I used to wonder this same thing myself... UNTIL I became a business owner / photographer / portrait designer, etc... :)
I thought, "Hey ... I'm crafty, I can design my own walls. I'll just get a few 8x10's and some 5x7's and arrange them somehow on my walls and it will be fine". The only problem was, I never did. I had good intentions, really ... I did ... it just never happened. The most I ever got done was to "design" an 8x10 storyboard of my three children and hang it between the kitchen and living room.
BUT, I had home interior hanging all over my house! Literally, it was in the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms AND living area. Most of it still is. Do you know why? Yes, it cost some money but it was EASY!!! I saw what I liked (and spent thousands), I bought it, I hung it on the wall. Easy-peasy! Nothin' to it. Now I regret it.
I don't have any portraits of my kids ... they are all either printed out on 4x6's and stored in a box (which is what we did in the OLD days) or they're on a computer that doesn't even work anymore. To enjoy them, I have to make an effort and set time aside to look at them. I wish I could enjoy them every day, anytime I want to. I'm thinking if you're anything like me and you've had a session with a photographer who offered you a disc with no options for prints, you've only printed out a couple for grandma and the rest are sitting on your computer. Am I right? Hey - I'm not judging - I got someone I knew to shoot my oldest daughter's senior pictures 5 years ago and give me a disc. Guess where they are? I have no idea. I remember what they looked like, but that computer is long gone and who knows where the disc is? I feel terrible about it, but starting now that's going to change.
So here we go ... I'm in the same boat YOU are! I designed a wall for my youngest daughter's room just like I would for any of my clients. I have measurements, wall color, and size suggestions and I finally settled on a wall design. I am so excited! I've already ordered the images AND frames and this will be a reality by tomorrow evening. Here is the mock-up I designed ...
My next step is to hire a professional portrait designer (NO, not someone who will give me the session and disc for $50 and be done with it.) I want a real, honest to goodness designer to do a family session and then take some time and sit down with me with suggestions for decorating my own home. Because yes, just like my clients, I am worth it.
I'll keep you posted on the outcome.
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