Custom Painted Photography Background Workshops Mary DuPrie
Morgan wore this outfit in to the studio yesterday. She booked a two look shoot and this was her full body shot. My two look shoot is my most popular… a head shot and a simple body shot to show an agency your figure and how you wear clothes.
I found this background and thought it would work out great. The background is #12 duck canvas which is pretty thick. With normal products the backside stays clean but this time I thinned down house paint so much with water that it leached through and gave me this.
I simply poured two or three different flat house paint colors in a paint try and just stirred a bit. I used an extra long lamb’s wool roller cover, (which sprays all over the place and is especially messy) to simply roll on the paint. The back side is more of a “stain” now than painted. I normally would stain the bottom darker as this is how walls would naturally age. Morgan is standing on the “back” side of a piece of scrap laminate as the floor.
When painting bed sheets they stain through because they’re so thin, but this was a surprise. I could use this background for a year or so then add paint or plaster and use the effect as a first layer to build on. Knowing how to change and adapt backgrounds over time is a great way to set yourself apart.
The main light is a 5ft. Octo with the baffle and diffusion removed.
Model Photography Workshops Mary DuPrie