So you want to fill your home with beautiful, printed memories! Sounds great, right? Or, if you’re like me, more of a daunting task. What color frames to get, “how many photos should I print?”, “What size?”, “Which photos look best together???”…
Here are some tips I’ve learned when printing personal projects, as well as working with clients…
- Make a Favorites list: Take advantage of the Pixieset’s ability to name your list so you can separate and create multiple lists. Also, consider keeping it short, would you rather have a dozen photos on smaller paper, or invest in just a couple of images to be displayed prominently? Choose 1 or 2 images that mean the most to you, and build from there.
- Choose your material: Bright, high contrast colors? Might stand out beautifully on metal. Whereas, I love matte finish for photos with dreamy, pastel color schemes. With Matte, Metallic and Lustre to choose from in prints, plus Metal Sheet prints, Styrene mounted, black Standouts, and of course, Canvases
- Think Flexibly: Will this print work in multiple rooms of the home as we move and change decor? For collages, I like to experiment using Canva and Fotor with their collage makers to come up arrangements. For frames, I always try to stick to standard sizes and a matching style so I can use them for any type of photo.
- Measure! Look! Feel! Go to your local art/framing store and see what a 24x30in or a 5x7in looks like in person. Also feel free to measure, or even temporarily mark your walls if you are planning a big display. Spend most of your wall space, and product value on the 1 or 2 images that are the most powerful to you.
- Email your Photographer: Let me know what you are thinking at any point in the process and I will be glad to help! If you have purchased a print release to take your digitals to be printed, remember to email me to receive the included print-only digital copy with no watermark! The differences in DPI, digital colorspace, and sharpening matter much more when exporting for print. Using these special files will ensure your prints come out the best they possibly can.