Photography Backdrops

With a few simple tips, some imagination and creativity you can come up with fun and exciting photography backdrops for your next dance or social get together. Create backdrops to match the theme of your event. Try some of these simple ideas:

Barn Dance

A barn dance is a great social gathering for youth groups. These dances don’t have to be held in an actual barn, they can be held outside or in a cultural hall. Doesn’t matter where, it is the theme that is fun. Everyone dresses western style; cowboy hats, jeans, plaid shirts, boots, bandannas, country music and Yee Haw!

Create a backdrop for pictures to match the theme. Scene setters will make it fast and easy! Use barn wood back drop paper. Staple it to a board or tape it to the wall. Throw on some shutters to make windows and some signs (jail house, saloon, sheriff, etc.) Use bales of straw and a few trees or large plants from your living room, maybe an old saddle over one of the bales of straw, (if you have access to one). Old lanterns, rope, pitch forks and buckets are also great to help set the scene.


Summer is the best time to throw a luau dance or party. Invite your guests to don their Hawiiaan prints, grass skirts and coconuts. Greet them with an a ‘Aloha’ and a lei.

The perfect place for a Luau of course is the beach, but if you don’t have a beach, you can create your own.

Gather as many trees and large plants as you can. Play a relaxing ocean waves cd as background to your background music.

For the picture station; unroll a ocean view scene setter and staple it to a large sheet of ply wood or tape it to a wall. Staple/tape some tall palm trees and a totem pole to the sides. If you have large rocks in your yard use them to sit on, or, throw a tan blanket on the floor for sand. Tiki torches, surf boards, and a large beach umbrella will help complete the set.

Princess Party

Little girls love to play princess. Why not have a princess party and invite all the little princesses in the kingdom. Little girls also love to have their pictures taken. Build a wonderful castle scene to let them pose in front of.

Use a roll of rock wall scene setter paper and tape it to the wall. You can cut in across the top to create castle spires and walls. Use some black butcher paper and make dark windows to add to the spires. Add some trees and flowers and start snapping!