Indoor Photo Shoot Idea: Magazine Collage Backdrop

Are you looking for indoor photo shoot ideas? Here is the magazine collage backdrop I set up in my apartment this past weekend!

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As a content creator, I love exploring my home city of Seattle and sharing the most Instagrammable Places in each neighborhood. I also love to travel outside my city and create Instagram guides for other places I’ve visited.

However, I’ve cancelled all my travel plans from March, April, and May due to covid19. The coronavirus has impacted our day to day lives. Like millions of Americans out there, I’m in week 5 of working from home and week 3 of the Stay at Home Order. I’m doing my best to socially distance; staying 6ft away from others when I go once a week to the grocery store and making sure I have enough space when I go on runs or walks. I’m also adapting to a new way of creating content indoors for my blog and Instagram.

This past weekend, I decided to try something new and create a magazine collage backdrop for my indoor photo shoot. If you also want a fun idea for an indoor photo shoot, here’s the step by step on

How to create a magazine collage backdrop:

Indoor Photo Shoot Ideas - Magazine Collage Backdrop for photo shoots - how to set up an indoor photo shoot- how to create a backdrop for photos

1.You’ll need magazines & tape

I subscribed to Vogue years ago and I’ve continue to get monthly magazines. I usually give them to my mom after I’ve leafed through them but since I haven’t seen her since the first week of March, I had a few issues laying around. For this photo shoot, I used two past issues of Vogue magazine and also clear tape.

2. Rip out photos, ads, etc. from the magazines

I recommend leafing through the magazines and gently ripping out the photos, ads, and articles that stand out to you the most. I first sorted the magazine pages into colors – so I put the pages with darker backgrounds together and pages with green backgrounds or tones together.

You don’t have to organize the pages, this is completely optional! Organizing the pages by colors helped me decide which pages to tape to the wall.

3. Tape them to a blank wall

Once you have your pages ripped out, it’s time to tape them to a wall! I tried to alternate busier magazine pages (bold, colorful prints) with less busy magazine pages (adding white space to the wall). You just need one piece of tape to hang up these pages.

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4. Set up tripod, set up 10 second timer

After I set up the magazine wall for the indoor photo shoot, I set up my tripod and my camera. I set up my 10 second timer and made sure I was in focus before I started snapping my photos.

If you don’t have a tripod, I recommend either a chair, stool, or even books to put your camera on. You can always adjust and straighten out your photos when you edit them if you find that your photos are a little crooked.

5. Take your photos!

After your camera, tripod, and background, it’s time to take photos! Don’t be afraid to use the magazines as a prop as well and try different poses.

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Self Portrait Photos - Emma's Edition - Seattle Style - Seattle blogger
Indoor Photo Shoot Ideas - Magazine Collage Backdrop for photo shoots - how to set up an indoor photo shoot- how to create a backdrop for photos

What other DIY home backdrops should I try next?

Do you plan on trying a magazine collage backdrop?

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