My friend Cheryl’s father passed away last spring at age 94, and she and her siblings were not only blessed with a lifetime of wonderful family memories – but also with a wealth of precious family photographs. Her family has valued and made custom photography a priority for generations, and she has many wonderful heirloom photographs going back to the childhoods of her great-grandparents! She was determined to make sure that the best of these were displayed lovingly in her home, but was a little overwhelmed when it came time to sort and frame and display them.
Between the two of us, we broke it down into manageable steps. First, we decided WHERE the display would go. She had a perfect unused hallway that was just off her main foyer, but still visible. Once we knew how much space we had, we were able to go on to step 2 – deciding on the configuration of the display. She liked a gallery style look, aligned at the top, with varying sizes. Next, we sorted and narrowed down which pictures to use. We had a mixture of sizes and some were black & white, some sepia, and some muted color. We laid them out on the floor and decided how to place and group them. Step 4 was choosing frames. Since the images were so varied in time periods and tones, we decided to unify them by using one style and finish of frames with off white mats (necessary to keep the glass off of the photograph), and varied the sizes only. Luckily, we found exactly the type of neutral frames we wanted at Michael’s – half off! This is the final result, and I have to say that this picture doesn’t even begin to do it justice:
The most striking thing about it is the quality of the old images – they are stellar, and it really hits home how important professional photography is. These old images clearly show beloved features in long ago faces. It takes my breath away to see the resemblances across the generations! I really, really want to do this now in my home AND I want to make sure that I continue to photograph my family often and make it the priority it deserves to be!