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I did a recent poll on my instagram and the result astounded me. As a photographer I typically try to encourage you to use your images and in this digital age it is easy for my business to give clients digital images. But between hectic family life and raising your beautiful babies it seems that your digital images are "out of sight out of mind". The job you always mean to do but don’t quite get around to.
88% said their images, all the beautiful memories of their little ones and their family as they grow, just sit in their hard drive.
This is something I intend to change for my clients. My packages are changing so that packages can include some kind of prints to gift to family and adorn your walls.
For me one of my favourite gifts as I turned 21 was an album of old family photos from Holidays, Birthdays and Christmas to generally just growing up. I also have a collage of special memories with my friends and places I have visited as well as wedding photos on my walls that bring joy daily. Since we got married almost 4 years ago (June 2016) we have also occasionally taken the flat lay book I spent hours designing for print out to look back on our day.
I am by no means saying you have to print all of your images, but even just one statement piece on your walls, can really personalise your home.
Here are some steps on how to get your photos off your hard drive and on to your walls:
Step 1: Edit your photos
The process to editing your images starts with putting your favourite images that you want to use in a separate folder.
Think about which images work well together.
Not everyone knows how to use editing software, and if they do, knowledge of it is often limited. If there are things you don’t like about your images that you can't change yourself you may want to consider my new editing services.
I can edit blemishes, backgrounds, colours or design collages starting from £3.
Step 2: Layout
The first thing to think about for step 2, is space. How much room do you have on your walls. This will help you decide how you should print your images and how many you want to put in your home.
Perhaps you only have space for one large piece. Should you do a single statement piece or a collage?
Is it large enough for a collection? Do you want them to be a uniform or eclectic gallery wall?
I have loads of ideas on my pinterest board here -
sTEP 3: Printing & framing
Consider your home. Would you like something contemporary or traditional? I always thought framing was traditional but it seems to have come back into style. You can mix and match frames or use modern box frames for the contemporary style. Ideas to collage frames into a wall gallery can also be found in my Pinterest board.
Printing paper is important if you are framing your images. I recommend Lustre prints if you can as glossy is reflective and can show up finger prints. I also do not recommend any smaller than 7"x5" prints.
Canvases although nice, can be disappointing on delivery. Make sure you use a decent supplier for this. You want someone who can print beautiful colours and an archival printing process to prevent fading and stains over time. I recommend you choose a thicker canvas depth so that this will prevent warping over time.
You also need to consider if you wish to have a mirrored edge for a wrap around effect or leave it white.
There are a whole host of new products that are replacing canvases in peoples homes, though they do come with a bigger price tag. Acrylic products are great for popping colours. They are a glossy, glass finish product and again you really want to order a thicker product to look its best. I also recommend that you order it with a mount to give it the "floating off the wall" look.
Aluminium products are another way to get the "off the wall look" without the glossy-ness and for a thinner more light weigh product.
I really hope this helps you all to take your images into you home. Don't forget I can help with Steps 1 & 3 and take a visit to my Pinterest board.