Here at Jillian Marie Photography, we believe your senior session should capture the very essence of you. Because of our philosophy, our clients walk away with many gorgeous images, and turn them into heirloom quality products for their grandparents, parents, and loved ones. We work carefully with each and every client to make sure they are receiving the products and prints that they truly love. But after that session is done, and the excitement has died down, many people simply put their images on a shelf, or in a drawer. I think this is such a tragedy; why forget such a special memory or milestone? I have some ideas today with how clients can creatively display and use their senior photos after their session:
-Don’t give all your prints/gifts away right at the start. It is tempting to run to your grandparents or loved ones to give them the beautiful products you have ordered for them, but it’s really special to also hold onto those until a holiday or birthday rolls around. They will give you long lasting memories to enjoy, and will also extend the time when you have the anticipation of sharing the images with the people you love.
-Make a small display with photo clips: Photo clips are a more casual way to display photos, and they can look really adorable above a bed or desk. A garland like this has fairy lights attached, and is perfect for a boho, dreamy look, and it’s under $20! The only drawback is that the photos do get small marks on them from the clip portions, so be sure to utilize the images that you have multiple copies of. It’s also really cute when you trim your images into squares from the prints, in order to give a look close to Instagram squares for this particular look.
-Mix in matted and framed prints into a gallery wall: A lot of the latest trends include large gallery walls. We recommend searching for trendy prints at places like Hobby Lobby and Home Goods in order to achieve something that doesn’t look very dated, especially in a dorm room. Aim for one consistent factor, like rustic frames or gold edges, because this makes it look very cohesive and polished. Hang them with one edge (top or bottom) even to the ground, but stagger the rest of the display to make it more casual. Don’t utilize more than 2 senior images in a gallery wall to avoid it being overwhelming, and intermix family photos and candid shots with the framed quotes or decor items.
-Short on space? The dollar store and other big box retailers have magnetic frames that are used for lockers or refrigerators, but you can attach them to a large piece of metal and hang it next to a letterboard or in a gallery wall to give yourself another surface to hang photos that you may want to change out more often. It is also an affordable way to display the images for a short time period. You can also do a gallery on your actual fridge if you are in a tiny space and don’t have the ability to hammer nails into the wall.
-Display photo books with your other coffee table books: Mix in your printed albums with other home design books or interesting photo documentary books for a cool coffee table look. It also gives guests something fun to look at while they sit in your living area or dorm room. People love looking at photo books, and they can also break the ice for new friends!
We always have an ordering session with our clients, in order to help them select the items that best fit their needs. Please let us know if you have something special in mind!