Bonus: Vintage Backdrop


28 Days of Portrait Photography


Lesson Info

Bonus: Vintage Backdrop

In my very first studio I had a whole wall of anaglypta wallpaper. Anaglypta is spelt like this. Like reason I'm showing you this today is because for a very, very small amount of money you can create a really amazing corner in your studio and paint it any color you want. So the other week when I started doing 28 days I wanted a wallpaper that looked like a vintage background like an old-style wall. So instead of trying to find vintage wallpaper what I did was I Googled anaglypta and I found it online here for $24 a roll and one whole roll did almost two full Polyboards. So for $50 and two old Polyboards which I bought for $15 each I built this amazing corner. So this is how I did it. I found the anaglypta wallpaper first and it comes in multiple textures. All very vintage and antique looking. This style of anaglypta wallpaper is white and it can be painted in any matte house paint color. Okay, so then after I ordered it, it was sent to me and it came with wallpaper glue and a brush to...

apply it. I have my polystyrene board here and this was a shabby old board that I was about to throw away. It was already painted originally, a gold color. I have heard from people that they couldn't apply the wallpaper straight to the polystyrene because the wallpaper peeled off. I didn't have that problem but I did apply it to an already painted old Polyboard. So, just watch your surface when you do put the wallpaper on. So I'm going to show you how we laid it out onto the floor. We put the wallpaper glue on very generously on the painted Polyboard and as you can see, we just rolled down and applied the wallpaper and then we matched up these edges here. Because it's very important that we keep it. We let our edges peel out because we quite like the idea of it looking vintage and looking a little bit shabby and distressed and I was even considering getting some white paint this week, mixing it with water, so it was very diluted like a milky wash and just washing over it and distressing it further. Also putting it on the ground and standing on it and making it dirty or just rubbing a darker paint, very gently over the top texture can distress it even more. I wanted it to be subtle. Not too much like a two tone backdrop. So I've just lifted one color. I chose this color palette here and it was from Ace Paints. I ended up buying the four gallon, I think it was four gallon. The big tin, I don't know how to do the tin conversions. So not the smaller tin, definitely the bigger tin and I only used about a third of it. So I probably could have just got away with the smaller tin. The anaglypta takes quite a lot of paint and I do it with a brush, not a roller because it's quite bumpy and textured and you have get right in. So quite often, as you can see, we got the paintbrush and we were really sort of, smooching it in. I chose this color palette because I wanted to go with a vintage rose and I chose raspberry rose which was C65. Any of these tones would work. And of course you could do it in a gray, you could do it through your tones of gray. You could do it in a soft lemon. Any color that you like that takes your fancy. I chose the pink because I thought it would be great for seniors photography, great for sort of, boudoir style and lingerie and really just in terms of prettiness. I don't have anything this tone. So I got my Polyboard, I got my dirty old Polyboard that was ready to be thrown away, painted on one side, I brushed it, I laid out the wallpaper, it was quite hard to push all the bubbles out but we worked it together Susan and I. We pushed all the bubbles out. This is the finished result and as you can see, we're going to shoot on it now. So that you can see what it looks like. I very much look forward to shooting on this over the next two months and taking some more old style, sort of vintage style images and also, maybe some young very clean, pretty, beauty images with some young girls on it. So I look forward to shooting this. Watch out for it, they'll come up on my blog and on my Facebook page and enjoy making anaglypta walls for your studio. So fast, so simple. Really affordable and you can make them entirely your own, enjoy. Big smile go. Good girl, you just did it. Ooh, I like that. So beautiful, okay I know what it is that I like.

Class Description

Sue Bryce's 28 Days is the all-in-one portrait photography class that teaches you posing, shooting, marketing, selling, and everything else you need to know to run a successful contemporary portrait photography business. 

This series begins with two sessions of intense instruction on business, pricing, and overcoming your fears. Following the kickoff, Sue delivers short sessions exploring 28 different topics essential to any successful portrait photography studio. Sue covers flow posing, connecting with clients, posing and shooting groups, marketing to your key demographic, sales, and more.

In this comprehensive series you'll learn Sue's inspiring approach to styling, posing, marketing, selling and so much more!


1Teaching 2 Photographers in 28 Days 2First 2 Years: The Truth 3Rate Your Business 4Year One in Business 128 Challenges 2Fear 3Price & Value 4Checklist, Challenges, and Next Steps 1Day 1: The Natural Light Studio 1Day 2: Mapping Your Set and Outfits 1Day 3: One Composition - Five Poses 1Day 4: Flow Posing 1Day 5: Posing Couples 1Day 6: Capturing Beautiful Connection & Expression 1Day 7: The Rules - Chin, Shoulders, Hands 1First Weekly Q&A Session 2Day 8: Rules - Hourglass, Body Language, Asymmetry, Connection 1Day 9: Styling & Wardrobe 1Day 10: Shooting Curves 1Day 11: Posing & Shooting - Groups of 2, 3, and 4 1Day 12: Posing & Shooting Families 1Day 13: Products & Price List 1Day 14: Marketing & Shooting the Before & After 1Day 15: Phone Coaching & Scripting 1Second Weekly Q&A Session 2Day 16: Posing Young Teens 1Day 17: Marketing & Shooting - Family First Demographic 1Day 18: The Corporate Headshot 1Day 19: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare 2Photoshop Video: Glamour Shoot on Location & Shooting with Flare 1Day 20: Photoshop - Warping & the Two Minute Rule 1Day 21: Posing Mothers & Daughters 1Third Weekly Q&A Session 2Day 22: Marketing & Shooting - 50 & Fabulous Demographic 1Day 23: Shooting into the Backlight 2Bonus: Shooting into the Backlight 1Day 24: Marketing & Shooting - Girl Power Demographic (18-30s) 2Photoshop Video: Girl Power Demographic (18-30s) 1Day 25: The Beauty Shot 2Bonus: Vintage Backdrop 1Day 26: Marketing & Shooting - Independent Women Demographic 1Day 27: Sales & Production 1Day 28: Posing Men 1Bonus: Pricing 2Introduction 3Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 1 4Photography, Style, Brand, and Price Part 2 5Marketing Part 1 6Marketing Part 2 7Money: What's Blocking You? 8Bonus: The Folio Shoot 1Photo Critiques Images 1 through 10 2Photo Critiques Images 11 through 27 3Photo Critiques Images 28 through 45 4Photo Critiques Images 47 through 67 5Photo Critiques Images 68 through 84 6Photo Critiques Images 85 through 105 7Photo Critiques Images 106 through 130 8Photo Critiques Images 131 through 141 9Photo Critiques Images 142 through 167 10Photo Critiques Images 168 through 197 11Photo Critiques Images 198 through 216 1Identify Your Challenges 2Identify Your Strengths 3Getting Started Q&A 4Rate Your Business 5Marketing Vs Pricing 6Facing Fear 7The 28 Day Study Group 8Selling Points 9Interview with Susan Stripling 10Emotional Honesty 1Sue's Evolution 228 Days Review 3Student Pitches 428 Days Testimonial: Mapuana Reed 5How to Pitch: Starting a Conversation 6Your Block: Seeing is What You're Being 7Your Block: Valuing and Receiving 8Building Confidence: Your Own Stories 9Building Confidence: Your Self Worth 10Pitching An Experience 11Pitching An Experience: Your Intentions 12Pitching An Experience: Social Media 13Final Thoughts


Claude Bossel

Based in Switzerland, I am an advertising/commercial photographer since 20 years and I am still learning everyday. I have bought several courses on Creativelive, all are great and inspiring. This one is also fantastic, thanks to Sue and her incredible experience and wisdom, you will improve your personality, your attitude and skills that will bear many fruits in your business and personal life. I highly recommend anyone who loves photography or dream to become a full time pro to invest in courses like this one. Thank you Sue, thank you all from Creativelive.