As a mom of four taking the kids to the photographer is expensive and challenging, which is why I take most of our family portraits myself. We usually find a great park, beach or other scenic location to use as a background, but I have always wished for real portrait backgrounds.
I recently discovered DropPlace, a store dedicated to creating vinyl photography backdrops.
The portrait backgrounds at DropPlace are vinyl backgrounds, which can be used for fashion photography, portraits, creative photography and much much more. Whether you are a budding photographer, a mom who loves to take her own kids portraits, a blogger or a small business owner, picture backgrounds from DropPlace can give you that something special which gives your photos an edge.
DropPlace specializes in vinyl backgrounds, and they have myriads of backgrounds for every occasion and project. The hardest part about shopping at DropPlace was simply selecting the back drops, because there were so many to choose between. When selecting the portrait backgrounds, I had a few different criteria in mind. I needed something neutral for our kids portraits, since we have one girl and three boys. I needed something that I could use for blog photography, and I wanted something that would give me a background I could not find in our immediate area.
My final selection were the sage green wood boards background and the pink grunge flourish backdrop because of the versatility. These were two unique and different backgrounds, with a flexibility to do various projects and portraits. I decided to go with the 6 x 8 vinyl backdrops, because I wanted the backgrounds to be big enough to hold all four of our children, including our soon-to-be teen, who is growing quite tall.
Bellamy Blue agreed to be my model for the day, as her brothers were busy cleaning their room.
I prefer to shoot outside with natural light, especially since we have very little natural light inside. To use the big 6 x 8 picture backgrounds, I needed a backdrop stand to hold up the vinyl backdrops. I decided to start out with a cheap backdrop stand from Amazon to start with, and I managed to find one with three different color backgrounds as well.
Now, before opening up the picture backgrounds from DropPlace, I first tried to shoot with the picture backgrounds that came with the backdrop stand. These non-woven fabric backgrounds worked okay, but you could see every little wrinkle, and I was not particularly impressed. Still they had come with the stand, and they were better than no background. The tube below contains the two backdrops from Drop Place.
After we finished our photo session at home, we rolled up the vinyl photo backgrounds and they fit perfectly in the roll for storage. All backdrops are shipped rolled in heavy duty cardboard shipping tubes that can be used as storage. I was concerned that I might not be able to fit the backdrops back in the tube, but it worked out really well.
The vinyl backdrops from DropPlace have a very different feel and quality to them. Not only were these backgrounds bigger at 6 x 8, but these portrait backgrounds were heavy, which meant they stayed put. They were light enough that the backdrop stand did not bend in the middle, but they were heavy enough to stay in place.
Here you can see a photo shot with a natural palm tree background and then in the second photo with the sage green wood boards picture background from Drop Place. The drop place photography background really brings out the product, and emphasizes the color of the silk flowers.
Another advantage is that the vinyl backdrops give the photos a seamless look, and you can get so many picturesque portrait backgrounds. Whether you want balloons, a Gone With The Wind stair case, dark wooden floorboards, brick or any type of pattern. You can get colors of every shade, nature scenes and more.
If you have an Etsy store or if you are a food blogger, the smaller 3×4 or 5×6 backgrounds will work well, and you will not have to use as much space to set up your studio. For portrait photography I highly recommend the bigger 6×8 portrait backgrounds, as you will need the room for the kids to move on. Take a look at the photo below, where Bellamy Blue decided to get off the chair and show off some of her dance moves.
You can buy the portrait backgrounds at DropPlace in sizes er 3 x 4 or 5 x 6 and 6 x 8.
One of Frugality Is Free’s readers will win a 6×8 photo backdrop of their choice from DropPlace as a part of the spring event here at Frugality Is Free.
FIF is not responsible for prize shipment.
This giveaway will end Monday June 15th midnight EST.
Disclaimer: The Frugality Is Free family received complimentary samples for the purpose of writing a review and hosting a giveaway, no monetary compensation was received. Any opinions expressed above are based solely on our family’s experience with the portrait backgrounds from Drop\Place.