For those of you thinking that large wall prints are just too darn expensive, let’s talk this out. Ya, they cost more. Period. The end.

Just kidding. You didn’t think you’d get off that easy did you? Silly rabbit…Trix are for kids! Let’s just get the obvious out of the way: large prints done well are beautiful. You aren’t going to argue that are you? Good. Beyond their eye pleasing features, they are great conversation pieces when friends stop by. People just naturally gravitate to pictures and have a curiosity in looking at them and wondering what the story is behind the images. I love telling people the story behind an image I have enlarged on my wall. What mama doesn’t relish the opportunity to brag on her perfect kiddos? This mama doesn’t miss a chance…I will bore the crap out of you if you come to my home and admire my wall art. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Maybe the most important feature of large prints is the emotion behind them. It goes without saying that you are going to enlarge your favorite image(s)…ask yourself why that image is your favorite? Is it your favorite image because of the smile on someone’s face? Because of the emotion IN the image? Because of the emotion YOU feel when looking at the image? Because of the personality that was captured? Think about enlarging that image and hanging it above your couch or some other special place you pick. What are you going to feel every time you are in that room and see that image? Yup, you got it…you’re gonna feel Gr-r-reat! (Did you say that in your Tony the Tiger voice?) Anyway, that same emotional reaction will hit you every time you are in that space.

Here is a picture of a gallery of images hanging above my desk. It is probably my favorite because I recall each of the days I took those pictures of my babies. I look at those pictures and see my kids’ different personalities and smile. No matter how my day is going, I can catch a glimpse of those pictures and feel better. My kids are worth everything to me. Those faces…those images…remind me of what is important. It is as simple as that.

wall image collage of children in san antonio

Next time we are going to talk about 2 things that may be holding you back from getting large wall prints…

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by Melissa Lloyd

Today’s What to Wear guide is all about senior girls. Senior potraits are a big deal (as they should be!) and finding the right clothes is a HUGE decision. Girls, you should be picky…very picky. Afterall, this is a once-in-a-lifetime moment. My advice is to pick out clothing that really reflects who YOU are. Don’t wear something that you are not comfortable in to try and be something you are not. Be you. You know your style and your pictures need to reflect that style…if you are uncomfortable and feeling out of sorts during your session, your pictures will show that. If you never wear a dress, then don’t plan on wearing one for your senior pictures either. If you are a lover of jeans, then wear em’ and find some shirts/jackets/scarves that you love to go with them. Plan on having at least 2 different outfits for your session. Here is a great example of three different looks:

what to wear for senior photography in san antonio

 

 

by Melissa Lloyd

Last time, I shattered your wall decor reality by debunking the myth that 8x10s are large prints. Today, we are going to talk about what does belong on those walls above large furniture or on walls that are just big.

If you read my last post on 8x10s (find it here: The 8×10 Myth ) and are settling in to read this thinking you are going to “tell me how it is” by waving an 11×14 in my face and thinking you “got” me, put your 11×14 away and holster your attitude. An 11×14 doesn’t even make the list when it comes to large prints and has about as much mojo above large furniture as LSU had against Alabama in the 2012 BCS Championship.

Let’s get back on track. We are going to be talking about prints 16×20 and larger. Yes, you do have wall space for prints this size… and yes, I can read your mind.

A picture is worth a thousand words so I am going to let this one talk to you:

wall print examples for family photography in san antonio

Can’t believe it can you? That 16×20 actually looks kinda small over that couch. No worries, that can be fixed, but for now I want you to soak up the size. Can you imagine hanging an 8×10 above that couch? Martha Stewart would thrash you. You would be the laughing stock of the neighborhood. Your kids’ playgroup would disavow you. No “home of the month” for you and you can kiss being the volunteer vice-president of the HOA away. That ain’t gonna happen (more great grammar). In fact, you may have to move….out of state.

Before you walk the green mile, there is hope. Rid yourself of your fear of large prints. They aren’t scary at all. Used correctly, those large prints become art. A-R-T…art. Your child(ren). Your family. Your new baby. You and your honey, sweetie, lover pie. ART.

Oh and that 16×20 dilemma above…I’d buy two and either put them side-by-side above that couch or stagger them one on top of the other. You could also put smaller prints on either side of the 16×20…yes, I said smaller ones…they can be used WITH a larger print, but NOT by themselves. Got it? Good!

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Joshua holding a photo frame in san antonio

 

Last time you took a little trip around your home and looked at your walls. You had to decide whether or not you had walls or fame or walls of shame. Before we can fix those walls, we have to have a little chat about the 8×10 and dispel the myth surrounding this print size…

Today I am going to blow your mind. Ready?

Here is the myth: An 8×10 is a large print.

This is so false it makes me want to beat my head against something. I have gotten all excited at an ordering session when someone tells me they want to purchase a large print. The giddy in me comes out like it is Christmas morning and there are diamond earrings under the tree. Then the client tells me that large print is an 8×10…those diamond earrings just turned into cubic zirconium and I now wish I had spiked Santa’s cookies with laxatives.

There is nothing wrong with an 8×10…it is a great size…and in its proper place it is p-e-r-f-e-c-t. Where is the proper place you ask? Great question. The proper place for an 8×10 is on a desk, dresser, night stand, end table, or book shelf. Let’s re-read that last sentence:

The proper place for an 8×10 is on a desk, dresser, night stand, end table, or book shelf.

What place is missing from that list? That’s right; there was no mention of hanging an 8×10 on a wall. Wanna know why? Because 8x10s on a wall are the size of an atom. Okay, maybe they aren’t quite that small but you get my point.

If you are planning to hang an 8×10 over a large piece of furniture like a couch or bed, then stop what you are doing and put the frame down slowly. For the love of heaven and earth, reconsider what you are doing. Hanging an 8×10 above a large object is like seeing a fat guy with a tiny head (sorry, if you are fat guy with a tiny head).  It don’t work (great grammer, huh?).  If people have to walk right up to your wall to look at a photo, then the photo is too darn small. These are walls for heaven’s sake! They are large…they separate one room from another and today’s home is usually open concept…meaning the walls are freakin’ wide with 7-9 foot tall ceilings. 8x10s are just not proportionally viable options for your walls. Accept it!

Take a deep breath…inhale…exhale…if you need a paper bag to stop the hyperventilating that is okay. I just rocked your world.  Debunking this myth was a “must do” though.  You were living a lie and I just couldn’t have it.

Before you get all worked up and cuss me out for even thinking of shattering this untruth, give me a chance to give you a couple of exceptions to this rule.

#1:  You have a small wall somewhere that a framed 8×10 is the proportionally correct size based on the wall space. Okay, frame that 8×10 and hang ‘er up. Remember it must be PROPORTIONAL.

#2:  You have a master plan of hanging 8x10s in a large group (like 8). Okay, that might work. You still need a large quantity to pull this off correctly and you can’t use a wall that that runs the length of your entire house (read: ginormous). The grouping has to be large enough to be PROPORTIONAL on the wall you are using.

Those are my exceptions…

We have cleaned off your walls, talked about 8x10s and their proper place, and now it is time to fill up those nekid walls with some super awesome pictures…

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