Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DIY Photo Backdrop Stand for Pets

Lately, I've been brainstorming ways to create fun and unique photos of my pets. My home is not very photo friendly. It's small, cluttered, and has pretty poor lighting. Fortunately, I have plenty of options outdoors to take some nice photos.

I searched the internet for ideas and inspiration on DIY photo backdrops and props. I came across one blog post on how to make a DIY photo backdrop stand out of PVC pipe and instantly knew I wanted to create my own. So I did! And it was super easy and cheap. (Follow the link for the full tutorial.)


Creating this photo backdrop stand only cost me $3. We had plenty of PVC pipe in our barn already. My father also has a PVC pipe cutter, so he was nice and helped me cut all the pieces. After that, all I had to do was connect them together. I only had four T-shape connectors and needed four more, so I made a trip to Lowe's and paid $3 for a 10 pack of them.

I also purchased a white shower curtain to hang from the photo backdrop stand as a background for now. I haven't been able to use the backdrop stand to it's full potential because it's been too windy outside and I don't have all the props I want for it yet. I have used it inside a little bit though.

I tried a photo shoot with the rat brothers, Jack and Gus. I purchased some sheer blue sparkly material from the fabric store and hung it over the shower curtain. I wanted to try bubbles as a photo prop of sorts, but I only had cheap bubbles from a wedding and they kept popping before they reached the rats. My daughter was my assistant bubble blower. So anyways, we may try the bubble thing again some other time with better quality bubbles I guess.

My favorite photo from the shoot.


Where was Shiner during all of this? Well, she was concerned because I wasn't taking her photo so she started sticking her snout in the middle of our shoot.


I put her outside so she could potty and do her doggy stuff. Two minutes later I looked behind me and saw this...

Why aren't you taking my picture?!

So anyways, I've got tons of fun ideas in my head and can't wait to use them. If you are considering making one of these DIY photo backdrop stands for yourself, I would recommend it. I think it's going to be a lot of fun to use later on.

45 comments:

  1. That looks like a fun thing to play around with. We love the pic of Shiner looking not too pleased about being left out. The shower curtain pix are great. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. LOL... I thought it was hilarious... my daughter told me to look behind me and there she was. Normally, she'd go out and do some doggy things but I guess she was too interested in what I was doing. She's been really wanting to play with the boys a lot lately but they are still not so sure about her.

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  2. DIY photo backdrop sounds great idea.
    Photos of a Jack and Gus are very lovely!

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  3. What a great idea ! The photos of Jack and Gus are pawsome ! Purrs

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  4. Fabulous and very creative idea Ann however I do have to agree with Shiner. More pics of her please!

    Lol

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    1. Lol, I haven't had the chance to use it with her yet. I want to get a nice floor prop first.

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  5. Oh wow! How cool is that!!!!
    Thanks for sharing!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  6. Come on, let us see Shiner with a few bubbles!!! Great idea, can't wait to see what you create!

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    1. Haha will have to try that because she loves popping bubbles... might be a challenge lol.

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  7. Love this idea! I would have to make it collapsible since I live in a tiny apartment, but this is probably easier that completely rearranging everything for a reasonable photo!

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    1. It's fairly large (5 ft.) and I have trouble maneuvering it in my house right now. Mostly because I have some extra furniture in there that I don't need right now. But it does come apart! As long as you don't glue it together. I'm storing mine outside because I can.

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  8. What a great idea! Our house isn't good for photos either, we always go for walks to take pictures. You could get different backdrops to hang and do all sorts of fun stuff! Love Dolly

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    1. Yes Dolly! I have lots of cool ideas. If you search the internet for photo backdrop ideas, so many cool things pop up.

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  9. it's a super idea! I did it too with an ole clothes rack and a roll down curtain. I hope you can manage the bubble-problem, bet it looks beautiful!

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  10. That's such a COOL idea!!! ...and I love how the sparkles on the fabric look when you've got a really narrow depth of field. : )

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    1. The sparkles did come out nice I think. All of the photos in the collage were not edited. I added the bokeh to that first big picture of Gus though.

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  11. Yep! We call that a "sweep" in the studio. That's a photography classic - we've been using that concept for decades. Brilliant and inexpensive way to bring that concept out of the photo studio and into your home. Four paws WAY up!!

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    1. Cool! I still don't know photography terminology lol... I just know what looks nice and stick with that! I have a lot to learn :)

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  12. shiner...thiz izza way awesum eye dea yur mom haz....jack & gus stand out with de bloo behind ther selves two !!! ♥

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  13. That is such a good idea. We might have to try that. It is hard to get inside shots. We like the pictures a lot so it must work. Take care.

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  14. Wow I just happen to have a PVC agility jump sitting in my backyard! What a brilliant idea!

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  15. First of all, that's a super cool idea. Second of all I LOVE RATS!! I LOVE THEM! LOVE THEM! They are amazing little creatures and I totally want to hug that rat!!! AHHh!! - Alana.

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  16. That is WAY cool! Thanks for sharing. I can never get a decent photo indoors either. Perhaps I will have to give this a try. The rat photos are adorable!!!

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  17. What a cool and thrifty idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Noodle and crew

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  18. Those rats know how to pose! Poor Shiner.

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  19. Haha she look so concerned! "Mom, let me back in?!"

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  20. Mom has tried to make a backdrop but using a sheet. The problem is it shows the wrinkles. We may need to try a shower curtain, although lately we haven't needed a backdrop much. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. There are wrinkles on this curtain too. Or rather, fold marks. Technically, you'd probably need to iron out the fabric first... but I hate ironing... LOL.

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  21. That's a great DIY project. Jack and Gus look like they enjoyed their photo shoot. Poor Shiner, sent out to do her business and didn't get in on all the photo fun.

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  22. I love this idea. I also love the shimmer blue background with Jack and Gus :) Going to definitely give this a shot. I think Bain might get a little Hollywood on me.

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  23. Great idea! Theo loves modeling because it means treats. Does Shiner get paid in treats too?

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    1. Shiner got extra treats from her human sisfur yesterday. She was feeling generous :)

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  24. How COOL Ann. I think I shared one of this on my pinterest board ... something I want to do for winter as lighting is a big issue. Oh! Those RATS :-) Golden Woofs

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    1. Winter will be a challenge for sure! I need to get out and take some photos today while it is still nice. We had a few overcast days recently.

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  25. It is always nice when you get a nice clean background for a photo, and this is a neat trick to get one for yourself

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  26. What a great idea! (Although I'm wondering where I'd store that thing after... Our garage is already kinda packed. But I suppose I could find a spot in there!) LOVE that sparkly pic w/ the blue fabric!

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  27. Love this! I just use two pieces of white poster board. This is way more customizable!

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