You are looking at the most amazing photograph of your horse and you know that it deserves, for once, to be on the wall.
What to do next though? Where to even begin with this and then why on earth should you bother I hear you say – because who’ll actually see it other than you really?
Well, to be honest it doesn’t really matter if nobody else ever see’s it, the important factor is that you LOVE it and want to see it daily.
Great photographs create so many emotions and have such a wide range of memories associated with them, so if there’s one thing I’d encourage everyone to do it’s frame and hang your images where you’ll see them. Not leave them on your phone, on a hard drive or stuck in a drawer somewhere. So making that great image look even better is your next step.
Framing doesn’t have to be expensive; you also don’t need to go to a specialist to create your look, you just need to make some considerations before you start…
The image itself…
First of all, don’t just run off, grab a frame and just shove it in. For me the frame needs to compliment the image it’s housing, it becomes a part of that overall story, whether that’s subtly or otherwise.
So, think about things like this;
Is your image colour or is it an atmospheric black & white? Is it rich and vibrant in colours, or does it speak softly in muted tones? You’ll find that some images work much better in some frames than others. For example, you probably wouldn’t put a traditional hunting image in a silver frame or modern white or black one, you’d probably go for a classic wood look, possibly a slightly more ornate frame design too, or with a gold coloured inlay featured such as the two variations used below on the left and right.
You might want to consider where it will hang – what is the colour schemes or look to the room or wall you’d like to hang it on.
I’m personally a real fan of neutral minimal frames as I find it then enables the image to ‘speak’ better to the viewer. As such most of the frames in my framing service I offer to my clients are wood, predominantly in white or a mid toned oak effect for colour images and then white or black for black and white images. An example of a very contemporary simple white frame is shown in the middle picture below.
The mount you use can have an impact and can make the image change visually too. Cream or white are generally favoured to give the image an unobtrusive boundary between itself and the frame. Then if you do decide you want a coloured frame, maybe to work with your décor, you’ll find the overall look doesn’t impact the image.
When size does matter…
So you know the style but what about the size. Well this can also have an impact. Too big a frame and the image gets lost and too small you just aren’t doing the overall effect much good, you might just as well pin the photo to the wall!
We all know that generally glass is reflective, but take care because some glass that’s available in picture frames has a high level of glare. You know it when you see it as you feel yourself constantly changing angles to view to stop seeing reflections. So I urge you to look for non-glare glass. Now there are levels of non-glare glass and you might not really need (or want to pay for) the kind that stops pretty much any kind of UV light getting through and potentially damaging the image, but there are some less expensive options that still block the glare and also block a pretty high level of UV too.
A quick recap on the process:
- Consider the image itself.
- Make sure the frame compliments the image.
- Use a neutral mount that compliments image and frame.
- Go for a frame size that lends itself best to the size of the image itself.
- Be aware of the different kinds of glass.
I hope I’ve given you some simple tips to consider. Now it’s up to you to stop putting your beautiful and memorable photos somewhere for you to enjoy every day!
Have a fabulous week!