My wife’s baby shower is coming up on May 21st and we chose to host it in our backyard. We had it completely remodeled last year and this would be the perfect place to highlight such a special personal celebration. For the longest, we’ve had this white undecorated wall that leads to the backyard and we’ve never bother doing anything with the space until now.
A lot of our friends are quite aware that I’m a photography enthusiast and as much as I appreciate the compliments based on what they see on Facebook or on my site, it’s a polar opposite experience when you see a photograph you like that’s been printed, framed and hung. I know this because I’ve attended several photo exhibits and the sample of the work you see online is unlike anything when you see it in person.
Recently I took 8 of my most “Liked” and favorite photographs, used the fine folks of Mpix to print 8x10 copies, bought $3.39 frames from Adorama and created a mini exhibit of my work to occupy that plain wall that’s been bothering me. We’re having over 35 guest attend, all of which will be inevitably exposed to the photographs since it’s a space you have to walk by.
When we have friends come over, some of the most interesting conversations have developed from them asking me about the specific locations of where a photograph was taken. Not a lot of them have traveled through Europe so those are usually the ones they inquire about.
I really encourage you to print some of your photos and if you have the space, decorate your home with it. There’s no reason why a lot of the photographic work we’re proud of should live only in our hard drive or online. People still appreciated printed material and it’ll demonstrate you take pride in what you do because you chose to have it hung rather than tucked away in dusty albums.