How to Display Your New Mini Session Prints
So you’ve booked your mini session and are excited to soon have some new, up-to-date family photographs.
You may already know what you will do with the photographs after the shoot, but for many families it’s not until they see the photographs after the session that they decide what they will do with them. Even then, the decision can be difficult – which ones do you choose and how will you display or enjoy them?
Every mini session package includes some of your photographs as prints, and having an idea of what you will do with them may make it easier to decide which photographs to print when you come to choose your favourites.
In this blog I’ve put together some ideas for you as to how you can use and display your brand new photographs.
First things first, how big are the prints?
Before we dive into the different ways you can use the prints, it may be helpful to know what size the prints that are included in your package are.
Each print is 12” x 8” which is mounted to fit a 16” x 12” (40.64cm x 30.48cm) frame. The prints and mounts are museum-quality, which you can read about here: What is a fine art print?
There is also the option to swap the prints for a smaller size at no extra cost to you – for example if you have a smaller frame in mind. The standard smaller sizes that I offer are:
A 6″ x 4″ print, mounted to fit a 6″ x 8″ frame
A 9″ x 6″ print, mounted to fit a 12″ x 9″ frame
Have a frame that doesn’t fit these sizes? Let me know and I can quote for a bespoke mount and print size.
Create a Gallery Wall
One of the most popular ways to display family photographs these days is to create a gallery wall as a feature within your house. Whether it’s in the kitchen, living room, hallway or up the stairs, there are many opportunities to make your gallery wall unique.
The beauty of a gallery wall for me is that it can evolve and grow over time. Many families have a mini session with me every year, and so they can swap photographs in and out of their wall, or even extend it as time goes on.
The standard size 12” x 8” print is mounted to fit a 16” x 12” (40.64cm x 30.48cm) sized frame, which works really well in a gallery wall. Here are three examples of how you could use four or five of these prints to create your gallery wall:
The third mini session collection includes a larger 16” x 20” framed print as well as five of the 12” x 8” unframed prints. This one large print, surrounded by four of the smaller prints can make a really impactful gallery wall. Here’s an example of how it could look:
There’s also the option to order further prints, frames and canvases if you would like to design your own display.
If you’re considering creating a gallery wall for your home you may find my guide to creating a gallery wall helpful. You can also find more gallery wall inspiration over on my Pinterest board:
Place individual frames in different parts of your home
Photographs don’t have to be up on the wall to be enjoyed at home. Mantelpieces, table tops, shelves and desks are all great places for smaller frames. You could also mix and match smaller frames on a picture ledge.
When you’re choosing the size of your print for a mantelpiece, shelf or desk consider how big the area you’re placing it in is. A 12” x 8” mounted print could feel large on a desk once it’s framed. Similarly a 6” x 4” may feel too small on a large shelf or grand mantelpiece. Another consideration is that it can be nice to mix and match different frame sizes on the same shelf.
If you’re not sure what size to go for, it may be helpful to cut the different frame sizes out of a piece of card, and see how they look in your chosen location.
If you’re considering filling some picture ledges you can find more inspiration over on my Pinterest board:
Create a photo memory box for your child(ren)
If you don’t have room to display your photographs in frames, or would prefer to keep them elsewhere, you could create a photo memory box for your children.
Over time, filling the box with photographs that document each year of your child’s life will give them a set of lovely memories to look back on.
You may like to make your own memory box. Alternatively there are lots of personalised boxes to choose from over on Not On The High Street.
Give The Photographs As Gifts
Finally, you may decide to give your new photographs as gifts. This is always a popular option, and I’m sure the photographs will go down well with grandparents, godparents and other relatives!
Over to you
I hope you’ve found this guide useful as you decide what to do with your new photographs. I am always on hand to mock up different layouts, or offer advice if you need it as you decide which photographs to print – just let me know how I can help.