So far, all my photography hints have been different techniques for your camera. Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to show you fun ways to display those photos (especially with Mother’s Day coming up, hint hint).
If you guys are like me, you’d love to have these awesome walls full of expertly framed photos, but you have a crippling fear of doing it wrong. I’ve lived in this place for six years, and we only hung photos on the wall a YEAR ago. CRIPPLING FEAR, people.
So, here’s an easy way to figure out what photos are right for your home, in a very non-committal way:
I have a pretty stainless steel fridge where only the sides are magnetic. OR SO I THOUGHT. I found out that the top left part of the fridge is magnetic. This is perfect for two reasons – first, our fridge is situated in a way that the sides aren’t usable for displays, and second, the magnetic part is high enough that my little tornado Annabel can’t reach it and destroy it.
I took down Annie’s scribbles and got to work. I picked photos I hadn’t printed before – some of Annie, one of Maddie, and a family picture that even included Rigby.
I carefully placed them together like a puzzle – just because it’s a fridge display didn’t mean I didn’t want it to look perfect. I’m so happy with the result..
I used different kinds of HP photo paper to create this collage – 4×6 glossy, 5×7 matte, 5×7 super gloss, and 8 1/2 x 11 matte. I have to say, when it comes to photo paper it’s REALLY tempting to go for the cheap no-name stuff. I’ve done it. And you know what? It doesn’t look as nice. If you’re putting photos on display, you want them to look glorious and vibrant. Photo paper isn’t the right thing to cheap out on.
I’m looking forward to changing up the photos all the time…and in a few months, I’ll have a bunch of great photos to *gulp* put into frames and hang on the wall!
Want more tips on displaying family photos? You can find them here thanks to HP, my awesome photo partners.