If you follow my Pinterest account you may have noticed one of my boards ‘Hallway ideas’. I have been wanting to do something to spruce up our hallway and staircase since we moved in, but as with all our interior plans they are taking their sweet time to come into fruition. My plans for this have always been to create a photo wall. I love this look and really think its adds character to such a mundane feature in our homes.
Another reason I wanted to use this space to store our family snaps is that it gives me a push to actually print out some of my photos. I am forever taking photos of the children and until recently have only ever printed out one batch after the birth of my first child – new mum syndrome in its finest. Two years and two babies later and no printed photos so in a bid to change this and to capture these precious moments forever I have created, in association with Bonusprint my very own photo wall on our stair case.
We recently pained our hallway, staircase and landing but I can’t help but think I am not actually that keen on the colour. It is a naturally dark space as there is no natural light s a bright white would have opened the space up a bit, as opposed to the cream colour we opted for. When it came to choosing the frames for my photo wall I really wanted a mix of colours, including some black as it would blend perfectly with our carpet. However given the lack of natural light I was conscious not to use too many dark frames. I also opted for a mix of chunky and thin frames to add some diversity. I wanted to make it is as ‘miss match’ as possible without looking odd. What do you think, have I achieved this?
The photos I have chosen are not all of beautiful places or magical moments just everyday life as our family. Photos of our children at different ages doing what children do. Whilst it is of course nice to have photos of those special memories and milestones in our lives I often think these everyday snaps can make some of the best photos.
Now that I had finally got around to printing our the (literally) thousands of photos, I didn’t stop at my staircase. I also ordered three beautiful canvas photos from Bonusprint, something else that has been on my ever growing to do list since moving in. The idea was that we have three children, Mr Tammy’s daughter and our daughter and our son and we wanted three canvas photos – one of each of the children.
Now Mr Tammy’s daughter is a teenager so any photos are subject to strict vetting and prior approval. I opted for this photo as I know both she and Mr Tammy like it and I wouldn’t be hung drawn and quartered for putting it on our wall.
My children on the other hand still have limited vocabulary so it’s my choice, mwahaha. Anyway I chose these two photos as simply put I love them. They are very simple pictures taken with my iPhone whilst we on a recent holiday. One key tip I have picked up along my photography journey is not to be afraid of getting up close when taking your photos. I was literally in my daughters face taking this photo but I think that is what makes it. Again it is nothing special, but to us it is. She absolutely LOVES the park and the swings wherever she goes. It is something we do daily and she never tires of it. This is something about her I want to remember as she grows up and becomes more interested in a mobile phone than a simple swing.
Another great tip for using your photos is to make a photo book. I have over four thousand photos on my iPhone and to print them all out and put into albums could be somewhat time consuming. So instead I used the phonebook facility available through Bonusprint. It allows you to add multiple photos to pages, so you can really make the most of the space available. You can add text, borders, filters, covers you name it there is an option to suit you.
The photobook has been a huge success with the children they both looking through it and pointing everyone out. The photo quality is fab and it was a quick and easy way to get a ready made photo album delivered to my door. This is defiantly a tool I will be using again and again.
Again not all of the photos in the book are posed for, or special occasions. Of course some our, like the birth of my son, or my daughters first birthday. Some however are just daily life. This is my one of my absolute favourite photos and is something I want to remember forever.
It is my daughter and her daddy playing with a ball, yes he has a glass of bubbly in his hand – I did say it was the everyday. My point is it is a photo of their backs as they run, but if you could hear the screams of laughter coming from my little girl and the sheer delight of that simple activity it would make your insides smile and be something you would want to remember too. Another top tip when taking photos – get action shots. Yes they can be blurry or out of focus at times but if you take enough of them you will get a golden one. For some more tips on taking great photos Bonusprint have to put together this fab downloadable guide.
So what do you think? Are you #Proudtoprint? Do you print out your snaps? If so what do you do with them? What about taking photos? Are you a keen photographer with any great tips to share? I’d live to hear from you.