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We recently painted our downstairs. After the job was completed, we began to hang all the art and decor back up i the living room. That was when I noticed something was off. While our collection of quote signs and wall art looked great together, none of them told the story of us. Our walls needed more personalization and I knew that a lovely set of wall portraits was the way to go.
Family photos have the power to transform a house into a home. They create a sense of belonging and add a nice welcoming touch that is unique and customized to your style. Anyone can buy the same piece from the home decor store, but only you can have your family photos on display, and that is truly special.
When using family photos to personalize your home, you want to start with a large statement piece and then build around it to create that gallery wall effect. Whether you choose a framed print, a canvas, or another medium, I recommend going with at least a 16x20 art piece, anything smaller than that will look underwhelming in comparison to your furniture.
For my wall, I decided on a classic 24x36 canvas of my absolute favorite portrait of me and the kids, taken by my sweet husband. When selecting the photos that will adorn your walls, be sure they contain colors that compliment your existing home decor well. You want the images to look intentional and not like they were a careless after thought.
I partnered with Canvas Press to help me create what I had in mind. Canvas Press is a proud USA made printing lab located right here in Houston, producing high quality products, with amazing customer service and the fastest turn around I've ever seen! They have so many beautiful options to choose from, including fine art prints, canvases, and modern metallic prints.
My canvas arrived in just two days and to be honest, it was so much better than I anticipated. The image was tack sharp and colors were spot on, without any strange color casts or tints. The canvas was tightly stretched over a real wooden frame, the corners seamlessly fitted without gaps or bulge, and the back came equipped with ready to hang sawtooth hardware. Needless to say, I was excited to get it up on the wall!
To complete my gallery, I then added four 5x7 prints matted and framed to 8x10. Matting your photos, gives them a timeless, archival look. It also allows you to place them in a larger frame, so you are able to fill more wall space without looking cluttered or overdone.
Before hanging my photos, I played with the layout a bit to find the one I liked most. Place your picture on the floor and try different configurations. You'll need to decide if you want an neat even look -- like me, or a more ecclecting arrangement that doesn't involve any measuring.
This corner in my living room truly came alive with this simple change. It's the first thing visitors mention when they come into my home now. They always ask where I got the canvas from and I simply could not recommend Canvas Press enough. You can currently take advantage of their fall sale to start personalizing your home with your own family photos. Use code AUTUMN60 for 60% off canvas prints up to 48x36. I'm ordering one huge canvas with my favorite photo from our fall family session, can't wait to show you all soon!
It's been quite sometime since I made an entry, not because there's nothing new to share but just because I've been enjoying summer with my wild bunch. I have been working on a personal project to document us. This is part one of a monthly series of short films featuring our family. I hope to keep this project going each month for the rest of the year as a keepsake of the everyday moments that make life with my brood so sweet.
I filmed this on my Canon 6DMKii with a 35mm lens, just before putting baby Declan down for his nap. I know that one day not far from now, I will be putting him down for his nap for the last time. One day, he will outgrow my lap. One day, that little hand will reach out for someone else who will have his heart. And because motherhood is full of one days and last times, I've turned to video to capture these precious and fleeting moments. While photography will forever have my heart, there's something so special and meaningful about capturing life in motion.
Want your own life captured on video too? You can read my tips to help you get started or book a short lifestyle film with me, now available to add to any portrait session.
Sweet Dreams | a short lifestyle film by Tender Nest Portraits
in collaboration with Baby Breez and Margaux + May. Music by Elizabeth Mitchell
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Remember the days of family home videos? When your dad would walk around with a video camera recording just about anything and everything you and your siblings did, and occasionally he'd pop the tape into the VCR for all of you to watch together. Don't you just miss that? Sitting in the living room around the TV set with your family reliving those beautiful moments again. I've sat with my own children, watching those grainy homemade videos captured by my father, and felt all the sweet memories from my childhood flooding in.
Photographs have their own special place in our hearts--allowing us to freeze a delightful moment forever, but video allows us to capture life in motion, as it's happening. Film lets us tell our family's story without any of the details getting lost in memory as the years go by.
A few years ago, I began experimenting with video, using my Canon DSLR camera and felt in love with family movie making. Since then, I have been working on improving my video techniques, learning how to film, cut, edit, add the right music, and applying my already existing knowledge of photography to create short motion pictures that document life as it is. Real, authentic, and full of emotion.
I've dipped into my personal video archives to show you my very first family film, taken two years and one less child ago. As you can see here, we aren't at an amazing location wearing color coordinated outfits. It's just my kids at the playground. But this short little reel evokes so much emotion for me because it takes me back to that rainy spring day at the neighborhood park. Unlike a styled portrait session, a family video isn't posed. While some direction can be given, the best lifestyle motion pictures are produced when the film maker allows the moment to play out naturally.
While a DSLR is a useful tool for capturing both photo and video, it is not absolutely necessary. A smartphone works just as well for documenting the every day. Now, more than ever, phone cameras are extremely capable and can produce good quality images. The important thing is to preserve those moments and create a legacy of memories to pass down. One great way to start this without a fancy camera, is using the 1 Second Everyday App. 1SE allows you to create a daily journal entry in video format and then stitches each clip into a recap movie of your life.
Below are some quick tips to help you shoot great video of your kids on your smart phone
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, motherhood, documenting life, and living a slow simple life.
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