You’ve spent weeks gathering the outfits your family will wear. You got your hair done and made sure the whole family had hair cuts and clean shoes. All things finally come together and you have your family portrait session. You see your images for the first time and surprise! - you actually like some of yourself and your family looks good too! :) But right now they’re just on a computer screen what next? How are you going to enjoy these images and always remember how good and happy you looked?
When I sit down with my clients I guide them through the whole process. I am in my clients home so I can see their style and space so I can make suggestions on how best to display their images. And I know how hard it can be. I’m still trying to decorate my walls after moving into our house. It’s not easy!
Here are some recent client installations I did and why I made those suggestions. Hopefully it will give you a little inspiration on how you want your images to be displayed. And just a side note; pictures are for viewing and not for taking up one’s and zero’s on your hard drive. If you have invested in a portrait session don’t just let the digital negatives sit lifeless on a hard drive. PLEASE!!
We went with a 20×30 canvas over their fireplace mantel. Notice that it is a far away image and it so it lends itself to a large print. We measured the width of the space which was about 60 inches. The rule of thumb I use is make the final size no less than 50% of the wall space. Otherwise it just doesn’t look balanced and the wall could over take the image. Here it looks perfectly balanced and the spot light really sets it off!
This display was for the casual family room. I love the way these images balance each other with the somewhat casual family grouping and close ups of each individual. The colors work really well in this room too. And again it fits my rule of no less than 50% of the wall space. It fits perfect in that space!
We also went with a more formal family grouping in the formal living room. It’s a big wall space so we went with a 20×30 framed and matted which made the final size about 28×38. It looks a little like it’s just floating on the wall right now because they haven’t installed the fireplace mantel yet but I left enough space for it and then it will look balanced on the wall. And Yes I install all of my clients work for them!!
Wall Displays don’t always have to be big. Here is one I installed in my office. These are a series of 8×12′s mounted on standouts. It’s just the right amount of space for my limited wall space and I think it looks Awesome myself. I seem to have a lot of images of my son with his shirt off and he hates its!! LOL!
Then on the adjoining corner in my office there is a small corner where I put a framed and matted 8×10 which final size made it about 11×17. It fits in the corner just right and I just love that image. He was 3. …ahh… my sweet boy.
And maybe you’re style is just not to have large family images in your home. What do you do then? In the next post I will talk about photo albums and what to look for and what to ask for!