I am not a newborn photographer. I have done a few newborn shoots, and I know a decent amount about newborn photography but I am not normally a newborn photographer. I agreed, however, to shoot this gorgeous little girl because I have been photographing this family for a long time, and they only wanted me to do it. (Blushing! 😉 ) I am so glad that I agreed because I would never have found this 10 dollar faux wood floor otherwise. I am so totally in love, and I wanted to share my find with all of you!
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I believe that this faux wood floor from Fadeless is a tool that every newborn photographer (especially those without their own studio) needs.
As you all know, I have been planning (and obsessing) over this newborn shoot for a long time. This family is very special to me, and this allowed me to make new props such as my newborn swing and my pantyhose newborn headband. I was also looking forward to the challenges that different styles of photo shoots always bring.You have to see how awesome this photography Faux Wood Floor looks! Click To Tweet
I knew that the house I was shooting in did not have hardwood floors in the rooms with the most natural light. Carpet is not a professional look for those adorable little basket shots. I needed a solution so I turned to my old friend, Google.
I didn’t find too many answers right away. There were a few specialty stores and tutorials on how to make your own wood floor using vinyl flooring from Lowes but both options were more than I wanted to spend. Like I said, I don’t shoot newborns all the time. I wanted something that was relatively cheap, and I could easily store in my prop filled closet. Lord knows that I love props that are easy and cheap to use or make!
That’s when I found it. This beautiful paper flooring called Weathered Wood.
I was so excited! I knew that this floor would be perfect for my needs. Not only was it cheap (Hello! 10 dollars!) but it would also roll back up for easy storage. Plus, I would be able to use it for other purposes such as styled stock photography backgrounds that I am planning on adding to my digital background shop soon.
The link I included in this article is on Amazon but I would recommend buying it at Hobby Lobby. I mean, who wants to pay shipping when they don’t have to? I used a 40 percent off coupon, and I got my paper wood floor for 6 dollars. It is also available at Micheals and some Joann Fabric locations. If none of these stores are near you or don’t offer the floor then Amazon is a great option. I would still recommend checking out the Amazon link to read the reviews. I read reviews about everything I buy but that is just me!
I chose to keep the paper floor on its original roll so it wouldn’t take up too much room. However, you could totally add the floor to a piece of plywood or anything else you would like. The floor is paper so you can not just lay it out on the carpet without having some wrinkling. To combat that I used the set up below.
I took a cardboard box, and I laid it out flat. Then I unrolled the faux wood floor over the cardboard, and I left it attached to its tube. I carefully placed the basket in position, and I was mindful to not step on the paper. The flat cardboard box kept it from wrinkling underneath the basket, and it looked great. I mean just check out the finished image below!
I was so impressed with how the floor worked and photographed. I am definitely going to keep this baby for future use, and I knew that I had to sing its praises!
If you have any questions about my set up or how the paper faux wood floor worked for my newborn session then just ask away in the comments or shoot me an email. I hope this gave some of you newborn photographers (or any photography lover really) a new tool for your arsenal!
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