What makes a house a home? It’s the little things that allude to the fact that a person (i.e. you) lives there. For example, it could be the coffee maker that’s set to brew at 7 am every morning, or even the row of hooks to hang your dog leashes on. It can be anything specific to you and your lifestyle, but there’s one simple thing that’s totally universal to each household & we’ve deemed it the easiest way to add a touch of hominess to your space (yup, you guessed it): family photos.
We’re all here on this blog because we just want things sprinkled around our houses that makes our hearts happy, so it makes sense that most of us want to frame and hang up pictures of the people we love most. But in order to achieve this, you don’t have to go to the beach to take photos with your family in matching white shirts and jeans…in fact, please don’t. That’s a lot of work. We’re firm believers that candid, fun family photos are your best bet to bring energy and life into your home (and capture the essence of the folks that live there), so today we’ve rallied up a few designer-approved techniques to framing them. Let’s make those hearts happy…
The One Big Photo
Go big or go home. Well you are home, so go big and hang it in your home. This works well when you’re not blowing up a giant photo of your toddler’s face, and instead go for a more scenic family photo (like the one pictured above) from a special moment in time. Sara took this photo of Emily and her fam on an iPhone, so no you don’t have to have some fancy professional camera to blow up a photo to its max capacity. If you do this with an iPhone shot however, we just recommend making it black and white or something that can hide graininess. Sara also photoshopped a little section of this picture out to make the background more scenic, so if you want a full tutorial on how this was done…check out this blog post.
Little Moments (vary frames)
Okay so I just said “go big or go home” but now I’m gonna tell you about “less is more”. Tomato tomato, go with whatever is right for your family and your space. Just make sure if you’re going for smaller family photos (like the ones pictured on the credenza above) you vary the standing frames to bring in more visual interest. This is a good time to experiment and play around with fun and flirty frames in all shapes, sizes, and materials!
Same Frame Family Photos
You have two options here if you want to do a wall of family photos moment…
Option A: Go for the grid
This is a clean and simple option, and in my opinion looks GREAT when all the photos are in black and white. Oh, which brings me to a sizzling hot tip coming in so hot it’s burning my fingers as I type this…
If you want to do a wall of family photos with the same sized frame, make sure your photos are either all in black and white or all in color, this will make the wall look more cohesive 🙂
Also since we were chatting about candid fun photos in the intro, another hot tip that Emily used for the grid above, is to take videos of your family or friends and then screenshot the moments you like the most. This works ESPECIALLY great if you have small kids and it feels impossible to take a photo. This will make your mission accomplished.
Option B: The classic gallery wall
The gallery wall is always a classic and always a favorite of ours, so if you’re into this idea, GO FOR IT. You can do no wrong (well just make sure you don’t go too small on the frames and space it too far apart — otherwise they will look bitsy). If you want tips for how to build a successful gallery wall, check out this gallery wall formula post we swear by.
Polaroids and Photo Strips
These are both no-fail options.
Remember when I said go for candid, fun photos about 1,000 times? Polaroids and photo booth strips are at a 10/10 on the fun and candid scale. They’re also the perfect art piece because no one ever knows what to actually do with them once you get them back from the camera or photo booth printer. Just slap them on the wall people! It’s a win-win for everyone and you won’t regret it. Here’s a photobooth strip AND polaroid example (in the same shot!) that Em has in her personal gallery wall in the mountain house:
When in doubt, float mount
If you have an abundance of polaroids because you bought the polaroid printer that Emily is very obsessed with because you can print polariods from your IPHONE PHOTOS, then here’s a way to frame them so they look awesome (and make you feel good):
Both Arlyn and Sara achieved this polaroid grid family photo look in their MOTOS (Arlyn’s grid isn’t technically polaroids, they’re actual square images printed by Artifact Uprising and put together by Frame It Easy, which is also a great option). We’re all super into this kind of thing and if you are too let us know in the comments 🙂
I hope this helped and that you grabbed a couple of ideas from this so you don’t have to coordinate matching outfits with your family this year (or if you do that, by all means go for it and do you!). Wishing you all the best with your family photo framing and be sure to #showemyourstyled so we can see how they turned out!! Ta-ta for now.
Opener Image: Photography by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From “How We Shoot, Edit, and Hang Family Photos with Framebridge”