I never thought before to lay out my design in this way. But I found a layout online that really spoke to me and I found a way to do it in my own home. I began by laying out the sizes I wanted to use on a simple word template. Then I scoured my image inventory (1000's of pictures...) for just the right image to use with each size. I then edited them all to a chocolate brown and white finish - a treatment I do for many of my clients as well, and cropped them to size. I uploaded them to my smugmug gallery -this is the incredible vendor I work with for image printing. They are top notch. And ordered the sizes I wanted. It was as easy as that. Well, I say easy, but it took me the better part of the weekend to just decide on images and sizing, editing and ordering.
Each of these images will be mounted and frameless. I want the focus to be on the portraits themselves rather than the frames (though I do love experimenting with different kinds of frames and mattings). I'm using a mounting technique that is new to me and excited to try it out. And like I mentioned, several of these portraits will be quite large - 24x20, 16x20, 10x20, and 20x20. I love large images. Go big or go home, as they say!
I promise to show the final design when I'm finished. Keep the idea of large prints in mind when framing (or going frameless) in your home. A large image - whether on its own or in a grouping such as this - really makes a statement, and can be all the art you need on your walls. And since your pictures will be so personal, it really brings a whole new level of warmth and meaning to your room.