Create Clean Backgrounds for Studio-Style Dog Portraits - dummies

Create Clean Backgrounds for Studio-Style Dog Portraits

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

The first thing you need for studio-style dog portraits is a suitable background. Photographers generally use seamless background paper to get the job done, and you can buy this special paper in all different colors and widths starting at a cost of around $25 per roll.

You simply slip the roll of paper through the crossbar of a background stand and pull the paper out long enough to create both a background and a floor. A flat, hard, smooth floor under the paper is best so as to avoid Gunther’s toenails puncturing your delicate background paper.


Tape the corners to the ground and roll up the paper just enough so that you have a nice curve between the floor plane and the background plane. That way, the paper doesn’t have any sharp bends, and the transition between the floor and background is seamless (that’s right; it’s not just a clever nickname).

If your house is mostly carpeted, pick up a scrap piece of linoleum from your local hardware store to put over the carpet and create a harder surface for the background paper to lay over (and for your pooch to stand on).

If you don’t want to spend money on rolls of paper and a background stand, you can get creative and make your own background. Hang a white bed sheet that’s long enough to swoop down onto the floor or visit your local fabric store for more options.

If you have a small dog, you don’t need much material to create a seamless background big enough for 5-pound Tiny Tim to model on.