I loved getting to see this sweet baby who I first photographed as a newborn. She is growing into quite a gorgeous little girl and as always mom had lots of fun outfits!
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When I moved last year, one of the first projects I tackled was figuring out where to hang all of my photographs. With so much usable wall space, I had no clue where to start. The walls are still a work in progress. One of the things I learned is that mixing formal portraits with more artistic prints is a great way to balance things out. As a photographer, I have the luxury of updating my portraits whenever I please and while I love my kids, less is definitely more. Big pictures are great for making a statement and smaller pictures with fun frames that you can mix and match, are perfect for end tables, shelves and consoles.
For this post, I am sharing walls designed with a mix of my children’s portraits (and dog’s)! as well as some of my fine art work. Because we weren’t able to change the paint scheme right away, I had to work with some colors I’m not accustomed to like dark red, gold and brown. I chose slightly more ornate frames than I had in my last house (where I almost exclusively used simple black gallery frames) and I tried to work with the darker colors by taking updated portraits that coordinated better with the color scheme.
This is the first wall I worked. I had a hard time with the gold and red so I used new pictures I took over the holidays, framed them in a gold frame with cream mat and hung them on each side.
Small prints are on both end tables and an 8×10 canvas is situated on an easel on the right. By the way, I love the metal or wood desk easels you can find it Michael’s and I use them everywhere. They are great for smaller canvases, small framed prints or even mounted but unframed prints and you can easily swap them out for new prints whenever you want!
Below are some closeups of the space so you can get an idea of the scale and style.
This wall is opposite the others and is a great cozy little reading nook. I used a slightly different frame but the overall look is still cohesive.
Accessorizing a shelf unit or entertainment center is another great way to use those smaller prints. I mix and match frames and because of the high ceilings, I was able to display a framed print on top of the shelves. Again you can see my love of easels here!
The living room is very much in need of some attention so I’ll leave you with one wide shot. I confess I’m not a huge fan of canvas — I much prefer the elegance of a matted and framed print but these 16x20s, a carryover from my old house, worked here so that’s where they hang….for now.
In my opinion, larger, portrait (vs landscape) oriented prints would work much better (and better paint color, nicer wall trim and moulding wouldn’t hurt either but all in good time!)
The dining room was a great spot for some smaller scale items. I have plans for the large wall to the camera left but that’s another post for another day (and for when I take the picture I’ve created in my mind!)
The frame is an Obrien and Schridde frame — it’s an 11×14 frame and the print is 8×10. This is another spot that is in need of attention but the nice thing is I can swap prints out quickly as I see fit.
I am both blessed and cursed with a large, open and airy entryway. I say cursed because even the largest prints can look tiny going up our stairs. Right now, I have a 20×24 wrapped print. This print graced the walls from my studio and I love the modern look of the wrap but I can’t decide if it works well here. So at the moment, this is another “for now” placement until can figure out something better. (and anyone reading this, I’m open to suggestions!)
At the base of the stairs is a small console table. The table and location are temporary for now but I like the warmth they add to an otherwise barren spot.
This large framed print is at the top of the stairs outside my office.
The print size is 16×20 which is matted and framed to about 24×30. This was a planned location so I had the print framed to take over the whole wall.
Having too many pictures of your kids can be a bit much (or so my husband claims) so to balance it out, I added some of my landscape work, hanging them in unexpected places.
The large autumnal landscape on the right graces the wall of my kitchen. It’s a 16×24 print. Because the print was textured, I didn’t frame it with glass and instead opted for a linen liner, thin fillet and large wood frame to accentuate the painted look.
The right image is one of my coney island fine art prints hanging in my bathroom. Here the simple gallery frame works well for the wall and the larger mat fills in the space nicely.
One of the services I offer is my expertise when it comes to planning and designing wall galleries. All standard sessions include a printed copy of my House to Home wall guide and I am happy to come to your home for a session consult to discuss your ideas and help you plan and design your walls either before or after a session. You can also send me shots of your walls prior to the session so I can get an idea of your decor and help you choose the right clothing scheme for your session.
As you can see, designing walls is not for the faint of heart! My next project is tackling our basement play room and hanging all of my framed orphan pictures from my old house. Wish me luck!
When I work with newborns, I try to keep my setup as simple as possible — using a limited number of props. There is nothing that makes a portrait more timeless than the natural beauty of a newly born child, a mother’s love as her baby smiles and a puppy’s curiosity in his new friend. These are the style of newborn portraits I love to take!