One of my favorite things to do as photographer is not just taking the photos but helping clients figure out what to do with those photos once their taken. Prior to every session I complete a pre-session consultation where we discuss location, wardrobe, and plans for the photos once their done. From albums, to prints, to digital files, to storyboards, to enlargements the possibilities are endless!
Today I want to talk about enlargements, specifically canvas enlargements, and what they can do to make a bold yet personalized statement in your home. I absolutely love seeing family photographs on canvas in a home. Canvas prints are made of high quality textured material and are gallery wrapped around a wood stretcher frame. The benefit? No need for framing once they arrive. However, if you’re going to order canvas its important to order an image size that best compliments your space, and usually bigger is better. One thing I’ve noticed across the board with clients is that they’re afraid to go BIG with their final image enlargements.
Let’s imagine if you will a perfectly blank wall above your fireplace mantel, the prime spot for your recent family photograph. You’re thinking an 8×10 canvas print would look just lovely to fill the space. Here is what that 8×10 would look like:
Hmmmmm, not quite the statement you were hoping to make huh? What about a 16×20 canvas instead?
Maybe a little better, but it really is still on the small side. I would recommend a 20×30 canvas in that space to fill the wall and really bring your attention up to the photo.
With the 20×30 canvas you can easily see each family member and your focus is immediately drawn to the photo and not the fireplace. Bigger really is better in this scenario.
But, if going that big really isn’t your style, canvas can also be great for storytelling with images as well. Groupings of several smaller canvases can tell the story of your family and its personality.
Recently one of my clients ordered a canvas grouping for her family room wall space. I absolutely love the story her grouping tells, but I also love her combination of both black & white and color images. Thanks Kelly for sharing your final results!
I love to talk with you about making a statement with the images from your session. Contact me for all the details!