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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!
We've had a fantastic summer break filled with road trips, pool time, all the ice cream flavors, and visits to the neighborhood splash pad. As we start to get back to our regular routine, I find myself with more time to sit at the computer and finally blog all the lovely sessions I photographed this summer. Most of the shoots I did were mini sessions, photographed at this very location. We kept things short and sweet because this Texas heat is too brutal (often in the low 100's) to allow for a full session outdoors.
Sadly, this beautiful spot in Cypress will no longer be available as an option for portrait sessions, unless you are a resident of Towne Lake. I am totally bummed out by that, but I did find a new location - also in Cypress - to replace this one that I am hoping to test out very soon. In the meantime, take a look at this motherhood mini session I photographed of Lindsey and her sweet babies. I've known Lindsey for quite sometime. We go to church together, have attended each other's baby showers, and I even photographed her little girl's newborn session. I just love when friends allow me the opportunity to capture moments like these for them. Also, can we all take a moment to appreciate the beautifully coordinated outfits that Lindsey chose for herself and her little ones? She totally nailed it! I literally squealed with delight when I saw them step out of their car for their shoot. Talk about picture perfect!
Did you know it doesn't have to be Mother's Day for you to book a motherhood mini session with me? Shortened sessions, called 'pop-up sessions' are now offered on select dates throughout the year, at my favorite Houston locations. See the investment page for pricing details or contact me to ask about availability. You may also reach out directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
I have been photographing the Pineda family since little Miss S was just a baby who could barely sit up on her own. I've watched her grow as she and her parents return for updated family portraits with me. This year, they opted for a fun summer shoot with a pop of color. When we were in the planning process of this family session, Cristina sent me a few wardrobe options she was considering. Among them was this red sun dress. Certainly different from what I recommend for my clients to wear, but it stood out to me and I suggested she wear it. I must admit, I was a little worried that it may not photograph too well, but it turned out to be the perfect choice for that fun, summer vibe. A small reminder for me to step out of my comfort zone and allow myself to be a bit more daring and bold, both artistically and in my personal life.
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, capturing motherhood, and living a slow simple life. I also blog over at Tender Nest Blog
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