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4 Ways to Decorate Any Space Using Beautiful Family Portrait Photos

Decorate with Family Portrait Photos

Do you have a few framed prints scattered around your home or office?

Would you like to display more, but in a way that fits with your décor?

Or, are you afraid of things looking cluttered or overly sentimental?

Professional family portrait photos are meaningful and artistic, capable of adding both warmth and polish to any room. Plus, many fine art prints are heirlooms that deserve to be on display.

The right frame and placement will help transform your décor with a personal, artistic touch.

4 Unique Ways to Decorate With Family Portrait Photos

Here are several ideas for decorating with your prints:

1. Showcase an Oversized Print

Some images are truly works of art, the kind of pictures that deserve to be displayed beyond Facebook and Instagram. Hanging an oversized picture of your loved ones in your home is a warm, eye-catching, and extremely personal way to decorate. Choose an image that will draw attention without dominating the room, and make it the focal point. Leave enough wall space around it to avoid a cluttered look. Simple frames are usually best to avoid detracting from the image, but use your artistic license! At the same time, keep in mind that not all pictures will look just as good when enlarged. In addition to having a great composition and rich colours, images that are professionally taken will have enough pixels and focus to withstand being displayed at any size.

2. Create a Grouping of Playful Portraits

Consider a blank wall the perfect opportunity to create a unique art installation. Hanging multiple images and experimenting with different wall groupings is a great way to add visual appeal and keep a room from feeling drab. Browse Pinterest or other home decorating sites for ideas, but here are a few basics to get started. It is easy to find frames that go with a room’s existing colour palette. You could, for example, pick all the same style and colour of frames, match the colour and material but in different styles, or utilize coordinating frames or complementary colours. Choose your absolute favourites to display, and either keep other prints in a photo album or rotate out framed images seasonally.

3. Coordinate with Other Mementos

Are you afraid that your family portrait photos will stick out and look too much like they are on display? While there is no reason not to showcase your family, some rooms call for a more subtle approach to decorating. Carefully considering which prints and other mementos to display will help the images blend seamlessly into the space’s existing décor, complimenting its aesthetic. Depending on the room, you might want to exhibit some of your children’s artwork, create a shadowbox display, or even buy a new lamp or end table for the area.

4. Display Images in Kids’ Rooms

Imagine your child waking up every morning to a trio of beautiful, happy family photos. The images will remind your child of a fun day spent together and all the smiles and laughs you share on a regular basis. Hang the frames high enough that they will not be bumped into while your children are playing. Also, make sure each frame is super secure in case the wall gets knocked into or shaken. Alternatively, ask about child-safe glass and framing options to help avoid any accidents.

For a fun activity, keep your children engaged throughout every aspect of the photo shoot and decorative decisions. Let them each choose which print or prints to display in their respective rooms. Then, let them pick out the frames or even decorate them! They will be proud to make such an important decision and eager to see each image in place in their rooms.

More Than Décor: Creating Family Heirlooms

When hanging your family portrait photos, the right mat and frame will help protect the images for years to come. After all, fine art prints are heirlooms that celebrate a special moment, memory, or time in life. If you do not have any recent or professional prints, consider booking a session today. Let me help you commemorate an engagement, anniversary, birth of a child, or a new home. We can also showcase the sibling bond between your children or capture a stunning, multi-generational picture while everyone is in town.

My sessions always include a mix of formal prints and more casual, lifestyle shots. I want to capture your unique bond and personalities, creating images that you will want to look at again and again.

Contact me today to learn more about planning a session. I look forward to working with you!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Keeping Your Portraits Safe: Protecting Photographs

Keep Your Family Photos Perfectly Safe With Conservation Framing

family portraitsKeeping your family photos safe is absolutely important, isn’t it? You try all you can to make sure they stay safe, but what should you do exactly?

You might think it wise to keep them as digital files, but I’ve already looked at how dangerous that can be. So, what do you do when you print them out? Frame them, of course!

There are many ways to frame a photo, but I want to look at one of the best techniques that will help keep your photos safe for years – conservation framing.

What is this and how can you use it for your photos? Let’s take a look! 

What is Conservation Framing?

Conservation framing is the same technique that museums use when it comes to protecting prized portraits and artwork. It helps keep the images in tip-top shape and protects the image integrity for quite a while.

However, it isn’t only for priceless works of art that you’d see in the Louvre – it is also great for family photos. You have sentimental attachment to those photos and for good reason! Meaning you should always make sure you protect them as best as possible. 

How Can This Technique Help Photographs?

When you use conservation framing for your photos, you can protect them from many harsh irritants and elements. Things such as light, humidity, dirt, dust, and even pesky creatures can get to your photos, which will degrade them quickly.

Having great framing will save your photos and help make them last a long time. This is perfect when you want to display your photographs in your home – you want everyone to see them, but sometimes that puts the images in a place that isn’t good for it.

Once you get your photos framed through conservation framing, you won’t need to worry about how long your photos will last. They will be perfectly safe and maintain the gorgeous colours you see when you first get them printed. 

What Makes it Different from Regular Framing?

Conservation framing focuses on making sure nothing whatsoever can get into the frame and degrade the image.

When you do regular framing, you always run the risk of the frame not being done well enough or something going wrong. However, with conservation framing, everything will be snug and perfect.

The elements of this technique include the exact frame your photo needs (not all frames work for all photos), the right type of glass, matting, backing, and something known as “hinging the art.”

All of these elements help to create a great, safe place for your prized family photographs. 

Frame and Protect Your Gorgeous Family Photos!

After your family photo session, getting your images printed is a great way to keep them around forever. We can talk about framing, especially conservation framing, to help you get the best protection for your photos.

Simply call me, and we can have a chat about what you want in your photos and I can give you all the details about framing and how it will be perfect for you.

Call, today!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)
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Unique Portrait Framing Projects

Unique Framing Projects

how to frame picturesOne of my favourite things is when I have clients that come up with incredibly unique framing projects for their photographs. My clients come up with some of the greatest ideas, and I am going to share a few of these with you today. Unique framing projects are great ways to frame your gorgeous family portraits and have something no one else does. Let us take a quick look at three different ideas that can work for you. 

1. Old Windows Make Gorgeous Unique Framing Projects

One of my clients had some gorgeous old style windows from a house they were renovating. These were the old style square windows complete with stunning stained glass. The windows each had five openings, and we worked to get photographs of the family that would fit perfectly. The first set of photos was taken around a gigantic old tree, adding such a unique flair to the portraits. For the next set of photos, we did a session at the beach and added those portraits into the next window. Since they were renovating, they had several windows like this. These turned out stunning with that stainedglass surrounding the portraits and added a touch that no one else had. 

2. Find Interesting Antiques While Out Shopping

Antique stores offer incredible frames from old photograph frames to mirror frames. These can make gorgeous sets for your family portraits, especially if you plan on adding them to your old photograph collection. A client of mine had a newborn session done and decided also to have a family reunion photo session. Their parents came in for the photographs, and they were around 80 to 90 years old. Incredible! My clients asked for me to take the photos of the older couples so they could add the portraits to some stunning antique frames the family owned. I helped them choose the perfect clothes and took the photographs to look like an old portrait. This looked gorgeous in the frame and with the series of older photographs this family had. Such a priceless experience! 

3. Glass Squares Are Perfect For A Modern Look

While I have not had a client that has used this technique yet, I know that modern styling is popular with many families.Glass squares provide stunning, unique, and modern looking frames. Some people have used two glass squares to place a picture inside and hold it firmly in place, then added mounting brackets to place the portraits on the wall. This makes a trendy modern look that is easy to manage. 

I love working with unique frames and enjoy planning photos that will look perfect in them. All you will need to do is inform me of your project, and I can help you get the best photographs for your unique framing project. If you cannot think of any ideas, I will gladly provide any assistance. Contact me today to set up a session, and we can discuss wonderful framing projects to go along with your portraits!

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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