Food Styling & Photography Backdrops, Workshops, Online Courses and Resources

5 fail-safe photography backdrops that are perfect for beginners
May 04, 2020

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,

    • will give you the perfect foundation for a strong prop collection,

    • work best for those with limited lighting experience OR content creators who shoot and edit on their phone.

 

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4 for 3 on all backdrops & new 'HOLD my order' option
March 29, 2020

4 for 3 on all backdrops & new 'HOLD my order' option

Hi there, for a short period we are extending the 4for3 offer across all of our backdrop ranges so you can enjoy a 4th backdrop absolutely FREE!  

And we understand that not everybody is where they ordinarily work or shoot at the moment so we have added a 'HOLD' shipping option for all countries.  Please understand that unless your order qualifies for free shipping a separate payment will be requested for shipping before your order is shipped.

We will send regular reminders out for all held orders or just let us know when you are ready to receive your backdrops and we will send a request for payment of the shipping option you would like to use (if applicable).  It's no problem to change the delivery address if you need to as well.

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New monthly giveaways - WIN £50 worth of vouchers!
August 02, 2019

New monthly giveaways - WIN £50 worth of vouchers!

ENTER OUR MONTHLY GIVEAWAYS TO WIN PHOTOGRAPHY BACKDROP VOUCHERS WORTH UP TO £50 ! 

Share on Instagram to WIN a £25 voucher!

We’d love to see what you create with your BVS backdrops! 

Please join our community on Instagram by using #bvsbackdrops and tagging us @blackvelvetstyling so we can see your pics and enter you into a monthly prize draw to win a £25 voucher.  (This general hashtag replaces the previous individual monthly hashtag giveaway!)

You can enter as many times as you like with different images, increasing your chance of winning every time! 

Winner chosen at random at the end of each month, announced via Instagram and possibly here on our blog.

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Why our photography backgrounds aren't printed on vinyl (PVC)
October 16, 2018

Why our photography backgrounds aren't printed on vinyl (PVC)

Recent reports in the media about how much plastic is floating around in our oceans and the devastating effect it has on marine wildlife is heart breaking.  As a child, spending our summer holidays in St Mawes, Cornwall, my dad instilled in me and my sisters the practice of leaving a beach cleaner than when we arrived. Sometimes that meant taking an extra piece of litter home, other times it meant doing a full-on litter pick.  It wasn’t what we wanted to do as kids, but it has instilled in me an ethos that I have carried with me ever since; only take what you need and always respect nature.

Now I know many plastics are recyclable and I don't consider PVC evil in any way - it has it's uses - but I really don't have faith in the current recycling processes - clearly the UK government has not been acting respectfully, and at worst possibly just passing our rubbish and recycling on to other countries to deal with. Or not as it turns out.

So I have made the decision - at home and at work - to use as little plastic as possible.  I would like to be 100% plastic free but I can't see this happening for me at the moment and I think we can still bring change by voting with our money and putting pressure on our government, so I am committed to the following rules I've set myself -

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Early Autumn Backdrop Edit #1 - for seasonal food & still life styling
September 19, 2018

Early Autumn Backdrop Edit #1 - for seasonal food & still life styling

It's sad to say goodbye to such an amazing summer, but

Autumn is awesome too.

I'm excited for more mushroom foraging, pumpkin-spiced lattes, crunchy walks, chestnuts, cosy (forgiving) fashion and all the rich colours the English autumn brings.

Here is my AUTUMN EDIT #1 to get you in the mood for some seasonal styling (and maybe for Netflix and comfort food). I've kept it quite colourful - as that seems to be my style - but also I don't want to go full on dark and wintery yet - Autumn can be bright and sunny and there's still lots of colour around - roses, dahlias, berries, garden apples - all make beautiful natural props before we resign ourselves to winter.

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