Confession: I made the mistake I always try to keep my clients from making. I hung a print that was entirely too small for the wall space I had alloted for it. Here’s what happened.
I live in Texas and enjoy doing the obligatory “Kid in the Wildflowers” pictures with my beautiful daughter. Like all children she grew tired of sitting in the flowers so I enlisted my hubby to walk around with her and chat with her a bit, to boost her spirits. Here’s the photo that came from that moment.
I love, love, love this moment. Words don’t do justice to how this image touches my heart. I think it’s the kind of picture that when my kiddo is my age she’ll look back fondly on these days and these moments with her dad.
What I should have done was rushed out and ordered a canvas of this picture that day! Well, you know how they say that mechanics never fix their own car? I’m guilty as to rarely printing large images of my family. In the end I used this as a sample image to show a client various sizes of images. This one was a 8×12. And as fate would have it I had a frame sitting around just perfect for the image. So I put it on the wall. And the 8×12 looked teeny tiny, because in truth we shouldn’t be hanging up 8×12 images. Those are better suited for desks and shelves.
But I hung it anyway, knowing it was too small for the space. And it haunted me. Everyday I’d see it there in all it’s tiny glory. Begging me to make a bigger print.
So I did. Now I have a 16×20 canvas of this same image hanging on the wall. And it’s MARVELOUS! You can see their expressions, you can see the flowers. You can see that my kiddo’s feet are not large pink balls. And now I get to stare at it and relive that moment. Every now and then I see my hubby looking at it with a big smile. It’s pretty wonderful.
Now, I’m working harder to decorate our walls with huge images of our family. After all I have all this wall space to fill, what better way than with huge images of my darling daughter.
Here’s an image that gives you an idea as to what each size of picture looks like. I can’t remember where I got it from (apologies to the photographer who created this template and deserves credit!) but it does a bang up job of showing you why the 8×12 did not work.
If you have a story about realizing your image doesn’t quite look right, feel free to leave a comment about it. I’d love to hear your stories!
P.S. the 16×24 looks teeny on this huge wall. Mine’s not quite that large. But remember this when you’re ordering prints (from me or anyone else). When it comes to big blank walls, bigger is better, especially when dealing with singular images.