|||Photo Printing Poll – What’s Your Most Inspired Print Idea?

Photo Printing Poll – What’s Your Most Inspired Print Idea?

Photo printing is one of those things in life that I don’t do enough. But it never fails to bring me joy when I do print.

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That photo above shows you what I see every morning when I walk into the kitchen from my bedroom. Wedding photos, stepkids’ photos, an amazing sunset in Santorini during our honeymoon and my huge Mpix collage. (Mpix is a sponsor of this blog. You can read my collage review here.)

What prompted my reflectiveness today? 4 Rituals to Keep you Happy All the Time from Barking Up the Wrong Tree did. It’s a documented fact that reflecting on what you are grateful for will make you happier.

Once I tried writing down 3 things I was grateful for first thing in the morning. Seriously, who can think of 3 things to be grateful for before the first cup of coffee? After that project failed miserably, I realize that I do reflect on gratitude multiple times per day. Each time I look at a printed photo displayed somewhere in my home, I feel a moment of conscious gratitude.

As I walk from room to room and see different photos, I feel little morsels of joy, little chocolates for my heart. And it makes me feel immediately grateful for so much. The obvious stuff first:

  • 2 amazing children
  • a loving husband
  • a full extended family
  • good friends
  • vacations
  • a happy and safe life

But what really touches my heart as I see these photos is the richness of the moments. Moments that pulled my heartstrings enough to say, “Hey. Pick up a camera and record this moment. Make it last forever.” We all have moments like that, and put together, those moments add up to the richness of life.

Even when photos remind me of something sad, those moments are still rich.

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In the 3 photos on my fireplace, you can see the family vacation where my husband asked me to marry him, my stepdaughter’s wedding, and my dying father kissing my 4 week old first born goodbye the day before he died. Even that last moment is one that I treasure, for so many reasons. I will forever be grateful for the ICU nurse who thought to take that photo.

So seeing those moments around my house is like that big box of chocolates – full of assorted emotions, all of them rich, satisfying and meaningful.

Here’s what I don’t think about when I see these photos:

  • Boy, am I glad I have a fancy camera that takes good photos. (I have photos hanging up that were taken with my first point and shoot or with an iPhone.)
  • Aren’t I lucky I’m a good photographer? (I have photos all over that have bad white balance or soft focus. I don’t think about the flaws at all when I’m reliving those moments.)

As I reflect on how seeing these photos makes me truly happier every single day, I’ve decided to make a conscious effort to print more photos as part of an organized plan. I’d like to be less haphazard about which ones I print and how I display them.

Photo Printing Poll

I was talking with some people on Instagram a while back about the best way to display photos and photo printing ideas. One idea that I thought was brilliant is a seasonal wall updated 4 times a year. I love that, and I’m thinking of doing the same thing with these Mpix Framers. They are affordable enough that I could purchase several, fill a wall and switch out the photos each season.

Before I commit to that plan, I want to hear your ideas. Inspire me, please!

Would you please copy these questions and paste them into the comments below to tell me what you do?

  • What type of moment prompts you to pick up your camera most often? (A special occasion, an everyday moment, a sports event, moments of special poignancy or emotion, something else)
  • What is the subject of most of your printed photos? (A special occasion, an everyday moment, a sports event, moments of special poignancy or emotion, something else)
  • What size are most of your prints? (5×7 or smaller, 8×10 or larger)
  • What’s your favorite way to print photos? (regular photo paper, canvas mounts, metallic prints, standout mounts, something else)
  • This is the most important. How do you keep your photos up to date? What is your strategy for rotating old photos out and designing the layout of your displayed photos?

Thank you for sharing. Can’t wait to your ideas. And check back soon to see what others have said!

By |2017-02-27T10:08:41+00:00February 24th, 2017|Print Ideas, Printing & Scrapbooking|16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Nan Sanders December 28, 2017 at 8:55 am - Reply

    My favorite size photo is 5×7. I like to mount my photos on matte board (acid free) with acid free contact cement glue available at art supply stores,Hobby Lobby, Walmart… this allows photos to be displayed easily without frames and looks professional! Easy to display and mail to friends & family….I always have my camera nearby. I love everyday moments!
    I print on glossy and a matte paper most often. i keep photos on book shelves , mantles, on tables with easels—and change them fairly frequently.
    I generally shoot people….children primarily, but also shoot Greyhounds and cats and events!
    I have photo boxes for each of my children and put photos there as they are rotated from display. I also mail photos to my children and grandchildren who live out of state.

    • Erin Peloquin December 28, 2017 at 10:06 am - Reply

      You have a great process for printing and mounting, Nan! I honestly never thought of mounting myself. This is an inspiration for sure!

  2. kimvanden bosch February 28, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I love the idea of a digital photo frame wall! How awesome. I need to get some. I photograph nature, family, and vacations. I always have a camera with me. I’m very good about keeping a photo album for each year and each vacation but have a hard time doing larger prints for display. I can never decide what shots to use. I have done some 20 by 30 canvas prints which I love.

    • Erin Peloquin February 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Sounds like you would be happy with any of the photos you printed larger! You have plenty to choose from. I like having prints in addition to books because they are always on display. People will notice them who you couldn’t necessarily show your scrapbooks to.

  3. Marilyn February 28, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

    What a great question Erin! I look forward to everyone’s comments.

    What type of moment prompts you to pick up your camera most often?~~~~My garden and my family especially my almost 4 year old twin great-nieces.

    What is the subject of most of your printed photos? ~~~My family.

    What size are most of your prints? (5×7 or smaller, 8×10 or larger)~~~5×7 and 4×6 for photos that stand on surfaces. 5×7 or 11×14 for the wall.

    What’s your favorite way to print photos?~~~If my printer didn’t add smudges to the print way too often, I’d use it. Time for a new one???? Otherwise, Mpix. I’ve never tried wrapped canvases but want to. I hesitated to as I always wondered what to do with the canvas when you’re tired of the photo but since I paint, I could gesso over it and do art.

    How do you keep your photos up to date? What is your strategy for rotating old photos out and designing the layout of your displayed photos?~~~Haha…I wish I had a strategy and I wish I did keep my photos up to date? But sadly I don’t.

    • Erin Peloquin February 28, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Marilyn! Can’t believe those girls are nearly 4. Great point about gessoing over the canvas wraps. I never would have thought of that. Maybe we’ll both find a strategy from comments here. I’m beginning to think I should tie a print update to the every 6 month fire alarm battery changing schedule.

  4. Sue February 28, 2017 at 10:53 am - Reply

    I usually print 8×10 images, sometimes smaller but rarely as small as 4×6 unless I’m using them to make greeting cards.
    It got to the point where I had so many photos on my walls that I started to think of other ways to use them. So far I have made coasters on tiles, fabric images on cushions, images transferredto wood and my latest creations are encaustic pieces.
    In terms of hanging images I have found the narrow picture shelves from IKEA to be a great idea, easy to put pictures up and replace them with others. In some cases the shelves were too big so I made a smaller version for smaller prints.

    • Erin Peloquin February 28, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Shelves are a great idea! I could see a set of those in my office quite easily. Thanks for sharing!

  5. PattiLinder February 28, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    What type of moment prompts you to pick up your camera most often? — Wildlife, nature – I take very few photos of people

    What is the subject of most of your printed photos? — Wildlife, nature, vacations

    What size are most of your prints? —- I don’t print that many, but if I’m printing out a photo to frame I print it on my Canon 100 printer in a 13×19″ size. Most of my photos are put on the computer monitors on our walls. My husband put six ‘frames’ on our walls and all I have to do to add photos to them is to put the photo files into a folder on our server and the photos cycle through randomly on all six frames. One frame is in portrait orientation and all the photos oriented that direction end up on that ‘frame’, but all the landscape-oriented photos show up randomly on the other five ‘frames’. We just push a button on our TV remote and all the frames turn on (or off) at the same time.

    What’s your favorite way to print photos? (regular photo paper, canvas mounts, metallic prints, standout mounts, something else) —- When I print, it is on regular photo paper.

    This is the most important. How do you keep your photos up to date? What is your strategy for rotating old photos out and designing the layout of your displayed photos? — The photos are easy to keep up-to-date on the monitors that I described above. I just have to remember to add photos to the server occasionally. I recently made a photo book for my son-in-law of photos of my daughter growing up. I scanned thousands of old photos to make the book and last night I added many of those photos to the ‘frames’.

  6. Jaclyn Knight February 28, 2017 at 9:41 am - Reply

    I have 2 boys: 4 and 2. I’ve found myself printing less and less pictures as time goes on and waiting to print them longer. I think some of this is I’m honing my skills as to which ones I like best. I wait to see which images stick with me the longest and mean the most to me. I like to put frames up in my house where pictures can be changed out from time to time. I would love to have the money to reprint canvas ones all the time but that is not only expensive but seems like a waste to throw them away or take the space to store a bunch of canvases! I have a collage on my living room wall of 4 rectangular frames, 3 of which hold 2 5x7s each, the other being a plaque that says “Home is where your story begins.” I rotate family pictures and other moments that are special to me through these frames. I keep small jacket albums with all of the old 5x7s to thumb through on my coffee table. I like the 5X7 size: big enough to really look at but small enough that I can store a bunch of them easily. I recently printed a 16×20 canvas of my boys taken from behind while they are sitting at the piano looking at each other because I feel like that picture is so iconic for me that I will love it forever. The picture was about a year old before I had the canvas made. On either side of it I have 2 11×14 frames which have a print of each of the boys in them at the same age playing the piano. These 3 hang above my piano. The prints I may change as they age (before they were born they held other pictures) but who knows – maybe these will stay forever?

    • Erin Peloquin February 28, 2017 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Sounds like you’ve put a lot of thought into this. I love that you rotate out photos as well. I had honestly never thought of that. I used to think of frames as permanent.

  7. christi February 28, 2017 at 9:31 am - Reply

    Maybe stick some of your everyday photos into a pocket scrapbook – a la Project Life.
    You can slip the photos into pockets and put the book on a table to flip through.
    And label the backs with names and dates and places. You think you’ll remember but you won’t always.
    That’s one thing my Grammie always did and she influenced my mom to do the same. Plus it preserves a bit of your handwriting.

    • Erin Peloquin February 28, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

      This is a good idea! It is delightful to find the handwriting on the back of photos. And interesting to see the ones where my grandmother thought the rest of us would know who the people were that she had written notes about.

  8. DebbieDeLong February 24, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    What type of moment prompts you to pick up your camera most often? Something animal or bird related.
    What is the subject of most of your printed photos? Vacations and family pictures.
    What size are most of your prints? 16 x 20 for wall pictures, and 5×7 or 4×6 for shelf pictures.
    What’s your favorite way to print photos? Photo paper or metallic paper from Mpix.
    How do you keep your photos up to date? What is your strategy for rotating old photos out and designing the layout of your displayed photos? Our pictures are random, but the main place we display them are on shelving in my husband’s home office. When I print something new, I make room for it, I don’t usually take anything down.

    • Erin Peloquin February 27, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

      That’s what I do – I squish new ones in on top of the old ones.

  9. Erin Peloquin February 24, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

    What type of moment prompts you to pick up your camera most often? Everyday moments, for sure.

    What is the subject of most of your printed photos? Vacations or special occasions. Need to change that!

    What size are most of your prints? I’d say it’s about half and half between small and large prints.

    What’s your favorite way to print photos? Regular photo paper.

    How do you keep your photos up to date? What is your strategy for rotating old photos out and designing the layout of your displayed photos? I am completely haphazard right now. I print when I think about it and I display wherever I have room. That is not ideal!

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