Thursday, July 28, 2011

Photogs...you've gotta check this out!


Several weeks ago, I was surfing around for some reasonable backgrounds for doing photography work. For whatever reason, I was drawn to etsy, and soon I discovered the work of "photopropguy". I was entirely intrigued by what he called "2FERs", but I was hesitant.

A "2FER" is a background that is 3 1/2ft wide x 6 ft long, with a background on the top 3ft and a faux floor on the bottom 3ft. They are made from a sturdy polyvinyl paper that is tear (more on that in a second...) and water (blot, don't rub) resistant.

I worried that it would be too small and/or hard to work with or limiting, but I LOVED the looks that were offered with them, so I shot him a message, and soon we had an agreement, "A 2FER for a review".

Fast forward through shipping and several photoshoots, and I am in love.

L-O-V-E.


The 2FER is perfectly perfect for children's photography. I love the multitude of options available on photopropguy's etsy site...and I LOVE the distressed faux floors that come on the lower half of the 2FER.


They are reasonably priced at $75.00 and when I mentioned "sturdy" above, I mean sturdy. Initially, I was worried about the durability of them, since they are a "print", but lemme tell you something...


When I was shooting this baby girl, her 2 year old brother was right by my side, hanging onto my makeshift background stand (aka a "drying rack"), when he lost his balance, fell into the background and pulled it out of the clips holding it on.


What happened? Not much at all. Not a single tear or rip, only a small crease that I can barely see...but with the force that he fell into the background, I can say without hesitation that these backgrounds are incredibly durable.


"Two year old tested", durable!


Here are a couple of (not so great, but gets the point across) shots "pulled back" so you can get a feel for the size...something I was initially concerned about, but learned they are perfect for children's photography! (FYI...they have 5ft x any length backgrounds for adults/groups/seniors, etc.)



I also discovered that with a little creative flipping, you can get even more use from a 2FER. That fun faux floor? Flip it around and it becomes a funky, distressed background!



The perfect white on the back of the 2FER? A white on white background!


I would recommend on of these backgrounds to anyone, without any reservations! Amateurs, professionals, dabblers, hobbyists...this is a product that will give you a lot of mileage!

And fer jus? (Translation: "For you"...) for the month of August, if you friend PhotoPropGuy on Facebook and mention I sent you, you can get 10% off your order! Shop the etsy store or their website shop (which has discounts on shipping with multiples).

(2FERs also come with instruction for a DIY background stand!)

**photopropguy provided me, for shipping cost only, this background in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my honest feelings on the product and there was no compensation for a positive review.**


9 comments:

  1. I L.O.V.E the way those turned out. My daughter and I have discused "making backgrounds" but those are really good.

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  2. Your photos are awesome! I especially love the baby's toes peeking out of the aqua bucket!! Keep up the good work!!

    Jo

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  3. These are great. I haven't taken JDaniel for formal pictures. I really need to.

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  4. I totally bought some! So excited :)

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  5. These are great, I'll have to check them out.

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  6. Those pics are great! My daughter has that same Bumble Bee outfit! :)

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  7. Love it, buying one now! Thanks so much for the review!

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  8. Thanks for the great vendor info. I planned on order one. I love how you flipped it and used the floor as a backdrop too.

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  9. Thanks for the great review. They work SO well in our studio, we really do love them and would not be selling them if we didn't. Thanks to everyone who ordered. Be sure to share your pics on our facebook and some love if you ordered from etsy. Sharing and feedback will get you discounts on subsequent orders.

    Nice pics and review, Mama! ; )

    Valerie

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