One of my brother’s recently got married. Yipee! It was an amazing day. I am so glad he let me tote along my camera and capture some of their special moments. Like this one…

But here’s my life long dilemma.. What do I do with all these pictures? I have already sent him the photos, but I’d really like to make sure this one get’s the treatment it deserves. So I’m thinking about this…

Source: via Resa on Pinterest

Which reminds me that I have a first dance photo from our wedding way back when. Maybe I should do this for myself too!

Have any suggestions on what to do with wedding photos (besides look at them once a year in the big black book)?

Is black and white photography better than color? I think it’s personal preference. I also think it really depends on the image. Sometimes a photo has a distracting background and making it black and white helps the viewer focus on the subject or story of the image.

With photo editing software at almost everyone’s finger tips, either at home, or a photo printing kiosk, it’s easier than ever to create black & white photos. I remember having two cameras years ago so that I could keep one loaded with black and white film, and the other color. And the black and white film processing was so expensive.

I really do love black and white photos. Here’s why. I love how crisp they can appear. How much contrast you see. As I wrote here, they are usually flattering on most faces and in most lighting scenarios. Black and white photos also have that timeless feel. Don’t you think? Maybe it’s just me and the fact that I have tons of childhood photos in black and white (because, yes, I am that old I guess). Finally, a black and white photo looks good in almost any home decor setting. But, you can lose the warmth that a color photo brings.

I’ve posted two photos. Exactly the same image. I did adjust the contrast and brightness in the black and white one a bit, so maybe it’s not a totally fair comparison of black and white photography vs. color, but for our unofficial survey, let’s call them equal.

Which do you prefer? Why?

If you are anything like me, you have thousands and thousands of photos in digital storage (or in shoe boxes). I’m not usually short on ideas of what to do with my favorite photos, but the cash to spend on the execution. This idea will cost you less than $10 and you’ll have wall art featuring your favorite photos.

Inexpensive Photo Wall Art
3 4×6 photos
2-3 sheets of colorful paper (scrapbook, old maps, magazine pages, etc.)
3 5″x7″ clip frames [like these]
Double sided tape or glue stick
3 Picture hanging nails

Choose your photos: Take or look for 3 photos that look great together and capture your attention. Typically these will be close-ups and photos with simple composition and background. The photos I choose were taken during the same session, so they are uniform in color and style. By doing this my final result has focus and is simple.

Choose your background paper: I found these fun geometric style scrapbook sheets at my local craft store. The colors matched the room I was decorating (in this case the bathroom), and pulled on the colors in my photos. Other options might be: old maps, kids artwork, magazine pages, etc. Use your imagination. I would advise using something sturdy and a paper less likely to fade quickly.

Layout: Practice your layout before you cut! Play with the position and arrangement of your photos and background papers.

Cut and Paste: Once you are settled on your layout, you are ready to cut your background paper. I like to use the paper insert that comes with the frame as my guide. I simply lay it against the back of my background paper and trace around the edge (be sure to use a sharp pencil so you don’t get too wide of a line). Then cut the rectangle out neatly. Try it in your frame to make sure it’s a nice and neat fit. If you are satisfied, center your photo in the middle by measuring down from the top 1″ and then the side 1″. Use a small piece of double-sided tape or glue to keep the photo from slipping around.

Clip: Place the glass back on top of your photo and clip. (Be gentle, I’ve broken these frames more than a few times when I rush.)

Hang: I am terribly inpatient when it comes to hanging things. My trick for this is to stay away from symmetry (because it never ends the way I want it to, symmetrical). In this case I laid the frames out close enough there wasn’t an awkward gap between them, but off each other’s center enough they didn’t look mistakenly hung wrong.

You are done!
Now that wasn’t too hard, was it? Can’t wait to see what you create.