We're very excited to announce our first official brand partnerships with two fantastic food snappers.
We're thrilled to be working with Patrick Rock Smith, whom we have shared a mutual admiration with for a while now - Patrick for our backdrops and us for his amazing food photos and London restaurant inspiration.
And I'm equally delighted to be making our long standing advocate and friend, Matt Inwood an official partner too. Matt was a very early adopter (guinea pig even!) and cheerer-onner of our backdrops and already gives a discount code to his Instagram masterclass students, so I guess he has been ambassador-ing behind the scenes all this time!
More about Patrick
Our relationship with Patrick has developed very organically since he became a customer and quickly turned into a raving fan and advocate!
Patrick is our kind of guy - he has a huge passion for food and specialises in shooting social media content for big and small brands.
'Photography is my craft, and creative content is everything.'
As you will know, this is a perfect fit for us as our backdrops have become a staple for so many foodies and brands using social (especially Instagram) to share their stories.
We're absolutely chuffed that Patrick enjoys shooting with our backdrops so much that he has agreed to declare his love for them publicly and help us promote them to his audience.
'The excellent quality, responsive customer support, competitive pricing and quick delivery had turned me into a big fan - even a long time before I was asked to become a brand ambassador.
I feel honoured to join the BVS family, and thanks for helping me stand out (and being the background) in all my work.'
Love Patricks style? Shop 'Patrick's pick' of vinyl backdrops on the image links below!
Be sure to follow Patrick @patrickrocksmith for regular recipes to make you salivate plus some exclusive BVS offers and reviews!
More about Matt
Matt is a photographer, designer and teacher with THE most drool-worthy, moody, rich and inviting IG feed.
He has been a huge support - and friend - to me from day one - helping me develop backdrop designs, bringing opportunities for us to work together and always recommending BVS where he can.
'I love to style and shoot on Black Velvet's papers.'
'As a photographer, I love to style and shoot on Black Velvet's papers: there are so many different designs, colours and textures which provide all of the possible solutions I could want for the perfectly balanced food shot.
As a teacher, I recommend Black Velvet's papers to my workshop attendees because they’re the best entry-price backgrounds solution I know, and because they are beautiful, durable papers which deliver great instant results for anyone wishing to improve their styling.'
Matt specialises in iphone photography, to a level where he can deliver all of his clients needs' with just the phone in his pocket.
He has recently made the jump to shooting on a Nikon and using artificial light but remains a firm advocate for iphone photography and teaches hundreds of people how to shoot professional-looking content with their phones and natural light via live and zoom workshops.
I think when instagram remains such a good platform for foodie brands and businesses it makes sense to be able to shoot well with whatever you have in your hand!
And I know I often re-edit in the app because what looked good at full Mac screen size in Lightroom can look flat again when crunched down to phone screen size.
All this and more is covered in Matt's Instagram Masterclasses which you can book here.
'I have a great passion for Instagram and phone photography. I’ve worked with some of the UK’s best chefs, foodies and food photographers during a working life centred around food and food publishing.
In my workshops, I aim to convey the power of Instagram as both a marketing and communication tool, and also the way that this amazing app enhances how people think and create in the world of food.
All of the photography I publish to Instagram is taken using an iPhone: these workshops aim to enable you to get brilliant results doing just that, too.'
Want the Inwood look? Here's 'Matt's must-haves' paper backdrops, click the image links to shop.
Make sure you're following Matt @matt_inwood for weekly if not daily gasps at how beautiful his work is, plus special discount codes to use in our store.
Do you love using our backdrops?
Do you talk about them to your friends, colleagues and clients?
Do you have a supportive and engaged audience?
If that was a 'yes' to all three we'd love to talk to you about joining our ambassador programme - drop us a comment below telling us why you think we'd be a good fit for each other and and we will email you with more details!
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Thanks for reading!