Solid, replica backdrop boards

Half the price and weight - waterproof, sustainable, durable


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NEW backdrops

brand new designs for 2023

the ESSENTIAL selection

lightweight & waterproof alternatives to wood, marble, tiles and classic colours

2023 Calendar with UK food seasons, food dates and awareness events. Editable, Excel spreadsheet

Behind the scenes - our backdrops out and about on photo shoots
January 31, 2023

Behind the scenes - our backdrops out and about on photo shoots

Hey, thanks for visiting the BVS blog!

Today I wanted to share a few behind-the-scenes shots and feature the work of some of our wonderful customers, shooting all over the UK (and beyond!) and taking our backdrops with them - showing you can shoot anywhere when you have the right kit and props!

Scroll down to see how they get creative in sheds, sports stadiums, restaurant kitchens, bedrooms and more;  our backdrops really do get around, helping our customers shoot brilliant content no matter where they have to work.

Oh and also read on to discover how you could win a £25 gift voucher to spend on our store!

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5 fail-safe photography backdrops that are perfect for beginners
January 16, 2023

5 fail-safe photography backdrops that are perfect for beginners

It would be easy to tell you what our best sellers are but they're not necessarily what's best for a beginner.  We sell to a massive mix of clients ranging from top experts of the food photography industry to global creative agencies, magazine and cookbook publishers, as well as home makers, recipe bloggers and crafters - everyones' needs are unique and everybody's skill level and experience will be different.  

At the start of your content creation journey - whether thats as a newly trained photographer, social marketer, maker or crafter - your priorities and budget will be very different to that of a seasoned content creator or somebody with an established prop collection. 

That's exactly what I want to share with you today, five photography backdrops that -

    • are absolutely timeless,

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£100k raised for Alzheimer's Society by Moy Park
January 04, 2023

£100k raised for Alzheimer's Society by Moy Park

Moy Park has gifted its charity partner Alzheimer’s Society over £100,000 this Christmas after reaching another funding milestone.

Teams from across Moy Park have been raising awareness of Alzheimer’s Society and the work they do to help those affected by dementia through activities including sky dives, quizzes, marathons and more recently a beautiful recipe calendar.

The calendar includes 12 delicious chicken recipes developed by Julia Winters, Moy park's senior development chef with direction from Whitenoise agency and photography from the super talented Belfast-based photographer, Sharon Cosgrove.

And we're thrilled to see our backdrops have been chosen by Sharon and her creative team to style the recipes throughout the year! Here's a peek at the dishes - but if you'd like the recipes you'll have to grab one of the last few calendars by...

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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!