Choosing Frames For Your Mounted Fine Art Prints

Choosing frames for your mounted fine art prints

Once you receive your mounted fine art prints, you’ll no doubt be excited to frame them and put them on display.

Depending on the size of the prints, you may be planning to display them on a wall, or in smaller frames on mantle pieces, table tops or shelves.

Typically, there are three options for choosing frames for your fine art prints:

  1. Buying ready-made frames from high street or online retailers
  2. Having them framed by an independent framer
  3. Having them framed by me

In this guide I’ll explain more about what to consider when you are choosing frames for your photographs, so that you can achieve the finish you are hoping for.


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Buying Ready-Made Frames

When you’re choosing ready-made frames for your mounted fine art prints, the most important consideration is to make sure that the frame is exactly the right size for the mount.

For example, the 12” x 8” fine art print measures 12” x 16” once mounted. Once you start to look for frames, you’ll no doubt notice that some brands print “30cm x 40cm / 12″ x 16″ on their packaging. This is misleading as 12″ x 16” is equal to 30.5xm x 40.6cm, so a 12” x 16” mount won’t fit inside a 30cm x 40cm frame.

Instead, it is better to choose a frame with an opening measuring exactly 12” x 16”.

Many of my clients have recommended because they offer ready-made frames in the correct sizes for the mounted prints.


Having Your Prints Framed by an Independent Framer

Rather than buying ready-made frames, you may prefer to have bespoke frames made for your prints. Perhaps you already have a framer who regularly frames prints and artwork for your home.

If this is your preferred option I recommend waiting until you have the mounted prints before visiting the framer. This way you can look at all of the different frame options against the print, and choose a frame that complements the photograph(s) perfectly.

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Have Your Prints Framed Through Me

The third option for framing your prints is to have them framed through me.

I work with a framer who specialises in photographic art, and can have your prints framed in a choice of wooden or aluminium frames, with anti-reflective art glass included as standard.

If you would like to have your prints framed through me it is most cost effective to do this when you order the framing at the same time as ordering the print. If you would like to find out more about having your prints framed through me please do get in touch with me by email or by sending me a message here.


Over To You

I hope that this guide has helped you to choose the right frames to complement your new fine art prints.

Which of the three options did you choose? I’d love to hear. You can let me know in the comments below, or send me a message here.


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As you’re planning the best way to display your prints, you may also find these articles helpful:

What size should I print my photos?

What is a fine art print?

How to create a gallery wall with your family photographs


Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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