Family photography is an investment to be cherished. When I gaze at the baby shots that adorn the walls in my hallway, it makes me smile and takes me back to a certain age or precious moment in time. The placement of great photography is the art on my walls. It truly doubles as decor and a beautiful story, so what is not to love? I recently enjoyed the opportunity to meet Isadora of Thompson and Spring Photography who specializes in just that. I can see why her infectious laugh and warm personality allows her to get the most from the children, expectant mothers and the families she photographs. Isadora’s images boast vibrant colors and her unique, urban style makes her a stand out among modern family photographers.
I’ve asked Isadora today to share tips when it comes time to decorate with your family photos. As a fellow silver shoe wearer, I knew she had good taste. And with her self-taught eye for design, she does so beautifully in the examples below. Isadora is also generously offering a chance for a lucky reader to win a photography session and canvas art so keep reading and don’t forget to tell your friends!
As a Los Angeles photographer specializing in modern lifestyle, family, photography, clients often ask me for advice and suggestions on how to decorate with their photographs. I’ve written a few posts on my blog about decorating with photographs, and Martha Stewart does a great job of explaining how to hang photographs, so for Project Nursery I wanted to take a different approach. One of the things I really appreciate about the Project Nursery community is the modern design sensibility. So, with that in mind here are a few ideas on decorating with photographs for a modern nursery.
I. Go BIG
A great way to make a statement or create a focal point is by going big. I mean really big. Turn your favorite image into a mural. You will need to have this custom printed and essentially turned into wallpaper, but the impact will be great. If you want a less permanent look, but still want to go big, go to your local office/shipping store and have them print your photograph as a banner, with grommets. Then hang your banner with hook screws. For this kind of application, I prefer using a black and white photograph that will work well with any color scheme.
II. Repetition, Repetition, Repetition
As a new parent you will be taking countless pictures. Uploading them to your online albums is great for sharing, but I believe that photographs are meant to be lived with. That means they need to be printed. Create a mosaic of smaller frames, at least 12-15 frames, and swap out your favorite images as your child grows. Keep all the frames the same size, same color and same orientation to create a grid and bring cohesion to what might otherwise be an unrelated collection of images.
III. Unusual Displays
I love to go to flea markets and thrift stores; these places are great places to find unusual display. The key here is looking at an object and seeing the potential; so look for grooves, slots or clips that will enable to you to display your photographs. For instance, you could use an old window shutter and insert photographs in the grooves, or pick up a vintage postcard rack and insert your photographs instead of postcards, or use a series of distressed clipboards to use as “frames”.
I hope these ideas encourage you to bring your photos into your home.
WIN IT! Calling ALL Los Angeles, San Francisco and NYC parents! (Sorry this contest is limited to these three cities, but if you can somehow get to one of them for the session, then that works too!) Win one classic photography session with Isadora of Thompson and Spring Photography plus, one 11×14 Canvas Wrap – A $500 value! (The fine print reads: Cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash, or combined with other offers. Scheduling for possible winner in SF or NYC to be based on photographer’s travel schedule. Coupon expires June 18, 2011).
Enter by visiting Thompson and Spring Photography and letting us know who you would like photographed, where it should take place AND how you plan to display your new photos in your home. Contest ends Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 11:59pm PST.
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