A couple of months ago I started messing around with using backdrops. I’ve gotten a ton of emails asking where these “backdrops” can be purchased. But, they are nothing fancy and so inexpensive!
I’m a natural light kind of girl and love shooting outside, but with the winter here I wanted a way to shoot inside. I have an amazing spot in my house that gets great light. Pretty much every picture you see of Brayden on my blog is in this spot.
But, a lot of times I would get the kitchen in the background or the living room and I wanted a way to utilize the great light without seeing all the clutter.
My backdrops are just fabric that I buy from the craft store of Joanne’s. Seriously. They aren’t fancy, expensive backdrops. I usually buy 3 – 4 yards and it’s always more than enough. The widths of the fabric vary from 48″ to 60″ so they aren’t very wide. After experimenting with different fabrics I’ve learned that the colors need to be fairly dark and the patterns can’t be too busy or too small. I shoot as wide open as possible and if the pattern is too busy everything will just kind of blend together and it will be too much.
So, here’s what you need to do. Find a spot in your house with great light. My spot is in front of our sliding glass door. Second, figure out when that spot gets the best light. My spot gets the best light between 9am and 11:30am. After 11:30ish the bright light comes in and I don’t want that harsh light creating shadows.
Next, you have to iron out all of the wrinkles from the fabric. I will usually throw it in the dryer and then iron it. The thicker the fabric you get the less it will wrinkle. Then you have to find a way to secure it. I just use two of my dining room chairs and two clamps that I bought from Home Depot. I use packing tape to secure the sides to the floor. Here’s what the setup looks like.
That’s it! You’re ready to go! Here are some pictures I took of Brayden for his first birthday!
You can see from this one that the background isn’t very wide
So I just cropped it in photoshop
Email me your pictures when you try it out! I’ll post my favorites on the blog!