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Are you printing your pictures? If you’ve been around here awhile, then you know I talk about this a lot. After living in my house for over 2 years, I finally took my own advice and got around to printing some pictures. Let me just say, this has been the greatest thing I have ever done! Ok, maybe not THE greatest, but I am super happy I finally did it. Here’s a peek into my wall:

Photo wall display | wall art | picture wall

 

Doing this, and talking to my email subscribers, made me realize that most of us want pictures on our walls but we really don’t know where to start. So, I have put together a quick guide to make it easier.

Step 1:

Have a plan. Simply saying you want to have pictures on your wall doesn’t make it happen. You actually have to figure out what you want and how you are going to do it.

Step 2:

Know where you want to hang/put them. How many walls do you want to decorate with pictures? Do you want albums? Will you have small frames around as decor? What about your work space? Whatever it is, figure it out.

Step 3:

Know what sizes you want. Take into consideration the size area you want to fill. A large, blank wall needs to have an impact so choose either a large collage or large individual portraits. In my wall example, I knew I wanted to fill the area with as many pictures as I could without it becoming cluttered so I determined that 4×6 was the perfect size for me. However, on another large wall, I have three large portraits sized 16×20. Any smaller and they’d get lost on the wall and any larger then it’d be overwhelming.

Step 4:

Have your frames ready to go. Having the frames picked out and ready to go is motivation to actually print your pictures. It’s a constant reminder that you need to print them each time you see them empty. This also keeps your prints safe. If you print a bunch and have no frames for them, you run the risk of them getting destroyed until you figure out where to hang them and what frames to use. You might even decide that the size you printed was all wrong and need to print them after finally deciding where you wanted them and getting a frame. Make sure you follow the steps. There’s a method to the madness:)

Step 5:

Purchase a home printer for small prints. Back to my wall example, every single one of those pictures were printed using my home printer. Sure, I have access to my professional service. But these smaller ones are totally fine to quickly send to my home printer. Plus, home printers are very budget friendly anymore. You can choose an all-in-one (this is what I have) or you can even purchase one that is specific to pictures like this one. Printers are now equipped with bluetooth technology and you can easily connect to it even from your phone making it super easy to print your favorite pictures. Next time you take a picture you love, send it straight to your printer and your done. No more, “When I have the time,” excuse because it takes longer to post to your favorite social media platform than it takes to print it.

Step 6:

Use your photographer. This isn’t some sneaky attempt to sell you something. Photographers actually KNOW A LOT ABOUT PICTURES. They can help you choose the best sizes for the area, help you narrow down which pictures to use and help you decide which print products will work best for your needs. Anything larger than a 12″ side should be printed through your photographer because they know the best way to print them and can ensure its quality. You wouldn’t go to a great restaurant just to have them explain how they cooked the meal, you actually want them to COOK the meal for you. So make sure you are using a photographer that sells prints. Otherwise your wall will remain bare as you keep telling yourself you’ll find the time to sit down and do all the work yourself.

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There’s been more than one occasion that I’ve heard my friends talk about their pictures with regret and it completely breaks my heart. There is so much in life that is regrettable – dating the wrong guy, trying a bad hairstyle, choosing salad over soup – and pictures should never be one of them. If you’ve followed me for awhile now, you know how I feel about pictures being the story of our lives. I understand that having pictures taken isn’t the same as it was 100 years ago. Everything we do now is documented so it makes it seem not as important. The reality is that we don’t know the importance of pictures until it’s all we have left.

I also understand everyone is a photographer and you can choose from any number of people to take your pictures. What’s important to remember is, make sure the pictures you have taken are what you want to look to years down the road. Are you going to care how pretty they are? Or are you going to care that you remember the details – the laughs, the wispy hair, the missing teeth – of how life is at this exact moment?

Figure that out then don’t live in regret. If you want life’s moments, then make sure you get those and choose someone you trust can capture that. Kinda like how I was able to capture this family. This session was taken over a year ago and still remains one of my favorite sessions I’ve done. Prior to this session, and all my sessions, I had a chat with Mom to find out a little bit more about this incredible family. These are the things that helped drive the session. When she said that they love hanging out on the porch and playing in the yard, I knew that’s exactly what we were going to do. She told me about one of her sons who is full of ideas and has strong faith, a daughter is joyful and spontaneous, and her marriage is a strong teamwork. I was able to look for those things and all the other things we talked about, during our session.

Seeing all seven of them smile with pure joy as they passed their pictures around is exactly why I do what I do. And choosing a photographer who knows the importance of capturing your family’s unique personality will guarantee you’ll never have to regret your pictures.

 

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  • Jill Hunter

    Love the pics!! And the article!ReplyCancel

  • Ah!! Love, love, LOVE this! I especially loved the Bible photo. But I loved all of them–who am I kidding? 😉ReplyCancel

Most who know me, know I am very much an empathic person, this is actually one of the reasons I am so great at what I do, so you can imagine the emotional impact of being a birth photographer can have on me. What a woman goes through during the nine months of being pregnant, ON TOP of what happens to their bodies to give birth, is unbelievable!

My dear friends asked me not so recently to photograph the birth of their daughter. I need to note that just because I am a photographer doesn’t mean I am the photographer for all of my friends so being asked to do this for them was the biggest honor. This momma decided on a home birth and although I have complete faith in her abilities as a strong and capable woman, having her husband supporting her along the way, I’m sure, made this experience just a tad less fretful for her.

To know these two trusted me to document one of THE most incredible moments of their life but trusted me enough to allow me into such an intimate moment in a family.

What are you waiting for? Capture your story, now.

 

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People often worry and stress over when the best time is to get pictures taken. Is it in the fall when all the colors are golden or in the spring when everything is in bloom?

I recently shared a recent experience I had during a Facebook Live video that made me think about this exact topic. If you aren’t on Facebook, or if you missed the video, please watch it here:

Watching this all play out was obviously very emotional for me. It truly made me start thinking of everyone who tells me they want to wait until some moment for their pictures. Either for the perfect scene or until “I lose a few more pounds”. There will always be a reason to wait. What’s that old saying? There’s no time like the present. And this is true.

Another quick story for ya

I was dropping off an order with a client and as she was going through her album she said to me, “Where were these taken?! These are beautiful! It’s not my boring yard.” Obviously she was joking. She knew where they were taken. But it goes to show you that the scene isn’t what is important. Her pictures were full of sweet moments between her family and that’s all she was looking at. Nothing else – not how everyone’s outfits looked, not how she looked, not that everyone was cute for the camera. What she saw was the love between everyone.

So stop waiting!

Quit thinking you have to wait for the perfect scene or the perfect time. Those moments and connections happen in your everyday. I have been working on a 100 Days of Summer project over on Instagram and I’m loving every picture I get of my kiddos. My kids have so much fun having a water gun fight or running through the sprinkler – which I might add is the BEST summer activities – and the pictures I’ve gotten of them doing that have put the biggest smile on my face and filled my mom-heart with so much joy.

Think about it

What is happening right now that you want to remember? Is your sweet girl enjoying the summer in the pool? Is your little guy learning how to ride his bike? Or, after crazy busy weeks, does your family live for the weekend to relax and spend time together. Whatever those things you think of, those are what you should be getting pictures of. Those will be the ones that fill your heart with joy when you look at them.

Shoot me an email and we can discuss the best options for your session!

Here’s some of my favorite summer sessions!

 

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In honor of Father’s Day, I recently put a call out to my email subscribers asking them to share with me their favorite “father” picture. I didn’t have any parameters other than any dad that was important to them and it had to be their FAVORITE picture of them. I can’t tell you that I was shocked by the response I received.

As the pictures came in, there was a clear trend. Every picture submitted told a story. Each person had a deep, meaningful connection to the pictures. They told stories of love and loss. They were of moments they’d never forget. There was no mention about how cute the picture was or how handsome the dad in them was.

This is why pictures of our loved ones are so important to us – they are filled with stories and memories. Make sure you have pictures of your loved ones and also be in these pictures so you can be a part of your loved ones stories and memories. These pictures are important to us because these people matter to us, these relationships matter and these memories matter.

When was the last time you had photos taken of those relationships that matter? If it’s been too long, quit making excuses. You don’t get that time back. You don’t want to wait to long and lose the opportunity.

Now, onto everyone’s favorite “father” pictures! Thank you to everyone who submitted something.

 

I’ll begin with my favorite father picture. This is the moment my husband held our our oldest for the first time – the exact moment he became a father. He didn’t just hold him, he looked down at him with tears streaming off the tip of his nose never once wanting to look away. I remember looking over and falling more in love with him than the day we were married. Still one of my favorite memories.

 

“I love (these pictures) because it shows how involved he is. It’s not just a picture of them standing together, but pictures of him being a part of their lives. (The top image) shows real emotion. He’s proud and she loves her Daddy.” – April M.

 

“One of my favorites was right before we walked down the aisle. I look super concerned and pop was calming me down, telling me this was the moment I had been waiting for. He was trying so hard to get me out of my head and to just enjoy it. Don’t think I would have gotten through planning if it weren’t for him.” – Shannon H. (photo credit Vivian Kvam)

 

“This picture of (my dad) is one of the very few I have. He was such a handsome guy. Sometimes, after they are gone, memories fade. Pictures bring them back to ‘life’.” – Cindy M.

 

“This is my favorite of you and your dad. It shows such a raw, vulnerable emotion. I can go right back to that moment.” – Cindy M.

 

“I love that they were playing and being silly in the box while I was having coffee. And they took a minute to send me a pic so I knew they were thinking about me.” – Jill H.

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  • Cindy

    Love love love this!! If this doesn’t spark hearts to be sure to gets pictures thru all parts of life nothing will!! What amazing memories!! Thanks Melissa Lindquist Photography!!ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful idea!! So true…photos still are worth a thousand words, if not more. :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacy

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