I get asked quite frequently what type of flooring and “faux” flooring I use in my studio… almost every time I post an image on Facebook, I’m guaranteed someone will post the question or I will get an email! The answer is simple and it’s PepperLu!
Regular readers of mine know that I don’t spend very much time featuring products and vendors. I have to make sure that I only do so when I truly LOVE a product… when I have found a product with the absolute BEST quality, outstanding customer service, and versatile enough to use with my newborns as well as older children and families. Well, late last year, I stumbled upon PepperLu and truly feel like I have found a company I am 100% proud to stand behind!
PepperLu floor mats faux floor mats are made with a 25% lycra/75% polyester blend fabric and 100% natural rubber. They look like a giant mouse pad! My absolute favorite thing about them is you will NEVER get that unwanted reflection like you do with many other types mats/flooring. They are sturdy, durable, and won’t wrinkle once you have rolled them up! PepperLu mats can be washed in a washing machine on cold and laid out flat to dry.
Take a look at some of my favorites that I use all of the time
Old School (actual mat is more reddish than brown)
What I typically do before a session when I set the studio up is place the mats I will be using that day right on top of each other. Most of the time I will use my neutral walls as my “backdrop” since it’s nice an neutral! Please note that I have not run any special processing on these images… just sharpening! I want to make sure you can see exactly how they will photography and look in your own photo’s! What ya see is what ya get!
Then once I am done with the shots, I just roll up my mats and set them aside!
Last year when I found PepperLu, I was actually on the hunt for a really great brick background. Since I knew this one would only be used as a backdrop and not as a floor, I HAD to find something that would never produce that terrible glare a lot of other backdrops have. Nothing worse than getting a gorgeous image but your eye keeps going to a hot spot right? Or having to spend more time editing to fix it!
I was extremely excited when FedEx dropped this guy off! By far the most natural and realistic looking “faux” brick I have ever seen…. oh, it’s gorgeous! This is how I normally set this shot up if I’m using a flooring and the backdrop.
I suppose you could use a baseboard if you wanted, but I have found that it looks just fine in images when I lay the backdrop just over the flooring like this…
Then I will add in my props, test the shot (horizontal & vertical), and see how it looks before I get my newborn in!
And then there are times where you just don’t need a prop…
And then some other recent images using my awesome PepperLu’s…
Not convinced yet? How about a special 10% OFF coupon off your entire purchase to buy your own PepperLu mat/s?
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I’m also very excited to announce that PepperLu has generously offered a special $50 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers!!! Interested in the extra special savings? Here are the very simple details:
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Giveaway will run from today through August 7th (11:59pm PST)! Winner will be announced here on my blog August 8th! Also, if you happened to order a mat before the $50 giveaway ends, PepperLu will go ahead and refund the amount so you have nothing to lose waiting to get your very own mat or backdrop!!!
Good luck everyone & happy Monday!
Winner of the $50 gift certificate to PepperLu is……
Congrats Monica! Go ahead and shoot me an email and I will get you in contact with PepperLu!