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Tips for choosing the right size when displaying photographs

how to choose the right size to display your wall art photograph

So you invested in professional photography for your pregnancy, newborn baby or family.  Congratulations!  But here comes the hard part – choosing the right size wall art to display your photographs in your home.  I’ve put together a few tips that might help you decide the right size for displaying photographs and hopefully get those gorgeous images from your hard drive and onto your walls.

  1. Consider the furniture within your room.  You want the photo to be balanced with the size of furniture in the room.  If you’re displaying your photographs above a couch or a dining room table, I think bigger is better!  The last thing you want to do is hang a 16×20 canvas above a large sectional and end up with walls that still look bare.  Here are some general guidelines for hanging wall art: wall art hung over furniture should be less than 75 percent of the width of the furniture. Artwork hung over a fireplace tends to look best when the painting is as wide as the opening of the fireplace (no matter the size of the mantel).
  2. Are you hanging a single image or displaying a cluster of photographs together?  When displaying one single image I think bigger is always better.  However, if you are hanging multiple photographs together, you want to make sure they work well together and fit within the space. When displaying multiple photographs, you also want to consider spacing within your design.    I find it easier to understand how things would look by taping pieces of paper to the wall where my photographs would hang.
  3. Stand back and consider where your eyes land.  Height also matters!  One of the common mistakes people make is hang their wall art too high.  You want your gaze to fall about midway between the top and bottom of the wall display (keep in mind that an average person is about 5’6″ when considering the height).
  4. Don’t forget to factor in frame size and matting.  If you’re framing your photographs, you want to consider the overall size including matting and frame.  In this case I would actually say that finding the frame that works with your space should be done first and then you can work with your photographer to get the right size print or canvas for the frame.

Not sure how different sizes would look in your space?  Following your session I would love to work with your to show you how your images would look within your space – let me help take the guess work out of the process!


Are you expecting in 2017?  Catherine King Photographing is currently booking 2017 due dates through Summer– make sure that you have your newborn photographer lined up.  My recommendation is to start looking for your ct newborn photographer around 12 weeks and to book by 25 weeks or earlier, especially if you want to include a maternity photography session with your newborn photography session.

Are you looking for a CT Family Photographer or a CT Newborn Photographer on the Shoreline?

Catherine King is a Connecticut photographer based in Madison, CT specializing in maternity, newborn, baby, children and family photography, serving New Haven county, Middlesex county, New London county, as well as nearby areas including CT, NJ, NY, and MA. I provide on-location shoots, as well as studio sessions.

Looking for a professional photographer who is laid back, flexible and knows how to capture that perfect moment without making you feel like you’re striking a cheesy pose?  You’ve found the photographer for you.  I specialize in working with newborns, babies and young children, although those skills are easily transferable to the adults as well (I’ve been known to use a squeaker on a grown-up or two).  Our sessions are completely customized for your family and, dare I say it, are fun.  Newborn photography sessions are relaxing – let us take the stress off your shoulders for a couple of hours while you relax, read a book or take a nap (yes, parents often fall asleep during newborn sessions).  We’ll even change your newborn’s diaper – how’s that for full service?

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