Monday, December 13, 2010

So you want a wall portrait?

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Pin It You've chosen a custom portrait photographer instead of going to a chain studio, that's the first step in the right direction. Now that you've made the time and initial creative fee investment.....it's time to place your order!

One of the biggest decisions is how to do a collection, and what sizes! How many of you think that hanging an 8x10 on the wall is the way to go? Awesome, lets have a look at that 8x10 now.

If you look real close, you might see it there! Not so good then after all.  An 8x10 is NOT meant to be a wall portrait. Better on a table or shelf. How about we go for an 11x14, that's really big right?

 Well, it's better, but still not big enough to do that sweet little baby justice!! What's the use of having images hanging on your walls if you can't see the faces from a few feet away?  Lets try a 16x20, that's a pretty standard size for a wall portrait for most people.


Now we're getting somewhere. This is looking better! But why stop here? We did determine that you already have chosen a custom portrait photographer for a reason, so don't sell your beautiful images short! You definately want a focal point on your wall, be it over the sofa, the fireplace, or the bed!  So lets take a look at the next few steps up!


The baby is looking better and better, don't you think?  Plus you don't have to lose any of the image in a 16x20 crop.

 Oh baby, I like how you look now!  You might want to think about a collection too. This is a really good way to show off a grouping of images from your session. There are so many possibilities when doing a grouping!



I hope this helped to illustrate the enormous difference it can make in your photo presentation by going the next size up!  Hanging a portrait over your sofa that is the wrong size will simply look out of place and be dwarfed by it's surroundings.  Portraits of your family are THE most important things you can hang on your wall. Do them justice, and do them big!

The wall display guide template is one from the sets that are offered for sale by photographer Ariana Falerni.  I've had it for awhile now, but haven't had the time to use it to set up a blog post.  No doubt I'll be using it to do a few more, with some other variations to help you visualize what can be done with your images.

2 comments:

Eva Ricci Fine Art Photography said...

This is such a great reference Sylvia

vicki said...

This is a fantastic tutorial, Sylvia! I'm going to revisit and refresh myself from time to time.

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate all of your kind comments on my blog/facebook/flickr. You are an amazing support and I appreciate you! Big Hugs!!!

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