1/22/2014

Review & Giveaway: Ella Bella Photography Backdrop Paper

*this giveaway is now closed* 

Although I'm a big fan of lifestyle photography, I also like to occasionally use backdrops to lose some of the clutter in the house and create a more polished photograph, and I know many of you are the same.  However, I definitely don't want to spend a fortune on creating a mini home studio for the occasional picture! So, when Pacon asked me to review their new line of inexpensive photography backdrop paper I could hardly refuse....

These are seamless paper rolls, that have designed specifically for use with children or family photography (although you could also use these for other uses, such as product or food photography)  The paper rolls are 4ft wide, which is about the right size for individuals or siblings, and they are 12ft long, which will last you quite a while.

Setting this up is pretty simple - you can see some ways to do this on Pacon's website here.  I don't have a backdrop stand, so I used two dining rooms chairs to hold the paper which worked out fine. I didn't use the pole as suggested on the website, just literally draped it over the back of the chairs - here's a pull back of my not so professional set up.  (The Angry Birds are there as bait)




It was insanely easy to set up. Just position your chairs in an area where you have great natural light and you are done! Here are a few of the resulting photos....





I fully intend setting this up again, but this time putting the wood roll down on the floor on a FLAT surface (I did use it but put it on a rug - not a great idea) and buying a wood trim to give it a more polished look - like this, minus the stand and light:



Quality wise, the paper is deceptively strong. When I first pulled it out I thought it was quite thin, and pretty sure it would rip easily, however, it stood up to some pretty rough handling by my son without tearing or creasing so I was pretty impressed with the durability - particularly the floor one which he was jumping all over.

Here's the four I received (Vintage Wood, Classic Damask, Dots – Soft Pink and Dots – Baby Blue), and there are a couple of other options on their website.



If you are looking for an easy, inexpensive solution for creating a studio "look" at home, you won't go far wrong with these. They are very purse friendly at around $10 each, and you can buy them at Mardel or Hobby Lobby, or you can get a carton of four (with the ones you see above) from Amazon at around $35. (If you live in the UK, you can also buy them all at Amazon UK or Mardel also ship to the UK)

Pacon have also kindly provided some items for THREE lucky winners! One winner will receive a $25.00  Hobby Lobby Gift Card (where Ella Bella can be purchased) and the other two winners will each receive one carton containing four paper rolls in the designs seen above.  So, that's three winners, with one gift to each winner. To enter follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below (please note the terms and conditions are at the bottom of the widget) Giveaway closes on the 29th of January at 12am EST.

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Good luck!

Disclosure: I was not paid for this post. I only received a sample of the product for review purposes, and the opinion is my own, based on my use of the product.

28 comments:

Teresa Savage said...

I like the simple white you used!

Monica Carlson said...

I had no idea you could get back drops at hobby lobby for such a great price! I'm def buying some if I don't win:-)

Molly Johnson said...

I like the classic damask

Prabhakar Thangapandi said...

Nice idea. Will try it.

Briana said...

Well you know me and my shelf liner backdrops, but it would be nice to have some legit background paper too! If I don't win, I will be buying at hobby lobby for that price!

King family said...

I like the damask and the vintage wood looking one!

Brandi said...

Seems like such a great product for a great price! And pretty too!

Jan said...

oh wow, i'm glad you blogged about this! the next time i'm in hobby lobby, i will purchase a roll! i always wondered how this sort of thing worked and had no idea that it was as easy as draping over two chairs and going to hobby lobby. do you think you can get more than shoot out of a roll? this would be perfect for my summer newborn shots...the PINK dots! i'm giddy thinking about it!

2plus2mom said...

Seriously? Hobby Lobby? Who knew! I'd love to have some of these. I built a PVC backdrop stand, but don't have anything to put on it!

Jonna said...

I am totally looking for these at hobby lobby! I was just trying to figure out how to make a nicer backdrop in my home and this is perfect! thanks for sharing :)

Meg C said...

The four rolls you got are perfect. I love the dots, but the wood shade is gorgeous.

Laura Bloch said...

Love the damask!

Lyndsay said...

The damask one is really pretty!!

abrianna said...

I like the damask background.

Kelly said...

I love them all, but if I had to pick a favorite, it would be the wood :)

Stephanie Scott said...

Ooo I love them all! Thanks for bringing these to our attention! I've been following your blog for a while now. And I still love it!

hanhan said...

LOVE the classic damask! But they are all fantastic!

Five Foot Mama said...

I absolutely love the Classic Damask! Awesome! http://fivefeetoffun.blogspot.com

SH said...

I love backdrops that look like wood!!

Lindsey Buchanan said...

Love the vintage wood...seems pretty versatile.

PaulineW said...

Love the setup. Simple and classic.

Debra Lee said...

I love the vintage wood!

Rebecca said...

That wooden floor one is just what I've been looking for! Thanks for this post Audrey, I've actually spent hundreds on two backdrops already and I'm not even happy with them, so this is great info:)

Mommy said...

I love the idea of having a way to take pictures inside without having to worry about clutter and distractions. I have never been to Hobby Lobby, but if I don't win, I'll definitely start looking for a HL coupon and a visit will be in order!

The Joneses said...

I'd love to have the wood floor drop! The carpet and tile in this base house leave much to be desired!

VE said...

I love the wood floor!!!

Heddie80 said...

Love the wood floor!

Mara said...

I also love the faux wood floor!

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