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Mini Sweep Photography Backdrops

Mini Sweep Photography Backdrops

I wanted to share my experience working with Intuition Backgrounds’ mini sweep backdrops. As a photographer, one of the most important elements of a successful shoot is the backdrop. A backdrop can transform a dull and uninteresting space into a stunning and professional-looking environment. Whether you're shooting portraits, product photography or still life, a backdrop is a must-have tool in your kit. In this blog post, we'll explore why backdrops are important and how to use them to take your photography to the next level and why I love the mini sweeps so much.

First, let's talk about why backdrops are important. A backdrop can help to set the tone and mood for a photoshoot. It can create a blank canvas for your subject to stand out against, or add depth and texture to an otherwise plain image. A backdrop can also be used to enhance the composition of your shot, by creating leading lines or framing your subject. In short, a backdrop is a versatile tool that can be used to elevate your photography and take your images to the next level. With that being said, having several backdrops can be a challenge to store. With the mini sweeps, you essentially get two backdrops in one continuous drop. This is beneficial for a couple of reasons.

  1. They are extremely easy to set up.
  2. They’re easy to store and take up much less space than two larger backdrops.
  3. They are 3.5' wide x 6' long which is the perfect little sweep size.

I love the variety of mini sweeps Intuition offers, from simple solid colors to textured and patterned fabrics. When choosing a backdrop, it's important to consider the style and mood you want to convey in your images. For example, a plain colored backdrop is perfect for creating images with a minimalist feel, while a textured or patterned backdrop can add interest and depth to your shot. I always get a feel for what type of look my client is going for and always get their outfit selections before choosing my backdrops for the session.

When it comes to using backdrops in your photography, there are a couple key tips to keep in mind.

  • Firstly, make sure your backdrop is wrinkle-free and well-lit. Any wrinkles or creases in the fabric can be distracting and take away from the overall impact of the image. This is another thing I love about the sweeps, there is no worry about a seam in your backdrops.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment with different backdrops and techniques to find what works best for you. Play around with different lighting setups, angles and compositions to create unique and eye-catching images. With a little practice and experimentation, you'll soon be using backdrops to create stunning images that capture the mood and essence of your subject. For the mini sweep backdrops and newborns, a 35 or 50 mm lens is great. I do use a 50 mm lens for babies and toddlers to compress the backdrop.

In conclusion, I highly recommend the mini sweeps for your photography. They’re so easy to work with and I absolutely love that I can get a gorgeous image from one continuous backdrop instead of two separate, larger backdrops.

About the Author

Hi, my name is Kristen Mackey and I am the owner of Son Kissed Photography. I have been a photographer for the past 15 years. I specialize in newborn and baby photography but also have an extensive family portrait portfolio. I graduated college with a degree in Business Management. After college, I began my career working in Corporate Human Resources. I worked in that position for 5 years. After having my son in 2007 I was obsessed with taking photos of him... I’m sure my story is a lot like many other photographers; our children led us to this path in our life. I could not be happier with my career shift and all elements of owning my own business. One of those being the creative control I have over each session, with input from my clients, of course. I have photographed over 3,000 newborns in my career. In addition to serving clients locally, I have also traveled the world speaking and teaching at photography conferences and have taught hundreds of workshops. Some of my travels include : Canada, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia and Brazil. I have had the incredible opportunity to teach thousands of photographers how to safely and properly pose and work with newborns. I'm truly blessed I'm able to call this my “job”.


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