One of my bestest Christmas gifts consisted of pieces of plastic piping. After consulting with a photojournalist friend and visiting several websites, Betsy constructed a photography background frame out of various lengths of PVC pipe. The pipe provides a frame that I can drape with a sheet for an instant background. It is light, easy to use, and portable since Betsy sewed me two carrying cases.
My new contraption provided the excuse necessary for a crazy photo shoot yesterday afternoon. One of our favorite children's picture books, Simple Pictures Are Best (by Nancy Willard with illustrations by Tomie DePaola), inspired the session. In the last shot Betsy snagged the parasol on the sheet and pulled down the backdrop as the shutter opened.