Until a couple of years ago I was strictly a "shoot and burn" photographer, which meant that after the photo shoot, I burned the images on a CD and called it a day. That was great for a while, but I found myself wondering after the session what they did with the images. Did they like them? Did they display them or leave them in a drawer still on the CD? There were even a few times that I visited my clients homes and realized that they made some framing and print size choices that I know I could have helped them with. And that made me sad because I knew what the possibilities were. Naturally, I made the decision that I wanted to do more for my clients, and so for the past couple of years I've been able to help my clients get their images off their hard drives and CD's and onto their walls. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to know that the images I took are hanging in their homes and being enjoyed as Art.
I recently helped my friend and client Amy White with an image that we took last year during her Christmas family session. She knew that she wanted something for her mantel, so I created a few mock-ups using a picture she emailed to me of her fireplace. This one was a vertical 16x20:
It looks pretty good, and there is space on both sides for a sconce or even more images and frames, but the original image is horizontal and she wanted more of the colorful, Texas hillcountry background to show:
This one uses the horizontal space well, but I thought we could go quite a bit larger.
Here is the last one I sent:
Now we're talking! We both loved it, and at 20" x 30" it was going to be quite a statement! We had a few more conversations about frame style and color, and then it was time to order. Fast forward to this week- Amy sent this after she and her husband got her print and custom frame hung up:
Oh my gosh, it looks fantastic! I love how she brightened up the entire mantel and the teal walls on the side are amazing. Love, love, love. Helping my clients out with custom prints and framing is one of my favorite things to do, and this so soooo much better than the "shoot and burn" stuff I did back then. I've been very lucky lately to design and order several more wall galleries for recent clients, and I"m hoping that I'll get them to share a snapshot of how they turn out. Fingers crossed!
Until next time...