Backdrops for photography sessions don’t have to be expensive or done with fancy equipment. Amy Locurto, from Living Locurto and Co-Founder of I Heart Faces, provides tips for creating your own backdrop with items around your home.
When I posted this photo of my daughter for the I Heart Faces Laughter Photo Challenge, I got a lot of questions about the pink backdrop.
Was I in a photography studio? Where did I find that pink backdrop?
Can you guess how I did it?
Here is my secret!
The hardest part was keeping her on the right side of the blanket. It’s way more fun to play behind it:-)
There are many ways you can create your own DIY home studio backdrop on a budget.
1. Find a location with good natural light.
- Face your backdrop towards the light source.
- I moved the crib near a window and made sure to open the shutters wide.
2. Be creative.
- Use a sheet, fabric, table cloth, or blanket.
- For $8-$50 (depending on size), you can get a large roll of seamless paper in any color.
3. Find an easy solution for hanging your DIY backdrop.
- For small children: Hang your backdrop over a crib, back of couch, table, chairs or kitchen counter.
- For adults: Hang your backdrop from a wall, stair rails, top of refrigerator or book shelf. Let it drape on the floor if you want a full body shot. You can hold the bottom in place with tape, bricks or something heavy you have around the house.
4. Use tools.
Use tacks or self adhesive hooks to hang backdrops from walls. Safety pins and spring clamps are also great to have on hand to hold backdrops in place. Gaffer tape is a good type of tape to use for backdrops. It’s easy to tear and doesn’t leave a sticky residue.
Be creative and have fun! My daughter and I had a blast at our photo shoot in her room!
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