Guest article by creative photographers, Katlyn and Jason Douek
Life is full of changes. But, as portrait photographers, there are some things that need to remain consistent for us to achieve the level of quality that is expected of us.
Recently, we moved from Indianapolis, IN to Wilmington, NC and started to focus more on portraits than ever before. Corporate headshots, modeling digitals, and commercial work with products & models, all shot against our Savage Seamless Paper backdrops. Our 7 foot white roll was quickly subjected to a nightly stream of traffic. It faced a barrage of foot prints, scuff marks, spills, rips, tears, holes, you name it. Add to that end, it isn’t always practical to take a 7 foot wide paper roll on location when the need arises. So, we started looking into other options.
Backdrop Travel Kits
Obviously, we knew we could rely on the consistency of quality from Savage Universal, so we started to look at some of the other products they offer. We have the 4 foot seamless rolls already, so what else was available? We considered a collapsible backdrop, which would’ve been fantastic for headshots, but we really needed the full body aspect too.
That’s when we started looking into Wrinkle-Resistant Polyester Backdrops & Travel Kits. Reading into it, it seemed to be exactly what we needed on the go. We wouldn’t need to iron or steam it before use. It had an extended floor. The stand could be put together by one person. All we had to do was order one and test it out in studio.
Let’s talk about the set up. The backdrop travel kit comes as a one-piece fold out stand. Everything locks into place, and within a few moments and several adjustments, one of us can have the backdrop up and running. Unlike traditional backdrop stands, with multiple parts and pieces and bits, we don’t need to worry about a loud set up with extra arms or losing separate pieces.
The polyester background is wrinkle-resistant, and hooks into the frame and we don’t need to worry about steaming it once we remove it. The stand was designed to hang with metal grommets on 5 points of contact to pull the backdrop taut from top to bottom. This allows for a smooth and seamless portrait background. The wrinkle resistant backdrop also extends out onto the floor allowing for capturing full-body portraits.
We decided to start out with the 5′ x 12′ White Backdrop Travel Kit and are so happy with it – we’re already planning our next order! The portability, ease-of-use, and ease of setup were exactly as described. With the frequency that we’re tasked with capturing high-volume portraits at events, we were thrilled to find a lightweight, portable and easy to set-up Backdrop Travel Kits that will still deliver a flawless set just like we are in our home studio.
Jason and Katlyn Douek have been photographing side by side for nearly seven years. Based in Wilmington, NC they focus on a variety of genres of photography. They’ve enjoyed working with many local businesses to photograph their dishes, people and products. With two adopted terriers as the mascots of their studio, they’ve been able to help a variety of models add to their portfolios, enjoyed sharing in the joy of 60 couples on their wedding day, and just completed photographing 102 redheads for their personal project to capture the beauty of a rare percentage of the population. Their love for traveling has always included a camera in hand, and trying the restaurants locals recommend. By day, she works for the hometown camera shop, Robert’s Camera in Downtown Indianapolis, and he’s in accounting. Find out how they #ShootWithSavage on their social media or j-kphotos.com.
Present a professional set that impresses your clients even when on-location with the Savage Backdrop Travel Kits.
Ideal for students, part-time photographers, or anyone needing a durable, easy-to-use background setup that’s budget friendly too. Our Wrinkle-Resistant Polyester Backdrops are offered in a variety of vivid and eye-catching colors. Kits are also available in specific colors with either 1, 2, or 3 backgrounds, a lightweight, matte-finish collapsible stand and a carry bag for easy set up and mobility. Backdrops are wrinkle resistant and easy to hang via a sewn-in rod pocket or metal grommets (depending on the style). Our background stands that are included in the kit options are lightweight and portable, perfect for setting up quick head shots on location or at special events.
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