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Superior Seamless paper is available in 50 solid colors, including chroma key blue and green. Flame-retardant papers come in 53- and 107-inch width rolls. Extra wide 140-inch width rolls are available in six colors. Other seamless styles include prints, graduated colors, and textures.

Prop Station offers a unique prop, their Sea Shell, for photographing infants, toddlers, and small children up to 120 pounds. The Sea Shell measures 3' wide x 2' deep x 10" tall and is manufactured from smooth resin materials for durability.

Dreesen Photographic's Group Composer takes the work out of posing groups. The Group Composer bench is made of a solid oak frame, covered in a low-key brown upholstery with padded arm rests. Simply place your subjects on the seat, armrests, or stand your subject behind it for a natural look.
If it's posing stools, tables, steps, or cubes you're looking for, look no further than CPM Inc./Delta. They also carry roll holders and rail systems. For something different, give their Flexiglas Mirrors a try.

Images of Praise-Backgrounds by Rhonda is the designer of the "Background Slim" collection, a separate piece of art on canvas that can be used alone, or in conjunction with another background, such as her canvas and muslin backdrops.
Eaton Cote of Cotecolor photography likes Images of Praise because of Rhonda's artistic sense. "Backgrounds need to be in-tune with the photographer and their subject. Rhonda appreciates and recognizes art, and translates that into her backgrounds."

The Set Shop carries a variety of backgrounds as well as props for illustrative and commercial photography. Their rental department offers scenic and solid backgrounds, including chroma-key. Wall flats, doors, windows, and columns are available for rental. The Set Shop also carries tabletop backgrounds in a variety of textures and colors. Check their website for the collection of tabletop effects for purchase and rental, including fog and wind machines.

A number of other companies offer hand-painted backgrounds in a variety of styles: Cole and Company offers scenic, Old Masters, scatter, and tie-dye backgrounds and canvases. Chicago Canvas Supply offers wide seamless muslins and canvas backgrounds, and curtain track and hardware for moveable backdrops. Knowledge Backgrounds has created a catalog on CD-ROM for their 2001 line. They offer hand-painted classic, scenic, and abstract master backgrounds on both muslin and canvas; they will design custom backgrounds.
Creative Backdrops offers hand-painted, two-sided muslins. Custom Scenic Studios specializes in hand-painted, detailed scenic backdrops, which can be altered to your specifications or designed from scratch, on either canvas or muslin. They rent backdrops with and without floor sweeps. For a different look in backgrounds, try the tie-dyed muslins from Sky High Backdrops, available in monochrome variations and vibrant rainbow colors. Owen's Originals Backgrounds offers canvas Old Masters, as well as sport and holiday scenics in canvas and muslin. Omni carries a variety of hand-painted muslin and canvas backdrops, "Pop Out" expandable backgrounds, and extra-wide backdrops.

WHERE TO FIND YOUR FAVORITE PROPS & BACKGROUNDS

American Photographic Resources
800/657-5213
www.aprprops.com

Artistic Backgrounds
208/529-4838

Barnes Portraiture and Special Occasion Clothing
800/255-0673
www.barnesclothing.com

Backdrop Outlet
800/684-5869
www.backdropoutlet.com

CPM, Inc. / Delta
800/627-0252

Backgrounds by Maheu
800/237-1883
www.backgroundsbymaheu.com

Dreesen Photographic
708/799-9515
www.groupcomposer.com

Bogen Photo Corporation
201/818-9500
www.bogenphoto.com

Etcetera-Three Blind Mice
651/683-9812
www.etcetera-usa.com

SuperLite Custom Backdrops by Dianne
516/746-0818

Foto White
800/523-9944
www.fotowhite.com

Behind The Scenes (BTS)
800/327-0946

Great American Patterns/GAM Products Inc.
323/461-0200
www.gamonline.com

Chicago Canvas and Supply
773/478-5700
www.chicagocanvas.com

Hy-Lite Products Inc.
800/827-3691
www.hy-lite.com

Cole and Company
800/926-2653
www.coleandcompany.com

JL Originals
800/446-1922
www.PetersPhotography.com

Creative Backdrops
714/546-4785

New Creations-Photo Supply
800/661-6849

Custom Scenic Studios
510/434-0406
www.customscenic.com

Off The Wall Productions
800/792-5568
www.otwp.com

Dancing Light Photographic
321/639-0180

Peterson's Photography
800/446-1922

Denny Manufacturing Co.
800/844-5616
www.dennymfg.com

Photo Tech
800/702-6717
www.phototechinc.com

Feather White Multi
888/411-2776
www.featherwhite.com

Pro Studio Supply
800/558-0114
www.prostudiousa.com

Images of Praise - Backgrounds by Rhonda
563/568-6216
www.backgroundsbyrhonda.com

Prop Station
919/734-3010
www.propstation.com

Knowledge Backgrounds
888/849-7352

The Set Shop
212/255-3500
www.setshop.com

Les Brandt Backgrounds
800/462-2682
www.lesbrandtbackgrounds.com

The Children's Corner of Antique Reproductions
800/264-0090

Omni Photographic Mfg. Co.
800/444-6771

Trengrove Studios Inc.
800/366-2857
www.trengrovestudios.com

Owen's Originals Backgrounds
800/767-3122

Wicker By Design
800/731-6666
www.wickerbydesign.com

Photo Showcase
919/304-4469

Photographer's Warehouse
800/521-4311

Scenic Design
801/261-8383
www.scenicdesign.com

Signature Backgrounds
970/434-0199
www.muslin-backgrounds.com

Sky High Backdrops
877/241-6900

Studio Dynamics
800/595-4273
www.studiodynamics.com

Superior Seamless
800/666-2545
www.superspec.com

The Backgrounders
818/508-8908
www.thebackgrounders.com

The Background Lady
815/227-5577

The BD Company (Savage)
480/632-1160

The Pierce Company
800/338-9801
www.thepierceco.com

Virtual Backgrounds
800/831-0474

FJ Westcott Co.
419/243-7311
www.fjwestcott.com


   







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