I know that some people get a little overwhelmed when it comes to buying images from a photo shoot. Many times people think they only need a couple of 8×10′s and a few gift prints, which makes narrowing down the image selection really difficult! Many people ask me if I have ideas on how people can use the images from our shoots and/or how to display them. Here are a few tips and some illustrations to show some grouping ideas!
1. Measure. You need to know where you want your images to go before you make your image selections so you know how much room you have. Once you know where the images are going to go, measure the space so you know how much room you have to work with. Popular areas for images are above sofa, above fire place, in hallway, along staircase wall, and above bed in bedroom(s). You can make your own ‘photo wall’ by taking a section of a large wall and filling it with images. This breaks up a wall ‘visually’ and creates a mini-room where you can group furniture to make a more intimate space.
2. You almost always need larger than you think. One rule of decorating is that a small print on a large wall is dwarfed by the wall. An image needs to take up at 30%-50% of the space you’re using the image on in order for it to have impact. If you prefer smaller images, consider filling up the space with groupings of images instead of one large image.
3. Keep the visual focus as close to eye level as possible. You will have a lot more impact if you display your images this way.
4. Remember framing. Don’t forget to include the size of your frame when you are figuring your order. If you prefer your photographs with mats, you’ll have to consider that as well. I now offer framing services so be sure to inquire before you shop for frames!
5. Balance. Balance is not the same as symmetry. You can have balance without being symmetrical, and in fact, non-symmetrical groupings are more visually appealing than symmetrical ones.
Here are some visual examples so you can see what I’m talking about!
I used some of my collection packages as examples of groupings, but you can make up your own collection, of course! These are to scale using an 8ft x 8ft space for reference and 2 inch frames on each image.
This is the Simplicity Collection:
This is the Memories Collection. Not as many images here, but a 16×20 Fine Art Gallery wrap is included in this package.
This is an example of a large Gallery Wrap Canvas on a wall with a 6 ft sofa. Nice, clean look but with impact. Notice that even though it’s a large image, it doesn’t overwhelm the space.
This is our Master Collection. There are (2) 5×7′s not shown that are also included. You need a couple of images for gifts, right?? The Master Collection also includes a DVD slideshow of all final session images. By upgrading to the Ultimate Collection, you also get a High Resolution Image CD with a signed photo release so you can get reprints up to 8×10 of your session images.
I hope you find these tips helpful! And remember, I’m always available for questions so be sure to ask!