Muslin backgrounds have stood the test of time across photography studios for decades. These traditional painted cloth backdrops may not be the first look that comes to mind when creating a mood board for your next studio editorial or fashion photo shoot if you’re immediately brought back to your family’s cringe-worthy 1990’s annual studio portrait sessions… but we challenge you to take pause, think back a bit farther in time to an era of Victorian elegance and dramaticism for styling inspiration!
Recently editorial and portrait photographer Elaine Torres stepped out of her seamless paper comfort zone to test out our Cranberry Washed Muslin backdrop.
Recently, fashion and portrait photographer, Mike McGee used the the Milano Hand Painted Muslin Backdrop for a wedding dress shoot. The textured, elegant look of this backdrop make it easy to capture stunning timeless portraits.
Muslin is much more than just a lightweight backdrop or lighting tool, it is a fabric that dates back as early as the 3rd century CE with a vast history and a variety of uses. The origin of the word “Muslin” is ambiguous and often debated.
This photo gallery was shot by photographer Ryan Walsh, featuring our popular Light Gray Washed Muslin. This long-lasting, universal backdrop is great for adding textures, colors, playing with accessories or creating fun poses. The lovely gray helps keep the attention on the subject allowing for different looks with different lighting techniques.
This photo gallery was shot by photographer Ryan Walsh, featuring our divine Bogata Hand Painted Muslin Background. The dark, rich tones of this high-quality, non-reflective, painted cotton create a unique ambiance in any studio. See Full Gallery>>
This photo gallery was shot by photographer Ryan Walsh, featuring our Brown Washed Muslin Backdrop. This earthy tone is perfect for portraits, head shots or even family photos! We don’t see how you can go wrong with this simple and traditional look.
When you’re traveling as a photographer, unless you have a truck that carries your entire studio with you, considerations have to be made with regard to space and size that will greatly influence the kind(s) of backdrop you carry with you.
Admit it photo geeks! When you look at a photograph of a model you don’t always zero in on how the shot was composed, nor the model’s eyes. You inspect the backdrop. You check its texture, color, how it was lit, and how well it complements the model. At least I do, because that’s what I look for during the creative process while shooting.
This photo gallery was shot by photographer Ryan Walsh, featuring our unique retro muslin backdrops. A retro muslin backdrop makes for a great photo booth, special event or vintage portrait background. See Full Gallery>>