. I have one set of blue boards I just love, and I always seem to think they’re right for every recipe and tutorial I create, so they all end up looking kind of the same! I’ve just been too busy to do anything about it, but crumpled up paper is such an inexpensive way to change the backdrop. Thanks for the idea. =)

  3. I have a small stash of individual ceramic tiles. The big ones, 18 x 18, from home depot (they’re large enough for overhead and slightly angled shots). You can find some really pretty natural designs and textures. They clean right up and resist stains. They’re a little heavy, though, and a pain to store. I’ve also glued smaller tiles to a board to resemble a countertop.

    • Great idea! Ironically, I just went out to our storage shed yesterday and grabbed a couple of large tile and granite pieces from our remodel to try out as backgrounds – Thanks for sharing your good experience with tiles!

  4. LOVE these tips. The half an apple trick just blew my mind! haha :P

  5. Lindsay you are amazing and offer such helpful tips! I LOVE using my folder wrapped in aluminum to reflect light, it really does work like a charm!

  6. What a wonderful post. I love ALL the ideas and will implement them immediately :-).

  7. Thanks for all these great ideas; many I have never thought of. Learning food photography is fun and challenging at the same time. Your photos are an inspiration.

    Happy Friday everyone!

  8. Loved the foil tip!!!

  9. These are great tips! I love the idea of the apple, I will have to try that next time! For white and black backgrounds I use thick poster board, works great! and one more thing…I noticed you post on Foodgawker, you have much better luck than I do, every photo I have submitted they have declined when I thought they were great photos! What photo editing do you use? I’ve been using PikMonkey because it’s free.

    Marti

  10. Do the amazing and helpful tips never end with you?? Stocking a few of these items immediately – thanks, Lindsay! :)

  11. thank you for your photo insights. I love the apple trick, that is so clever and money saving too.

  12. Love it!! I am moving tweezers and q-tips to the kitchen and buying some chopsticks!

  13. Thank you so much for these tips. I cannot believed that these items did not ever crossed my mind even once when I was struggling on making my spaghetti look “mountainous.” And the chalk board was an enlightenment. Thank you so much, Lindsay.

    Lastly, thank you for making your readers aware about the typhoon situation and donating for relief in my country, Philippines.

  14. Great tips! I love the half an apple one. I like to use things like white foam boards as reflectors or big sheets of mat boards for backgrounds!

  15. Great tips! My kitchen table is a light brown and has been making an appearance in every one of my photos which can be frusterating. I have a darker board from a discarded shelf we tossed, but it’s very narrow so if I want to use it, I have to take tighter shots so you can’t see the edges or the table underneath. I love the whiteboard and blackboard ideas, so I’ll have to check out the nearby Staples to see what kind of sizes they offer! :)

  16. Thanks for the stellar tips Lindsay! You rock my socks :)

  17. WOW! Thanks for the very useful post.

  18. Thank you for more great tips! I really need to invest in some more simple, smaller plates. I’m also very interested in textiles and simple props. I purchase them, then I have no idea how to put it all together for a photo! I feel like when I do, my photos look silly and cluttered or that I am just trying to hard.

  19. I wasn’t sure it was possible to be blown away by a half apple in general but I just was. :-) So simple yet genius! I am definitely using it. I’ve also used your white rag/napkin tip from previous post and I love how easy it is to set the white balance and if artfully placed it really adds to the image. Thank you for the great info!

  20. I LOVE IT! Where have you been all my life :) I so wish you were my neighbor…but your blog is the next best thing. I”ll be ordering your book soon…. just wish it were in physical form as well as ebook…

  21. That apple thing is brilliant! I don’t take food photos that often, so they’re never very pretty, but this is good to know.

  22. Thanks – these tips are awesome!

  23. Love your apple trick. Thanks for sharing Lindsay!

  24. Great post! I loved all the tips. Can’t wait to try some of them out on my next shoot. Thanks for sharing :)

  25. Thank you for such an excellent post! I cannot believe I have never thought of any of these. I cannot wait to try them out, half apple especially seems like it will solve some issues :)

  26. Love these posts! The apple trick is super slick and perfect for when the upside-down bowl trick doesn’t quite work, and I totally agree about the whole q-tip thing. For my black backgrounds, I just use black foam board. I wanted a kind of chalkboard look so I rubbed some white chalk over it. It still has the staining issue and isn’t permanent, but it might be a cheaper fix than what you can get at the hardware store!

  27. I rarely blog recipes, but this is awesome to see how such little things can make such a huge difference!! Love the tips; pinned for when I ever to decide to up my photography game! ;)

  28. SO helpful, thanks! A trip to Home Depot is definitely in my near-future!

  29. As always, awesome tips, Lindsay! Pinned to my food photography board!

    I have done workshops with other food photographers and were you used a half of an apple, they recommended a big scoop of mashed potatoes. Love your idea way more since I never have (slimy, cold, leftover) mashed potatoes.

    The crumpled paper, tweezers, white and black boards – have all of them, need to use more. Thanks for the reminder. And yes to Qtips saving the day on soups, sauces, jams, jelllies, etc. I cannot stand mess side-jars or sides of bowls!

    • Agreed! Mashed potatoes are a lot more sticky which would be helpful, because sometimes the food just slides down the apple depending on what it is. But like you said, not usually something I have on hand. :)

      • Did you know that mashed potatoes freeze beautifully? You could use your ice cream scoop yo make mounds, freeze them and not have to sacrifice any more apple-halves! By the way, if you are out prop shopping and come across a cheap, but good, ice cream scoop, will you pick it up for me?

  30. LOVE this post! So many great ideas! I actually just posted about some Holiday Gift Ideas for a Food Blogger. What’s on your wishlist this holiday season?

  31. Fabulous, fabulous tips! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Such a great post! I usually use a bowl instead of the half apple. It’s my favorite trick yet. I also love the chopstick tool but I got a very angry comment that it was really disrespectful to Asians. It was a bit of a shocker because my mom didn’t tell me that it was wrong to leave your chopsticks in your dish! It has something to do with your ancestors that have passed away.

    • Yes! I’ve actually heard that from someone, I can’t remember who now, but it’s good to remember! I do use them just to adjust the whole noodle pile, like pictured. But this particular picture of the chopsticks sticking up in the noodles wasn’t intended to be the end result picture, just a demo of how I use them to style. :) Thanks for the comment Chung-Ah!

    • It’s considered bad manners to leave your chopsticks sticking up in your food because it resembles the incense sticks you leave in front of shrines or graves when honoring your ancestors.

      My mom told me about this when I was a little kid after she plucked my chopsticks out of my rice bowl and set them on the side, haha.

  33. Great tips! The background and props are always a bit hard for me to plan! Loved this post!

  34. I need a small white plate! Thanks for the tips!

  35. Love these posts!! I use a small ramekin instead of half an apple – I hate wasting food! And I can’t imagine an apple is very tasty when it’s soaked in warm soup haha

    I love the idea of using foil as a reflector – saves me messing around with my big heavy white boards! Will definitely try that one! Thanks :)

  36. These are all such wonderful ideas! I definitely need to purchase a chalkboard now, it’s great to know they’re so inexpensive. And that apple trick is gold! Pinned.

  37. The only one I already learned was the small plate thing, everything else is brand new to me! This was very helpful. Thanks!

  38. Great tips, I love the crumbled paper & aluminum foil ideas. So simple & easy.

  39. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. Keep ‘em coming! =)

  40. Great, great tips – I am definitely using the crumpled paper next!

  41. Linday, I love these ideas! You are so creative and your photography is fantastic!

  42. Oh my goodness, Lindsay! I love, love, love all of these fantastic tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  43. I so agree with the small white plate idea! I always find myself with plates that are too large and that’s a bummer when you’re all set to take a pic of the food…
    The apple trick is a good one too, I didn’t know about it, thanks Lindsay!

  44. The aluminum foil tip will probably change my pics completely!

  45. Hi Lindsay

    Thank you so much for sharing these great tips – it is really generous of you!

    I attended a food styling course last year and a tip that I thought was really good is to buy 2 mini cosmetic spray bottles (I got mine in Muji in the UK but you can get them on Amazon too) and fill one with water and one with oil for when you need to brighten up a salad or piece of meat…

    On the subject of the blackboards, could you not just give it a coat of blackboard paint to renew it?

    • You definitely could! And I have heard of the spray trick and mentioned it in Part 1 of this post (shared a few months ago). It’s a great idea. Thanks for the comment!

  46. Awesome tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

  47. Thank you so much! Food photography is an art, and I don’t think most people realize so much goes into taking great photos. Although I’m a photographer… food photography is a whole new world behind the lens. I really love how you focused on composition and lighting. I know that this has me already thinking about what I can do to improve my photos. Big thank you for sharing!

  48. Another great post. Pinned to my photography board! Thanks!

  49. It’s stunning how these little tricks change the whole picture!!

  50. Thank you for the great tips! I just downloaded the book, and I look forward to learning how to improve my photography!

  51. You are brilliant! I have a feeling I will use all of these! Saving!

  52. Thanks for the tips! The apple is genius. Pinning to my photography board for future reference.

  53. Thanks for the useful tips. I love the apple trick. It’s good for the food items like curry and dry snacks.

  54. Great tips! I’m just starting out on my blog and my photography still needs some help. Thanks for posting these, I used the foil one today. :)

  55. Love the tips. For the apple one, I tend to use a small bowl that I simply invert in a bigger bowl: it works great!

  56. Great tips, will be very useful in the future!

  57. Wow, sooo cool to see a little behind the scenes of your awesome work! :) Thanks for sharing!

  58. Awesome awesome tips!!! Thank you :))

  59. These are SO CLEVER. I used the foil trick when I photographed my pumpkin spice crescent rolls this weekend, and it really made a noticeable difference!!
    You’ve really helped my photography improve–and you’ve also encouraged me to be more creative with props! Thank you!

  60. Thanks so much for posting this! I can’t wait to try them out! :)

  61. Aluminum foil! I need to do that, thanks for sharing! And I keep a little can of chalkboard paint handy for when grease marks happen – one little can will last for-eva!

  62. Fantastic tips!
    Mary x

  63. love your tip for foil! ;) thats going to come in handy, and it’s not like its a super huge revelation – I just havent thought of it before this and its a major DOH moment for me… LOL!

  64. I love this post! I’m fairly new at food photography and actually bought your ebook a couple of weeks ago (love that too)! I’ve used my daughter’s scrapbooking pages as background in the past and they do work well. I wonder if laminating black and/or white paper would work or if it would scratch? Interesting to see if anyone has tried it. Or what about using an oversized flat platter as the background so that it takes up the entire frame? I’m sure thrift stores would carry these :)

  65. Darran Mansfield says:

    I love these photography articles you do, I can’t wait to try them on my food because the photos that I’m taking right now on my blog are really not cutting it, I need to up my game :-)

  66. Haha, I love that apple trick. Very creative!

  67. Thanks for this awesome post! As a new food blogger you all have provided me with a wealth of information! How will I ever thank you??

  68. This post is excelllent Lindsay! I love the idea of the egg shells! It totally adds a cozy comforting farmhouse feel to a picture. You’re always full of inspiring bright ideas! Love it!

  69. Thanks for the great tips! The apple underneath the hump is something that I’m pretty sure I would never have thought of.

  70. Great tips! Instead of an apple, I use a small inverted glass bowl. No waste of apples, but dish washing is a drag.

  71. These are such great ideas, I love it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  72. This is exactly the post I’ve been needing to read! Thanks.

  73. Lindsay, this is genius, thank you!! LOVE that apple tip!

  74. What great tips! I never thought to use a half apple or tin foil! Must try those tricks soon! :)

  75. Great post; thanks for sharing all these ideas!

  76. Excellent post and tips! Especially love the crumpled paper trick. Cool!

  77. Great ideas! Love the ideas presented…very useful tips!

  78. Fantastic – I can’t believe I just finished a 6-week soup series full of flat, smudge-edged bowl photos! Ah, next time I’ll know better. :)

    I have a collection of garage sale tableclothes, placemats, pillow cases and even curtains to add color (or white) to my backgrounds, and white or black posterboard is pretty matte and really cheap if you stain it.

    But I just made a huge list of things to collect from my house for my food prop area, thank you!!
    :) Katie

    PS – your top photo need some Pin-friendly alt text…hope it’s ok that I shared a tip since you helped so many people with yours!! Pinned it!

  79. Amazing ideas! Seriously – one of the most useful posts I’ve read in a long time!

    What about black and white foam core board for backgrounds? It’d stain, too, but it’s CHEAP.

  80. Such a great story!
    I can’t believe I don’t have tweezers and cotton buds by my photography set up… I have been persevering with fat finger syndrome. The tip with the half apple is gold!
    Thanks for sharing.
    :)

  81. Great tips. Thank you so much. Love the apple idea. So many times a bowl doesn’t fit and the apple would be perfect. And wow, the q-tip really looks like it works so much better than the small paper towel I use to wipe with.
    Many thanks.
    Sam

  82. Thanks for the great tips! I especially love the idea of using the q-tip because I hate those drops that crawl up the side of the bowl of soup, too. And wiping with a cloth never seems to gets it all.

  83. This is great! Some I’m doing but there’s a few that will really help me!

  84. I will definitely be putting these great tips to use. Thank you so much for posting these.

    I always have a problem with my backgrounds since I don’t have a beautiful modern kitchen. I’m going to pick up some chalk board paint and just paint a foam board. That way when it scratches, I can just put another coat on top. I hear they sell many colors now too instead of just black.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  85. Lindsay,

    Thank you for these ideas! I especially like the tin foil. I’ve been blogging for 8 months now, thanks to you and Bjork(!) and it’s time to evolve…these tips will certainly help keep me moving in the right direction!

    On another note…Congratulations on your new house! This is a very exciting time for you both!!

    Annie

  86. Oh my, I love these ideas! Thank you for sharing! I’ve used quite few tips from your early ‘household items’ post and they’ve been so helpful! Funny story: I was taking some photos of some cookies I’d baked and was standing on my dining table (which happens to be next to our big front window – blinds wide open), struggling to finagle a mirror and my camera all at once when..my landlord walked by with some guy looking at the apartment next to us! omg, so embarrassing! My first reaction was to just give ‘em some big, goofy grin and then get down right away and close the blinds until they left. haha!

  87. What a useful post with some great ideas I can try right away. I keep a binder covered in tin foil nearby when photographing food. This way I can always reuse it and it stands up very easily on its own.

  88. These are ridiculously simple….and genius. Would never have thought of most of them……and chuckled a lot while I was reading. Thankyou for this great post.

  89. Thanks so much Lindsay for these great ideas, you are so creative! I’m definitely going to try the aluminum foil as a reflector…why didn’t I ever think of that?

  90. What a fabulous post. I came across this by chance and it is so useful. Thanks

  91. I was enjoying this post so much that I forgot I had cookies in the oven until I read your sentence about cookies in the oven. I RAN back over–but a bit too late!

    I use a black foam core board. It will stain but it doesn’t shine.

    I haven’t used foil, but Andrew Scrivani used those little white inserts you get in shirts (I see them inside packages of tights).

    I had forgotten about paper. And now I think I’m going to have to do that!

  92. This is one of the best posts I’ve ever read! Bar none! Love it!

  93. I always wondered how bloggers got soup to look so perfect in the bowl. Used the qtip trick last night and my soup looked great too! Thanks!
    http://www.thetableblog.com/2014/01/italian-soup-with-white-beans-and-greens/

  94. Thanks for the great tips, Lindsay! I’m definitely looking to take my food photography to the next level on my blog. I love the idea of the blackboard and whiteboards.

    If you had to pick a few items that total about $100, what would you say are the must-have starter items? I already have a DSLR and some studio photography equipment, in addition to the artificial natural light. But other than that, what would you say are three to five things that should be purchased first? Thanks!

  95. Awesome tips. Thank you a lot :)

  96. This is going to sound funny, but I love to shoot food photos on the top of our white front loading washing machine. The top makes a great white background. :) Thanks so much for these tips! I love your blog. :)

  97. I really love these ideas, and i can`t wait to try them.
    Thanks!!!

  98. This is a brilliant post! Going to crupmple up some kraft paper right now to add to my backdrops :) For white board our dollar stores sell white foamcore sheets, around 2′ x 3′ in the office supplies. Not shiny and really sturdy. I also use them as reflectors if shiny gives too much glare. And I painted one with chalkboard paint for black.

  99. Super post! Thank you very much…all great ideas.

  100. I have no idea how you manage to fit in everything that you do between your job and this blog and your books…I actually get tired reading all the “ground you’ve covered”! Another idea for backgrounds is to go to your local tile shop and ask them if you can wade through their rubbish! I know that sounds weird, but tile and paver shops often have leftover stock – odds and sods which they can’t sell but don’t want to chuck and the larger ones make perfect backgrounds – lots of different colours and textures and yes you can get matte ones.

  101. “If you know of any other great replacements for all white or all black surfaces that are less shiny and/or don’t scratch and/or don’t stain, I’d love to hear them!”

    Blackboard paint. Let the scratches and oil stains fall where they may, and just apply a fresh coat when it all gets a bit too gross for making beautiful photos.

    http://www.diy.com/nav/decor/paint-woodcare/creative-project-paints/chalkboard_paint/B-and-Q-Funky-Colours-Chalkboard-Paint-Jet-Black-500ml-12638586?noCookies=false

  102. Thanks for the tips! I love the tweezer idea… it had never crossed my mind and boy do I need help in the cleanup/styling department sometimes! lol… aloha :)

  103. OMG this is so great! I’m definitely going to use your foil idea to bounce the light. ESP since I could never get rid of the damn shadows… lol

  104. I was smiling reading about the apple trick nd behind the scene tricks….As usual brilliant idea and great tips :)

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