How to Display Your New Mini Session Prints

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?

Your mini session package includes 5 of your photographs as prints, and you have the option to order more prints after your session if you would like to. 

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.

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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 measures 12” x 8” and is mounted to fit a 16” x 12” (40.64cm x 30.48cm) frame. 

There is also the option to swap the prints for a smaller size free of charge – 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

12” x 8”, 9” x 6” and 6” x 4” unmounted prints.

If you have a frame that doesn’t fit these sizes let me know and I can quote for a bespoke mount and print size.

The prints and mounts are fine art, museum-quality. Amongst other benefits this means they will last longer than, and retain their colour better than your average high street print.

You can find out more about fine art prints here: What is a fine art print?


Using Your Mini Session Prints To Create a Gallery Wall

One of the most popular ways to display family photographs is to create a gallery wall as a feature within your home. 

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 extend the gallery wall as time goes on.

The 12” x 8” and 9” x 6” mounted and unmounted prints work well in a gallery wall once you have framed them. Here are some ideas of how you can use them to create different displays with your prints:


gallery wall layout ideas
Five 12″ x 8″ mounted prints 


Four 12″ x 8″ mounted prints


6 frame gallery wall ideas
Three 12″ x 8″ mounted prints and three 9″ x 6″ mounted prints


Two 12" x 8" Mounted Prints and Three 9" x 6" Mounted Prints
Two 12″ x 8″ Mounted Prints and Three 9″ x 6″ Mounted Prints


Three 12″ x 8″ mounted prints and Four 9″ x 6″ mounted prints

If you’re considering using your prints to create 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.

The 9” x 6” and 6” x 4” mounted and unmounted prints are the best sizes to use when you’re displaying your prints in small frames rather than hanging them on the wall. 

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.

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.

The 6” x 4” mounted prints sit really nicely inside a memory box, and if you have regular mini sessions with me you can add to the box after each session, creating a record of your shoots through the years.


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!


Ready To Order Your Prints?

I hope you’ve found this guide useful as you decide what you would like to do with your new photographs, and which photographs you would like to have printed.

If you have any questions about displaying your prints or would like any help deciding which photographs to have printed please do get in touch here. I’d love to hear from you.


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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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