I am queen of last minute, crazy, photo project ideas. I don't plan in that way, but when I get inspired, it's not uncommon for me to be up late, 100% focused on trying to bring that vision to life. It may be because I'm excited about it, or it may be because it's Valentine's Day the next day and wouldn't it be cool if...
Most of the time I've been thinking about a project for a while and for some reason, it starts calling my name. Here are 3 photo projects that I was recently inspired to create/complete.
Imagined - Child's Artwork Display
What do you do with your child's artwork? I don't love having a ton of paper around (or random sparkles, painted noodles, etc.). To help with this, I take pics of my kid's artwork. This print (16x20 poster size) showcases some of my favorites from my now 9-year old. I love the classy gallery style, but mostly, I love that it makes Anna feel important and special (which she totally is!). See this project featured on our Display page.
Shadowboxes are a new love of mine. This was a last minute project I threw together for my son for Valentine's Day. Again, I don't love clutter, but I do love displaying memories. This was a late night Michael's purchase and a photo (11x17 print) taken of his golf bag that same night. My son LOVES golf, so I thought it would be fun for him to have somewhere to put golf balls that are important to him (e.g. logo balls or ones from a good round). He had the idea to add the medals, which I think is awesome!
Sometimes I get my family involved in my projects. I've shared this project before, but hang with me. I found the idea for the shelves on Pinterest, we had the perfect wall, and I had a son and husband that were willing to play along.
The shelves have been built for a while, but I had the hardest time figuring out how to display pictures on them. Silly, right? I tried to mount the pics on foam board, but without the help of a professional, they got all bubbly after only a few months and just didn't look good. So finally, I decided to frame them. I chose to go with a variety of different types of black frames. I love that I now have a place to display my favorite photos in a way that can change as often as my crazy ideas will allow! Lesson learned: it's okay if things don't work out the first time exactly as planned, just try again.
I believe that photos most often are meant to bring us joy and touch our hearts. Sometimes, if we're lucky, they also inspire us along the way.