Tuesday 6 April 2021

The Instagram Bag Review

I love food photography and have a huge obsession for collecting props such as plates, spoons, bowls, brass and pewter ware as well as terracotta homeware. For food styling, it is important to have different props to show off the foods you have prepared, this also includes making use of accessories napkins, pretty spoons, cutlery and backdrops. I make and paint all my own wooden boards for my food photography and food videos. However the wooden boards are heavy and not really portable, so I was looking for a solution of purchasing some portable backdrops that would be easy to store and stansport. Something that I could use for instagram flat lays too. My search led me to The Instagram Bag from Paper Bag Co.

What is The Instagram Bag?

The Instagram Bag is a special bag for those who have both a love of food and a passion for photography. The bag is a complete solution for a portable photography Kit.

What’s included in the bag?

The Stylish 12oz black canvas bag with internal pocket, mesh divider and zip closure. Together with tube of backdrops, reflectors, postcards it comes with, there is room plenty of room to hold extra items such as a camera, mini tripod, a notebook and pencil. The perfect on the go photography bag.

8 Postcard Set 

The handy postcards have lots of useful tips for photography.  Here is a rough synopsis of what's on the cards, which are really informative and packed with lots of handful hints and tips ofr capturing the perfect food photo.

  • Card 1 Frame and Grid- This gives you info about photo composition.
  • Card 2 Find good light- Great tips about lighting.
  • Card 3 Manipulate your light- This shows use f reflectors.
  • Card 4 Find the angle- Think about the best angle to photograph your dish.
  • Card 5 Odd numbers work- It is recommended that arrangements for food photography are set in odd numbers.
  • Card 6 The rule of thirds-Always position your subject for photography using the rule of thirds.
  • Card 7 In the background- Using a range of backgrounds to compliment the dish to enhance the photo layout.
  • Card 8 Edit your images better- Great tips about final editing of photos.

One set of Reflectors

I really liked the compactness of the reflectors which fold down into the zipped bag.

4 Photographic Backdrops 

The four backdrops included are really beautiful, in my kit there is a rust black metal, teal finish, marble and a stone finish. Each backdrop is unique and perfect for styling my food photos.
I have taken some photos using these amazing backdrops to show how beautiful they are and how they enhance the photograph.

The Green fenugreek really stood out on the rustic stone backdrop. I love how natural the back drop looked like stone, although it was paper.

The teal backdrop was perfect for styling and photographing the fresh garlic bulbs.

The fresh bunch of the radish with the green leaves looked great photographed on the marble backdrop. I loved the backdrop as it had a nice matt finish for photographing and did not cause reflections.

My most favorite backdrop is the rust tin finish. It was great to photograph the strawberries on it. They looked so amazing on the backdrop.

The photography backdrops included in the Instagram Bag are from Black Velvet, there is an enormous range of backdrops, so many to choose from their website. The Instagram Bag retails at £39.95 which includes postage and packing, You can purchase it from the paperbag co

#gifted -I was gifted the Instagram Bag, all the views and opinions expressed are my own.


  1. This sounds like an invaluable resource for food bloggers and photographers. Really impressed with the photos you have taken to showcase it. Those strawberries look amazing!

    1. Yes that rusty tin backdrop I used for the strawberries is my favorite.

  2. This sounds brilliant. I am not a food blogger but I have been looking in to upping my photography game so I have been looking at photo kits.
    These look great x

    1. Thanks , I love the backdrops, they really are amazing for all types of photos.

  3. This sounds like a really interesting bag of goodies for people who are trying to take foodie pictures. I think you definitely need an eye when it comes to food photography.

    1. You can use te backdrops for beauty products, jewellery , any thing really that you want to photograph.

  4. I own a Foodie Bag and totally love all the backdrops, reflectors and postcards. It is a must have bag for foodies who love to take photos for instagram

    1. I absolutely love my bag , I have added to it a portable tripod , a notebook and pencil and all I need to take is my camera.

  5. This is super ideal especially for those who want to improve their instagram game.

  6. This is such a handy bag of kit, I need to check out the rest of their range!

  7. Oh I’ve never heard of these bags before but I must admit they are definitely right up my street, I love them!

  8. I have always struggled taking photos of food items. I'm not a food blogger but definitely like to buy one of these to use with other products.

  9. Looks like a really wonderful bag with all the things you need to improve photos on instagram!

  10. Having all of this stuff together sounds really useful and the backdrops look really nice, I need to pick up some new backdrops soon x

  11. This is such a great idea and a cheap way to create some fun backgrounds for when taking photos x

  12. As a food blogger this is such a brilliant idea! I’ve looked into buying it all separately and it’s so expensive!

  13. Its fantastic, isn't it? We recently reviewed it and have been using it often.


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