Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Pic Tip #1

after having several requests for posts about photography tips, i decided to start a series called "pic tips". i am so stinkin' excited about it!

photography is a big part of my life. i spend a lot of time and energy honing my skills, because i truly love taking pictures, especially of people. i'm no expert, by any means, but i am more than happy to share what i know with all of you. :)

and so we begin... with pic tip #1: the backdrop.

just because you don't have a studio (don't worry, i don't either), doesn't mean you can't take fabulous looking photos. in fact, you can create your own mini-studio in your house. all you need is a great background to set your subject in front of.

you have several different options when it comes to the perfect backdrop, and you probably already have most of them in your home. you could use a wall (preferably one with some color on it. ;) ), a sheet (make sure you get those wrinkles out first), a blanket, or a large piece of fabric. get creative!

i love using a patterned backdrop from time to time. i have a few pieces of fabric that i've purchased (on sale) for just this reason. all you have to do is hem the edges. easy-peasy!

here are some examples:

these clients happened to have this beautiful blue wall, so i just went with it.
this was a plastic tablecloth that i bought at big lots for $5.
this is just a white sheet hung in the background and across a boppy.
here, mack is just laying on a throw blanket on the couch. i laid it across the back cushions, as well.
so many possibilities!

now, here's the most important part of this tip: step away from the backdrop! seriously, though, pull the baby (or whomever your subject is) away from your chosen background. otherwise it could distract and make shadows a problem.

i hope this has been helpful! stay tuned for more pic tips coming soon.


Just Us & A Miracle Baby too! said...

LOVE THIS! Keep the tips coming!!

Bridget said...

I'm so excited!! What a great idea :) I can't wait to learn more!

Stephanie said...

Awesome tips, definitely keep them coming!!

SLESE1014 said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!!!! now if only i could get my subjects yo sit still....maybe my pics could look half as good as yours!

Rebecca said...

This is awesome and I look forward to more tips!!! If I can ever come anywhere close to what you've achieved I will be one happy mama.

Maria said...

thank you so much for sharing your tips! your photos are breathtaking. and those babes...stunning.

Shannon said...

Yes! I do this all the tie. However, that $5 picnic table rivals the $200 backdrops you can buy online. What a great idea!

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