Photography is so much more than the act of creating the image. Photography captures emotion, it captures beauty, and in the case of families, it captures irreplaceable moments in time. BUT, for a huge number of people, these qualities don’t shine through like they should because they never display high quality, framed portraits on their wall!
The best thing about family photography is that a high quality portrait is a view of your family at a moment in time that will never occur again but that can be enjoyed by you, your children, and THEIR children, for decades to come! Best of all, this portrait will outlast almost anything else in your home that cost much much more!
If you have never experienced the thrill and satisfaction of seeing your family beautifully and tastefully captured in a large wall portrait you have missed the satisfaction and pride of sharing a personal piece of art with friends and other family members.
The wall to start with is the one that draws the eye the most. Look at this wall and what furniture, if any, is next to it. You need to think about the scale that will work best to hang art (your portrait(s)!) on this wall. For instance, if a sofa is against this wall, you could hang 1 or more portraits above the sofa. If there is a fireplace, above the mantel becomes that natural place.
The scale means that the size of the display fits both the wall and any other furniture against that wall. How do you know if something fits? It is probably easier to illustrate when something doesn’t fit. For instance, a 6 ft. long sofa would look mighty funny with a single 8×10″ framed print above it. To scale properly to the sofa, you need to have pieces that fill a reasonable portion of the area.
Always think overall size. There are many ways to achieve that size, a single large print, a slightly smaller print matted out to a larger frame size or a collection of smaller images which form an attractive pattern.
Embrace Large Spaces! Large spaces mean larger displays which mean stronger decorative statements – and more lasting enjoyment of your investment. We use special software that can help with this visualization. Any reputable custom frame shop can probably do the same thing. In our software, we can insert a picture of your wall and show a single image or an arrangement of several images at their actual size so you will KNOW exactly what size looks right to you before you even order the portrait!
The goal is not to go with the largest possible display, it is to go with one that pleases YOU!
That’s right, decide what colors you want to see in your portrait to either harmonize or contrast the colors in the room in which they will be hung. If you ever watch home improvement shows on TV, you will immediately notice that one of the things that sets a professionally designed room apart is that the colors are deliberate and designed to achieve a certain look.
Your photographer must understand what you expect the look of the finished portrait to achieve in order for him/her to advise you on how best to achieve it. Do you want the colors in the portrait to jump off the wall and stand out? Then they must complement the wall and furniture colors. If you want the portrait to smoothly blend in with the rest of the room for a restrained look, the colors must harmonize.
Style is a very subjective term, so I’ll give some examples as the best way to illustrate what I’m talking about. For instance, lets say you are decorating a newborn’s room. Very often, the portraits will be intimate and possibly warm toned; maybe even black and white or sepia to communicate the emotion you experience when you see your child captured as a newborn as they change almost daily before your eyes.
Another example would be the family room. If this room has a large screen TV and a sleek, modern feel to it, you may want portraits captured in a chic urban setting to fit the vibe of the room. A room with classic decor may call for a more formal studio portrait which almost has the feel of an oil painting.
The right style is YOUR style! The only thing that matters is that you are aware of what style you are going for and be consistent.
There are an almost unlimited number of ways to display fine portraiture these days. They range from the unframed gallery wrap, to classic framed and matted prints under glass, vinyl ‘clings’, prints on materials ranging from aluminum to real slate! The options are staggering and can be very intimidating but there is a very good way to choose – ask for help! By knowing the style of the portrait, the color palette and scale of the portrait(s) that you are going for, your photographer can quickly help you narrow down your choices to one that works perfectly for you. In addition, you should expect him/her to be able to give you a realistic preview of what your room will look like, from the size of the portraits, to framing options so that you can be confident of exactly what you are getting and know that your room will look as beautiful as you imagine it to be.
I’m going to be honest with you, most people won’t follow all these steps. In fact, there are a million reasons that people can use to convince themselves that they can’t afford to take these 5 steps and create family heirlooms. Some of these same people think nothing of spending $400 on a phone that won’t be around 3 years from now!
I can also honestly say that I’ve seen the reaction people have when they walk into someone’s home who knows that their family portraits are worth displaying prominently and proudly. I’ve seen how their eyes widen a bit when they see a large beautiful portrait of the family that they simply can’t take their eyes off of!
If you are one of those people who treasure every moment with your family, I hope you will consider taking these 5 steps and enjoy the amazing experience and joy that being surrounded by beautiful images of your family can bring!
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