Sometimes you don’t want to show people in their environment with all their stuff. Its easy to create a studio style portrait with a clean clutter free background without spending a lot of money on fancy backdrops.
This backdrop is just a blank neutral painted wall
But if you are like me and don’t have any blank or plain walls you can also create a backdrop wall. Different fabrics and colors will give you different moods. Dark backdrops are more formal and are more forgiving with poor lighting and harsh shadows.
This backdrop is a piece of blue fleece for making blankets and has a great texture, you can also use the texture and color of your drapes.
I hang drapes or fabric on a closet pole to use as my backdrop. This backdrop is a black canvas curtain, I also use a tan canvas curtain for a lighter backdrop.
For a lighter backdrop I used a piece of white blanket fleece which I also put under the child.
A new backdrop idea I am using right now is textured wallpaper, one roll of paper can easily cover a wall section big enough to use.
For a temporary backdrop for parties etc., you can use a colorful plastic tablecloth taped to the wall.
When you are taking portraits outside you can also be creative and get an interesting background by using brick walls.
The chainlink fence at the ball field also makes a great backdrop.
Be creative and use what you have, colorful quilts and textured blankets make great backdrops.
Check out my pinterest board for other creative backdrop ideas and then post a comment and tell me your favorite thing to use as a backdrop.