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Create a Larger Canvas for Your Portraits

If you photograph large groups or the occasional action shot-loving ballerina, chances are you might’ve run into the issue of not having enough space for your subjects while staying within the confines of your 107″ wide Savage seamless paper backdrop. While extending the background in post-editing is always an option, our friends from Dancers & Dogs filmed their impressive solution for creating an extra-wide photo background on set, which allows their models to move unrestricted and saves some time in post-production.

In this detailed tutorial the photographers of Dancers & Dogs, Kelly Pratt Kreidich and Ian Kreidich, explain how they layer two 107″ x 12yd Savage paper rolls to create a large canvas for their subjects to jump and leap freely. Check it out!

Note: Savage offers an extra-wide seamless paper size of 140″ x 35yd in the following colors: Super White, Black, Storm Gray & Tech Green!

About Dancers & Dogs 

Dancers & Dogs started out as a wildly random idea one day in early 2017.

We are dance photographers, mainly working with the Saint Louis Ballet, along with dancers around the country. We specialize in both marketing photography and performance photography.

One day, I (Kelly) had a strange idea: “What if we did pictures of dancers, with dogs.” Ian looked at me like I was crazy. On paper, it was strange and didn’t make sense. Why dancers and dogs? But I told Ian to just “Go with it.” I had a vision. Our first duo was Ericka and Baxter, an English Bulldog, who belongs to a friend. We captured just the results we were hoping for – clean and elegant pictures, that are sweet, light-hearted and funny. Ballet is often seen as stuffy or unapproachable, and we feel like this project helps people see the lighter side of dancers. We have learned a lot during this process. We were not animal photographers when we started out! But along the way we have learned how to work on a dog’s level, how to get dogs to do certain actions, what kind of dogs are even right for this project.

So here’s the goal: 100 Dancers & 100 Dogs. We don’t know how long that will take. We are starting in St. Louis, but we hope to expand this project to other cities as well. We are having fun.

So back to, “Why?” Well, it’s all about just making people smile. If we’re doing that, that is all that matters.

You can find our other work at www.prattkreidich.com