As most of you have noticed, I have started my own photography business –Morning Peach Photography in Tucson, Arizona. I am mostly focusing on newborns. I started out doing photos on my large ottoman, and have recently decided to take it up a notch. I am sharing with you today my newborn posing beanbag, how I filled it up and my DIY PVC pipe beanbag stand!
—Newborn Posing Beanbag—
—Filling the Beanbag—
When we went to fill up the beanbag, we decided to use a small poster board as a funnel, so we rolled it up, taped it really good and then cut a small hole in one corner of the beanbag filling bag. Then taped the funnel to the hole so we wouldn’t lose any! This was a hit and I am so excited about the big mess that DIDN’T happen! Yay. One of us held the beanbag and one held the filling bag and we just shook it until it was empty. We used the same poster funnel for each bag just tore it off and re-taped to the next bag of filling. Make sure you read about how much beanbag fill you’ll need, I used about 3.5 bags!
After I had the beanbag filled up, I started measuring to get some ideas of the measurements I wanted for the backdrop stand. Previously I had been using a basic backdrop stand with my ottoman setup as you can see below. Then when I tried it with the beanbag, there were still lots of wrinkles in the fabric backdrop as you can see, so it was time to make a stand so that the blankets could be secured to the sides to pull the blanket tight.
—PVC Pipe Stand—
This should work with beanbags measuring 40″ Diameter 12″ Rise, UNFILLED. I got all of my materials at Lowe’s, they cut the pieces to the right lengths for me, and it cost a total of about $15! Can’t go wrong there, they sell for much more online, and you can break these down so they are portable if you do photography at the client’s home!
(4) pieces 18 inches 3/4″ PVC for bottom height
(7) pieces 43 inches 3/4″ PVC for length/width
(2) pieces 22 inches 3/4″ PVC for additional height for back
(4) corner connectors for the front and back edges
(2) T connectors for the back middle
(4) 3 way connectors for the corners on the floor
To make the stand, I wanted the stand to be the same height as the flat part of my beanbag, so I measured and decided on 18 inches tall, this can vary depending on how full your beanbag ends up! :) Then I added some height to the back so that the backdrop would be tall enough for shooting photos.
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