My favorite thing in the world is to see family images make their way onto frames. But, I often hear from moms that getting photos printed and into frames is a S.T.R.U.G.G.L.E. I see it every time I do a home consultation … beautiful session on a thumb drive, at the back of the junk drawer. Of course, Moms love ALL the memories – the missing teeth, the crazy school scissors “haircut”, the summertime bare footsies, the tumbley snuggles with the family puppy.
But, choosing photos at midnight, trips to the frame shop and the dreaded Hanging Up With Only One Nail Per Frame Night is just not a thing – between bedtime, storytime, homework time and soccer time, there is just not a whole lot of TIME to remember that THIS time doesn’t last forever. Your biggest is already old enough that you can remember how chubby those cheeks USED to be. Sigh.
This is EXACTLY why I have been doing framing visits with mommas for years — to take the burden of this task off their shoulder. Moms have simply run out of time and mental bandwidth to climb the mountain of tiny decisions.
When I sit with my clients, I tell them, “This is an art project that you and I are going to do together. You are going to do only the fun bits and I’ll do the rest.”
I regularly do these things:
- I brighten and wow-ify phone photos.
- I help them choose which photos would look grand as BIG prints and which should stay small.
- I measure walls, ceiling heights, existing pieces so new frames will be proportional.
- I send them a Design Brief (some photos attached) of what their new pieces will look like TO SCALE on their actual wall before we create the pieces.
- I hang the pieces for them on Delivery Day.
For me, this process is FANTASTICALLY fun … I am, after all, a Framing Enthusiast. I love every detail of archival paper, matting, fillets, rabbets, floating and deckling (the last 3 are framing nerd vocab!)! For me, it’s incredibly fulfilling to see these projects come to fruition.
So, it’s a win win. I get to do something fun and my mom clients simply get to enjoy their walls!
If you’d like to talk about a framing visit at your home, let me know HERE.