Hello and welcome! I'm Emily Jefferis, a wedding and lifestyle portrait photographer located in Grove City, PA. Investment information, details, and my portfolios are available at www.willajphotography.com. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me through emily@willajphotography.com. Thanks for looking!

Mar 2, 2010


Creating a great portrait depends largely on the background. The photographer must stage the frame in a way that accentuates, and not distracts from, the subject.

So, since I don't always access to a beautiful backdrop like this lovely courtyard garden at the American Art Museum...

...I must create interesting backgrounds.

I unfortunately don't have many painted walls with adequate natural light in my apartment. So, I hung up a piece of Martha Stewart wrapping paper (she has some beautiful patterns and prints). Works pretty well, I think! I can't claim this idea as my own though; I saw another photographer do this on Flickr.

...and not the greatest capture of L (she was quite tired), but it displays the backdrop well.