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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George Family Photoshoot | Plano, TX Family Photographer

Family sessions are always so different because every single family interacts in a unique way with each other, and everyone has a different personality. Boy, this family photoshoot was bursting with personality – I loved it!

Being a photographer who shoots primarily around the Plano and Frisco, TX, I have some great locations that I frequent, and this family photoshoot was done in one of my favorite places because of the lush greenery and water feature. Check it out:

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If you are seeking a family or child photographer in the Dallas area, including Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Prosper, Flower Mound, and many more surrounding areas, contact me today at http://www.kraeimages.com

Newborn Kitten Photoshoot | Dallas, TX Pet Photographer

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Baby’s are cute – there is no doubt about that (I mean, I am a newborn photographer) – but newborn kittens are also seriously adorable.

My good friend’s cat had kittens, and my first thought was “how stinkin’ cute!” but my second thought was “I wanna do a photoshoot with them!”. So anyway, my friend was trying to find homes for the kittens so it was a perfect way to get some cute shots to share around. A newborn kitten photoshoot was now required (from my perspective)!

So tell me, would you want one of these kittens if you saw their newborn photos?
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Do you already have animals of your own that you now want this kind of photoshoot with?! I hope these photos of kittens from McKinney, Texas put a smile on your face.

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I’m located in Dallas, TX  (specifically in the Plano, Frisco area), and I’m available for your pet photography needs.

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Newborn tabby cat
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Fall Mini Sessions are here – Limited Dates | Plano, TX Family Photographer

Fall Mini Sessions are here!

(*Limited dates – Only 4 time slots each day)
Dallas family and child photographer – located in the Plano & Frisco area.

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*** These sessions are $225 and include a 20 minute session and 8 professionally edited Digital Images in color. You will have the option to purchase additional images after viewing your gallery. To book, you will be asked to pay a $75 non-refundable deposit via PayPal with the remainder due at time of session. If we need to reschedule due to weather we will easily arrange for this. ***

COST: $225 ($75 due to book with the remainder due at time of session)
WHO: Mini sessions are for anyone – Families, couples, maternity, kids, pets
WHAT YOU GET: Playdate with the family/significant other/children/pets, 8 Digital Images (you can print/post), Private online viewing gallery to select your images, option to purchase additional items
WHEN: Friday, November 3rd & Saturday, November 4th Only (Session start times will be assigned between 4:50-6:20pm; 4 slots available each day)
WHERE: The location for these sessions will be in Plano, TX (Detailed directions will be given after booking)

DETAILS: My goal is to capture the fun emotions and love amongst your family members or between you and your significant other – the sessions will have some posed shots looking right into the camera but the rest will be more playful and natural. I want your family to be yourself and interact with each other! In fact, if you have kids, it’s best NOT to tell your kids it’s a photoshoot but rather a family play date outside (there’s even a playground on site that you can all have fun at after the shoot). I’ll give some direction during our shoot, but it will mostly be 20 minutes of fun with your family. Once booked, I’ll send a password to my private blog post with more details, a what to wear guide, and link to my clothing inspiration page.

If you have any questions, simply reply via email or send me a text.

***These mini sessions are NOT for extended family groups, they are for immediate families with up to 6 people total, couples, kids, or pets. If your immediate family is larger than 6 people, please contact me before booking.***

I look forward to meeting you  ❤
– Kristin

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“Every good and perfect gift is from above” – James 1:17

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About Me! Read the article published in Voyage Dallas about my photography business (located in Frisco, TX)!

I am excited to share that Voyage Dallas Magazine reached out to me to be a featured business and the article was just published (5/31/17)!

Read all about how I started in photography and view images from both sides of my business – did you know I shoot 2 different genres?! Yup! I have 2 different specialties which means 2 different business Facebook pages and Instagram accounts!

“Why?”, you ask… The two sides of my business are kept separate because they appeal to very different types of clientele (I’m so proud of both of them!), and who knows – maybe they will even mesh at some point. For now they are best kept separate, but I hope to be able to photograph some of my fitness clients’ maternity/birth/newborn images in the future OR maybe one of my birth/portrait work clients will get into health & fitness or sports and want to document their journey!

Click this link to read the full article & find out more about me and my specialties:
http://voyagedallas.com/interview/meet-kristin-ratterree-k-rae-images-frisco/

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