We have been cleaning up around here due to remodeling and trying to make room for all the new ideas I have for the studio! I came across a box of old photos and negatives that I had stored away for safe keeping. As I was looking through the images I noticed how I have always been in love with certain styles of photography, especially my grey backdrop!
I found photos of my friend’s engagement session back in 1999 and some of my favorite shots of theirs were on the same type of grey backdrop I still use today. I know a lot of the “masters” of photography shot with this type of backdrop and lighting, maybe that is why I love it. There is a certain timeless quality about it, you can also change the mood of an image just by moving the light from the front to off center or even to the side. It’s like it moves with you and follows your thoughts. This is why I have loved using it over the years, I shot my first boudoir session with it back in 2006, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it earlier as I had shot portraits, fashion and everything else with it already!
When shooting boudoir it is my best friend, it can be sexy, sultry, seductive and alluring. Like I said before, it’s moody, but in a good way! I don’t know what I would do without it and it is something I think every studio photographer should have. Last year I even had the opportunity to teach workshops to other professional photographers on how to shoot and use a grey backdrop for boudoir! I think sometimes when we do something so much we start to feel as if it may be a crutch we lean on, or that we are not being creative enough. I have said to myself so many times that I need to push myself to do something better, something “more”. Then I realize that I am doing what I love, what I am passionate about, something I am able to put 100% of myself into. It also feels pretty good (as a person and to your ego) when your peers contact you and ask for private lessons on how to shoot like I do. It makes you feel like all of your hard work and effort is finally paying off!
I am so in love with this style that I even went as far as taking the last three letters of my last name and naming my company Gré!
With all the new set ideas I have for my studio there is one thing I have always had and will always make room for, that is my grey backdrop!
Here are some of my personal favorites from 2008, this is the year I think I realized how much I love grey seamless! If you want to learn more about shooting on a grey backdrop check this out! how to use studio lighting