Posts tagged wall art
Spring Time Bright Colors Family Session at Arbor Hills!

There is a trend right now to bring down the green and yellow saturation in photos - but I LOVE GREEN! I just can’t get away from it. It’s so bright and colorful! They just scream HAPPINESS to me! I think that happy photos are what we want in our homes, right? Seeing photos of your family on display in your homes help you love and appreciate them even more, they serve as a reminder to do this!

I don’t usually recommend having a family photo session at Arbor Hills because of the photographer crowds but our weather has been so RAINY that our first location didn’t pan out because it was too wet. I don’t think I can say it never rains in Texas anymore! It sure feels like that in comparison to the East coast though. I have may memories of weeks of rain in Virginia. So Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano it was and it did not disappoint. Really the only reason I suggest other close locations to Carrollton and Plano is because how busy with other photographers it is! I really love how my family photos turn out here!

Check out my nature photo location list of the North Dallas area

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I love these black frames with white mats! They look so amazing!! The black brings out the darker tones of the photo and then the white mats make it look museum quality. Black frames are a great option for have a classy look to your family photos. Black frames will never go out of style. Classy but simple.

This is the Nurre family, with mom and dad, brothers, and grandpa and grandma who also made an appearance. I photographed their youngest at preschool. This year I came back to photograph the older kids at extended care and I shared that I’d be taking their family photos in a few weeks. The kids didn’t believe me so they quizzed me by asking what their last name was. I have a photographic memory (did you guess that?) so I knew how to spell their last name I just never thought about how to say it. Well I mispronounced it (I thought the “e” was silent!) so they didn’t believe me!

I have a list of places to eat after family photo sessions with playgrounds so that families can relax after sessions while the kids play (click right here if you’re interested!) but I LOVE how this family was going to have fresh raspberries as a treat afterwards! Yummm!! I think I could eat four pounds of raspberries by myself.

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Headshots

At the end of my family sessions I always offer complimentary headshots! They aren’t obviously studio style but I love people’s response when I show them the back of my camera. Ohhhh and ahhhhh. I usually tell people beforehand that I’m going to have them stand and do things with their arms and torso that seems REALLY weird. If they feel weird then they’re totally doing it right! I wanted to show you an example of what I mean.

There is a slight difference between the two photos above but the photos on the left makes the beautiful momma appear slimmer! It’s a camera trick! The difference? Including the negative space of the background in the bottom right of the photo. You don’t normally stand like this but if you put your front hand on your hip it makes that space and then JUST slightly lean download toward that front elbow. You feel completely ridiculous but you look “ohhhhh” and “ahhh”. I also took out that ugly weed in the bottom left, those Texas weeds can be brutal with those spikes!

One 16x20 with a 11x14 mounted matte print with two 11x14s with a 8x10 mounted print. Makes a great entryway display with all Black Frames.

One 16x20 with a 11x14 mounted matte print with two 11x14s with a 8x10 mounted print. Makes a great entryway display with all Black Frames.

Session location: Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano, Texas

A Cheat Sheet for Acrylic Frames

The professional framing community is mostly using acrylic instead of glass these days.

Why you ask?

It’s cheaper to ship, shatterproof, and is not as heavy to bend and bow your frame or photos; to name just a few reasons. My families and school families are curious the best way to care for acrylic because this might be their first acrylic frame purchase. Here is a cheat sheet so you can reference the best ways to care for your frames.

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It seems like I spend at least ten minutes a frame wiping down so that all the dust goes away before it reaches your eyes. So I have a ton of experience getting those frames just perfect for you. If you ever want to update your frames clean the area that you will work on the frame first. The best space in my house is my oversized ottoman. I always vacuum the ottoman before I open any frame boxes! I also lay down a sheet of packaging material as an extra layer of protection from dust.

Once I helped a family update a frame and they laid the acrylic on the floor. The acrylic was crawling with SO MUCH DUST that the only option was to take it to the sink and give it a good water bath. I then wiped it down with a lint free cloth.

You might be interested in reading more about the 411 on acrylic frames and comparing it to glass! Head over here to read about that…

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!

Happy Texas State Wildflower Day! Family Portraits with Bluebonnets

April 24th is the official Texas State Wildflower Day!

Here are some bluebonnets trivia if you’re ever on Jeopardy!

  • Did you know that as the bluebonnet ages one of the top petals turns purple-red? Some of them shrivel (probably because of the heat!) before getting the purple-red tip. So I guess if you see that claim yourself lucky?

  • Some main species of bluebonnets ONLY GROW in Texas! That’s something that Texans can sure be proud of!

  • There are NO laws against picking bluebonnets in Texas according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, but there are laws against damaging or destroying government property. This could include picking bluebonnets on the side of the road. It’s just common curtesy to be nice and save the bluebonnets for everyone to enjoy!

One of my favorite spots in North Dallas to photograph bluebonnets is the JCPenny’s headquarters. That’s my go-to-place this time of year and it didn’t disappoint.

When families show up who’ve followed my style guide it is THE BEST THING EVER. This family’s style was on point! I love how Jennifer, the mom, referenced it and I noticed when her family showed up in the most perfectly styled outfits. I love her navy jumpsuit and the layering of some of her kid’s clothes. Jamie (the dad!) did a great job keeping it clean looking but casual at the same time.

——-what’s my style guide??? After booking, I mail each family a detailed 20-page magazine that goes into detail about what to expect, what to bring, what to wear, where to shop, how to hire for hair and make-up. The addition for this year was suggestions of how to style your session to fit in your home. What products look best in your home, how to pick clothes based off of your home colors, etc.

The below gallery would make the perfect addition to a large wall. It is great because it incorporates a variety of different groupings of family members. Just remember in your home to always try to style your photos with plants. The added touch of the plant on the coffee table and beside the couch is a great example. Especially with these very spring like photos! It’s an added bonus of having plants in your home near your photos.

Family portraits in Plano Texas with perfect spring outfits

While I don’t sell ready made configurations of gallery walls, this configuration is very versatile. Parents love it because they can get a large family and sibling photo and spotlight individual kids in the smaller frames. The rest of the spaces can be filled with mom and dad photos, another sibling photo, and another family photo. It makes it visually interesting when the large products are filled with posed shots and then the coordinating smaller products of the same family groupings are filled with casual shots (or vice versa!).

The best compliment is that there are just “too many” good photos! yah! So a large wall gallery like this can accommodate for you to put all that you love up on your wall to love and appreciation the ones closest in your life even more.

One last design tip about this specific gallery is that it also looks very nice on the wall going up the staircase, just slightly rearranged. The only thing I would change would be to make the mom and dad photo a tad larger for the end to balance the upwards design.

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Jennifer and I were also talking about down the road when she wants to update family photos these framed photos will look nice dispersed around the house in different groupings.

Location: JCPenny’s Headquarters Spring season

Finding the right size for your wall

I’ve mentioned before about some of the mistakes in hanging art on the wall. One of the biggest and most frequent I see is choosing the 8x10 size and hanging it on a gigantic wall. Here are some visuals to see the common sizes and how they look on a pretty standard size wall. So if you’re dealing with an even bigger wall, then you might need to go bigger or go with several wall art pieces to make the gallery complete. If you’d like a custom design for your specific wall I can do that! So instead of seeing this person’s random living room you’d see your own with your own photos you’re considering putting on the wall sized to show you the best size for that space. Scroll to the bottom to see how to get that started!

Did you miss my 4 biggest mistakes in hanging wall art? See them here!

How to photograph your walls for a custom design

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Once you have that photo you can email the photo to me at photo@kaitlinroten.com

Styling your home with photos and plants

When you’re thinking about styling your space for you home that will have your photos you should also consider what other elements you can add to the space that will give it a different dimension for visual interest. I’m not one for clutter, so whatever you decide on should not detract from your photos.

I love adding plants to either the wall, in vases, or in planters. I think plants are a great visual interest because they add 3D dimensions and make your home come to life! Just make sure you follow the correct recommended lighting for the plant if including live ones (which are my favorite)

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These tips are included in my 2019 style guide that talks about how to style your session as well as how to style the space where your photos will live!

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2019 New Product Contest!

UPDATE: voting has closed now. Thank you all so much for voting! Congratulations to Cortney and Milo for winning!

I'm having a family photography product contest.  I'm offering NEW PRODUCTS that are SO beautiful for 2019! I will continue to offer my beautiful frames (a 2018 favorite) standouts (a 2017 client favorite!), canvas wraps, and albums but this year I'm adding 

  • Metals

  • Circle Wood Canvases

  • 10x20 Frame Collage (with three 5x7s mounted prints)

  • Velvet Fine Art Prints with Stand (as accessory add-on items)

So I need new samples of the above products to bring with me all around DFW area to show!  

VOTE FOR YOUR FAMILY PICK IN THE COMMENTS! 

The winner will be the face of my wall art studio set for 2019 and receive a custom heirloom locket! (You can vote once!)

Voting ends Saturday 19th at midnight!

New 2019 Wall Products and Accessories

VOTE FOR YOUR FAMILY PICK IN THE COMMENTS! The winner will be the face of my wall art studio set for 2019 and receive a custom heirloom locket! (You can vote once!)

The Contestants!

How to style a gallery up a staircase and Cortney and Milo's photos!

There are some gallery designs that are fitting for up the stairs and some that are not.

This particular design kind of drives me crazy. Your eye starts with the photo of him laying on the ground then carries up to the right - only to be left for visually wanting to see more or a natural end to the room. It just feels awkward to me.

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The staircase is also a great place to start with a wall gallery and then add to it as you get more photos.

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This is just looks much better visually. I do think the only thing I’d say is needed is MORE photos! But again this could be a great started gallery!

I think this design below fits better above a couch

It also makes my favorite wall design “shape” a rainbow.

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So these have to be some of my FAVORITE people to photograph! The are one of my 2019 family reps! I’ve photographed Cortney and Milo many times before and every time I rush home and look at the photos right away. I also tell her that after every time I need to get new business cards because I have a new favorite image! These images are from the 2019 family rep mini sessions! Which are great kick off to the year because I don’t offer mini sessions.

Not quite sure what my family rep program is? Read all about it here. Applications are closed for 2019 but you can still read about it. Application for 2020 (that seems so weird!) will begin last summer, early fall 2019.

Maternity Session (Family rep!)

Introducing one of my family reps for 2019! Now technically you have to be a family of three to be a member of the family rep, but that’s only a “rule” so that I can really focus on families with kids and not just couples BUT this is almost a family of three!

Doesn’t it seem like everyone’s pregnancy and labor goes by way faster than your own? It really does feel like yesterday Rebecca told me she was pregnant and that I needed to clear my calendar for December!

A while ago I wrote a post about the unspoken rules of where to hang different types of portraits. Like, is it appropriate to hang family photos in your bathroom? It got me thinking after we painted our bedroom and I (finally!) could hang something on the wall.

So what about maternity photos? The post addresses maternity photos so you should read about it here

Is there a spot in your home that maternity photos shouldn’t go?

For instance, this huge print of Rebecca (she looks GORGEOUS!) over the couch contrasted with an album….

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Large maternity print contrasted with large album

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To me, and this is totally my design opinion, but the album feels more natural for a maternity session. Once the baby comes, the baby will be the center of your walls. You could totally design a wall gallery with baby and maternity photos, I just would advise a smaller version of your maternity photos - and using an image of you and your partner would also be nice!

What do you think? Have you ever gotten wall art that you thought after the fact wasn’t fitting for the specific room? I’d love to hear about it!

Welcome to the World Sadie!

How to style your photo shoot

If you’re thinking about a photo shoot there should be some questions going through your mind. You probably are thinking there are a MILLION QUESTIONS! I want my families to have the less stressed photo shoot ever. So I always help beforehand with questions to make it go smoothly.

One of the first questions I ask is, “Where do you imagine your photos living in your home?” Often times this will happen in their home so I can see first hand the room they’re thinking about.

You should definitely look at the colors in that space and plan on using those room colors for wardrobe color inspiration. Take a look at this design…

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The yellow in the chair with the yellow in the girls clothes pair it nicely. It looks like this shoot was styled for this specific space. The warm colors of the location also help add to that affect too.

Did you notice this wall is brick too? What a nightmare to install a gallery on, right? Well no fear, all of my wall gallery purchases of three or more pieces come with professional installation. So you can sit back and watch your gallery being installed.

Location: First United Methodist Church, Carrollton Texas.

How to style your living room (color choices!)

I talk about this during my planning meetings with my families but this is one tip that is so good to share!

If you want a photo gallery wall for your living room then you should style your clothing choices around the color of your room.

Take for instance this beautiful beachy shoot I had at Rockledge Park in Grapevine. Mom, Paty, did such a great job picking out clothing colors to match her blue decor colors.

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Notice their clothes aren’t matching, but perfectly coordinated. The paler colors work really well with my photography style, so extra bonus points for that! I also love the location choice with the general color scheme.

I think white simple frames with mats would make this gallery look top notch! They have a great beachy feel to it. Living in north Texas this might be the closest thing to a beach shoot!

Most of the time I don’t really have that great of a story of how I met someone (I think because I’m really bad at telling stories!). BUT…I met Paty a few months ago on a preschool forest hiking excursion. That already starts her out as someone I want to be friends with! As we hiked with our kids it was so refreshing to talk to someone who has the same opinions on a lot of parenting things!
I also really admire that she is opening her own ice cream truck! The ice cream is REALLY yummy and the flavors taste exactly like the ingredients. We bonded over the struggle of becoming a mom and then finding yourself again after that big life change. I’m really excited about her ice cream truck - find it local in Carrollton “Zuzu’s Ice Cream”!

Thank you Paty for the adventure of my new favorite location, Rockledge Park!

I hope that your photos help you love and appreciate those closest in your life even more!

What your wall gallery says about your personality

I LOVE meeting with families and talking about what they’ve always dreamed for their wall galleries.

It’s really interesting!

There are some questions I ask in the planning meeting to get down to the bottom of what people like. Wait, what’s a planning meeting? Read all about it here

There are people who like symmetrical, even spacing, exact same sizes and products.

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There are other people that are repelled by symmetry! They like different photographic products, sizes, textures, and spacing.

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Both of these wall gallery designs fall into great wall pieces but are fitting for different people and different spaces too!

So what about you -
what does your personality say about your gallery you’d prefer in your home?

There are definitely mistakes in hanging wall galleries - for those check them out here!



Location of shoots: Lumen Room White Dallas (top) and Little Elm Texas (bottom)

How to make an eclectic wall gallery

True story…I was written up several times in college for having my door “too decorated”.

Apparently that’s a fire hazard

and not just great taste?

I love the eclectic feel of wall galleries and often get asked how to accomplish that look. The key for products is to use different frames, detailed and traditional, and different types of products, metals and woods.

Also, the way that you design your gallery also has to have an eclectic feel too.

If you’re going for eclectic then steer clear from the grid format. You’ll want to create a staircase effect. Don’t over do it with the stair-stepping, you want to reserve something that resembles stair shapes for the actual wall next to the staircase. You’ll also want to have different rows and make the rows resemble rainbows. So bottom line? Remember…

“Staircase and rainbows”

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The spacing of the photos is about 2-3 inches down from the next photo (which creates the staircase effect). The general shape of the gallery is rainbow shape. You can also see the different colors of frames and the use of image wraps and circle wood prints.

Boho styled photo frame

The Hawthorne frame (above in silver) is my most popular frame and speaks to an eclectic and boho style.

I also LOVE the way

floor to ceiling galleries look!

The have an eclectic style.

Pro tip: make sure the photos near the ceiling are bigger so you can see them from far away and that the products near the bottom are shatterproof (like my shatterproof acrylic frames!)

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Unspoken Rules of What type of Photos to Hang Where

I’m not really all about unspoken rules. Why don’t we just speak them???

So let’s begin by talking about some of the unspoken rules of hanging photos in your house. I don’t mean hanging your artwork too high or things like that

(if you’re interested in reading something like that then check this out)

I’m talking about hanging family photos in the bedroom or in the bathroom. Where is the best place to hang maternity photos. Things like that. Let’s dive in.

Let’s call these the best practices…

First let’s talk about the bedroom.

Don’t you hate when people say, “this is where the magic begins” haha.

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Personally, I think it’s strange to hang family photos up over the master bed. This feels strange to me. I think there is a big difference in hanging family photos over the bed versus on another wall in the bedroom.

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While this, doesn’t feel so creepy.

What about the bathroom?

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This also feels a little weird to me. A bathroom is a private place, especially the master bathroom. You do private things in there…don’t have to go much into details there.

If you’re interested in hanging family photos I’d go with something more playful.

I’d like to see a styled shoot of your kids playing in the tub with a lot of bubbles.

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With a styled shoot you can get more of the details right to match a certain location or look.

What about the kitchen?

Kitchen Photo Gallery

This screams to me that you didn’t have any other space to put these photos.

I’d also like to see a styled session of a family cooking together hanging in the kitchen. I think that would fit better than the traditional photos you see here. I think it would be a better fit if the photos just had something to do with being in the kitchen.

Maternity Photos

Apparently I have a lot of thoughts about maternity photos and where you should put them. A majority of the decision here would be the style of maternity photos. Is the mom fully clothed? Just a little clothed? Does it have a romantic feel?

First, I don’t think it’s appropriate to hang nude or slightly suggestively nude photos in your house. It just makes people feel weird. I’d suggest those photos to be apart of am album where you can filter who sees them.

You don’t want your plumber seeing your slightly nude maternity photos, do you?

These all just feel weird to me.

I hope I’m not the first to tell you this, but when your baby is born, they’re going to be the center of attention. So any photo of you being pregnant, clothed or not clothed will feel weird in your home if it’s the center of attention.

I think the best practices for maternity photos are:

  • If you’re clothed then you can hang them up on the walls of your home as long as it’s not the center of attention. Think about photos that can be paired with them to make it more balanced.

  • They shouldn’t go in a very prominent place. While they should be smaller and not the center of attention they should also not go over the bed, mantel, or entry way.

I’m sure I’ll be coming back to this post to add more about photos of you and your spouse and wedding photos!

What is a viewing session?

Hello!

I wanted to give you a sneak peek into my viewing session that is the 3rd step of my photo experience. I’m always REALLY nervous about situations I have no idea what is going to happen, so if you’re like me then hopefully I can put your mind at ease!

There are 4 parts to all of my family’s photo experience. The third step is a viewing session.

So what exactly is a viewing session?

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After your photos are edited and ready to go, we have your viewing session. Best case scenario we schedule a viewing session while we schedule everything else. The viewing session usually happens one week or so after your photo session. During busy season it can take a tad longer.

WHERE? At your house
WHAT DO I BRING? My laptop with a slideshow of your photos and my software I use to show you your photos on your walls (or a digitally mock-up of an album if that’s what you want instead). I also bring the products you said you were most interested in for your wall gallery.

HOW IT WORKS


We start the viewing session with a slideshow. One or two times? It’s up to you!

Secondly, you rate your photos. There are only two ratings, Xs or CHECKS.

Next, you compare your similar images. I suggest comparing all the sibling photos, mom and dad together, etc.

The whole point of what has happened up to this point is so that you can narrow the choices down to your most favorite photo.

Lastly, you view the pre-designed wall galleries (or albums).

Remember that photo I took of your wall? Remember that gallery that you said you liked the best? Remember the price that you knew for the gallery? All of that took place during the pre-planning session. View details of the pre-planning meeting if you missed it here!

Now you are just virtually viewing your actual photos on your mock up wall. You can change the arrangement, orientation, and sizes. You can swap out photos for your favorite.

The whole part of the viewing session is to find a home for all your favorite photos. I want you to have all your favorite photos out in the open for you and your family to enjoy them….not forgotten on some hard drive.

See your photos in your home helps you love and appreciate those closest in your life better. We all need a little more of that in our lives?

Location: Prairie Creek Park in Richardson Texas.

A Happy Birthday Photo Shoot

A little girl turning 1 is a big deal!

It always makes me really happy when families document their family’s growth when the oldest child is not the baby anymore.

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I LOVED Justin and Michell’s answer to the question
Q: What is one thing you said you’d never do before you became a parent?
A: Give in as easily and give over the phone in public.

Doesn’t life seem so idyllic before you become parents about parenthood? You don’t really dream about the tantrums that your kids will throw in the restaurant or the few minutes you just need to get something done and are willing to let them do anything.

But through it all we love our kids! Taking photos help us remember that they are the most important people in our lives. Seeing our photos in our house help us love and appreciate them more by reminding us to do that! AND….after the years when they don’t live in your house anymore, you’ll have a tangible photo legacy to hand down to your kids so that they can remember their childhood.

Location: Prairie Creek Park in Richardson, Texas

Pre-session planning meeting

Do you like when people listen to you?

One of my pet peeves is when people are more interested in themselves when I’m trying to talk to them about something that is important to me. It’s a give a take relationship because you think what you’re talking about is important but at the same time you have to listen to the other person because they’re important too. It’s a mind swirling kind of thing.

It’s something we emphasis in our home every single day. Other people are important, they’re more important than ourselves. Treat other people as more important than you.

So that’s what I bring to the pre-session planning meeting.

Usually this happens in your home and I come and sit and listen to you. I’ll ask you a few leading questions, but I’m really there to listen to what you say. Because it’s IMPORTANT, you’re important!

Here are some of the questing I might ask (this isn’t based off of a script so they’re never the same!)

  1. When was the last time you had photos taken?

  2. What was that like? 

  3. Where do you see your photos from our session living in your home?

  4. What are some characteristics of your kids that you want me to focus on during the

    photo session?

  5. What do the photos look like that you've always imagined on the walls of your home?

So why do you have to answer all these questions?

Well you’re important to me! Also, it sets up both up for success! I always give this example…

If you’ve always dreamed of having square photos in your living room, but you never tell me…then you might get photos that you’re disappointed with. If I don’t ask - or don’t listen…then I’ll never know this about you! Not all photos can be cropped as squares!

This photo’s crop is very tight! I would suggest using a rectangle crop instead.  The sisters on the end look like they’re being pushed out of the family!

This photo’s crop is very tight! I would suggest using a rectangle crop instead. The sisters on the end look like they’re being pushed out of the family!

This is a much better example of a photo that can be cropped square.

This is a much better example of a photo that can be cropped square.

So all in all, setting out all the expectations is the way I like things to roll! Everyone is happier in the end!

FAQ: What size looks best over a fireplace?

Next to “what should we wear?” maybe the second most asked questions I get is “what size looks best over the fireplace?”

The fireplace seems to be a great spot for hanging a family photo. In most floor plans, it’s naturally where your eye is drawn so it makes a good choice for hanging an art piece from your family photo session.

I love being able to virtually show my families what sizes will work over their specific fireplace - it’s a great “try before you buy” kind of thing.

So what sizes work the best for over the mantel? It depends on some factors, mostly what else you have going on up there. Here are some size references for you..

Something else to consider (that is slightly related): do you see the 16x16? This photo works just fine as a square BUT some photos do not translate very well to square format. This is one of the reasons I LOVE my pre-planning meetings with my families so that we can talk about what the family wants out of their photo session. There have been many times in the past (when I didn’t do pre-planning meetings) and a family has wanted a square print and it just wasn’t possible. So it’s great to set those expectations up front so that everyone is happy!

Did you miss my post about mistakes in hanging wall art? You might find it interesting…

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. 

The Print Wrap

I have this thing. I can't stand the way regular canvas looks.  

It's mostly because what the texture does to the skin of a person.  It looks ok at a distance, but if you're standing relatively close to the canvas it just looks bizarre. 

That's why my "canvas" are not like that at all.  I call them "print wraps" to distinguish them from the regularly canvas.  

They are printed on metallic photographic paper then wrapped around a wood frame.  They are premium wall decor! The manufacturing process creates the wrapped look that will look great with others like it - or paired with other canvases you might already have.  

 

Do you have photos that don't have a home? Give them a home TODAY! I provide Custom Wall Design Services.  Here's how it works...

1) You send me up to 25 photos you want to live in your home with photos of your walls
2) I send you mock-up galleries of how those photos could live on your walls
3) You choose which design you like the best and purchase professional wall art for your home. Your design cost ($65) gets credited back into the purchase of your products. 

Easy peasy. 

Start now!