A Versatile Background for Photographing Jewelry

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I’ve often taken my jewelry outside so that I can photograph it in a natural setting, but sometimes the weather just doesn’t cooperate.

Ring made from a button by MaryLou Holvenstot. Scrapbooking paper makes an interesting, non-competing background for photographing jewelry.

I’m just not satisfied with having all my jewelry photographed against a white background or on a model, so I’m always on the lookout for different and interesting ways to photograph the pieces.

One day as I was looking through my scrapbooking papers, I came across some interesting photographic papers.

I placed one of my bead woven bracelets on a paper that looks like parched earth, took some photos, and voila!

Another intriguing background for photographing jewelry: MaryLou's beadwoven bracelet poses on photorealistic cracked earth.

There are so many different scrapbooking papers out there, and the flat surface makes it easy to photograph. It keeps the background from taking over the jewelry, and in some cases it’s hard to tell it’s not the real thing!

Note from Rena:

Try MaryLou’s great idea of a scrapbooking paper background for photographing jewelry indoors, outdoors, or on a scanner!

Author and multi-creative artist MaryLou Holvenstot shows her work in her time2cre8 Etsy shop, and time2cre8 website.

She says, “I love making all kinds of things. I have supplies running out my ears, but that doesn’t stop me from finding more that I just can’t live without.”

In addition to jewelry, MaryLou’s other art forms currently include drawing, photography, cards, envelopes, gift tags, hang tags, magnets, and more.

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