A question I get all the time is this:
“I think I just need a small print?”
So what is the right size to put on the wall to show off your beautiful family. It seems we lovers of photography have got it in our heads that an 7×10 is a must-have item for our homes. I’m with you. I really love 7×10’s! This size print is very common and popular, I even offer Folio boxes which contain a collection of these prints. 7×10’s look great on a shelf or a bookcase or a night stand but there’s one place they don’t look good and that’s on your wall.
Let me show you why…
Check out this beauty!
Hmmmmm… leaves a little something to be desired, no? Can you even tell what we’re looking at? If you were standing right next to it (that is, leaning over the couch and probably knocking some things off the coffee table while you’re at it) you’d be able to peer in at this family image and see the expressions, gestures, and details. And remember all that hard work you put into dressing everyone just so and getting the family to the studio on time with smiles on their faces? It’s a shame that we can’t even appreciate those details from just a few feet away.
Now let’s see that same image again nice and big…
Oh there! Now that’s better! Now THIS is a size I can take in and enjoy. Any guesses what size this is? It’s a 30×40. Would you ever have thought to print that big? If you want to have a family picture stand out as a home decor element all by itself, this would be the size I recommend. Just remember to choose a great company for your print production (or go with my professional lab) and make sure the retouching is done with appropriate TLC. A stray hair across your cheek on an 7×10 is hardly noticeable but on a 30×40, it can be maddening.
The biggest problem my clients tell me is “I can’t just pick ONE image”. I want to remember my babies beautiful eyes and gorgeous smile. I want to see the kids snuggling with mum and dad, the incredible connection that we share together as a family. And yes, I want that perfect image of everyone standing together too. So this is when I turn to wall art groupings.
I love to create custom wall art collections, the key is to artfully work with scale, colour harmony, storytelling and composition to let the little pieces serve the whole. Like this gorgeous conversation piece that will have you, your kids, and everyone who crosses your doorway smiling.
Carrie Els Photography | Portrait Photography | Baby Photography | Family Photography | Leamington Spa, Warwick, Warwickshire