Taking family pictures is a time consuming process that requires a lot of planning. It involves appointments with your hairdresser, trips to the nail salon, and even shopping for new clothes. When it's all said and done, you'll want more than the digital files from your session to preserve these special memories. Continue reading for 3 family portrait wall ideas that will bring personality to your home.

1. Framed Family Portraits

For starters, one of the most common family portrait wall ideas is to decorate your home with framed portraits from your session. Framing your family portraits is a creative process that helps enrich the walls of your home. There are countless ways to customize your framed wall art so you can pick elements that best match your home and style. However, framing can be a complicated process. It's best to work with a professional photographer that specializes in framing to get the best results.

Picking out the frame is the first step to framing your artwork. To get started, you may want to pick a solid black, gold, or silver frame. These are 3 of the most popular frame colors because they are easy to pair with almost any room. If you're looking for something more unique, however, you can experiment with different colors and materials to explore all of your framing options.

Secondly, you have the option to add a mat to further customize your framed artwork. A mat creates a border between the picture and the frame, adding an extra layer of elegance. Mats are usually available in several colors, including black, gray, and white.

Finally, you'll select the size of your framed artwork. When thinking of framing portraits, most people think of traditional sizes like 5" x 7" or 8" x 10". However, there are much larger options available for wall art. You can create artwork that's 30" x 40" or larger. For the best results, discuss your options with a professional photographer to determine the appropriate size for your artwork.

Family portrait wall ideas for your home.

2. Gallery Wrapped Canvases

Another family portrait wall art idea is to turn your family photos into beautiful gallery wrapped canvases. Unlike framing your portraits, however, creating canvases from your pictures takes less preparation.

The first step in the process is to select the type of canvas you'd like to use for your artwork. Most suppliers provide a couple of options, including fine art and premium fine art options. Second, you'll select the type of protective lamination you'd like. The lamination protects the artwork from UV light and surface damage. Common options include semi-gloss or matte.

Next, you will select the type of edge wrapping you'd like. You can usually select from black, white, or choose to have the image wrap around the edges. Finally, you pick out the size that you'd like to order. Depending on the supplier you go with, gallery wrapped canvases can be 40" x 60" or larger in some cases. However, it's best to check with a professional photographer to determine the appropriate size for your artwork.

Family portrait family gallery wrapped canvas.

3. Metal Artwork Pieces

In addition to the options above, another great family portrait wall idea is to turn your pictures into metal artwork pieces. Metal artwork pieces help bring your portraits to life by adding depth and dimension to the image.

If you decide to turn your portraits into metal artwork pieces, the first step is to select the type of print surface you'd like. Depending on your provider, there are usually several options available. Popular print surfaces include white base semi-gloss, white base high gloss, and clear base high gloss. Experiment with the different options available and research online if you're unsure which print surface to select.

Secondly, you'll want to select the display type. Metal prints come with various display mounting options, including the print only, float mounts, and metal posts. Be sure to check out all of your options before placing your order.

The last thing you'll want to decide on is the size of the metal artwork piece. Many metal artwork suppliers offer prints up to 40" x 60". If you're unsure, it's best to work with a professional photographer who can help you select the appropriate size for your home.

Family portraits metal artwork by Sara Turbyfill Photography.

Discuss Your Options With a Colorado Family Portrait Photographer

To summarize, there are several great family portrait wall ideas to help bring personality to your home. Framed portraits, gallery wrapped canvases, and metal prints are just 3 of the many options available. You can explore your options further by working directly with a professional family portrait photographer that specializes in artwork.

If you're interested in working with a photographer who can assist you with a photo session and ordering custom artwork, I'd be happy to help. I'm a boutique photographer specializing in Colorado family portraits. To learn more about my services, click the button below to set up your complimentary consultation.