DIY: Making A Flower Wall As Photo Backdrop

The time I started to embrace the portraiture style more intensively, I also began to explore various ideas for different backdrops – other than only seamless paper, paper-walls or the like.

For my Portrait Nudes, I had one particular concept in mind: Building a beautiful flower wall that can be used to create an either fresh mood or a subtle romantic feel. Both styles rely on the exact same backdrop but they get polished differently by tweaking lighting design and image looks in post.

Follow my thought process, some tips and the set construction here.

1 - Shopping - Portrait Nudes - How To Make A Flower Wall For Photo Backdrop

2 - Putting The Background Together - Portrait Nudes - How To Make A Flower Wall For Photo Backdrop

3 - Decorating The Backdrop - Portrait Nudes - How To Make A Flower Wall For Photo Backdrop

4 - Photo Lighting Tests - Portrait Nudes - How To Make A Flower Wall For Photo Backdrop

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The Flower Wall will be used in my upcoming webinar as one of the sets!

  • Keywords: Sexy, Alluring & Romantic
  • Concepts: Private & Business
  • Connecting With Your Subject, Building A Rapport
  • Subtle “Posing”: Caching & Directions
  • Lighting: Moods & Looks

Tutorial “Contemporary Allure: Portrait Nudes”

LIVE Replay: ‘Contemporary Allure: Portrait Nudes’

LIVE Replay: ‘Contemporary Allure: Portrait Nudes’

5 Films. 95 Min Runtime. FullHD
Tempting & Striking, Fresh & Free, B&W, Silky Glam. Starring Nici Dee.
“Create portrayal, do not just depict a scene!” Contemporary Allure is about designing different moods/stories/emotions by building emotive situations, just like the genre of portraiture is intended to do. Dan started shooting frisky portraiture as an additional business opportunity for doing privately commissioned work, meaning Dan is taking shots of ladies that actually pay him to do so. This photo shoot is meant to push you to start doing such a style of work yourself!


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Dan Hostettler

A traveler at heart, inspired by women, working along Swiss precision. Dan is a mediapreneur, photographer, author of several books and founder + Editor in Chief of SexyWomenPhotography.com.

Being a successful photographer for more than 15 years Dan got internationally published and featured on/in GQ Online, The India Times, FashionONE TV, FotoTV, GoodLight Mag, amongst many others. Dan is currently residing and working in Prague, CZ.

Dan will talk about his projects, provide insights in shootings & concepts, produce webinars, create Academy content, explain styles, emphasize the importance of working with models and any other exciting topic he discovers along the way.

Have you ever built a specific backdrop because you got tired of your seamless paper rolls?

2 Comments

  1. RANDY

    Great job Dan. So much work! I’m curious why you didn’t just glue the panels together with wood glue. Works great and gives you permanent results.

    Yes, I’ve built many backdrops; fabric, wood to name a couple. The wooden one was the most labor intensive. It took a whole weekend. There were about 5 different shades of stain that I used.

    I’ll be very curious to see your live model in front of your flower wall.

    Randy

    Reply
    • Dan Hostettler

      Thanks Randy!

      Gluing: I tried a decade ago gluing these panels together but with a more “aggressive” glue. The polystyrene got affected and it crumbled and fell apart – no good results. Didn’t know that wood glue would do it.
      Frankly I am not a very good craftsman – much less than a photographer is supposed to be. I guess my craft lies in my mind, not hands…
      But thanks for the tip, I will try this next time.

      It sounds like you are doing good with such work; I would have to hire a family member, LOL.

      WEBINAR: All sets are prepared, lighting for the Flower Wall is finished, all set to be worked on. Soon…

      #ShootBold
      Dan

      Reply

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