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How to Improve Your Personal Style

An individual’s personal style is something that can set them apart and make them stand out in a room full of people. Even if you aren’t that into fashion, you can still develop a style that people can identify you by. Perhaps you’re wondering how you can improve your style and make it more interesting, or you’re at a point in your life that you’re hungry for change. Whatever the case, you can improve your style at any time you want to, just be open to trying something new. Here are practical ways that you can improve your personal style nevertheless.

Know What Look You’re Going For

Before you can actually improve your personal style, you need to know what exactly you’re looking to change it to. Identify what your personal style is presently and what about it is you want to improve. It could be that you wear too much black and feel like your style is too gothic and want to introduce new and vibrant colors to your wardrobe. Knowing where you want to go will give you an idea of how to g…

How To Make A Modern Christmas-Light Backdrop with Household Items


The family Christmas tree is the traditional backdrop for holiday photos, but if you have a slim tree, or if your tree isn't in a well-lit area, it can be challenging to get professional-looking Christmas photos. Stringing Christmas lights in front of a sheet creates an instant backdrop for holiday pictures. I used multi-colored lights in front of a black sheet, but you could also use white lights in front of a white sheet (make sure the white lights are the kind with white cords and not green cords). I used the outdoor kind with hooks so I could arrange the cords arfter I hung them.

My Supply List:
- 5 sets of 14 foot multi-colored outdoor lights with clips
-one black queen-size sheet
-one 48-75 inch spring tension rod
-two thumb tacks


1. Find a large hallway, and make sure it's one that is exposed to a large window so you'll have plenty of natural light coming in. (You'll have to turn off your flash to make the background pop, and the sunlight will eliminate shadows and give a more professional look to your Christmas photos.)

*If you have a couple of rolling racks, more lights and several sheets, I'd suggest using those instead to create a wider backdrop; I was disappointed that my backdrop wasn't wide enough to place my daughter far enough away to get a substantial bokeh effect or to get a full-body shot.

2. I used little thumb tacks, one on each side, to tack up the sheet. I have textured walls (and nail-hole filler) so I didn't mind using the pins in my walls. However, if you can't use them on your walls, you could use clothes pins to attatch the sheet to the Christmas lights after you've strung them on the tension rod.

3. After you place the tension rod in the hallway, about 2 ft below a standard door frame, hang the lights over the rod and plug them all together and into an extension cord. Use the light clips to spread the cords out by attatching them to strands that aren't right next to eachother.

4. Place your subject several feet in front of the backdrop.

For the following shots I used my Sony Alpha A330L 10.2 MP Digital SLR Camera  with the lense at 50mm and changed the program dial from auto to aperture priority.




 Images by Krisztina Williams. All rights reserved. *This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting krisztinawilliams.com.

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  1. What a clever and awesome idea! Thanks so much for sharing... I'm going to have to try this.

    Wishing you a lovely weekend.
    xoxo

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