Life is all about capturing those little moments that you may or may not remember & this photo above was captured by THE best photographer & dear friend Rhona Wise on our wedding day. In 2010 I was lucky enough to marry the man of my dreams, who fortunately for me has been apart of my life since summer camp back when we were 5 years old. He denies me beating him at box ball, but we all KNOW who REALLY won! I mean come on girls are just so much better then boys at the ripe old age of 5! Anywhoo, when we got married that was the first time in my life that I really started the whole “photo diary” concept. Photo Diaries are when you take those photos from being idle to bringing them to life in a frame. Now here is where it can get a bit overwhelming if you are not a visual person. How do you know what time of frame, size, location, yadda yadda?!?
That’s where I can help! My theory on framing and bringing your photos to life is YOU ARE NEVER WRONG! Ideally you want your photos to stand out and not necessarily the frame, but in my opinion its location that is whats important. Find a spot in your home, no matter the size and designate it as your photo area. This is a sacred place in your house or apartment/condo that allows you transform your house into a home! In my home we have a hallway designated for our family photos. We have our wedding wall, which once you have a baby is replaced rather quickly. We have our “family” wall, which features photos of our families and we have our family of three wall, which can easily be updated to family of four when the time is right. KEY to making this work is you want your attention to be on the photos NOT the frames, so choose something simple and make it a theme throughout. For us, we chose a standard black frame for all family photos and our wedding wall we have a silver metallic frame for both the single 8×10 shot of the family and our wedding collage.
I am a true believer in simple elegance and our photos are framed in the same manner. Here is a photo of our “hall of photos”:
Now I am not going to show specific photos, but if you notice that this hall way , at the end, has a focal point, courtesy of my cousins photography skills, that is bright but not overwhelming. We chose a simple black wooded frame with a gold in lay that draws your eye down the hall even when the lights are off. The other frames are simple black frames, family multiple frames have mattes around each 4×6 photo, where our family shots are black frames with glass as the matte around an 11×14 photo. I personally chose black frames for my “hall of photos” because I like walls to be light in color in general and with a simple black frame it makes the photos pop.
I personally LOVE have a specific area of your home dedicated to family and friends. In our home it is a work in progress as I am just now getting around to updating some OLD photos for some more recent ones of our daughter, my brother in-laws wedding, halloween, and then of course the holidays. Whatever you choose to use as your frame just keep the theme consistent, otherwise it just gets overwhelming in smaller spaces. For those of you that like to take more risks, I definitely have my side, I like to use my individual frames around the house , on the coffee table, in the kitchen, in our living room, etc. to express that fun side.
Example : simple, a VARIETY of sizes is key and allow yourself to use different colors, styles, etc. For us it just so happens that on this table were all of our silver , crystal or glass frames. I also am a HUGE fan of Michael Aram frames and have his ENTIRE gold collection, available at online at bloomingdales.com or if you want to save Target has a great selection too. FYI , buying expensive frames isn’t worth the money, if it is a gift BEAUTIFUL ,but no one will notice if they cost $20 or $100. It is the photo that is worth a $1000 bucks!
Most important thing about photo diaries are having fun putting them together. Enjoy going down memory lane and shedding a tear or too at those you miss or moments that are just so funny you find yourself laughing so hard you actually cry. Life is all about these little moments and capturing them, maybe not ALL the time, but on those special occasion that is what makes life so special.
Hope you enjoy going through some of your old shoe boxes of photos and if it helps just pick one small space at a time. Overwhelming yourself is not going to help and probably make matters worse, but if you decide , hey I want to start this project for my home, best part about it is it can be done in stages and still make your home look that much more beautiful and welcoming!
Good luck with your photo diaries!