A few of my friends have asked me about my gallery wall and I thought it would be something fun to share here. First, the inspiration for this project came from my friend, Ginny Taylor. Ginny and her husband made a couple of beautiful wood raised frames to display some of the images that I had taken of them last fall. The frames were 20 x 30 in size and when I first saw them I actually teared up - it was the first time I had seen one of my images that BIG and so beautifully displayed! A little milestone moment for me as a new professional photographer! I knew I had to get my new fall family photos (taken by Ginny!) up on the wall as well, but I didn't want to spend a fortune in frames or canvases.
I started by making paper templates of each image size to get a better feel for the overall size. I played around with 4x6 prints of the images that I planned to enlarge and the paper templates helped to visualize the finished look. I ended up printing the following sizes:
I printed everything through Nations Photo Lab and the total cost was $42.
*note my tiny helper in the corner.
Our first stop was Home Depot. (7th graders LOVE to make the ever popular duck face pose in every. single.photo. I keep telling her that this look will come back to haunt her, but she isn't buying it yet!). I bought a 4' x 8' sheet sheet of poplar plywood for $39.97 and Home Depot cut each piece for me to the specific sizes. I had each board cut 1/4 inch smaller than the images so the measurements were as follows:
(4) 8 3/4 x 11 3/4
(2) 9 3/4 x 19 3/4
(1) 19 3/4 x 29 3/4
I picked the smoothest piece of wood I could find so that my printed images would lay as flat as possible.