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Monday, October 29, 2012

9 Ways to Display Your Photos * Make A List Monday

Every Monday, I will post a list that in some way relates to photography.  Subjects we've covered include apparel mistakes, photos you shouldn't miss, and unexpected locations.  Upcoming subjects include what doesn't matter (in a photo shoot), how to prepare your children for a photo session, photo session timing tips, how to choose a photographer, and many others.  I have learned so much from my clients since we began this business, and I am eager to share it with you all.

This week we are talking about ways to display your photos.  Since the digital photography revolution began, the lower cost and ease of use has meant that the number of photographs taken has increased exponentially.  However, the percentage of photos that actually make it to physical form is minuscule.  You likely have hundreds, if not thousands, of photos on your computer, but how many have you actually printed?  

***Confession:  I rarely print pictures, except when using them for gifts : ( ***

So, to inspire you to get some out of your "My Pictures" folder, here are some ideas for sharing them with the world:

1.  Collages.  

Obviously, prints are the first place most of our minds go when we think of displaying our pictures.  Prints are great, but you may not want to go through the hassle of printing each shot individually.  1000 Words Photography by Nicole Wilke does collages for FREE.  If you are a client of ours, be sure to ask us about this if you are interested.  Wouldn't it be great to get one 10 x 20 or 16 x 20 print to display on your wall instead of 20 smaller ones?  Here is an example of a recent collage:

2.  Mini- Albums.  

Obviously, you don't want to make a huge album for every photo session or event you take pictures at.  However, doing a mini accordion album or a 5x7 size album is perfect to stick in your purse and bring to a family reunion to show off the kids pictures, or to share your new engagement pictures with friends.  

 photo credit mpixpro

And really, these are super- reasonably priced.  We sell accordion albums for $20.

If that isn't in your budget, check out this tutorial on how to make a handmade version.

3.  Canvases.  

Canvases have been all the rage now for a while, and I don't see them going away any time soon.

4.  Smash books

Sort of like a scrapbook, but much faster and less fussy.

See examples here, here, and here.

5.  Metal prints.

photo credit mpixpro

These seem to be the new trend, nipping at the heels of canvases.

6.  Christmas cards.

Or New Year's, Valentine's, birthday, or whatever-occasion-you-want-to-celebrate cards.  We now offer flat cards, folded, tri-folds, and cutout shapes with multiple paper possibilities.  There is a perfect option out there for you!

7.  Calendars.  

I am not really into the cutesy keychain-and-button photo display genre.  Not judging those who like it, it's just not my thing.  However, I think calendars can be safely considered in the "classic" category.  They are a simple, easy, and fantastic way to display your photos year-round.  Perfect gifts for grandparents!

9.  Other creative displays.  

If you look around the internet, you'll find tons of creative ideas for displaying your photos.  Or come up with your own!  Some of my favorites can be found here, here, here, and here

Whatever you do, get some of your photos out there for you to enjoy on a regular basis. Photos have the ability to recall precious memories that remind us of the good in life.  Surround yourself, and enjoy!


Marina Orievsky said...

This is a great post, Nicole! Your photos are beautiful! You mentioned canvases-- I recently used a company called Bumblejax to print some photos to canvas. They have a lot of unique photo mounting options like Bamboo, acrylic, gator board or aluminum. They're a little on the pricey side, but a really high-quality way to make family photos stand out. You should check 'em out:

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