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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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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Skowronski Maternity Portraits | K-Rae Images Plano, TX Photographer

8 months pregnant  – this radiant mama flew into Dallas, TX for me to take maternity portraits of her! I felt so honored to take her pictures, and we had the lovely MUA & hairstylist from Lisa Max Beauty do Ann’s hair and makeup. This mama was willing to do anything, including posing like a mermaid in the water 😉  I hope I get to meet your little one!

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DIY Floral Crown for Photoshoots | K-Rae Images Frisco, TX Photographer

Lately I have been thinking about what other props I could add to my maternity offerings. I currently have maternity gowns with lace and chiffon, wraps, and some jewelry but I wanted something more. Sooo….

I decided to make a pretty flower crown to add to my props for maternity shoots. “Well hello, Pinterest! You haven’t failed me yet.” So after browsing all the photos on this wonderful “idea site”, I settled on a color pallette and bought all of the materials. I sat in the bed and just started putting flowers onto a base and voila – DIY floral crown! The circle base for the crown was actually made from flower stems put together instead of wire – I may have forgotten to buy wire at the store (oops) but it worked out in my favor.

I put together a quick collage to share a little bit of my process so anyone that is interested can make their own. Please ignore the photographer in the image and the bad room lighting 😛 – when taken outside and placed on a gorgeous pregnant mommy it will shine. I can’t wait to use this on my next maternity session (with a willing client).

More to come…

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