I have a confession to make: I am on a MISSION to put pictures on your walls! Why? Because so many of my clients just let their gorgeous pictures sit in their computers or on their phones, or on social media! So here I am going to help you learn how to create show-stopping walls in your home using your maternity and newborn photography!
Gallery walls, or a collection of photographs, artwork and whatever else you’d like to hang, are a great way to combine photography and architectural elements together to tell a story or simply to express your unique individuality. It couldn’t be a more perfect display for your maternity and newborn photography—it can help convey the story of your journey into parenting! These unique memories are worthy of display, and if the gallery is made properly, it can develop and change with you over time!
The good news is that making a visually appealing design need not be challenging, especially with the aid of these straightforward suggestions.
1. Determine your focus
Professional photography, such as your maternity and newborn photos, are monumental moments in your life worth showing off! Portraits this special should not be buried in the piles of files on your computer. Not only will your children feel a sense of love and security as they grow up seeing their pictures on the wall in your home, but all your friends, relatives, family members and any other visitors you host will “oh-my-gosh” over them each time they stop by!
2. Size matters
When deciding which sizes to use for their picture display, people become so overwhelmed that they just choose one size. But, truth be told, some of the best gallery walls I have seen don’t have a single matching size! Use your professional photography as the larger, show-stopping pieces and then add smaller sizes of the other pieces that you may have yourself as placeholders in the open areas around your professional photography.
People get so overwhelmed at the thought of figuring out which sizes to choose for their photography display that they end up only using one size. But, truth be told, some of the best gallery walls I have seen don’t have a single matching size! Use your professional photography as the larger, show-stopping pieces and then add smaller sizes of the other important moments you’ve captured yourself as placeholders in open areas around your professional photography.
3. Tell a story
The best gallery walls have a theme or tell a story. To accomplish this, simply add moments from your life. Using your maternity and newborn photography as the beginning and add additional images onto your wall as your children grow older. When guests look at your wall, they will notice how each of your newborn babies grows into their toddler age, school age, pre-teen and on, and feel as if they’re a part of your journey in some way, shape or form. Remember, newborn pictures are just the beginning of your story and you have much more to add as your life story unfolds!
4. Add personal touches
Adding your own personal touches to your gallery wall will make it even more unique and make it your own. And luckily there are plenty of ways to accomplish that! If the furniture in your home has a rustic theme to it, you can consider adding items, such as wooden signs with quotes or longitude and latitude of a significant location, first letter of a name, maps, a wall clock stopped at a significant time in your life, and more. Think outside the box: The more personal you make it the more meaningful it is to you. Your newborn pictures will go well with many items that you could put on your wall!
5. Find a balance
Balance can be created in many different forms—in color, shapes, and sizes! Establishing some kind of unified color scheme, be it shades of blue or yellow tones, will create a well-balanced design. It will also maintain a level of consistency that is aesthetically appealing. You can also use different pops of color on a diagonal to create balance. As an example, the photo on the below uses a pop of yellow even though it’s completely different than the other items on the wall. The two yellow framed items are placed on a diagonal to each other, which creates symmetry and balance. Using certain sizes and shapes are another really great way to show balance. See the below pictures for examples.
During your reveal Session at Light & Grace Photography, I will be able to take your newborn and family photographs that we create together and visualize them on your very own walls to help you create custom gallery walls you will be obsessed with! With my specialized design software, you will be able to clearly see which sizes, styles, and frames work best for your walls. It literally takes the guesswork out of the whole process!
If you’re interested in finding out more about maternity photography or newborn photography or would like to schedule a consultation, please fill out the form below and I will reach out to chat!