Thanks for all the compliments, I'll make sure they get to Shannon as another confidence booster.
Whenever I'm out somewhere, I shoot pics of anything I think would make an interesting background - flames, clouds, brick walls, water, sunsets ... you name it. I keep hundreds of these images in a folder for just the right moment. The background in pic #1 is flames from a big apartment fire (I duplicated the flame layer in PS to make the flames denser, then added some gaussian blur to soften the effect).
Now let's play "Guess the background image"
A model brought me the image below which was shot against a white seemless background. She wanted something with more "shine and interest." The background image I used was taken during my trip to Seaside, FL Can you guess what it is?