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Seamless Patterned Backdrops
Written by Ian Edwards   
Friday, 13 February 2015

Seamless Patterned Photography BackgroundNewly introduced to our range of paper photography backdrops, our new Seamless Patterned Backdrops.

These patterned paper backdrops enable a variety of background effects without having to leave the studio. Available in two realistic "brick" designs, three "granite" designs ideal for table top product photography, and two "star" designs.

Suitable for portraiture, product photography, table top photography, stage sets and displays.

SWPP Baby Photographer of the Year 2014
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Wednesday, 04 February 2015

Christina Lauder won the Creativity Backgrounds SWPP Baby Photographer for the Year 2014 at the SWPP convention this year. We caught up with her to ask her a little about her background, practice and what drives her.

1. First of all congratulations on winning the SWPP Baby Photographer of the Year 2014. The fellowship panel of images are stunning, How did you select your images?

Image by Christina LauderI've attached 4 images from my panel all using paper as the background. My images for my panel were not selected but instead created. I had an idea in mind, which developed from one of the images that was created in 2013, which won me Portrait Studio Photographer of the year in 2014 (girl on suitcases). It was the inspiration for the rest of the panel which involved months of planning and preparation to create the final set of images.

SWPP Trade Show Weekend
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

January 2015, and a much awaited time in the diary for Wedding and Portrait photographers, the SWPP Convention and Trade Show weekend.

Image by Alex StlesThis year Creativity Backgrounds hosted with ProFoto a demonstration on the use of colour.

Friday and Saturday afternoon saw Simon Leach giving a technical demonstration on lighting, distance from backdrop, subtleties of light.

Alex Styles aroused the audience on Saturday morning with a bright demonstration showing people how sales improve when you use coloured backdrops. Vanessa Champion ran a practical demo on Sunday, how combining model direction, creative lighting and confidence completely transforms your images.

Isabel Rose by Vanessa ChampionVanessa ran a "have a go" session, using constant light (not flash) encouraging even those without their cameras to use their mobile phones to see what a difference a coloured backdrop can make your images really zing!

"The energy you see change in a photo shoot when you use a coloured backdrop," said Vanessa. "As photographers we get into this game for creativity and money, but deep down we are artists, crafting images and shapes with light and ideas. With over 50 colours to choose from Creativity Backgrounds, there is always a pantones to echo corporate logos, working alone or with stylists, introducing a colour during a shoot builds sales with social portraiture and memorable classic images for business. Creativity Backgrounds do a four for three, so an ideal opportunity to trial a new colour with your order. Introduce a rainbow of creativity to your work and you'll never look back."

New Ella Bella photography backdrop patterns
Written by Ian Edwards   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014

ella-bella-background-2513_mc-s.jpgWe have introduced five new patterns to the Ella Bella™ range of printed photography backdrops and floors. These pretty printed light weight background papers are designed for newborn, baby and child photography but also have applications in portraiture and product photography. The new designs include Chevrons in four colours, a Hopscotch pattern and a four pack of the Chevron patterns

Dog Portrait Competition!
Written by Ian Edwards   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014

If you have a penchant for photographing pooches then hop over to our facebook page and enter our "Dog Studio Portrait Competition". Upload your dog portraits to our page wherever you see the competition mentioned or just tell us in the comment that it's a competition entry. Closing date is 31st July 2014. Details on our facebook page where you'll see we've had some great entries already!

"Bulldogs" © Alden Smith Photography
Interview with photographer Ashley Ide
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014

baby_1b-s.jpgAshley Ide was our 10,000th web customer. To celebrate this landmark we asked him to tell us about his photography.

Have you always been a photographer?
I have only started photography in the last year and launching my business in October, before photography I was a team leader in care for the elderly and have done many health related jobs, which I had to give up due to ill health but I have found something I can now really enjoy and work alongside my health needs too which is an added bonus.

What got you into photography?
I got into photography after my 4th son was born last year and I wanted to capture every moment and treasure those special moments, I also had a keen interest in wildlife photography and the extra time I had meant I was able to get out there with my new camera.

Interview with SWPP prize winner Didar Virdi
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Friday, 28 March 2014

Didar Virdi won 1st Place in the Print category at the annual SWPP awards 2014 sponsored by Creativity Backgrounds. A very successful wedding photographer with his own creative and distinctive style, we caught up with him in between him running his very busy practice. It turns out he started his career as a fine art painter...

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Interview: Simon Leach
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Thursday, 09 January 2014

831e-095-s.jpgVanessa Champion, our consultant photographer chatted to Simon Leach, photographer and industry specialist, to find out a little bit more about the former President of the AOP and what excites him about photography now.

What got you started with photography? When you were a wee bairn or later in life?

I got my first camera aged seven, just a toy but it worked.  I liked taking photographs but only family, holiday, places we went. But long story short, at sixteen having left school with little in the way of successful exam results I managed to get an apprenticeship. From there I have never really looked back and just keep trying to get better.

MPA Seminar Day
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Friday, 28 June 2013

MPA president Hoss Mahdavi demonstrated how he uses Creativity Backgrounds for Social photography at the MPA hands on seminar sponsored by Epson and Creativity Backgrounds. Attendees picked up valuable insights into creating social photographs that sell, and marketing tips to keep their studios busy.

For the demonstration Hoss Mahdavi used Creativity Backgrounds colours Cherry and Black, and we snapped him in action (iphone pictures - sorry!)

And here is the winner of the family portrait prize as chosen by Vanessa Champion of Creativity Backgrounds, and the prize draw winners Peter Searight and Richard Roscoe.

Behind the Mouse!
Written by Ian Edwards   
Wednesday, 22 August 2012


Julian Topper - Photo credit Megan Kerr @ Mill and Peg Photography

Mouse is a mystery/sci-fi story about a man who wakes to find himself in a building with a thousand clones of himself. Every move he makes seems to replicate or predict the actions of another clone. Can he escape what seems to be the inevitable? Or is he simply playing out the result of a pre-determined game...

Mouse is similar in style and tone to Bladerunner, Pandorum, Primer and Moon. All of those films also use sci-fi to magnify insights into human nature rather than as a gimmick. 

Filming on Mouse took place during August 2012 and is a strong example of low budget filmmaking... mostly one location, one actor and no dialogue. A very visual story which is epic in ambition but very achievable in reality.

Crowd funding

Mouse is a UK based crowdfunded production. Crowdfunding relies on many small contributions from individiuals and companies that cover the cost of the production which Creativity Backgrounds was delighted to have the opportunity to support.

Producer Justin Tagg explains...

Creativity Background chroma blue on set
Creativity Backgrounds chroma blue on set

"Just when we thought we had tied up all of our relationships with great, creative companies we come acrosss Creativity Backgrounds. They're so excited about showing how their papers can be used that they have supplied us with a roll of blue CHROMA KEY paper and BLACKOUT paper. I can only just begin to describe how useful this material was to us. The paper has been used as part of our blue screen setup to digitally extend out corridor whislt the blackout paper meant we could keep daylight out of the set and control the light with our practical lights from the inside without cutting any daylight from the areas we needed it (our briefing table and storyboard wall, for example). Thank you to all at Creativity Backgrounds! "

Interview: Carl Davis
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Wednesday, 14 March 2012

thumb_image_by_carl_davies.jpgCarl Davis is based in Telford, Shropshire. His combined use of coloured backdrops and such amazing styling and lighting sets his work apart in so many ways, and is an inspiration to many photographers. He has worked hard to set his portfolio apart, through the use of colour and direction, that we wondered what drove him creatively.

Interview: Hoss Mahdavi, FBIPP, FMPA, QEP
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Hoss Mahdavi by Hoss

Hoss Mahdavi was one of the first photographer's in our gallery on creativitybackgrounds.co.uk, and has continued to contribute stylish images which make great use of the range of colours and tonal effects possible using Creativity Background papers, and which can be seen on many of the product pages on this site.

Hoss is known to many in the industry, from photographers to editors, exhibition organisers to models!

We ask him in this month's interview what makes him tick in that inimitable way of his.

Review of International Images for Science Exhibition 2011
Written by Vanessa Champion   
Sunday, 12 February 2012
Images in Science at the Houses of Parliament 2011
photo credit Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS 2011

Creativity Backgrounds were pleased to be asked to sponsor this innovative and exciting "International Images for Science 2011" exhibition staged by the Royal Photographic Society.

More so, as this is the first time for nearly 40 years that the RPS has curated such a front-line and progressive exhibition celebrating scientific and applied photography. The collection of images, I have to say, are amazingly beautiful. Indeed, some of the images are quite breath-taking, which, when you find out what some of the images capture, it challenges your established perception of beauty and appearance.

Expats: Portraits
Written by Tony Slaughter   
Sunday, 12 February 2012

A photographic essay by Tony Slaughter

My name is Tony Slaughter and I lived from 1985 to 2005 in Brighton, on the south coast of England, where I worked as a full-time journalist and part-time photographer. Then, with my wife Sharon, I moved to Paraza a tranquil south of France village of 500 people on the banks of the Canal du Midi in the Aude, France's second poorest department. So began a new chapter in my life - living more as a European and less as a Brit.

What I discovered, among other things, was the wide variety of European nationalities who had chosen to make their life in this attractive part of France. They were fulfilling the real meaning of being an expatriate : a man or woman who chooses to live full time outside the country in which they were born.

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Was awesome to meet some of your team at the newborn show in Birmingham a few weeks back! I have a seamless paper addiction, this is currently my favourite colour ...... Sea Mist. I'm a natural light photographer and love the tones of your seamless papers.

Katy Hibberd
Amor-Amor Photography