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Frame Sizes Displayed and Explained

Have you ever wondered about how to choose the best size of frame for your wall? I’m going to explain the different sizing along with some cropping issues you might not be aware of.

Here are the different sizes of framing that are standard and that I offer. This gives you a good perspective on sizing so that you can buy the right size so that it looks the best on your wall. Even better, you can even send me a photo of your wall so that I can size your wall gallery specifically to your wall!

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All of my frames come with the mats so that is also something that you need to consider. If you are wanting to put 8x10s or 5x7s on your wall I suggest no mat because for the 8x10 frame the print size is 5x7 and for the 5x7 frame the print size is 4x6. Kinda small for a wall gallery. But if those same frame sizes are going up on a photo ledge or bookcase then mat or no mat, it’s up to you. I generally prefer the mats for the bigger frames because I think it gives a finished look. I hope this also gives you a perspective that BIGGER IS BETTER! That 8x10 on a lone wall looks pretty silly.


You might be interested in reading my four mistakes in hanging wall art here!

Cropping

This is a tad confusing but with instagram square crops you will be familiar with this a little. Obviously if you want square photo product some of the image will have to be cropped. The red line indicates which portion of the photo will be printed. So obviously with a square crop you can’t get all of the photo. This photo would totally work, it’s just your preference if you want the whole photo printed. Cropping is a bit more complicated because cameras and standard product sizing aren’t the same ratio. So what that means is that some of the standard product sizing means you’ll have to crop some of your image. Normally your photographer will do this for you so you won’t be involved but sometimes it gets a tad tricky.

Here are the sizes that you get your FULL photo printed: 4x6, 6x9, 8x12, 10x15, 12x18, 16x24, 20x30, 24x36

You’ll notice that those sizes above are not NORMAL frame sizes! Just to make it a tad confusing, right?

So if your photo product is ANYTHING besides those sizes (and they were shot with a regular camera) than some portion of the photo will be cropped off. It’s important to know in some circumstances.

What about if you have a specific spot and your photo needs to have a different crop orientation? For instance, if you have need a horizontal photo but you love the vertical one.

By the way - this is a HUGE communication thing you need to tell your photographer before the shoot! I remember the very fist school that I photographed a mom asked if I could change the crop orientation of her child’s photos because she has a whole wall of horizontal photos and I only photographed vertically. Since then I try to get both orientations but I think I’m more heavy on the vertical photo orientation…no idea why!

You might have some options if you need to change the orientation. Photos that are closer in crop (meaning the subject fills more of the photo) are harder to change crop orientation. This one could work, just depends on your liking of the crop and the other photos paired with it. I also think it depends on the size of the photo product you’re getting this for. Would he want his face HUGE like 20x30? Probably not.

But as an 8x10 his face wouldn’t be as huge :)

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If your subject doesn’t take up as much room in the photo, like there is a lot of extra space, then the changing the orientation of the crop might not be as severe like this example…

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That’s a basic as I think you need to know as the consumer! One thing I would again say is COMMUNICATE with your photographer if you need something specific beforehand!

Places to eat with playgrounds!

I highly recommend coming up with a fun family treat to do after your family photos. The questions is, what could the treat be?

If you’re looking to grab something to eat after your session then you might need to consider these places around the Dallas area that offer dining for you and a play area for your kids! That’s a win-win. Your kids are probably going to want to run around and get some energy out, you’re probably are NOT going to want to cook, and you look FABULOUS…so cozy up in these places with a cold drink and let the kids play!

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The Lot
http://www.thelotdallas.com/

Try the lakewood lemonade and fish tacos while you send the kids out to the sandy playground for hours of entertainment.

Location:
7530 E Grand Ave, Dallas, TX 75214


Hat Creek
http://hatcreekburgers.com
Very allergy friendly! (and bonus every Tuesday kids are half off from 5pm and on!)

Try the sombrero burger (you can make it skinny with no bun and lettuce wrap) with an ice cold beer on tap.

2 locations in DFW:
8185 Walnut Hill Ln, Suite 1400 Dallas, TX 75231

3321 South Custer Road McKinney, TX 75070


Communion Coffee
http://www.communioncooperative.com
There is an old bus, some faux grass and a chalk wall that keeps kids entertained for hours.

Try the avocado deviled eggs!

Location:
514 Lockwood Dr #1, Richardson, TX 75080


Arepa
https://www.arepatx.com

There is a small dining area that has a huge chalk wall, kid sized tables and a variety of things to entertain little hands while parents can eat their sandwiches, and finish their meal with a popsicle cocktail.

Try the pulled pork or portobello mushroom arepa

Location:
5940 Royal Ln, Dallas, TX 75230


Nico’s Cocina
http://www.nicoscocina.com/

Nico’s has a large patio area with a playground. It can get crowded in the spring and fall on the playground but there is always seating outside available.

Try: Cowboys Enchiladas and a frozen margarita

Location:
3065 N. Josey Ln. #24 Carrollton, Tx 75007


La Vista
http://www.lavistacocina.com/

Our favorite! We have very fun memories here. In fact, as you’re reading this there is a good chance we are here. Say hi! It has an outside covered eating area and an outside playground that seems to have new playground equipment every time we go! Watch the sunset if you haven’t missed it by now.

Try: The brisket tacos and the frozen margaritas are the best.

Location:
1012 W Hebron Pkwy W #100, Carrollton, TX 75010


Heritage Pizza and Tap Room
http://www.heritagepizza.com/

Has an outside playground that is shared with Another Broken Egg Cafe.

Try: the goat and fig pizza and something on their extensive drink menu! I’ve heard on Tuesdays, if you bring a board game kid’s eat free!

Location:
3750 Plano Pkwy Suite 600, The Colony, TX 75056


The Magic Time Machine

https://www.magictimemachine.com/

So this doesn’t technically have a playground, but your kids won’t notice with the fun decorations and costumed servers (such as Superman, Jack Sparrow, and Peter Pan)

Try: sharing the rack of ribs

Location:
5003 Beltline Road Dallas, TX 75254


The String Bean'

http://thestringbean.com/

Try: Pecan toasted Tilapia and their ice cream!

Location:
1310 W Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

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4 Mistakes when hanging wall art

As much as your photos deserve to be hung on your wall, they also deserve to be hung with great placement.  I don't know about you, but when something looks a little funny on a wall, I just can't stop starring, and not in a good "I love that" way. If a room has been irritating you, chances are it might have something to do with the placement of the wall hangings. 

But fear not! Here are some common mistakes laid out so that "now you know!"

For years (even decades!) the normal size was 8x10. If you could see 8x10s on most walls before nailing it in, you'd definitely for sure know that it's way too small.


You probably think you don't want those peanut butter fingers touching your art. I get it.  But hanging your art too high looks like it's floating in an abyss in your room.  Shoot for roughly five to eight inches between the bottom of your furniture and the bottom of your art piece.  Think of it as an art gallery - stand back and look at your piece of wall art.  If you have to strain your neck up to look at the art, it's too high.  


I've already talked about the lonely 8x10s (See mistake #1).  But this rule can be paired with the piece of furniture you're putting next to the piece of art.  Is the piece of furniture large? Then pair is with a large piece of art. Is it a small end table? Then pair it with a smaller piece of art.  


You may think that you have to put them further apart because you want to fill out the space.  This can actually make your space look smaller.  This makes it look like your art pieces hate each other.  This rule applies if you're hanging two pieces up to infinity.  Make sure there is no more than three inches separating them.  


So now you know! Does this leave you just overwhelmed? Look at this great video about creating a great wall gallery.