The first thing I needed to improve my photography was a blank canvas to act as my backdrop. Think of it as step zero. I picked up some foam-core board at my local dollar store, taped two together for a sturdy background, then placed the third underneath for the base. When not in use it folds flat, perfect for storage.
Without a backdrop, I would have to creatively avoid eye-sores like my well-loved/well-abused kitchen table, and my unorganized pantry while still trying to get blog-worthy shots. I am still learning the ins and outs of the lighting in my home, so having one less thing to worry about is a plus!
I can use it as a white background, like with my morning Chai tea...
...or change my color palette simply by adding a fabric drape. Here is a Mandarin Ginger Fizz behind a striped teal number.
Speaking of fabric, doesn't it just remind you of spring? It reminds me of robin's eggs. I think I'll pick up a few more yards (and learn to sew while I'm at it) so I can make a fabulous spring skirt out of it!