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3 Traits to Consider When Matching Your Backdrop to Your Model

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Model Photography, Photography Backdrops, Photography Tips, Portrait Photography

photography backdrops A good background is one that highlights the subject and strengthens the portrait style without distracting or overpowering the image. This doesn’t mean a bold backdrop can’t stand out, as long as it’s aligned with the message and theme the photographer is aiming to portray. The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep the focus on the model by eliminating a backdrop that distracts from your subject. With thousands of photography backdrops in an array of materials, colors, patterns, textures and designs on the market today, it can be daunting to begin searching for the “perfect backdrop” for your next photo shoot. We recommend starting with your model: his/her physical traits (as well as personality) can help you narrow down your studio backdrop choices to a few that will complement and strengthen their intended look.

Creative Photo Sets: Pairing a Floordrop with a Printed Backdrop

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Floordrops, Photography Backdrops, Printed Backdrops, Studio Photography

Printed Backdrops Have you been getting the itch to capture some creative full-body photos against a bright and bold background, but your floor just doesn’t work with what you’re going for? Perhaps you just want a creative pattern or setting that you probably won’t find in any normal home. With hundreds of printed backdrops available at Backdrop Express, you have the potential to offer an entire one-of-a-kind set up for your next photo shoot for any client – even the four-legged kind!

7 Tips for Photographing Awkward Models

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Model Photography, Photography Tips

7 Tips for Photographing Awkward Models | Backdrop Express Blog Truth be told, the majority of people who step in front of your camera lens are going to feel at least a little bit “out of their element.” Some will certainly be more challenging than others, but a stiff, nervous, awkward model can be one of your most difficult obstacles to great portraits. You can choose the perfect backdrop, studio lighting and pose, but a forced, inauthentic smile can make all of your other preparations for naught. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize the awkwardness and put even the most nervous models at ease. Here are seven tips for getting the most out of your portraits and inspiring natural, genuine, authentic smiles:

What’s the Difference Between Actor, Model & Business Headshots?

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Model Photography, Photography Tips, Portrait Photography

What's the Difference Between Actor, Model & Business Headshots? | Backdrop Express Photography Blog Headshots are a staple of portrait and studio photography, but not all are created equal. Clients from different industries and walks of life can come to a photographer in search of a new set of headshots every so often; however, depending upon their industry and aspirations, the mood, setting and style will be very different — at least, it should be, if the photographer is aware of key considerations and tips to keep in mind. Sometimes clients aren’t exactly sure what they want or need. Many require assistance with their wardrobe, hair and makeup choices as well as posing and facial expressions. Photography background selection, lighting setup, composition and technique will influence the shot as well. It is the photographer’s responsibility to take the reins and guide the shoot to a successful result. However, the foundation of a successful headshot is rooted in the intent for its use. Is it a corporate or business headshot, or is it for a model or actor? Is the actor aiming for a commercial market or movie roles? Here are some basic tips for getting great results for the primary types of headshots:

Top 8 Advantages to Working in an Indoor Photo Studio

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Top 8 Advantages to Working in an Indoor Photo Studio | Backdrop Express Photography Blog

Taking impromptu photos with the camera in your cell phone is definitely fun and can result in some great candid shots. These are awesome for emailing and texting, and they are perfect for posting to Facebook. But would anyone really want to rely on a cell phone camera for a family portrait — or any formal shot? Of course not! When it comes to formal portraiture and photos families will want to save and treasure, an indoor photo studio setting is invaluable. If your customers want photos that stand the test of time, shots taken by a professional photographer in a photo studio have the timeless, classic look and feel any family can treasure for generations. Location photography, whether professionally done or with a personal camera, has a more spontaneous, natural look and feel that is appropriate for certain types of photos. However, the studio setting complete with superb lighting and a quality photo background can offer many benefits and advantages for the portrait photographer. Here are eight of them…

How to Choose the Right Backdrop Stand

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How to Choose the Right Backdrop Stand | Backdrop Express Photography Blog

According to, people today snap more photos in two minutes than they did in an entire year during the 1800s. However, many of these photos are taken with cell phones and the unpredictable quality of these shots only serves to illustrate the value of quality studio and portrait photography. A backdrop stand is a necessity for hanging and using photo backdrops for maximum results in studio photography. If you’re new to photography or aren’t sure of how to choose the right backdrop stand from Backdrop Express, this overview of highlights and features can help you to zero in on the perfect system for your needs:

How to Make Your Photo Studio Welcoming to Clients

Written by Backdrop Express Photography Team on . Posted in Studio Photography

Photo Studio Is your photo studio conveying the message you want to send to clients, potential customers and even your employees? Does your studio photography setting offer a warm, friendly yet professional vibe to people from the moment they set foot in the door to while they’re posing in front of your camera? Every decision you make about your business sends a message, right down to your carpeting and wall paint choices. First impressions count, and while a thoughtfully-designed reception area and studio can make people feel at ease, clutter and carelessness can have an off-putting, even repelling effect.