They say that great inventions are often born from a passion for creating something beautiful, or a need - a gap in the market for something useful.
As a professional photographer of 15 years. Lyndsey James worked with many boutique brands as a commercial photographer and gathered, foraged and painted many beautiful backdrops to use in her client's photo shoots.
It was during her teaching years of sharing her photography & styling skills with creative business owners that Lyndsey discovered her students lacked beautiful backdrops to help set the scene for lifestyle work including food and product photography.
This is when she decided to create replicas of her own huge collection of gathered textures and painted designs and in 2016 the Photo Boards® backdrops collection was born.
The Photo Boards® brand grew fast with a tribe of customers around the world enjoying not just the benefit of an easy to use, solid yet lightweight background, but one that is a true to scale 1:1 replica of a beautiful, unique texture.
From well-known household brands including Nestle, Teapigs and Percol to luxury labels including Links of London, Pantherella and many more (and not forgetting the thousands of independent business owners). Photo Boards® are now the go-to brand for high quality backdrops among professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Photo Boards® make photo shoots easy. No fancy set up required, they simply replace your floor, table or wall with a stylish alternative.
Photo Boards® are exact 1:1 replicas of beautiful original designs, created or collected by our founder Lyndsey James. From painted effects to pieces of marble, wood and metal, each unique original piece is replicated to perfection, before shadow depth is added to enhance the true-to-life appearance when used in your photos. The result is a true to scale background which looks just like the real thing!
Photo Boards® are crafted from lightweight and durable 3mm PVC board. The designs are printed at super high resolution so that you can confidently use them in direct contact with your subjects, without needing to blur them in the background. They are available in 40x40 cm and 60x60 cm sizes.
What makes Photo Boards® unique?
Each printed design is an exact sized replica of an original texture with controlled lighting and shadows added so that they look just like real textures in your photos. Lyndsey creates all new designs from her personal collection of backdrops, gathered or painted herself (no printed stock photos here!) so that you know you have something original and special.
What size are Photo Boards®?
Photo Boards® come in two sizes, 40x40cm and 60x60cm. Photo Boards are designed for close up tabletop product and food photography. They are the worlds leading true-to-scale photo backdrops thanks to our unique replication process making them look so real you will do a double take! Our largest size is 60x60cm, for larger products you are unlikely to need the high resolution impact of Photo Boards so could shop for portrait backgrounds instead.
Why are some designs only available in one size?
Photo Boards® are replicas of real wood, marble and painted photography backdrops from Lyndsey's personal collection. This means that they are limited to the original backdrop size. For example BALI was a small piece of painted green wood measuring 40x40cm. If this design was enlarged it wouldn't look like real wood in your photos. Many of the original backdrops are larger, so we can create multiple sizes from it by just replicating a smaller area of the original piece.
Why do similar designs have different names?
When an original design is large enough to create multiple sized Photo Boards, the different sizes often look very different. Our LOFT and URBAN red and white brick backdrops are a good example of this. LOFT contains mostly white bricks, while URBAN includes more red bricks, but both are created from the same original piece. Customers like to know how their backdrop will look, so we take out the guess work and give each size a unique name to celebrate the unique features of each design and size.
Can I use Photo Boards® with a macro lens?
If you magnify beyond what the eye can see you will start to see the dots in the print.
What are the rules regarding copyright?
The Photo Boards® design, concept, trademark and imagery are copyright protected but you don't need to worry about using Photo Boards as backgrounds in your photos because that is their intended use.
You can freely use Photo Boards in your own photography as a backdrop to at least one other subject, without needing to credit anyone - even if you sell your photos for commercial gain or they are published by a third party. The photos are yours, even if you used our backgrounds in the making of them.
You cannot directly reproduce the designs, copy the artwork, concept, trademark (protection includes phonetically similar names) or sell/gift a direct copy of the background. If you are still unsure just drop us a line! :)
My favourite design is out of stock!
If your chosen design is out of stock, don't worry it is coming back!
Why is shipping so expensive?
Photo Boards® are large flat objects so we have to pay a premium to send large boxes. We regularly review our delivery charges so that you do not pay more than the cost of packaging and sending your order. See our delivery page for shipping rates.
Help! My order hasn't arrived :(
If your order is delayed and you have a tracking number in your dispatch notification email, please contact the courier directly by telephone or via your tracking link so that you can rearrange your delivery directly.
What is your returns/refund policy?
Our policy lasts 30 days. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you a refund or exchange. Please visit www.photoboards.org/returns to start the return/exchange process or to notify us of a problem with your order. This notifies us of your reason for return. We will reply with an email within 24 hours including instructions on where to return your item/s to.
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund/exchange. If you are approved for a refund, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within 7 days.
Late or missing refunds (if applicable).
If your refund is delayed, first check your bank account again. Then contact your credit card company, it may take some time before your refund is officially posted. Next contact your bank. There is often some processing time before a refund is posted. If you’ve done all of this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sale items (if applicable).
Only regular priced items may be refunded, unfortunately sale items cannot be refunded.
Exchanges (if applicable).
We only replace items if they are defective or damaged. Depending on where you live, the time it may take for your exchanged product to reach you, may vary.
You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item/s. If you are shipping a high value order, you should consider using a traceable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We can’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item, this is your responsibility.
Photo Boards are robust and should last you many years of photo shoots. Here are some tips for ensuring they look great in every shot.
- Store your boards flat or perfectly vertical, so that they don't bend.
- Do not leave in direct sunlight for prolonged periods, the colours may fade.
- The design is printed, so take care not to scratch the printed surface.
- Do not store heavy items on the board for long periods of time, they could leave indentations. (Resting heavy items on the board while you photograph them is fine).
- Wipe boards clean of food and fluids with a soft damp cloth, do not scrub or use chemicals to clean the board.
- Do not submerge in water.
- Avoid foods that may stain.
- Avoid direct contact with heat, hot pans will melt the plastic! Use a trivet if photographing hot dishes. If the pan or plate is too hot to the touch, then it is likely too hot for the Photo Board®.