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How to Plan a Wall Display with your Family Photographs

Okay, so generally, I am a fly by the seat of my pants kind of woman. I have four kids, ages 1-7. I understand that all my best laid plans are usually torn to shreds by the lovely little gremlins that I live with. So, when I photograph my children, I normally aim for ONE picture that I'm going to edit and print and love. I print the ONE portrait huge, hang it on the wall, and call it good. If the colours in the photograph don't go with the colours in my house for that ONE picture, I make it black and white and PRESTO! it goes.

Here's the before shot of the gallery wall. I'm so excited to change out these images for a cohesive collection!

Now, we just recently redid our kitchen (it a glorious farmhouse now instead of some mess straight out of the 70s) and as part of that, we hung up 5 large Barnwood Frames above the kitchen table. (If you love these frames as much as I do, then the good news is that we make and sell them!!). And all of a sudden, my one picture principle just wasn't going to fly.

So, I decided to take some pictures of the kids with this particular Wall Display in mind. And I've got some tips to share with you of the process.


1. Start with the Display in mind.

I knew I wanted these images to go in my kitchen which features sage green, gray, and neutral colours so I drew the colour for my kids outfits straight from this palette. No black and white edits were needed here. I also new that I wanted to print these images quite large so I don't want to change them out seasonally. Because of that, I opted to do these images in my studio instead of outdoors where they would look "wintery" or "summery". And because I knew I had five frames to fill, I photographed to fill 5 frames instead of my usual goal of ONE. (please note that when I photograph your family, I aim for way more than ONE wall art shot, that's just what I do for my own kiddos).

Our Ham-sandwich Adelaide

I love this shot of everyone tickling baby Owen, and his sweet smiley face. I also love how Max is holding him. It might seem messy and imperfect to you, but it speaks to me.

This was an obvious choice since it's Max's ideal way to be: flying.

I love Owen here with his three dotting big siblings. What a lucky guy!

I made sure to do some individual shots of each kid too.

Owen wasn't really into pictures (which is kind of just part of life with an 18 month old) but he was happier with the airplane.

2. I edited my favourite images. I ended up with around 10. I then used my Wall Designer (a feature in all my client galleries) to move the pictures around to come up with a gallery wall that I love. This is hard to visualize without special software, but definitely not impossible.

Again, this shot might look messy and weird, but I like it because it speaks to me about who my children are at this moment in time.

I love this one of Noelle looking out for her baby brother.

These two giggly girls sure do have my heart.

Miss Noelle has always been beautiful. Her sweetness is radiant.

My four little loves :)

3. Finally, I send my selected images to my professional printing lab and printed them on archival paper, mounted on styrene so they really do last forever. They are in the mail right now, so I'll show you a finished picture when we get them hung.

Sometimes it's overwhelming to design a wall gallery display after the fact with various images. But taking the time to plan out what I needed before hand is what really worked for me to put this design together. I tend to change my wall decor frequently, but I think I will be happy with this display for a long time.

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