Read about my top 6 food photography backgrounds - and WIN yours for Christmas!

November 13, 2019

Hey! 2019 has been an incredible year for us both as a family and in this business; we recently had our 1000th order, something I thought would take years!

To say thanks and to celebrate our success we are running a HUGE giveaway competition, the biggest yet!

How would you like to win 6 of your favourite photography backdrops, professionally mounted onto solid boards and matt-sealed for a fully waterproof, long lasting photography surface, with free postage included?!

Details on how to enter at the bottom of this page.

I’ll share my absolute top 6 if I had to choose a ‘capsule collection’ of backdrops further down, but before I get carried away with that, let’s talk about a few of my favourites for different uses - it might help you decide on your prize if you win!

My food styling and photography splits into these key areas-

  • shooting products and creating content for clients
  • photographing my own social media and web content 
  • styling in studios with commercial photographers

 

For the first area of my photography, shooting food brands, recipes and content for clients, it of course depends on their creative brief and brand assets (content already shot and in use or soon to be used) that we need to tie in with.

My range of backgrounds is big enough now that I can usually find something that ties in with an ongoing style or can work for a new brief.  Even though I get lots of varied briefs from different clients, there are still backdrops that come up time and time again, the classics if you like that work for lots of different looks and really earn their place in a prop collection.

 

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Mothers Day waffles shot for Denby Pottery on the Bleach backdrop

Bleach has been used a lot for several different client projects, proving particularly useful in the summer when it’s cooler tones set off brightly coloured fruit, cakes and salads.

 

 

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Oslo is also becoming a favourite with my content photography clients, giving a dark blue/green base for modern or edgy food styling where you want a bit of mood. (I can't share that client work yet sorry!)

 

 

The Beaten photography background is fairly new but already proving really popular for lots of different styles.  It’s one of those classic neutrals that can be teased in many different directions, bringing texture and interest without overtaking the product or hero. (I can't share this project work yet either sorry!) 

I think all wood backdrops are useful for this – they give warmth, age and character in a very subtle, unintrusive way.  I guess that’s why wood is such a popular material in our homes too – it doesn’t commit to any specific style, but sits comfortably in its surroundings and stands the test of time and trends.

 

When I’m shooting my own content for web and social media, I really enjoy styling with the stronger designs – they give a striking and edgy starting point to my food photography and allow me to play around a bit more than I might for my clients. 

 

The strength of the Drip backdrop took the direction of this shot in a completely unexpected direction to how many would style a pretty pink cake! I love the contrast and rawness of this composition -  I like to create food photography that goes somewhere different!

I am often inspired by the strong colour of an ingredient – I love styling with pink and purple food – and prefer to keep the overall composition bold and graphic which lets the backdrop be seen clearly too. 

 

The Bridge food photography backdrop is a favourite of mine and many others as it packs so much detail and variation in very useful greys and warm tones.  Here I've lifted the subject on a book to give a bit of separation and allow the hero to shine. If in doubt and the product or food is strong, I go with Bridge!

For client photography I love to drop the angle down and include more lifestyle elements and interiors in the shot, but when creating my own content to promote the backdrop range, overhead is my go-to angle – and flatlays are so quick and easy to style and light it makes perfect sense for creating quick snaps to keep my social media feeds fed.

 

 

Sterk is very useful as it is almost black with very subtle textural details.  I love shooting dark and moody styles which is good as I work mostly with natural light in the UK - it's often grey or fading fast!  

 

As a food and still life stylist working for commercial clients, most of my work revolves around styling beautiful dishes of food or working on product photography for homeware or kitchen brands.

The True grey photography backdrop is often called upon by clients. It’s a clean grey with a swirled, hand painted, plaster effect that looks timeless and sits comfortably beneath any colour and food styling.  Because it’s so effective I have created it in the larger A0 size which is perfect to shoot wide web banners or lots of product at once.

 

Shot by Neil White on the large True backdrop

The Plank backdrop has been used on lots of shoots, most recently for a Royal Doulton Christmas gift shoot. 

The marble backdrops, Shirley and Booj are also very popular too as we can get a clean marble look without having to move heavy slabs of stone around the studio or in and out of vans!

 (I’ll share pics soon!) 

 

So, hard question! If I had to pick my top 6 backdrops for food photography, it would have to be these six. I think its good to have a very light and very dark backdrop in your collection, a few neutrals with varying degrees of interest and a couple of stronger  looks.

1. Bridge - as mentioned above Bridge is a strong but neutral background working hard for lots of styles and giving so much detail.

2. Patsy - for when you want white but with detail and texture.

3. Drip - my go-to edgy backdrop.

4. Kai - a beautiful bright colour that works for most food photography through the seasons.

5. Beaten - a killer neutral in a textural wood effect.

6. Sterk - good to have black ticked off and of course it goes with everything!

Ahh but then I'd really like the new Mawgan backdrop to be on this list too - you can't beat a mottled light blue for summer food shoots, its so hard to choose!

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Which of my designs would you choose if you had to narrow it down to 6 food photography backgrounds?

To be entered for a chance to win your dream set of mounted and sealed, solid photography backdrops simply comment below with which 6 you'd choose if you won!

Closes 0100 (1am UK time) on December 1st 2019 for prize delivery by 24th December 2019.  Winner will be chosen at random from both entry points (you can enter on instagram too) and announced within a few days.

The boards will be mounted double sided so you get 6 designs on 3 boards.  Designs need to be picked from the A1 collection and in stock at time of winning.

Competition open worldwide.  Free UK shipping / £30 paid towards international shipping if the winner is overseas.  (Please only enter from outside the UK if you are prepared to pay towards the shipping.)

Prize is non transferrable but you may add to your prize with extra purchases if you like. (Extra shipping costs may be chargeable.)

One blog entry per person.

You can also enter on the give-away post on our Instagram @blackvelvetstyling - details on there. One Instagram entry per person (not per Instagram account - please do not enter with multiple accounts). 

Please follow the rules to avoid disappointment later!

 

Good luck, someone is in for a fantastic Christmas!

And I look forward to hearing about your selections and why you've chosen the backdrops you have!

Thanks for visiting, and thank you for your custom and support in 2019! Soph xx

 More details on our mounted backdrops here!

Comments

Charlie Bard

Charlie Bard said:

Can’t miss out on this opportunity!!

Zeus
Paris
Kai
Rain
Bert
Arya

Nearly had to choose “Bish” but that’s just because I’ve been listening to My Dad Wrote A Porno

Rebecca

Rebecca said:

I love the grey and concrete ones. But Beaten has really taken my fancy too. So I would say:

Patsy
Beaten
Bleach
True grey
Bridge
Mawgan for a bit of blue

I’ve just purchased Eunice and love it too, so that one is also just perfect

Charlotte Mountain

Charlotte Mountain said:

This is so hard to choose… I already own some of my favourites like Plank and Kai!

It would have to be:
Magwan – I love anything blue.
Bleach – sounds clean.
Bare – because on Wednesday’s we wear pink.
Beaten – love a rustic bit of wood.
Patsy – the name just makes me want it.
Forest – I could see this working well with Festive things!

So exciting!

Sam

Sam said:

They are all stunning! I made a sneaky purchase of “Bare” a couple of days ago and can’t wait to receive it! I would say my favourites are (including the two I’ve already bought).
Plank
Bare
Patsy
Beaten
Bleach
Zeus

Fingers crossed!! x

Katie lumley

Katie lumley said:

I love to switch up my photography between light, dark and rustic so my 6 would be:
Hallow
Aurélie
Beaten
Flaky
Jolie
Booj

X

Danika

Danika said:

Congratulations😍😍 n such an amazing giveaway …. Hopefully this time – fingers crossed…😚😚
Each n every backdrop is amazing it’s really hard to choose 🙈
but have to so I’m going for
- Bleach
- The beaten
- True Grey
- Bridge
- Kai
- Shirley and Booj 🙋🙋

Jemima Wilch

Jemima Wilch said:

All the backgrounds are so gorgeous!!

My top six picks would definitely be:

Madrid
Rain
Punk
Bound
Forest
Drip

I’m a young food photographer so any of these backgrounds would amazing to shoot with.

Nessy

Nessy said:

Hello Sophie, Congratulations to you and your family on reaching different milestones in 2019. May 2020 bring more blessing to you and yours.
I cannot miss this wonderful giveway. I love all your backgrounds and when it comes to choosing six it is hard. After comparing what I have at the moment the following six would make a perfect collection for me.
1. Bridge
2. Earl
3. Rain
4. Whip
5. Safe
6. Flaky

Thanks for being so generous with the giveaway.
Best Wishes x Nessy

Camilla Hawkins

Camilla Hawkins said:

I’m loving all your backdrops but would choose these:
Paris
Rain
Flaky
Beaten
Bleach
Zeus

Hannah Hossack - Lodge

Hannah Hossack - Lodge said:

Awesome giveaway Sophie!
I would have to choose:
Booj
Mawgan
Zeus
Kalt
Paris
Hallow

Yana

Yana said:

Zeus
Earl
Rain
True
Eve
Beaten

Cat Harvey

Cat Harvey said:

Tough choice, so many good designs!

I would say it has to be these:
Freya
Zeus
Bridge
Petra
Punk
Salt

If I was a bit more bold I’d pick Trunk as well but I don’t know how I could possible use that with my food!

Helena Johansson

Helena Johansson said:

Very difficult to choose. I love them all! I would go for:
Bleach
Salt
Shirley
Beaten
Kai
Jolie

Amy Stanford

Amy Stanford said:

🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
It’s so hard to choose, but I think I’d go for:

Bridge
Plank
Zeus
Freya
Safe
Shirley

Julia

Julia said:

I’d have to choose 6 that I don’t already own but am lusting after:

Plank
Bleach
Paris
Peace
Beaten
Oslo

All completely different but offer so many different shooting styles!

Clares Cauldron

Clares Cauldron said:

Your backgrounds are beautiful so hard ti choose , but ive tried 😂

Allo
Storm
Kalt
Jolie
Beaten
Bert

Pauline Scholey

Pauline Scholey said:

They are all so very wonderful, amazing backgrounds, difficult to choose but…..! I think my eye is drawn to

Beaten
Hex
Petra
Drip
Hallow
Kai

Stuart

Stuart said:

There all really beautiful but I’m going to go dark.

Storm
Hex
Rain
Hallow
Safe
Rum

Harriet

Harriet said:

Ah they are all so beautiful!

I love the following the most though:

Bish
Salt
Storm
Freya
Allo
Kalt

Love the names too 😂❤️

Rob Murphy

Rob Murphy said:

I have been wanting your bockdrops for ages .
All of them please 🤪✊
:Bridge
:Safe
:Plank
:Kai
:Drip
:Salt
Thanks so much for the opportunity to get such amazing work .

Paulina

Paulina said:

Finger crossed 🤞🏻

Madrid
Bleach
Whip
True
Bridge
Rain

Thank you x

Maryam Del Toro

Maryam Del Toro said:

Hello,

I am so excited for this! :)

Its very hard to chooseeeeeee buttttt! I would go with

1. Patsy
2. Paris
3. Rain
4. Drip
5. Beaten
6. Salt

:) fingers crosseddddddddddd <3

Doaa

Doaa said:

For me it would be sterk, salt, skipper, shirley, bound, and slay! So many possiblities!

Ann nissen

Ann nissen said:

Love these backdrops. Would be super cool to win
Choices
Plank
Madrid
Bleach
Petra
Slay
Bert rust

Very excited
Ann

Jeff Scholl

Jeff Scholl said:

Wow! Such beautiful work! Love these backdrops. I am having such a hard time deciding on my six favorite. So I would probably start with:

Plank
Beaten
Whip
Drip
Patsy
Bridge

Ok, and so I also like:

Sterk
Shirley
Booj

Very tough decision to narrow down to only six… but I am very excited!
Thank you for the opportunity!
Regards,
Jeff

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