Backdrops for Photoshoots

Studio Backdrop: Vibrant Gold

Why fit in when you were born to stand out.

—Theodor Seuss Geisel
Andrea was excited to wear black lipstick to match her black wardrobe.

As the proverb goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I purchased a gold backdrop many years ago and it is one of my favorites to use to help create painterly-style portraits. Its limitation is that it is small. I set out to paint a larger backdrop using the gold backdrop as a color reference.

I brought the gold backdrop outdoors into the sun and I laid paint color samples from Home Depot directly on the backdrop to help with the selection process. I chose three colors: a light, mid-tone and dark to blend together on the canvas.

I thought I did a good job selecting the colors but in the final analysis I didn’t quite nail it. The backdrop turned out to be a much more vibrant gold than I had anticipated. I decided two gold backdrops are better than one. The older, smaller backdrop is more subdued and the newer, larger one is more vibrant.

The small gold backdrop that I love so much is hanging in front of the unpainted canvas lying on the floor. It was there to act as a visual reference as I painted the new larger canvas.
My husband captured this photo of me painting the backdrop in our family room.
Oh how she glows.

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Andrea is wearing her own black bodysuit paired with the studio’s tulle skirt and lace stilletos.