Today we’re excited once again to feature a guest post by mama and photographer Courtney Price. She and her husband (lovingly nicknamed “the Milk Man”) raise 5 kids in North-West Washington. Courtney began photographing her own children when she realized that she could do a better job than the mall! The requests started coming and after a lot of practice and study, Courtney Price Photography was born. Courtney loves music and also teaches voice and piano lessons. She runs a lot, bikes as much as weather will allow, and is currently taking her first ballet class!
Because I am a photographer, of course you are going to expect me to say that you need custom photography in your home.
Well, as a person… I still believe that! However, I realize that in reality, sometimes there are things that need to happen first. Bills need to be paid. I still think it’s a worthy goal to save for: seeing beautiful images of your loved ones is proven to boost your mood (it can dull pain as well as give you a burst of adrenaline). But in the meantime, you can still get that natural high without forking out the big bucks.
First, trust your gut. Put your great snapshots up anywhere! Anything that makes you feel happy counts as a great shot. Be creative. It’s all about having fun. One of the lessons I have learned this year is to print pictures. Just print them, the rest will follow.
Second, don’t rely too heavily on pinterest for ideas. I know… I love that place too, but some of the ideas are downright silly. A 3 foot by 5 foot print from an office store glued onto a thin piece of wood is going to look terrible. Trust me. There are so many ways it can go wrong.
Also, this is a professionally printed canvas (the background, tape, and Polaroid look are all created in Photoshop):
If I tried to glue a regular photo onto canvas (this idea is all over pinterest), it will just not look the same. The image starts curling off the canvas, the canvas warps… it’s just a hot mess.
If the idea is too good to be true or tries to say that it is “just as good” as a professional product, it’s not. But there are still a trillion good ideas. One thing I get complimented on all the time at my house are these frames:
$1 each at Ikea. At times I have had pro canvas right next to them and the little white frames still draw the compliments!
It just goes to show that simple can be very elegant.
The third thing to remember is to use things in a different way than they were intended. You might be surprised at what you can find. This is just an old frame that I didn’t have anything to fill at the time, so my daughter just taped things to the front:
This is very changeable. Whenever you get a few new prints you can mix it up without feeling like you spent a million dollars.
This window was found at the ReStore for a couple bucks:
I distressed it with black and blue paint and I swap out the pictures or artwork whenever I feel like a fresh look. I use windows in many rooms in my house because they are so easy, cheap and changeable. You can hang them on the wall or lean them on a shelf.
Now that I have knocked pinterest, I do have to say that there are many great ideas there! I’ve seen ideas as simple as sticking pictures on a wall in the shape of a heart. I have always found that the ideas that are simple look the best. Some of the best tools are washi tape, sticky-tacky and clothes pins!
The bottom line? Don’t be afraid to print what makes you happy and get it up where you can see it! The results are good for the soul.
If you’re a North-West Washington mama, definitely consider booking a session with Courtney! You can find out more here: