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Choosing the Right Size and Right Height for Portrait Artwork

It's an age old question and one that couples often struggle with!  So I thought I would share a couple of general 'rules' interior designers use to figure out the correct sizes for hanging portrait artwork and well as how to place art as it relates to the furniture in the room.

RULE ONE: PHOTOGRAPHS ARE OFTEN TOO SMALL-THIINK BIGGER.  Here are some general rules for how big the photographs should be.  Typically, you want to try to fill as much space on the wall as you can while allowing space around the pieces so they aren't crammed towards the furniture, wall or moulding.  Remember, too big is better than too small and if you love something enough, you will find a place for it!  The best way to determine the correct size of a portrait for a particular space is to take a photo of your wall and send it to our studio so that we can virtually show you what your images will look like in your home and see how it fits with the size of your space and furniture.  Look at what a difference two 8x10's look compared to the better fitting pair of 20x24 images.

RULE TWO: PHOTOGRAPHS HUNG TOO HIGH.  You don't want the portraits so high that you cannot see them "eye to eye."  Ceiling heights do come into play if they are either very low or very high so you need to adjust both size and heights accordingly.  Most people hang artwork too high or too far apart and as a result, it looks lonely on the walls.  Looking at the diagram below, we suggest our clients display their portraits at the approximate heights above their furniture.

Let's not forget wall groupings which are a hot trend right now!  Smaller photos when grouped can have the same impact as a single large piece of artwork.  They can also showcase each of your families personalities!  Start with the largest piece in the middle of the wall and surround it with the next largest piece.  Hang the smallest ones on the outer edges.  Position the pieces no more than five to six inches apart so they don't look disconnected.  

And finally, don't be afraid to display your portraits!  It's so important to have your family on your walls so that when guests visit your home, they will know what matters most to you!

Pickups {that got lost on Kelly's iPhone} | Twin Cities Senior Photographer of the Year

NR Senior Lexi, with her wall portrait, 12x12 Senior Album and Nate creeping in the background

NR Senior Lexi, with her wall portrait, 12x12 Senior Album and Nate creeping in the background

Lexi's 24x36 Canvas Gallery Wrap Image

Lexi's 24x36 Canvas Gallery Wrap Image

The cover image of Lexi's 12x12 custom Senior Album


Ellsworth Senior, Madeline, posing with her favorite album spread, wall portrait and bag full of goodies.

Ellsworth Senior, Madeline, posing with her favorite album spread, wall portrait and bag full of goodies.


November/December Pickups! | NP Design and Photography | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

Our haul from the Fedex guys one particularly productive day.


Well, it's been a busy few months here at NP Design & Photography. Not only do we have the holiday rush in full effect, but we are under construction! Amidst all the craziness, we managed to capture a few of our Seniors and families stopping in for pickups. Apologies to all that we missed!   

Hudson Senior, Caroline, with her favorite album spread and two pieces of wall art

Caroline's Wall Collage

Caroline's Favorite Album Spread


The Werner Family with their son, Ben's wall art collection and Senior album.

Ben's Wall Portrait

Ben's Senior Model "Lobby" Canvas


More from Fedex, taking over Kelly's office.

So many Christmas cards after our Holiday Families day. Tons of fun!

October Portrait Pickups | Twin Cities Senior Photographer

So many wall portraits, so little time. Fall is so much fun here at NPDP. Most of our Senior stop in to pickup all of their awesome images, albums and wall art. Our fall families are out and about, stopping in for frame selections, order appointments and album approvals. And the holidays are right around the corner, so the studio is full of cheer, treats and few presents. :)

Our haul from the Fedex guy one day. He had to make four trips!

Our haul from the Fedex guy one day. He had to make four trips!

Woodbury Senior, Grant picking up all his images which were displayed in the lobby.

Woodbury Senior, Grant picking up all his images which were displayed in the lobby.

Grant's Custom Wall Art Collage

SCC Senior, Carter, with his wall portraits and album!

SCC Senior, Carter, with his wall portraits and album!

Carter's Custom Wall Art Collage

Carter's wall image hanging in his home next to his sisters's images!

Carter's wall image hanging in his home next to his sisters's images!

Peterson family pooch admiring their incredible, custom wall art cluster. Love it!

Peterson family pooch admiring their incredible, custom wall art cluster. Love it!

The Peterson Family's central image in their wall art cluster

More Senior Model Pickups! | Certified Professional Photography Studio

Any day our Senior Models show up at the studio, it's a good day. We especially love when they arrive to pickup their entire portrait order and we ask them for a quick snapshot with all their swag. This usually occurs as they are heading home from the gym/practice/swimming/work. Many protest, but we are ruthless. :) Below are Emily (Hudson Senior Model) and Emily (Hill-Murray Senior Model) with all their products, including the Senior Album, custom wall art, collages, gifts prints, wallets and SO MUCH MORE. Fun times!

Hill-Murray Senior Model, Kenzie

Hill-Murray Senior Model, Kenzie

Kenzie's Wall Art Collage (which was custom-framed by HPF)

Kenzie's Metal Print

Her Senior Model Canvas

Kenzie's Formal Canvas

A few of Kenzie's Album Spreads


Hudson High School Senior Model, Emily (with Nate photobombing in the background)

Hudson High School Senior Model, Emily (with Nate photobombing in the background)

Emily's Senior Model Canvas!

Emily Album Cover Image

A few of Emily's Senior Album Spreads!