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Quick and Easy Photo Shoot

Updated on May 17, 2015

When you live in a small house, it's imperative that you don't take up too much room with your "hobbies." You're not allowed to have too much stuff lying around because you'll hear it from your better half...whoever that may be.

Photography has been a "hobby" of mine for quite a while. I'm a bit on and off with using my camera. Some months I never put it down and other months I'm trying to find it under my bed. Since HG came into our lives, I'd like to say that I've been more ON than OFF with this little obsession. She has been my little muse when it comes to photography. Check out Harper Daily and you'll see what I'm talking about. From time to time, I'd like to plop her in front of a backdrop and try to get a fun portrait of her. Portrait photography could come with a lot of accessories...and we don't have room for it. If I truly took on photography as something more than a fleeting hobby, I'd imagine that I'd buy all sorts of backdrops, lights and other accessories. (Oh boy...I love me a good accessory.) But with space and $$ constraints, there is an easier way to have some fun with yer subject.


Here's The Quick and Easy Set Up

  • A patterned fabric for a backdrop
  • Something to hold it up (we use this tension rod that works perfectly in our hallway.
  • A subject (use your kid, dog, wife, husband, that bowl of fruit that you arranged)

That's It!

Start snapping away. You may want to take some test shots and mess with your camera's settings before your subject is in front of the fabric. This may save you some headaches during the shoot.

When you're done, you can either save the backdrop for another photo shoot, or use the fabric for another project.

The B-sides

Below are some pictures that I didn't end up using for anything, but they turned out to be eye opening.

Make sure you straighten out your background

Don't include any distracting toys.

Make sure all your subjects know what they're in for.

Here is the quick and easy set up


  • A patterned fabric for a backdrop
  • Something to hold it up (we use this tension rod that works perfectly in our hallway.
  • A subject (use your kid, dog, wife, husband, that bowl of fruit that you arranged)


That's It!

Start snapping away. You may want to take some test shots and mess with your camera's settings before your subject is in front of the fabric. This may save you some headaches during the shoot.

When you're done, you can either save the backdrop for another photo shoot, or use the fabric for another project.

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