3for2 this week

on all individual backdrops - use code 3for2.sunshine at checkout

20% OFF handcrafted backdrops this week

custom-made textures, unique to you

FREE carry case

with UK backdrop orders over £100 this week

The ESSENTIAL selection

backdrops perfect for all seasons

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!

Special offers this week - 3for2, 20% OFF and FREE carry cases!
July 29, 2022

Special offers this week - 3for2, 20% OFF and FREE carry cases!

We know many of you are taking it easy over the summer but we also know that lots of you are shooting for autumn and Christmas and love cracking on while your businesses are quieter.

Soooooo, we have a few deals for those of you who do want to shop this week!

3for2 on all printed backdrops  

Enter code 3for2.sunshine at checkout  

20% off hand-painted backdrop boards and small 'still life' canvases

BUT! They may take up to 10 working days to dispatch as we are enjoying time off at the mo too.  This discount will be applied automatically for you. 

UK backdrop sheet orders over £100 get a FREE carry and store portfolio case worth £38 

You don't need to add this to your cart, we will do that for you when the free shipping is triggered as an option at checkout! 

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Monthly #BVS capture challenge - July theme is FLOW
July 13, 2022

Monthly #BVS capture challenge - July theme is FLOW

Welcome to July 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.

July theme - FLOW

Flow is a fun thing to explore because it is very abstract and other-worldy - not all images have it, and not all mages need to have it, but when they do it brings an extra element of movement and magic.


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Investing in handcrafted backdrops - when is the right time to get the most value?
July 07, 2022

Investing in handcrafted backdrops - when is the right time to get the most value?

When is the best time to invest in unique, hand-painted and textured photography backdrops?

Our production space is full of hand-painted photography backdrops today so I had a little look at who's ordering them and what kind of trends we're seeing and I have a few insights that might be helpful for you if you're considering commissioning a painted backdrop too.

We have a guide on the different materials and types of backdrops we offer here but if you're already eyeing up a custom-made backdrop - either on solid board or canvas - this article could help you decide when the best time is to invest.

I've had a little nosy at our repeat customers socials and websites and spotted a few recurring themes around when they start ordering hand-painted surfaces in addition to paper and vinyl backdrops.

Here's what I've noticed...

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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!