Fake Your Way to an Insta-Perfect Home & Lifestyle Photo!

Ever pull your hair out wondering how all these super-mom bloggers and social media influencers have magazine-perfect living rooms in all their pictures, despite having kids  (and all the STUFF that goes along with those kids!)? Guess what? Like so many things on the internet, it’s a trick!! I staged a Christmas photoshoot in our our home earlier this month, and while I am certainly not the queen of clean or organization, I managed to get some great shots where the house actually looks kind of cute! And guess what? Even with kids, you can do it too! Use these quick tips to prep for your own family photos, a special birthday picture, or even a quick selfie for your new facebook profile to make sure that YOU are the star of that photo…not your cluttered house!

Step 1. Remove surface junk

One day, I’ll get a fabulous new kitchen with sooooo much cupboard space…but for now, the one I have will have to do.  Because I’m short on storage, a lot of my kitchen appliances live right on the countertop. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with showing off your toaster if you really love it…I didn’t want a shiny metal object to be pulling focus in my photos! I strategically chose some kitchen elements to keep on the counters that made sense and would provide a pop of colour (including our red kitchenaid mixer and red nespresso coffee machine), but removed the rest just for a couple of hours (see point #2 about places to hide this stuff!).

The usual state of my kitchen – extra appliances on the counter, silverware and baby utensils, cleaning supplies, and a dingy old towel. Not photoworthy!!

 

Step 2. Clean strategically

I knew our family photos were going to be focused in 2 main areas of the house: in the kitchen (because I had requested it), and near the Christmas tree (because…well duh!). So, I didn’t spend time cleaning the other areas of the house and, in fact, I actually used them for storage. Because your photos will typically be taken with your subject (you!) facing towards a natural light source (usually a window or open doorway), assemble your miscellaneous, non-photo-worthy stuff  in a temporary box or bin NEAR that light source (ie: in a storage box underneath the window), and you can feel confident that it won’t be captured in the shot because it will be BEHIND the camera.

 

Step 3. Do a trial run

Using your own camera or even your phone, step back and take a practice shot. Notice the visual “clutter” in the frame that distracts your eye. Is there a brightly coloured backpack that is popping out? A dark electrical cord against a white wall? Go back through steps 1 and 2 to remove the objects that are distracting, and then try a practice shot again until you’re happy with the result.

This is an area that was not specifically staged for the shoot, so although it’s not a bad photo, there is some extra visual clutter in the frame that ideally would have been removed!

 

{ *Bonus Step 4. Put all your crap back where it belongs!! – or else you’ll be like me and find strange objects hiding inside the oven a few days later! }

Have you ever done a photoshoot that showcased both your family AND your home? How did you manage?! Let me know in the comments or tag me in your example photos on Instagram @thatglittergirlyyc!

– that glitter girl

2 minute, 2 product Robeez Rehab #Momhack!

We do a lot of thrift and consignment shopping, and my #cheapmom alarm bells went off like crazy when I saw someone selling a pair of adorable Robeez leather unicorn crib shoes for just $0.50!!! …but they were in kind of dingy, shabby shape 🙁 Not to worry though – see how fresh they look after a 2 minute rehab? And only using two cleaning products I already had under my sink!

First, these Robeez have some detail made of ribbon that was a little ratty in places. Use scissors to carefully trim off any hanging threads or fraying.

Next, dampen a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and squeeze out the excess water – you don’t want to add too much wetness to the leather. Wipe all over, giving special attention to the really dirty areas. You can see after this step there was a big improvement already!

Lastly, moisturize the leather to breathe some life back into it. I used leather conditioner that I primarily use for my leather couch. Remember, leather once was living animal hide, so simple non-chemical moisturizers will work too! – coconut oil is a great choice. Put a pea size amount of product on a napkin or paper towel, dab your finger in it, and rub into the leather in a small, circular motion. These are tiny shoes and a little goes a long way, so you won’t need to use very much.

Et voila! Look how clean they came! The moisturizing step really perked them up and gave them shape again. I’m so happy with this little #Thriftmas gift, and I can’t wait to see these on my Little’s feet after she unwraps them!

Have you found a thrifty gem this holiday season that just needs a little TLC first? Let me know in the comments or tag me in your before and after on Instagram @thatglittergirlyyc!

– that glitter girl