Seattle Newborn Photographer | DIY Background Stand


After photographing a few newborns, babies, and even a couple puppies, it occurred to me that I could make things a little easier on myself if I had a small background stand of some sort. Since I normally travel to a family’s home to make it easier on them, I realized I needed something that is light to carry around and easy to build and pull apart again. I also didn’t have a lot of money to spend on it, but it needed to be sturdy so it was safe to use around a newborn.

Somewhere online about a little over a month ago, I came across instructions for a DIY background stand made out of PVC. I didn’t think that I would blog about it until a few weeks ago, so unfortunately I don’t remember who made this design. I quickly typed the list of parts into my iPhone’s notepad and planned to pick up the necessary items of PVC at the Home Depot near my house.

The PVC background stand that you see below was very easy to make. I used a saw at the hardware store to cut the pipping, grabbed some of the necessary joints (I had ordered a few online already), and headed home to quickly put it together in about 5 min. The total cost for the stand was about $20.

When I was at the hardware store, I also picked up some cheap plastic clamps. Plastic clamps have been a great way to attach a blanket to the stand to use as the backdrop.

Below is a list of all the parts that were needed. Please note that the 3-way corner joints needed to be purchased online (click HERE) and all PVC pipping and joints were 3/4 of an inch.

7 ~ 44″ Long Pieces

4 ~ 19″ Long Pieces

2 ~ 24″ Long Pieces

4 ~ Bend Joints

2 ~ “T” Joints

4 ~ 3-Way Corner Joints

My friend and fellow photographer and blogger, Huong of Huong Forrest Photography also blogged about a DIY project this week. Check out what she made by clicking HERE!

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ChristineOctober 30, 2012 - 7:09 am

Wow, this looks super easy to put together Ally, and so useful too! Have you had a chance to use it yet? Is it quite stable?

AllyOctober 30, 2012 - 7:40 am

Christine, I’ve used it a couple times and it’s been great!

MonicaOctober 30, 2012 - 8:18 am

wow looks super handy. might be a DIY project in my future

Melissa JeanOctober 30, 2012 - 8:55 am

I’ve been considering making one of these as well! I have a large stand I use, but it’s too cumbersome for taking to clients homes. I’d love to see photos shot using this!

Katherine WeeksOctober 30, 2012 - 9:33 am

What a wonderful and cost effective idea. thanks for sharing

Huong ForrestOctober 30, 2012 - 11:11 am

Eeeeeppss! I’ve been wanting to do this forever! I can’t wait to do this!

Love Me Kiss Me - ChasityOctober 30, 2012 - 1:39 pm

This is really cool. I remember making something like this when I first started photography but it didn’t look as cool as yours!

SylviaOctober 30, 2012 - 8:06 pm

I saw this on pinterest too. Pretty neat idea!!

MaggieOctober 30, 2012 - 9:59 pm

What a great idea; thanks for sharing!

LoriOctober 31, 2012 - 2:40 am

What a great idea! And so simple and inexpensive to make!

SarahOctober 31, 2012 - 9:28 am

What a great idea!!! It looks so simple too!

WendyDecember 29, 2012 - 10:54 am

I’ve been trying to find the pieces for this stand for a while. My little town doesn’t carry the corner joints. When I finally was able to find everything (minus the corner joints) and got them all home to start construction, I realized that the joints and the pipes don’t fit together. They’re both 3/4″? How can 2 pipes that are the same size fit together? Did I miss something? Or am I supposed to get joints that are 1″?

AllyDecember 29, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Hey Wendy! I’m sorry that is happening. I sent you an email with some info. Happy New Year!

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