Central Florida Portrait Photographer | Make your own Backdrops!

June 16, 2017  •  6 Comments

As a portrait photographer in Central Florida, I love to shoot on location, and in fact that is primarily what I do. But occasionally it is necessary to shoot indoors, maybe because of the weather, a client request or special needs, or if I have a particular look in mind that requires more control over the lighting or environment. So it is important to have options for shooting indoors that will allow me to create beautiful and memorable portraits.

Pre-made studio backdrops can be expensive, and if you can't find the right look for your vision and style, it can be frustrating. But with some ingenuity and creativity, you can make your own! And you don't have to be limited to plain sheets, ordinary walls or curtain panels.

In this case, I had a large roll of heavyweight mixed media paper left over from another project. So I just pulled out my watercolor paints, chose a couple of coordinating colors and used a foam brush to apply them. Watercolors dry quickly, so it did not take long before I had a new backdrop to use.

I tried it out on the most finicky client I could find - my cat Jasper!



By just taping one end to the wall and rolling it out, it created a smooth, continuous surface that blurs beautifully at a wide aperture to achieve a lovely painterly effect.



Creating several backgrounds with different colors and using different materials is an inexpensive way to achieve a variety of looks.




Choose colors and props that will complement your subject, and you will be good to go!

If you are looking for a Central Florida family photographer, feel free to contact me here for more information. I would love to create your next unforgettable family portraits.


Oh I love these! And great tips for indoor photos!
Aaaaaahhhh! This is amazing! I've been thinking about making my own backdrops for a while but it seems so intimidating! I'll have to try it!!!
What a great idea! I love your model.
Allyson Hall Garrison(non-registered)
Great suggestions and precious photos! This kitty looks like a fluffy version of my sweet boy!
Great idea! Love your vintage suitcase :)
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