Today’s guest post comes to us from Kaity Fuja of OMG Photography –we shared a wedding of hers that was so awesome we had to share it in not one but two posts! As someone who has already been married and has hundreds of photos on disc, I am feeling very inspired by this post. I hope you are too!
Okay, so you’ve booked a professional photographer for your wedding day. Maybe you even booked an engagement or bridal session too! You found a photographer whom you absolutely love, and you can’t wait to show off your new wedding pictures! So what do you do? Do you buy the digital files, upload them to Facebook and then forget about them? Do you buy a few prints and send them off to mom and dad and grandma and grandpa? Or do you really make them a part of your home? Maybe you want to make them a part of your home decor, but you don’t know how. If that’s the case, then today is your lucky day! In this post I’m going to give you some neat ideas about ways you can show off your favorite family photos.
See more great ideas after the jump…
I love my photos and I use them like art in my house. You’re probably thinking “Of course you do, YOU’RE A PHOTOGRAPHER!” Well, yes… However, I also REALLY love my friends and family and love being able to show them off. Being a photographer, I also know that there are tons of different photo products you can buy to show off your favorite pictures. Here at OMG, I sell framed photos, canvases, bamboo wall mounts, fabric wall clings, and custom albums to my clients. I also have all of these photo products spread throughout my home and studio. (You can see pictures of these displays below.) Figuring out where and how to display your photos can be a daunting task. So, to help you out, I’ve listed some things for you to think about the next time you want to share your photos:
Think about how you’d like to display your photos BEFORE booking a photographer.
This can be a huge time (and money) saver. Do you have a big empty wall you’d like to fill up? Are you looking to invest in a big statement-making piece? Are you a scrap-booker and really want to purchase a lot of smaller prints to keep you busy for those evenings spent scrapping? Do you want a keepsake book you can pass down to your grandchildren? I can pretty much guarantee that there is a photo product out there that will fill your needs… whatever they are!
Think about WHERE you’d like to display the photos too!
Is the room more traditional or kind of funky? Would color photos work better, or would black and white better capture what you’re looking for? (This will also help you in deciding what to wear on your photo shoot… but that’s for a later blog post.)
Don’t be afraid to go BIG!
In other words, get out of your 8×10 cell! Little prints are great. They are nice gifts to send to the grandparents or to put on your desk at work. But when it comes to displaying them in your home, don’t be afraid to get a BIG photo! In my studio, for instance, I invested in a 60”×80” wall cling of one of my wedding couples for behind my couch. (You can see the photo above.) It’s always a conversation starter and it makes a huge impact on the rest of the room. Every time I have guests over they always want to know about it and how to order one for themselves! Here’s another photographer that did a GREAT post on why bigger is better!
You should view your photograph purchase as you’d view an investment in a bold painting or a solid piece of craftsman-built furniture. It’s always tempting to be timid – to go with an innocuous little 8” x 10” print that most people won’t notice and that you’ll probably take down in a year. But don’t think small: Seize the opportunity to use your photo session to create a piece of home décor that celebrates your family the way they deserve to be celebrated.
Consider a Custom Wedding Album.
I know that it can also be tempting to purchase the digital files from your wedding and make your own album using an online printing company. You may think that you’ll be saving time and money by DIYing your album, but I encourage you to really consider the amount of time, effort, and skill it takes to go through your wedding photos, narrow them down to your favorites, and then create your own wedding narrative. A professional will be able to pick out (or help you pick out) the best photos from the wedding day and really be able to tell a story with your album.
A professional will also have access to some amazing printing companies that most people will not. These companies print their albums on archival paper and make sure that each photo is printed at the highest quality. They are made to stand the test of time, so you wouldn’t need to spend more money down the road replacing a faded album that’s, quite literally, falling apart at the seams.
And, finally, don’t be afraid to ask.
I know I’ve said it before, but don’t be afraid to ask your photographer what he or she would recommend. As photographers, we’re the professionals, and we should know how to help you get a product that you are thrilled to show off! I’ve even been known to go to a client’s house and check out the space they’d like to decorate with photos before the shoot.
In the end I really just want my clients to be happy. I want them to show off their photos and be proud of their new art… maybe even proud enough to share them beyond their Facebook wall.