Food Styling & Photography Backdrops, Workshops, Online Courses and Resources
Hi all, a brief and boring post to give you more details about what going VAT registered will mean for the prices on our products and services. There's good news in there too I promise!
Our prices on photography backdrops and postage will be as follows, from the 2nd March 2020.
- Sets of 4 smaller A2 backdrops will be £38 inc VAT
- Single standard A1 photo backdrop sheets will be £20 inc VAT
- Single large A0 background sheets will be £42 inc VAT
- Mounting and sealing charge for a single faced A1 MDF board, £28
- Mounting and sealing charge for a double faced A1 MDF board, £44
Postage & Packaging
Royal Mail Standard 2nd class, for parcel tubes
- For smaller A2 backdrops only, small P&P charge £4 inc VAT (this is a reduction!)
- For orders containing A1 or A0 backdrops, medium P&P charge £6 inc VAT (£6 reduction on previous large A0 P&P price!)
Royal Mail Next day services (orders must be in by 1pm for same day dispatch), for all sheet sizes/parcels tubes
- Special Delivery Guaranteed by 1pm - under 1kg at £11.50 inc VAT
- Express Special Delivery Guaranteed by 9am - under 1kg at £26.50 inc VAT
Mounted board shipping
- 1st board (single or double faced) £12 inc VAT
- all extra boards (single or double faced) £10 inc VAT
- Shipping to Europe will remain the same (but may be effected when Britain has new EU trade terms.)
- Rest of World shipping will increase by around 10-15%.
Courses, workshops, styling and consultancy prices will be handled individually.
Invoices will show the VAT paid, separated out for your records. As before you will get an email order confirmation plus a printed invoice with your order, both showing the VAT charged.
Our VAT registration number will be 342136432.
We will currently be able to take the VAT off for customers in other EU countries if you have a VAT reg number. Please email if you need to discuss this.
That's all for now!
Thank you for your understanding and continued custom,
Sophie & Graham
SAME DAY DISPATCH, next day delivery on photography backdrop sheets, Christmas deadlines and other fascinating shipping news!
I am very pleased to now be able to offer same day dispatch on all of my printed photography backdrops. This means you could order today before 1pm, for delivery for your shoot by 9am tomorrow! (I'm whooping as I type!)
Hi :) If you didn't already know, I'm a stylist and content creator too, so I want to share some affordable, everyday food photography backdrops and props with you, ones that you can get on a pretty small budget or may already have at home.
I'm a big advocate of having lots of different options* and I'm not naive enough to believe or propose that you should ONLY EVER USE MY PRINTED BACKDROPS! :D For me, good food styling starts with a beautiful dish of food - everything else is purely framing - and using layers and texture is a big part of that for me. So even though I often start with one of my backdrops when creating content, there will always be other elements and smaller surfaces to compose the shot and frame the hero. (UNLESS! I am creating content to sell the backdrop itself - then propping will be minimal to show the surface off!)
Styling surfaces come in all shapes and sizes, and if you're photographing food or other smallish still life cameos, it should be easy to find interesting, affordable backgrounds big enough for your needs.
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 -
This is a completely new business and product range for me so I'm really pleased to have this great feedback on what I had hoped would be (and is proving to be - thank god!) a good solution to the needs of stylists and photographers on a lower budget or when quick fixes are required if you supply props for many different clients.
Another good sign is that we're already getting repeat orders - only in our second month of being in business - so that makes me very pleased too. Not only are people enjoying shooting with my photography backgrounds, but they're also coming back for more, giving me feedback, discussing opportunities and generally being part of our journey. It's fabulous - thanks so much if you're one of those early advocates.
If you are on the fence as to whether these backdrops would be right for your photography, read on for genuine customer comments and click through to see how these guys are using their BVS backdrops on Instagram or their own websites.
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.