on all A1 paper + vinyl backdrops - use code 4FOR3.S22 at checkout

New for April

backdrops perfect for spring + summer photography

hand-painted canvas backdrops

~ unique to you, from £85

mounted backdrop boards

solid, sustainable, waterproof

Not sure what type of backdrop to go for?

Its a tough one! We now offer FIVE different types of backdrops!

In this article we discuss the unique qualities of each material and how they offer different benefits depending on your subject, lighting and styling.

Whether affordability, individuality, experimentation, durability or portability is key for you right now - all of this and more is covered to help you make the right decision for how you need your backdrops to perform.

Hit the button below to see which material is best for you!

Monthly #bvs capture challenge - May theme: HARD LIGHT
May 05, 2022

Monthly #bvs capture challenge - May theme: HARD LIGHT

Welcome to May and our next #bvs capture challenge!  Enter for your chance to WIN a £100 or £25 voucher

About our theme - using hard light


I am only just starting to play with and see the possibilities with using hard light in my photography - as a 99% natural-light-photographer I need direct sunlight to get hard light and strong shadows.

But its so much fun exploring this technique now I have some lighting kit! Strong, direct light gives you those hard edged, highly defined shadows rather than the softly graduating patches of darkness you get from soft - or diffused - light.

Typically, larger light sources (that will wrap light around your products and props) produce soft shadows, and smaller, single light sources (like slim, directional light) produce harder light and shadows because there is little or no other light softening the edges from other angles.

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Introducing 'The Styling Handbook', look inside our new creative agency
April 25, 2022

Introducing 'The Styling Handbook', look inside our new creative agency

Introducing The Styling Handbook, a new creative agency focused on authentic, quality-led content and e-commerce for food and lifestyle brands

The Styling Handbook is the new home of our styling, photography and marketing services - somewhere we can share our passion for authentic, quality-led content without confusing the message here - where 99% of you visit us purely for photography backdrops!

While BVS is still an important focus for me, I'm really excited to be working on more commercial photography and marketing projects and have the time to train and support other businesses - thanks largely to our amazing team at BVS!

We're already working with some fantastic global brands and local businesses, offering -

  • commercial styling and still life photography 
  • remote and on-site content creation, including restaurant photography
  • marketing strategy and social media services
  • e-commerce strategy and design
  • styling and photography training and workshops

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Monthly #bvs capture challenge - April theme: FRAMING
April 06, 2022

Monthly #bvs capture challenge - April theme: FRAMING

Welcome to April and our next #bvs capture challenge!  Enter for your chance to WIN a £100 or £25 voucher

About the #bvs challenge

Our monthly challenges are open to everyone in the creative community, hosted via Instagram, co-hosted by myself (Sophie!) and some of our brand ambassadors – Anna, Suze, Matt or Patrick – plus special guest judges each month.

For each challenge we will share professional styling and photography tips and ideas that follow a monthly theme. The tips and themes explored should be useful in all still life photography - including food, product and lifestyle content.

We hope to inspire our community and be inspired ourselves – I always find it fascinating how people can interpret things differently and use the same theory in lots of different creative ways! 

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About us

BVS founder, Sophie Purser started making photography backdrops in 2016 when she couldn’t find what she needed to shoot a portfolio whilst making the move from in-house to freelance styling. 

Originally creating hand-painted backdrops that drew on her fine art training, Sophie saw the need for more affordable options - that look just as professional - and started to develop a range of printed backdrops in 2018.

Black Velvet Styling was born with this in mind – to offer high-quality, professional level backdrops for all budgets and briefs whether you're shooting international advertising campaigns or homemade crafts.

We take great pride in supplying backdrops and creating unique surfaces for commercial studios, prop houses, publishers and all manner of creatives.  

We are a team of eight based in Darley Abbey (& remotely in Edinburgh!). Feel free to get in touch if you need any help at all, with so many options we know it's hard to choose!