Deciding on the perfect frames, figuring out how you’re going to arrange them and choosing the photographs to fill them is important (obviously for us, since it’s what we’ve built our entire family portrait experience around).
But those are the technical details. What’s far more important is what that wall gallery says about you.
It’s called ‘choosing your adornment’.
Much to my chagrin, both my kids have plastered the walls of their room with posters. For my son, it’s soccer posters. At 8 years old, he lives and breathes soccer and one of the many ways he expresses that is through all those posters on his wall
As we get older it may get more sophisticated, but we still show the world what’s important to us by what we put on our walls.
Sure it moves from posters to an autographed championship jersey preserved behind glass and hung on the wall of the den. Or an original piece of art brought back from France because your family loves to travel.
But we’re still telling the world what’s important to us by what we put on our walls.
When you frame family photographs on your wall it tells your friends and family, or whoever enters your home, exactly what’s important to you and what you’re all about as a family.
But the friends and family visiting your home aren’t the most important audience for the photographs on your wall.
The people who are most impacted when you choose family photographs as your adornment are your kids. Everyday they see that they are worthy of being displayed on your wall. Everyday they see that they are valued. And everyday, amidst the chaos, they see that above all else family matters and you are their tribe.
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Think for a moment about the story you want to tell with those photographs.
I am a perfectionist at heart. When I’m designing your wall gallery, I choose the perfect arrangement of frames for your space and the perfect frames to suit that space.
But it may surprise you what I think the perfect family photographs are to fill those frames. It is never an entire gallery of everyone staring prettily at the camera. In fact, I generally recommend choosing one of those types of photos at most.
The perfect family photographs to fill that gallery are photographs with moments of real emotion and connection. Because at your best, that’s who you really are as a family.
As you choose your adornment, consider the values you can convey to anyone who enters your home and, even more importantly, to your kids as they move throughout their day.
What do the walls of your home say about your family?
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