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.

original_28376d8c4c90136787d8d4ecb4147700Featuring: Sky Blue Seamless Paper | Courtesy of J. Lynn Studios

3 Traits to Consider…

Hair Color

Our eyes are drawn to contrast in an image. Therefore dark backgrounds are ideal with light haired models, and vice versa for dark haired subjects. Or if you have a model with vibrant, colorful hair – use a complementary color for your background!

Photography BackdropsFeaturing: Banana Seamless Paper | Courtesy of Leography

Skin Tone

It’s always ideal to avoid colors that are too similar to your model’s skin tone. The most difficult color to manage is red, therefore if your model has a lighter skin tone, try to avoid this color for your background. Choose colors that complement your model’s skin tone while being mindful of the colors in their outfits.

Photography BackdropsFeaturing: Sage/Moss Reversible Muslin Backdrop | Courtesy of Eldeen Annette Portraiture

Clothing Choice

To accentuate the model’s face, try matching the backdrop to their wardrobe so that the focal point remains on their face. A background that contrasts with the model’s clothes will draw the eye toward their body, not necessarily their face. Similar color tones in the backdrop and clothing will allow their face and smile to pop.

Photography BackdropsFeaturing: Thunder Gray Seamless Paper | Courtesy of Julie J. Photography

When preparing for a photo shoot, at what stage do you select your backdrop?

-Backdrop Express Photography Team

Interested in reading more about backdrop shopping? Check out our blog: Choosing the Right Photography Backdrop!

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