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All Photos Courtesy of Emily Voss

I recently received the Whitewash Printed Background Paper from Savage Universal. I typically shoot using large 10 foot backdrops and paper rolls so I was curious to see what it would be like to work with a 53” roll. I was also eager to see how realistic the paper would appear when photographed.

Upon receiving the roll of Whitewash textured paper, I opened the roll and was quite pleased with how lightweight it was. I easily mounted the roll without assistance on my backdrop stand and rolled it out so as to utilize it as a backdrop and floor. It did look rather small in my studio but it would be very convenient to take on location or fit in a small space.

That afternoon I had an 11 year old girl scheduled to come in for portraits with her siblings. She had a great outfit to match the whitewashed texture so for her individual portraits I decided to use my new roll of the printed paper. The paper is a bit thicker than the standard seamless paper so there were no issues with ripping when I placed my subject on the drop. As soon as I started shooting I was convinced that I had found a new staple in my studio! I took a series of full body portraits as well as a variety of headshots and was especially blown away by how it photographed when it softened into the background on the latter shots. The paper complemented but did not distract from the subject and offered a slightly weathered look without being full-out rustic. When I showed the images to the subject’s mother, she loved the results.

kid portrait on savage whitewash printed paper by emily voss


kid portrait on savage whitewash printed paper by emily voss

In my opinion this particular drop would work great for children, newborns, pets and even product shooting. I could also see using it strictly as a floor drop. Because of it’s small size it would not be as practical for a senior portrait session but I will most likely use it for at least a few senior headshots this summer!

Emily Voss

Emily Voss is a 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. Learn More