Savage Seamless Reviews
I found Savage seamless backdrop paper in October 2013 and I absolutely fell in love with the ease of use, consistency of how it photographs and how cost effective it is to use. Since then I've grown my Savage collection to include many colors. I use them in almost every single session I shoot. The best part is even the scrap pieces get used at the end of the roll by my son who loves to paint and draw on pieces too small to use for shoots. Versatile and cost effective! That is truly what us photographers want!
I recently was able to get the baby blue seamless paper. I've used several of the blues that Savage offers. This one is hands down one of my new favorites!! Although the name doesn't really fit to the paper color. If you've been online you know the color swatches do not exactly match the paper sometimes when you get it in. You really should order the swatch pamphlet. But even still the tiny little pieces of paper may not look like that would in use with lighting. This color photographs more along the lines of sea foam, aqua, or even could be a dark mint. I adore this color. It's pastel and muted but still adds a stunning pop of color which compliments any type of session from newborns to cake smashes. I highly recommend this color and will keep it in my rotation for sure!
I'm a sucker for dark colors and grey is one of my favorite neutral colors to use in sessions. I can pair it with tons of options to get the look I'm after. I've used several of the grey drops Savage offers and this is one of the good midtone greys. It's not as dark as Thunder but not as light as Storm. It's right smack in the middle. It photographs very nicely and I love it!
Oh holy brightness! If you want to make a statement with an image than this is definitely the paper to use. Although, with babies who are sitting directly on the paper you will be required to do a little additional post editing in order to remove color cast. When I ordered I was really hoping that it would be a more muted color since they do offer some darker yellows and this is closest to pastel yellow Savage offers. I would love for Savage to come out with a more pastel color that would be better for newborn/baby photographers. They currently offer several vivid colors with corresponding pastel colors (i.e. Purple/Orchid, Tulip/Coral, and Ultramarine/Blue Mist, etc.). It is possible to 'convert' this to more of a pastel color after some editing, but to edit an entire session shot on this (i.e. cake smash) would be a lot of extra work in post. Other than my issue with the brightness in use with small children the color is nice, the paper is thick and sturdy, and it lives up to being the quality that Savage offers.
Some side notes
Paper size is a huge key to allowing more shooting space for us photographers. I can tell you 53" is a good starting point. It's plenty big enough for shooting newborns, babies under a year, and toddlers. But add more than two kids or adults and here comes the post processing nightmare! The next sizing option is 107" which is obnoxiously gigantic for us newborn/child photographers. It takes up more than half of my studio space when I use it. I can tell you that many (and I'm talking maybe 50%) of your customers who order the 107" end up cutting it with a saw of sorts to bring it down to a more manageable size. A great mid-size option would be in the 80" range. I would prefer to order the mid-range for cake smash sessions so I'm not limited to horizontal or vertical shooting depending on how I set up my session (on the roll mainly shot vertical, cut into two pieces taped to the wall and floor mainly shot horizontal). The 53" is not big enough for family sessions, but travels well because of the size. The 107" is great for family sessions but does not travel well at all, and won't fit in most SUV's let alone cars. Great for photographers who have a nice big studio but for those who travel or work out of their home in more confined spaces the 107" is way too big. I've polled a very large group of Maternity-Newborn-Child photographers and asked them what they thought about a new size option. Below are the results. I hope that you will see there is a market to offer a mid-range size and hear out cries for it! We love your product but cutting off nearly two feet which then becomes useless saddens us.
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