There are many different options when it comes to newborn photography backdrops. Choosing the best material that will photograph well makes a big difference in the final image. So how do you choose what material to use? Here are some qualities to look for in a newborn posing fabric.
Qualities to Look For in a Newborn Photography Backdrop
1. Not Shiny
Most newborn photography is done with flash and if your backdrop is made from a shiny material it will reflect the light and be a distraction in your images. This can also affect the color that you capture. Be sure to choose a backdrop fabric that does not have a sheen or shine to it to avoid these issues.
You want your backdrop to stretch over whatever you are using for a posing aid (check out this post for some options) to reduce wrinkles and give a seamless look. Stretch is also really important for newborn photography wraps so if you want a wrap to match your backdrop be sure to choose a fabric that is really stretchy.
We are working with brand new babies and want them to have a soft, comfortable place to lay.
You will want to use several layers under your backdrop in order to make your surface as smooth as possible (See how to set up a backdrop here), but it makes it a little easier if your top layer is thick enough to not see through to your other layers. The exception to this is when you are using a delicate knit or lace fabric and want to see the pattern through. In this case you will want to use another nice backdrop as an under layer.
Above are the qualities to look for in a newborn photography backdrop, but choosing the best backdrop for you has a lot to do with personal preference. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you are choosing a backdrop that you and your clients will love.
Color is really important in newborn photography sessions. As you continue to practice with your newborn sessions you will start to figure out which colors you absolutely love to shoot on. Is it the light whites, blushes, and creams? Or do you prefer the darker navy, charcoals, and greens? Do you love neutrals, soft colors, or bolder colors? Choosing colors that you know you will love makes a big difference in how you will like the backdrop and the resulting images.
There are a lot of options for different textured backdrops. You can choose a super smooth backdrop for a solid look, a waffle texture, a ribbed texture, or a knit texture. We even love some lace backdrops! The possibilities are endless on what textures you can use in newborn photography.
Patterned backdrops are not as popular in newborn photography, but they are still a possibility. Floral patterns are probably the most popular patterns used for newborn photography, but stars and butterflies have become a popular option recently. Choosing patterns that fit your style, your client's preferences, and are not a distraction to that brand new baby is key.
In conclusion, be sure to choose backdrop fabrics that are thick, stretchy, soft, and do not have a sheen on them. These backdrop qualities will help to set you up for success. As you are shopping, keep in mind what types of fabrics you enjoy shooting on. What colors and textures are your favorite? This is your art and you can decide what colors, textures, and patterns you use. Grow your collection with props that you love and fit your style.
What backdrop fabrics are you most drawn to? Tell us in the comments!
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