DIY Round newborn posing stand | Traveling Newborn Photographer | Moonrise Photography | Richmond VA Newborn Photographer
So the standard newborn posing stand is square or rectangular which allows for a square, rectangular or even circular beanbag to fit within its boarders. Blankets and posing fabric is then laid over the beanbag, stretched tight to the sides and top of the backdrop stand before baby is placed on it and posed.
I've seen some round backdrop stands and figured since I've made a hula hoop before, why don't I just make a round stand for my round travel size beanbag!
So I set off to my local Home Depot!
Once there I found all the elements I needed to complete my project. The biggest thing that I had at home that not everyone does is a way to cut the PVC pipe. I used my husband's miter saw, but they do sell PVC cutters at the store.
I am totally and "eyeball it" kinda crafter FYI, but this is what I purchased:
6 x 5ft. 3/4 inch diameter PEX pipe
(bendable enough but also sturdy)
3 bags "T" shape connectors (1 bag has 5 pieces) specifically for the pipe
Total cost: Roughly $25
They also sell rolls of pipe instead of the 5 or 10ft pieces.
Next was cutting the pieces and putting the elements together. I basically just cut 4 of the 5ft PVC pipes in half (4 pieces per hoop) as well as 2x 30in and 2x 22in pieces to act as the uprights. This was my desired height for the uprights due to the amount of blankets I usually put on my beanbag before the posing fabric and baby.
The trick to connect the "hoop" is to bend the plastic first before piecing it all together. Make sure to point the "T" down or up depending on which hoop you are working with. I will say that the connectors aren't 100%, meaning sometimes with enough pressure they pop out of the PVC, but for the most part they stay in just fine. You could glue them in if you want it to be permanent. Connect your two hoops together using the upright pieces - two taller in the back and two shorter in the front.
***THIS IS A TRAVEL SIZE BEANBAG***
This means if you use a full size beanbag you will need more PVC and the upright pieces will probably be a different height as well. I would imagine instead of 4 pieces to each hoop, 5 would be more appropriate, as well as 5 uprights not 4. With 5 upright pieces I would make one piece about 5-7 inches taller than the two tallest uprights, and the shorter uprights about 10-12 inches shorter than the two taller ones. If that makes sense :-) For example: 1x 38 in., 2 x 33 in., and 2 x 22 in.
I will also add that I use a Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 flash unit (strobe) and a 50x50 Westcott softbox.
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