Now that you’ve likely worn yourself out with digital snapshots from the holidays, it’s time to print your photos and put them on display. Digital photographs have their advantages, but far too often the most beautiful images never make it out of the computer file and onto the wall where your family can truly enjoy them. I’m a professional photographer and I know I’ve fallen into that trap myself. However, I also know that when I make a little bit of effort to print out my pixels, everyone that steps into my home can enjoy the images I love.
The good news is that you don’t have to settle for the run-of-the mill picture frame and nail setup. In fact, there are numerous creative ways to display photos throughout your home or office and all of them help you easily access your favorite memories.
5 Creative ways to display photos
Here are some creative tips for how to create a photo display that won’t break your budget or your spirit.
Construct a Photo Gallery Wall
Gallery walls are focal points that generally feature large-scale images and cover a large space, whether it’s down a stairwell, over a sofa, or throughout a hallway. Start collecting picture frames of all sizes, spray paint them a uniform color, or leave them as-is and create a mosaic of mixed-matched frame sizes. Picture walls are ideal for wide open spaces that allow viewers to stand back and marvel at the overall effect, but that also lets them come in close to admire the details.
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Create a DIY Photo Clipboard
I discovered this simple technique in a blog article and thought it could be such a great solution for my clients who enjoy taking regular family and child portraits. With every new portrait that is taken and printed, simply unclip and rotate out the old look. Or, keep it around and create a time-lapse row of your child and family, showing off how everyone has changed throughout the years. If you’re concerned about the clip damaging the print, place a thin sheet of glass or plastic film on top to protect it.
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“Pass Around” a Photobox with Prints
Anytime new photos come in the first thing we love to do is “pass it around!” But before you know it the image is smudged or gets wedged between the cushions and disappears forever. With this redesigned photobox your prints are mounted on mat board and stored in a beautiful custom container that keeps all the images safe and sound. Pass them around to your hearts content and then store them safely on the coffee table or bookshelf. These mounted prints can also be placed on a small easel – perfect for a rotating display in small places like bookshelves or mantles.
Work your Photos into Mural
If you’re feeling particularly creative, a painted mural can be the perfect way to incorporate portraits into a room’s landscape. Hang frames from hooks or attach using adhesive strips, just make sure that you’re able to easily remove and swap out images as you like.
Photo courtesy of loveitsomuch.com
Explore Photo Canvas Printing
Custom canvas photo prints are the newest trend in photography displays. They are printed with archival-quality ink on an artist canvas and allow you to achieve a more modern, minimalist look by creating picture canvases that are entirely borderless. Canvasses can be framed or hung as-is and offer a durable, long-lasting alternative to the standard high gloss paper option.
Finding creative ways to display photos is an essential way to truly get the most out of your children’s portraits and family’s snapshots. Resist the temptation to stay in digital darkness and select just 5-10 images to print this month. Once you’ve found a system that works for you, you’ll love swapping out images and mixing up your display techniques. Just be sure to share pictures of what you’re up to in the comments section below!
About the Author:
Julie Kubal is a child and family portrait artist and photographer serving Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. She is passionate about creating warm and meaningful artwork through modern portraits and lifestyle photography at a location of your choice!