Making a Portrait Plan
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Sunday, June 02, 2013
By Teresa
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What's your PORTRAIT PLAN?

If you're a new parent, you've probably already heard about the three important stages you'll want to capture during baby's first year. We call them Newborn, Sitting and Standing). Watching how fast they change is a great joy -- and really amazing. After that first year, most families do annual portraits and love to share them during holidays as gifts and cards.  It's simple math -- after a few years you can see how the average home will quickly reach a saturation point!  So what will you do with all of those photographs?  In other words, "What's your portrait plan?"


A simple system to keep your family gallery fresh and easy is shown above. Sample F uses 2 simple picture ledges (available at most art and frame stores). Using this  shelf allows you to re-arrange every time you add a new portrait without re-designing the whole wall. Varying the sizes and frames creates an eclectic display that is more interesting to the eye.

Our other favorite tip is to use Sample E as a guide and designate a small wall for your three favorite photographs –to be hung as a trio.  By using a standard size (like 11x14 or 16x20) you won’t overwhelm the other décor in the room and you’ll keep your framing costs down.  You can remind your photographer that you will be ordering a vertical 11x14, for example, so he or she can be sure and shoot something that works! Rotate older portraits in to other rooms of the house and keep the newest up front where you can really show them off!

It's never too late to start a portrait plan for your home and you've probably already got some great photos under the bed.... waiting to be displayed, right?  Going in to a photo session with a plan for using your portraits makes a huge difference.  It eliminates some of the guesswork and allows you to always have a thoughtful and artistic display that reflects the beauty of your family.  And it allows your photographer to deliver the absolute best selection of options for your home.

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