The age-old dilemma these days with digital photographs is what to do with them.
The amazing thing about digital photography is you can take thousands of images, keep what you like, delete what you don’t. But at the end of the day, that’s still all you have – the digital images. There is nothing tangible that allows you to really SEE them.
So … why not showcase them with something that is unique and fitting for you and your images?
These are just a few ideas that I’ve found have worked for my family, and I’m happy to now share them with you!
Create a Picture Wall
Pick a wall in your home and designate it for pictures. I think everyone should have one. It’s a great way to showcase your growing children, your extended family/friends, or your latest photographic masterpiece. Check out local garage sales or thrift shops and purchase inexpensive frames of different sizes. Print some of your favorite images, add them to the frames, and then hang them sporadically on your designated wall. It’s as easy as that! We use MonkeyHooks. They’re easy to use and you don’t need any tools! Check em’ out here: http://www.monkeyhook.com/. Also, I always, always, always recommend printing your images with a pro lab, like Mpix: http://www.mpix.com/. They are VERY comparable to some of the larger printing labs, but the quality far surpasses them. I mean they have prints starting at 19¢!
So this is my lame attempt at a picture wall in my home! It's a work in progress, but I figured I'd at least show you a frame of reference. You can do whatever you want though - mix up the frames, put them at different heights - make it unique and fit for YOUR family!
Make a Photo Book
There are a variety of companies out there that allow you to take your photos and create beautiful books with them. My favorite is MyPublisher. Not only do they have their own design software, but you can have them design your book and order your pictures in one easy step. The nice part about it is you can change things around so the book mirrors exactly what you want. Whether it’s your family portraits, your wedding day or a ‘just because’ book, you can have something tangible to pass down from generation to generation.
I created this album using MyPublisher, for my good friends from England. I had the chance to travel there and photograph some of their 'Big Day'! What a privilege. But this album was easy to create and I could use the pictures they wanted, and could organize them in a way that 'told their story'.
Scrapbook with Project Life
I know, I know. Scrapbooking sounds tedious. Overwhelming. And downright is not appealing to most folks out there. I give it to any person who has ever sat down and attempted to scrapbook anything! I definitely don’t have the know-how or the patience. And I’m just being real here … ok, ok, I’m done complaining … so I recently discovered a ‘different’ way to scrapbook and it’s revolutionary! It requires no cutting. No gluing. Cuts the time you’re documenting your memories, in half, which creates more time to make even more memories!
I am not in any way associated with these companies, but I have been using them for years. They really have helped me output not only my clients’ images, but my own, into beautiful pieces of art that I can cherish for years to come.
Emily Allison is a portrait/wedding photographer in South Bend, Indiana. You can view more of her work on her website http://heysistersphotography.com/.