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
Barnes Portraiture and Special Occasion Clothing
CPM, Inc. / Delta
Backgrounds by Maheu
Bogen Photo Corporation
Etcetera-Three Blind Mice
SuperLite Custom Backdrops by Dianne
Behind The Scenes (BTS)
Great American Patterns/GAM Products Inc.
Chicago Canvas and Supply
Hy-Lite Products Inc.
Cole and Company
New Creations-Photo Supply
Custom Scenic Studios
Off The Wall Productions
Dancing Light Photographic
Denny Manufacturing Co.
Feather White Multi
Pro Studio Supply
Images of Praise - Backgrounds by Rhonda
The Set Shop
Les Brandt Backgrounds
The Children's Corner of Antique Reproductions
Omni Photographic Mfg. Co.
Trengrove Studios Inc.
Owen's Originals Backgrounds
Wicker By Design
Sky High Backdrops
The Background Lady
The BD Company (Savage)
The Pierce Company
FJ Westcott Co.