With glamour shots, the subject’s face is most important, however the photographic backdrop plays an important role as well as it helps to set the tone of the photo. There are many options, and choosing the right one will enhance your subject and assure that they look their best.
One option is to use textured backdrops. A fabric with a rich texture, such as velvet or brocade adds a luxurious feel. It reflects light and brings a glow to the backdrop for photography while leaving most of the attention on the subject. Models should dress in a color that contrasts the backdrop to prevent the photo from getting a “floating” look.
Bold architecture also makes a great photographic background for glamour photography. Brick walls, libraries, and windowed building have strong lines that can enhance the dramatic feel of the photo. Blurring the background will help assure that your subject remains front and center and is properly complemented by the lines in the structures.
Nature provides a surprisingly elegant option when it comes to formal glamour photography. A grassy lawn, a forest with autumn leaves, or a patch of evergreen can bring just the right amount of rustic flair to a high fashion shoot.
Using light gradient is also an effective way to bring your subject front and center in a photo. Using gels on a white seamless backdrop creates a subtle color that adds drama when the brightest part of the light is directly behind the model. Spotlights should be placed above and below the subject and should point at the backdrop. With this method light appears to be coming directly from the model’s body.
|Nadine Wright Photography|
-Backdrop Express Photography Team