I had a consultation with a lovely woman the other day, & she had a pretty common concern: family photos.
We all have them. We all love them, & in a different way, hate them. They are a pain to organize. It’s nearly impossible to change out the framed version of your daughter’s first Halloween costume, so you add another framed image. And another. And soon your walls & all surfaces are cluttered with these precious moments in time & none of them are getting the attention they deserve.
So what to do? How can we showcase our beautiful families and still have a serene and attractive home? I am going to try to help.
Sidebar: the photos I am referring to are candid ones; pictures that tell stories. Although graduation & sports photos have their place, they do not invite feelings or create questions about when & where the photo was taken. In other words, in my opinion, posed formal photos should be used sparingly. It’s the snapshots with stories behind them that create great cocktail party conversation & show the real personalities of those in the pictures. But that’s just one gal’s opinion.
That being said, too many fabulous, personality-filled candids mean that none of them get the attention they really deserve. If you’re there now, you’ll need help editing your collection, preferably someone un-biased. I wish I had a finite number to stay within, that’s tough. But I will try. I think 2-4 photos on a table is plenty-otherwise, walking into the room you see only a collection of frames, not photos. A gallery wall should be scaled to the room & not require the viewer to get really close to see the picture. They should range in sizes & shapes, but the frames should coordinate (no, they do not have to match, but too much differentiation just looks messy.) The other secret is to group “like with like”: wedding photos together, a collage of grandchildren or baby photos…
Likely I just gave you a lot of homework. Sorry about that. I hope it helps you to know this is difficult for me too. But I get a reminder when I walk into someone else’s home that, if there were fewer photos, I would love to look at them all, but with this many, I’m just too overwhelmed.
And what to do with the pics that you still love but didn’t make the cut? Scan them into Snapfish & create a lovely cocktail table book! My kids love going through these!
I’d like to know how this goes for you! Will you let me know?
~Have a beautiful day!