Create A Portrait Look With Simple Backdrops

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Sometimes you don’t want to show people in their environment with all the stuff and you want to create more of a studio style portrait with a clean clutter free background. Here are a few simple ideas to create an inexpensive and easy to use backdrop.

You can create a backdrop for your images by using a blank neutral painted wall like this  image.

image of child with a white wall as a backdrop

 

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.

image of child with a dark fabric backdrop

 

My studio space is in my office and I had my husband raise the closet pole up higher and I can hang drapes or fabric from the pole to use as my backdrop.   This backdrop is a black canvas curtain, I also use a tan canvas curtain for a lighter backdrop.

image of child with black canvas curtain backdrop

For a lighter backdrop I used a piece of white blanket fleece which I also put under the child.

image of baby with white fleece backdrop

 

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.

image of baby in tub with a texture backdrop

For a temporary backdrop for parties etc., you can use a colorful plastic tablecloth taped to the wall.

image of child with halloween backdrop

 

When you are taking portraits outside you can also be creative and get an interesting background by using brick walls.

image of couple with painted brick wall backdrop

The chainlink fence at the ball field also makes a great backdrop.

image of child with fence 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.

Bridget

 

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to Create A Portrait Look With Simple Backdrops


  1. Carol Bremner

    Love the idea of using a closet rod and being able to change your backdrop at will.


  2. Bridget

    Carol, I have tried many different options and this one is by far the easiest and you don’t have to worry about kids pulling it over. I also forgot to mention but you can get some really fun vintage material curtains at your local 2nd hand stores.

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