Why do I love using props in photography? Well that is simple to answer, photography props just “make” the picture and add that extra oompf that I love to capture. In fact, I love props so much that I even created a full site dedicated to the use of props used in photography, a lil site called
One of my favorite props, which is sometimes overlooked
as being called a “prop”, are backdrops.
Backdrops during studio sessions are a make or break deal. By adding a backdrop you create a “feeling” to your session. Whether it’s a silly & whimsical vinyl back drop, a simple damask cotton fabric, or even better some fabulous ceiling tiles lined up to create a backdrop, it gives a whole mood to your shot.
Through my love of all things props, and my obsession over at Prop Insanity I find all sorts of ways to use & create new backdrops on a regular basis.
You can create simplicity or even a fabulously vintage scene, with something as easy as a backdrop… and as a child photographer, and prop junkie, this is what I thrive on.
Below are a few samples, each a different style of backdrop, to give you a feeling for how fresh fun and easy to create backdrops are…
Below, is a simple damask upholstery fabric, hung along a backdrop stand…
Next, are the fabulous ceiling tiles from non other other than Decorate Ceiling Tiles (right here!). Stack them up and tape the backs together… and you have a fabulously perfect vintage background! (photo thanks to my Prop Insanity buddy Carina Olsen).
Carina pained them herself, giving them a truly OOAK look!
And lastly is a vinyl backdrop paired with a fabric banner, to give a multidimensional backdrop with a really whimsical touch!
No matter what your style is, or what your level of creativity may be…
there is a backdrop fro you!
Whether it’s hanging a simple piece of fabric or honing in on your creative side by mastering a ceiling backdrop of your own… you can make it easy, fun and affordable… and your photography portfolio will thank you! I even scoop up local fabric stores “clearance” bins for my fabrics, and if you are looking to create a ceiling tile back drop look no further >>> CLICK HERE to learn how!<<<
Enjoy your photography,
Have fun with props,
and never forget about your backdrops… they are the centerpiece of all studio shots!
Photographer & Prop Junkie