Our Back Story.......


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Looking back, travelling to New Zealand for a 'year out' as a young physiotherapist, and then settling here, should have been the biggest decision of my life, but the climate, the people and the lifestyle took a hold of me and once kids came into the mix, well, who wouldn't want to settle in this glorious country!

But stopping physio and calling myself a photographer instead took me years and I still don't know what to call myself as a 'maker of backdrops', I don't think there is a concise word for it! None the less that is what I've become. In 2019, after finding  a passion in food photography, and really struggled to get high quality backdrops in New Zealand, I founded CM Backdrops: If I couldn't find a local, quality vinyl backdrop supplier, I'd become one myself!

Photographing and printing my own designs has become such a passion, combining my love of photography and digital design, with my drive to provide this beautiful country with the photography supplies it has long been lacking.

In 2021 I met Isabella, a talented photographer and videographer who had similar passion for photography props and a desire to run her own business. Together we scoured the country for local artisans and manufacturers and have curated an ever growing supply of New Zealand made props, to complement the backdrops.

So at the beginning of 2022 the store became CM Props & Backdrops, also offering product photography and videography to cover all your photography/content needs.


Catherine Main


 I'm the one with the English accent that you'll speak to on the phone!


Isabelle's talents shine through in our social media feeds. Her eye for beauty and technical skills are amazing. She is the one you will work with if you need our personal Content creation services.

We are both always excited to discuss your photography needs and backdrop specifications. Take the headache out of your decisions and start creating amazing images with ease today!