Every home deserves to have art that inspires you and your loved ones. What better inspiration is there, than beautiful portrait art. Not only do we believe that your portraits should be up on your walls, but we also believe it should be well designed, well constructed, last a lifetime and most of all, as beautiful as the memory itself.
Take a look around your home and begin to dream of the possibilities! I will start out with some of the most popular design choices, these are some of the best places to start:
An open space, as soon as you walk in your home, is the most important place for a large family portrait. Not only will you always be reminded of the love you share, every day, but what a wonderful first impression to make that transforms your house into a home.
Another option for your family’s story is a living or dining area that is frequented the most. This is the perfect space for more casual portraits in a wall grouping, to tell your family’s story and always be reminded of those special parts to every family member. These also make wonderful relationship portraits with parents and children together, as well as siblings interacting. Through every life moment, your family is able to be reminded of the special bond of love you share.
Long walls, like the photo above, are essential for a portrait timeline. With proper planning, you can create a design that will withstand time, even moving homes, and be a treasured space for reflection.
We absolutely love when clients want a special portrait in their master bedroom. These can be anything from intimate moments, to family portraits, to happy portraits of the children. We know just how special it is to wake up every morning and be reminded of what truly matters in your life, and I find it very endearing when clients design for their bedrooms!
Studies show that when families invest in portraits of their babies and children, self confidence soars! Portraits are a reminder of how special they are to their parents, which builds a foundation of self esteem that lasts a lifetime.
David Krauss, a licensed psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio says, “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unit. A photographer’s job is to create and make the image look like a safe holding space for kids where they are safe and protected.”Photo Therapy and Mental Health – David Krauss
Now that you have some wonderful ideas, let’s discuss them before your session! Each session type lends to a different aspect of family portraits in your home and I can help with the planning. It is very important to prepare ahead of time before your session, so I can capture images that will suit the space you are hoping to fill!
Once we have completed your portrait session, it is time to prepare by taking photos of the spaces you are thinking of placing wall art. Using these photos, I can actually create to-scale mock up designs to show you exactly what your portraits will look like in that space, it’s really cool! Simply tape a piece of computer paper to the places you are considering adding portraits, then take a photo (you can use your cell phone!) straight-on of the wall space. The wider (further back you are), the better.
Andrea Halsey is a portrait artist and designer in Greensboro, North Carolina. She has been photographing area families for well over a decade, has achieved multiple photography related awards and was featured on the Dr. Oz show after photographing his family portraits. Raised in the Carolinas, she has a love for beautiful landscapes and family values, with complex inspiration from Mark Twain to Kate Spade.