How to design a canvas gallery wall | Frisco, TX Newborn & Maternity Photographer

As a luxury boutique photographer, a part of my job is to provide a professional opinion around what images will look best on a client’s wall, and in what arrangement. I’ve always had the ability to show clients their images on an iPad and also separately draw rectangles on a piece of paper to give someone an idea for my vision. This lasted a bit longer than it should have, but it worked… some of the time. I knew I needed a better way to show them what their portraits would look like on a wall so I started doing some research.

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I found two companies at the time that offered what I wanted so I tested them out and went with the one I thought had the most relevant features. It worked! It allowed me to be able pull my images into a program that had varying backgrounds like bedrooms and living rooms. This provided the visualization we all wanted to see. Nowadays there are quite a few different companies that offer visualization programs for photographers to use but guess what, I’ve stuck with my original selection to this day! I even bought a new iPad (over Black Friday, yes) because the program I chose no longer worked fully with my original first generation iPad 😔😆.

First thing’s first, pick your favorite images. It can be a much longer process than expected if you try and design the wall with about 50 images in front of you to choose from. Narrow down your choices first. Which images elicit emotion, give you that warm cozy feeling, or make you want to share with friends? Selecting your top 5 images is great starting point. Now, you can build around those…

The “rules” when building a gallery wall… don’t always have to be followed. Although most people say to stick with odd numbers of canvases because it’s more visually pleasing, it’s not a hard and fast rule. I can have two canvases next to each other that work perfectly fine together; but, I might just alter the sizes so they “fit” well together. That being said, I pay most attention to colors when designing a gallery wall. If you are creating a 3 canvas collage, you want to make sure the colors are somewhat balanced. Putting blue, white, blue works but blue, blue, white would feel unbalanced. Get my point? D3EF1E98-07EA-40B1-B5EE-C661F09303C8

Sizing is an important factor, too. You need to make sure to choose appropriate sizes for your wall. An 8×10 May look like a decent size on a table, but when it goes on a wall above a couch, you can bet your bottom dollar that it won’t look very good because it’s not an appropriate size for a canvas hanging on a wall. Personally, I like to keep canvases sized anywhere from 30×40 to 16×20. This range of  sizes is pretty appropriate for wall art. The final step is to simply take a step back and make sure the design you have created is something you will want to view for years to come.

If you’ve read this far, I hope you feel a little more confident in the steps to design your perfect gallery wall. Take a look at a few canvas gallery walls I’ve designed for clients for their Reveals. I’ve included the sizes on the walls (below the canvases) for your benefit.

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Putting your memories on your walls shows you value your relationships.

Have you designed a gallery wall before – tell me about it in the comments,

Kristin
http://www.kraeimages.com

 

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Which should you choose? Milk Bath vs. Natural Light Maternity Shoot| Dallas, TX Maternity Photographer

I always get asked, “What’s the difference between a milk bath and outdoor maternity session?”, and I get inquiries that say “I’m interested in booking a milk bath shoot with you and would like my husband included. Is this possible?”. So after Many many many responses and consistently answering the same questions, I decided it was a good time to explain the sessions in more detail…

At K-Rae Images, there are two main types of maternity photoshoots offered: Milk Bath Maternity and Natural Light Maternity.

Milk Bath Maternity shoots are unique since few photographers offer this, and they are more artistic so to speak. Women who are drawn to these images understand how “new” they are to maternity photography and that they will be receiving something special that lots of people may not even know exist. This is for a mom who wants the intimate bond between her and baby captured, while relaxing in a warm milky bath with fragrant flowers, fruit, or other items floating around. Fresh Lace gowns are offered to be used during the shoot, and mom’s can choose to have the photos done in the nude or tastefully covered with material provided. The only downside to milk bath sessions in my personal opinion is that they don’t include a significant other or children – this is one reason why mom’s who choose this option may also select to have a natural light shoot as well. To see the whole milk bath process, visit my article, Dallas Milk Bath Maternity Photoshoot Demystified – K-Rae Images.

Natural Light Maternity shoots are more common and are done outdoors at a location of the client’s choice. At K-Rae Images, there are three locations around Dallas that I frequent because I’ve found some amazing areas that always draw me back. I also have clients specifically request these spots after seeing my images. In outdoor shoots, mom’s get to choose from my closet of gowns and pick anything from belly showing to long sleeve gowns and even gowns with a long train to throw in the air if desired! The creativity comes into play in this type of shoot more in the environment, lighting, and posing aspects. Significant others and other children (even pets) can be included here.

 

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Should you book a maternity milk bath or maternity natural light photoshoot?

 

For any questions about this article or if you are a client interested in booking, email kristin@kraeimages.com

Thanks!

Dallas Milk Bath Maternity Photoshoot Demystified – K-Rae Images

Milk bath maternity photography is slowing becoming more popular amongst expectant mothers, but still many are a bit hesitant to make the plunge (literally!). Since it’s such a unique way to capture a pregnancy, many mothers still choose to go the studio or natural light route outdoors. My goal here is to demystify the process of a milk bath maternity shoot and hopefully put some moms at ease and even get excited to do one themselves!

Here are my 5 steps to demystifying a milk bath session at K-Rae Images.

  1. Location. Location. Location.
    It is up to the women to decide where they want their photoshoot to occur, whether at their own home or mine. If a client has a beautiful tub, I absolutely love shooting in a new location; however, I always ask if there is good natural light in the bathroom. The reason I ask this is because natural light (for my specific style) turns out a better finished image than with studio lights. That’s not to say I won’t do studio lights sometimes, but I just prefer the natural light glow if I have an option. Most women seem to go with shooting in my home bathtub simply because then they don’t have to worry about cleaning up their bathroom, or inviting someone into their home.
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  2. Color Scheme and Props
    Every shoot is unique in that there are different items and colors included. A mom can choose to do flowers, flower petals, fruit, etc. in the tub and each gives a different feel and final look. One mother may prefer a bright red rose milk bath, while another wants subtle cucumber slice environment. Since there are so many different options and colors, I let my clients select and bring with them whatever they want to personalize the shoot. Of course, I help offer advice and quantity ideas.
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  3. Maternity Gowns or Tastefully Covered
    I have a large collection of maternity gowns for my clients to use for their milk bath shoots so they don’t need to worry about buying any special dresses. I have quite a few different colors, and lace gowns seem to work best in the milk water; however, if a mom wants a specific color gown that I don’t have, I’ll do my best to accommodate. Some moms may be a bit more daring and even want some photos without the gown so the focus is solely on them and their baby belly. Either option is totally fine, and I always make sure to edit out any slips so the photos are tasteful.
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  4. Makeup & Hair
    I highly recommend using one of my makeup and hair professionals (to the point where I almost want to say it’s required). Why?! Moms gain so much confidence when they are all done up beautifully and are more relaxed knowing they can just show up to my shoot in baggy clothes, no makeup, and hair undone. I use some amazing makeup artists who live in the area, just ask me. Plus, I arrange everything so that my clients don’t have to worry about coordinating anything.

    Makeup for this shoot: Glam by Jessie 😀

  5. Have Fun!
    No explanation needed here but I’ll say it anyway. This is a fun shoot where mom gets into a prepared “milk bath” (I typically creating the bath as makeup is being done but I can also have it ready to go when a client arrives). Yes, it is milk but I tend to use powdered ingredients so I’m not pouring in gallons of milk. The water will be warm and should feel nice and soothing to mom. All they have to do is show some love for their little one to come.

Final images…

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Natural Light Maternity Photography – What to expect when you’re expecting… to do a pregnancy photoshoot with me!

This is an article for all moms or soon-to-be moms who are considering having maternity (pregnancy) photos taken. It’s a bit long but will provide great insight into maternity sessions!
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I’m kind of excited to get my thoughts down on paper (eh, well on a blog) around maternity photo sessions and what mom’s can expect. I’m sure you have all heard about the book “What to expect when you’re expecting” so I’m putting a spin on this to share my thoughts around what all you lovely mom’s can expect when you shoot with me!
{Note: I am located in Dallas, Texas, specifically around the Plano and Frisco areas, and I take photos all around the DFW metroplex. I travel often to Houston, TX and will also travel for clients willing to bring me out!}

Taking professional photos is a wonderful experience and a great way to capture this AMAZING time. It’s time to forget the cellphone photos that you may only post to a social media site here or there. Instead, it’s time to plan to have beautifully created, artistically edited photos done that you will treasure, want to BRAG about and even print to show off! I hear some mom’s saying “I already did it with my first” or “I may do it with my next one” but the time is now. If you did natural maternity portraits with your last one, maybe try a city scene, country set, or milk bath session (possibilities are endless). Your pregnancy experience will be different with every child so why not capture it?

The purpose of taking maternity photos is to document the wonderful transformation your body is going through, remember this special time & the feelings you have, and to celebrate the new life you are bringing into the world. I’m here to capture those details and emotions through my eyes (and lenses)! Once you realize that taking professional photos with me is totally! worth your hard earned money, you will start to understand the reason why right away. The goal of my photography business is to be able to provide a boutique and personally catered experience to all of my clients – and who doesn’t love being catered to?!

About K-Rae Images:

What you should realize that I’m 100% NOT:

  • working for a large company who is trying to get clients in and out
  • inside a mall selling quick 1, 2, 3 smile shots
  • making you buy 10 different sizes of the same image (like box stores do)
  • requiring you to provide your own maternity clothing

What I absolutely AM:

  • offering you a professional customized experience
  • providing you with different maternity gown options; you can always bring your own outfits if you prefer too! I may not have every gown you see because I have taken photos with other models and mom’s who purchase their own dresses but I do have 7+ to choose from in all different colors, coverage, and materials.
  • allowing you to select exactly what you want (you can choose to purchase digital images, prints, canvases, OR photo albums) & allowing you to select the sizes of products you want
  • going to spend quality time editing your photos to make sure they have my artistic touch and will display beautifully if printed (see before and after photo below)
  • using a professional photography lab to make sure the image colors and tones turn out exactly as intended
  • going to do my best to make your session enjoyable and memorable
  • ready to provide you with images that you will want to display and show people!

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Now that we got all of that out of the way, you should know that I absolutely love what I do. I have had a passion for photography since high school (developing film in a dark room), and I always strive to create something special. My favorite time to capture these types of images is between 28-35 weeks; however, everyone shows at different times and in different ways so we can plan your session around your figure.

Your photography experience with me will start BEFORE your actual session. I’ll send you information via e-mail, we will decide the perfect location for you, and we can even chat on the phone before your session. We can talk about outfit or maternity gown options, family members you want included in your photos (if any), and potential color schemes. Then you will arrive onsite, we will have a blast taking the photos (of course), and then the fun part…

You are invited to my home, or I can travel to yours, for a view and order session – this will be a fun time to review the proof (barely edited) images, talk through what you love and what you don’t and then make final selections. For those of you that are super busy or unable to sit down with me, you can view online. Your images will be placed in a private online gallery so you can view the proofs, favorite, make comments, etc. With the proofs, you will also get to see a few fully edited images to see my artistic transformation and envision how it would look on the rest of the images. During the in-person view and order session, you will be able to see and feel the different products I offer so you can truly understand the quality. For example, my canvases are fully backed and come ready to hang with tight corners and amazing print quality (no cheap-o canvases where you can see the boards on the back!).

After confirming your order and paying for the images, I will spend up to two weeks editing them and then as soon as they are ready, I will send you the digital images (if you purchased any) and then send off the others to the professional printing lab I use to create your new items to treasure!

I look forward to working with you and capturing some stunning images (and hopefully documenting either your birth story or newborn photos afterward!).

If you haven’t already booked a session with me (and have a belly you want to photograph), now is the time –> E-mail me: kristin@kraeimages.com

I hope you love these images, and feel free to write to me on the blog with any questions/comments!

I serve maternity photography clients in both Dallas, TX & Houston, TX and surrounding areas. I will travel outside of these locations for portrait sessions; however, a travel fee may be included.

2017 Maternity Photography – Houston, TX – Dog Maternity Photos

What a beautiful couple these two are! I have actually known them most of my life and SURPRISE! I introduced them to each other and now they are married and expecting their first child. You can’t appreciate doing photos for a close friend much more than I did with Brooke and Brad. And… to put the cherry on top, they are waiting to find out the sex of the baby! Gender reveal will be during their birth photography shoot that I plan to drive down for! I absolutely love them both and can’t wait to meet their little one. As a photographer residing in Dallas, TX but with family in Houston, it’s such a good position to be able to travel home for a photoshoot and also see family at the same time. Congrats Brooke, Brad, and baby ❤

They did a double session: First part was at a natural location in the outskirts of Houston, TX and the second was in their home with their 2 furry family members. It’s always a hoot taking dog maternity photos and having them lick mama’s belly to get the shot!

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