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This week I received the 107” Coral Seamless Paper from Savage Universal. Over the past year I have grown to love the vibrant colors from Savage as much as the grays and whites that have been essential staples in my studio over the years. Because I photograph primarily seniors I like to use the 107” so I can shoot headshots as well as full body shots. This also allows extra space for additional props such as a pet, sporting equipment or a prom dress.

senior portrait coral seamless paper background

When I unwrapped my new roll I instantly loved the color. It is a color that is very popular in the wardrobes of my senior girls this season. Vibrant pastels have definitely made a comeback so this will be a great addition to my backdrop collection. That being said I would not necessarily describe the color as coral. I tend to think of coral as having more of an orange tinge to it. I would describe the color as closer to rose for those that are looking to purchase it.


When my senior arrived for her session this morning she brought a multicolored dress that just begged to be photographed against a colorful seamless paper. I debated between Savage’s Coral, Plum and Blue Jay before settling on my new Coral roll! The senior immediately loved the color and was excited to be photographed against it. I did several headshots, full length shots and also added a settee for a third look. I felt that the Coral complimented the pink undertones of my seniors complexion beautifully and contrasted nicely against her blue eyes, really making them pop! I used a large photek for the main light, a softbox for fill and two hair-lights. I did not light the background as I wanted it to remain a flat color. For that reason I chose to leave my aperture at f/4.5 in order to keep the color light and bright.

senior portrait coral seamless paper background

I see myself using the Coral in the future with senior girls who embrace their feminine side. I think it would be really beautiful paired with cream, lace or pastel clothing!

What’s your favorite shade of Savage pink?

Emily Voss

 Emily Voss is a 25 year old professional portrait photographer that stands apart based on her emphasis on clean lighting and strong use of color. She is the owner and sole photographer of VOSStudios, a state of the art portrait studio in downtown Wausau, WI where it is in its fourth year of business. Emily graduated from Luther College in 2013 with dual degrees in Fine Arts and Spanish. In 2012, she interned and photo assisted Annie Leibovitz in New York City resulting in a love of the city and passion for lighting. While her home base is in the Midwest, she makes trips back to New York to work with actors, dancers and models. Back home in Wisconsin, Emily specializes in high-end senior portraits and corporate headshots but has branched out to include newborns and pet portraits as well. She has been published in a variety of online and print sources such as Photo Vogue, Photographers Forum, Compliance Today, Boutique Design magazine, and the NCAA Champion Magazine. Check out her website here.

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