Several weeks ago, I was surfing around for some reasonable backgrounds for doing photography work. For whatever reason, I was drawn to etsy, and soon I discovered the work of "photopropguy". I was entirely intrigued by what he called "2FERs", but I was hesitant.
A "2FER" is a background that is 3 1/2ft wide x 6 ft long, with a background on the top 3ft and a faux floor on the bottom 3ft. They are made from a sturdy polyvinyl paper that is tear (more on that in a second...) and water (blot, don't rub) resistant.
I worried that it would be too small and/or hard to work with or limiting, but I LOVED the looks that were offered with them, so I shot him a message, and soon we had an agreement, "A 2FER for a review".
Fast forward through shipping and several photoshoots, and I am in love.
The 2FER is perfectly perfect for children's photography. I love the multitude of options available on photopropguy's etsy site...and I LOVE the distressed faux floors that come on the lower half of the 2FER.
They are reasonably priced at $75.00 and when I mentioned "sturdy" above, I mean sturdy. Initially, I was worried about the durability of them, since they are a "print", but lemme tell you something...
When I was shooting this baby girl, her 2 year old brother was right by my side, hanging onto my makeshift background stand (aka a "drying rack"), when he lost his balance, fell into the background and pulled it out of the clips holding it on.
What happened? Not much at all. Not a single tear or rip, only a small crease that I can barely see...but with the force that he fell into the background, I can say without hesitation that these backgrounds are incredibly durable.
"Two year old tested", durable!
Here are a couple of (not so great, but gets the point across) shots "pulled back" so you can get a feel for the size...something I was initially concerned about, but learned they are perfect for children's photography! (FYI...they have 5ft x any length backgrounds for adults/groups/seniors, etc.)
I also discovered that with a little creative flipping, you can get even more use from a 2FER. That fun faux floor? Flip it around and it becomes a funky, distressed background!
The perfect white on the back of the 2FER? A white on white background!
I would recommend on of these backgrounds to anyone, without any reservations! Amateurs, professionals, dabblers, hobbyists...this is a product that will give you a lot of mileage!
And fer jus? (Translation: "For you"...) for the month of August, if you friend PhotoPropGuy on Facebook and mention I sent you, you can get 10% off your order! Shop the etsy store or their website shop (which has discounts on shipping with multiples).
(2FERs also come with instruction for a DIY background stand!)
**photopropguy provided me, for shipping cost only, this background in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are my honest feelings on the product and there was no compensation for a positive review.**