Tuesday Tutorial: Creative Backgrounds

Tuesday Tutorial: Creative Backgrounds


Creative Boudoir Backgrounds

Mariah Carle

I steal souls; Then sell them back at a profit.

I have been a boudoir photographer for the past 8 years, boudoir & art photography has been the most fun and creative job I have had yet. I enjoy designing unique sets and images for my boudoir clients.

The only constant in my boudoir photo studio is change. I change my backgrounds & props as often as I change my nail polish. I have even photographed a client in the middle of a wall being painted while it was all scraped up and had plaster showing. A red bandana, an unbuttoned blue work shirt & you have a rosie the riveter style pin up set.

I am sharing with you a few of my favorite backgrounds, each one can be tweaked, and tailored to your clients style.

I use two main places for my changing backgrounds, this keeps the “construction” to a smaller space & makes it much easier to change up and not worry about getting your rental deposit back. One wall is inexpensive to bring back to your renters specifications of smooth eggshell. Redoing a whole studio can eat up profit margin fast.

I recommend backgrounds be 9-12 feet wide as go to the ceiling. I have found that narrow 4 – 8 foot backgrounds are so narrow your clients will flail off of them & you spend more time redirecting them to their mark instead of making them laugh and feel sexy. “to the left, no a little to the right, now back” doesn’t make anyone feel sexy. Give your sets enough space so your clients can move freely and do a little dance.

Many boudoir studios have a very distinct style that borders on repetition, bringing in just one accent background/wall that breaks up the look gives your clients a choice. A creative wall gives you a chance to push your art into a new direction with out being committed to redoing the whole studio. No not everyone will like the purple fabric wall, you just need a few people to LOVE it. When you choose bold, divisive even a little garish, props & sets, you allow your clients to revel in a creative space that sings to them. The first one below is PAINT…




Above Photo:  Collaborate with others:
I was at an art show when I met Sheri Park, she had some amazing paintings & mentioned that her love was painting large spaces. I “loaned” her a 12*12 section of wall & let her go to town. The result was an explosion of color and texture that many people loved.

Paint at least two colors
Paint brushes
Friends who love to paint.

Make sure you communicate with your collaborators that these backgrounds are temporary, & will be changed over time.

This is where you can get out of your comfort zone & choose a few colors you fear.  After so many of my clients loved the bright yellows & teals, I had a deeper appreciation for working with what inspires others as opposed to myself.




Book Paper:
Walls have been papered with books or newspapers for generations, papering walls has gone from crafty necessity to chic in just a few recent years. I papered a 4’ x 8’ plywood sheet. This is a very narrow set, & the plywood will warp. I recommend papering two inch thick 4×8 rigid insulation. These can be bought at any hardware store.

Old books
4 inch wide paint brush
1 cup flour
4 cups water
1 tablespoons sugar

Mix flour with cold water & sugar, slowing heat mixture till just at boiling point, cool to room temperature. liberally apply the paste to the insulation/plywood, then apply book pages and another layer of paste. Start in the center and work outwards. There are several methods to making wheat paste, here are some others. DIY Wheatpaste


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