In this second installment of her series Getting Your Photos Out of Your Computer, Susan Keller shows the impact your photography can make in your home in the form of wall art. To read the first part of her series, click here:
All right. Let’s jump right in. It’s time to get those photos off your computer and onto your walls where you can appreciate them on a daily basis. I do need to forewarn you: I live amongst dudes, lizards, a dog and a toad. Two of us work from home. Two of us school at home. And thus, our home is not a museum; in fact, it’s usually a mess. And that will be reflected in these images I show you of the photos that live on my walls [embarrassed grin].
Wall Art Exhibit One:
When we first moved down to Southern California ten years ago, I wanted to hang a bunch of photos that reflected our new locale. I waited for Aaron Bros’ buy-one-get-one-for-1-cent-sale, and loaded up on these 24×20 frames and 20×16 mattes. For not very much money, I filled these walls with photos that to this day make me smile – especially the one of my teens as very little dudes.
Wall Art Exhibit Two:
I’m a huge proponent of printing BIG. If you have a big wall, put a BIG photo on it! (55×55” canvas – as you can see, it filled half my garage!)
Or put three big photos on it! (3 – 24×36” canvases)
Or maybe nine smaller canvases on it (9 – 10×10” canvases) …
Or perhaps four 20” square prints (in cheapie IKEA glass frames) …
Anywhooo, that’s just my little bit of encouragement to go ahead and print BIG or print many to fill a big space.
Wall Art Exhibit Three:
Fill a single frame with multiple images. Oh my, look how little my boys were (excuse me while I go grab a Kleenex and attempt to turn back the hands of the clocks in the house!) If I remember correctly, I got this frame from Pottery Barn – it’s filled with 6 4x6s, 2 5x7s and 1 8×10.
Wall Art Exhibit Four:
This is a collaged poster I made for my son out of his favorite images from our vacation. It’s a 20×30 glossy poster print from Costco and cost a whopping $8.99.
And lastly, I keep an inspiration board on Pinterest to file away fun ideas for future ways to get my photos out of my computer and onto my walls. As an added bonus, most of the ideas I pin are in homes that are tidy and beautifully decorated. A girl can always dream, right?
Susan Keller is an Orange County Baby, Child & Family Photographer who loves coffee, good books, big landscapes, her dudes, and using ellipses instead of words. We are looking forward to seeing her again in October when she teaches at our annual Photography Conference for Women. You can find her on Facebook and blogging at Short on Words.