Selecting the Right Size Print for Your Space

Imagine this: your fabulous pet, an amazing photo, and the desire to display that photo in all its glory in your home. Faced with dozens of image sizes and options, you decide that a "bigger" photo will make a better impact. Bigger is better, right? That's what a lot of my clients assume, but as your professional pet photographer my job is to help you select the best size of printed photographs to maximize their impact in your home. So to illustrate this point, and get some great new samples to share with my clients, I placed an order last week. When the box of sample photos arrived I carefully unpacked each one and was totally excited to have such beautiful pictures of my dog Alice to display around my house and share with my clients. Pure joy! But then I came to the final image, the largest one, and I unpacked it to reveal the following photo:alice on the mantel 1 After living with the image on our mantel for a few days, I've titled it "Alice - The Dictator in Our Living Room." Alice now reigns over the entire space, not to mention our sofa! I get an uneasy feeling in this room now, like she's watching me all the time, when I'm just trying to relax. The source of this unease became clear: bigger photos are not always better! This photo is too big for our living room. It doesn't matter that the 24x36 print is a portrait of my beloved Alice. It's simply too big, overwhelming our space. As I attempted to take a photo to illustrate the size comparison (truly life sized), Alice got a look at herself and totally freaked, bolting for the stairs. (Only after a lot of bribes did she agree to pose for this picture!) alice on the mantel 1-2

What size would fit on my wall?

Even though larger prints are better suited for wall art, it is important to keep the size of the space where you want to hang the photo clearly in mind.  As my client, I'm totally here to help you avoid having a dictator in your living room. To make the process of choosing the right size prints in your "photo selection session" as easy as possible, tape a letter size piece of paper  (8.5"x11") on the wall where you'd like your photo to hang. Take the photo straight on, and email it to me before your "photo selection session."


Two weeks after the our photo session with your pet, we'll get together for an ordering appointment and go through the images one by one. With the help of an app on my trusty iPad, we'll separate your photos into categories such as LoveLike, and Not Right Now. We'll export your Love category into a software program that will do magic, displaying exactly how your framed collection would look on your wall. Below is an example of a framed wall collection that my pet and family clients can select to showcase their photos this year. Aren't they gorgeous?!

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The Album Design Process

Trying to decide which images to include in an album can be an overwhelming process. To make it as easy as possible for my clients, I narrow down the edited images to a 20-page custom design that tells your story. The initial layouts are shared in an online gallery where you can comment on each 2-page spread and suggest changes (color vs. black and white, image re-sizing  or image swapping). Three rounds of revisions are included with each album. Once the design has been approved, the final digital layouts are sent to my lab for printing and assembly. The finished album is shipped to me for final inspection to ensure that everything is perfect, and we set up a time for me to hand-deliver it. You can then sit back and enjoy your memories that are preserved in this keepsake album.

Here is my latest sample from Christie and Dan's engagement session. Because of  the simple and clean layouts, and the matte finish of the paper, the album works perfectly as a wedding guestbook. I will upload images as soon as I have the actual album in my hands.

Super Folio

Next in the product lineup is the super folio. What is a super folio you may ask, and what makes it so super? Well, the folio is a mini album that holds two photos on either matte or metallic paper. I chose the matte paper because of it's natural look that fit well with my brand. The super part may come from the the way it makes the photos stand out, the flexibility in size (4x5, 5x7, 8x8, 8x10, and 10x10), the cover options (60 types of fabric, leather, or a printed cover), or the amazing customer service. When I ordered the super folio I had forgotten to specify which paper I wanted. The next day I got a call from the company and the issue was resolved. A few days after I received the package, a handwritten thank you card arrived in the mail. The company wanted to make sure that I was happy with my order. Happy? I was thrilled!!! Handwritten notes from companies don't happen too often these days, and showed that I had found a truly remarkable vendor who cared. The super folio was perfect. The leather was soft, the print was stunning, and the overall quality was top notch. This is a great display option for my clients who are looking for a way to showcase their new portraits on their desk, nightstand, mantel, or coffee table. I'm happy I get to keep this one of Alice for myself. :)

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