Freezing Time {Life Size Portraits Of Our Kids}

With these two photos, I got to freeze time and capture a beautiful, life-sized season of my children's lives.  Every time I walk by, I am stopped in my tracks.  I will cherish these forever and I will never grow tired of looking at them. 

The inspiration for these and the guidance on the how-to came from one of my favorite design blogs Chris Loves Julia. I loved the look of the black & white with the wood frames. 

Our daughter Vada, 6, with freckles and her two missing front teeth - a right of passage, a momentous occasion in her elementary life.

Our son, Vaughn, 2 - barely two - all squishy with his baby chub and his soft baby hair. 



You can recreate these yourself in a brightly-lit room with a white or light colored wall. I am lucky enough to have an amazing photographer as a dear friend, Ali Murray of Murray Photography and she took my idea and ran with it. She snapped a few pics of the kids in her home studio and edited them to black and white for me. 

Keys to this look:

  1. Take photos with a basic background and bright natural light.
  2. Clothing should be neutral and simple. I choose Gray and White outfits with simple patterns and texture. Black and white or other high contrast colors would have taken away from the soft look I was going for.
  3. Position is key. If placing these side-by-side, make sure their poses compliment each other.

Once I had my photos in black & white form, I uploaded them to the site Framebridge and choose my frame. They took my high resolution file and proofed up what my frames would look like, I approved them and in less than 2 weeks I was placing them on my wall.

I went with their Sonoma Frame and had them each printed to 24x37.5. 

Looking to recreate this on a budget? Take your digital picture files to your local Staples and have them printed as "Engineered Prints" which only cost a few dollars, like $2-$3. No joke. You can edit your photos in Photoshop or simply Preview on Mac. To get your photos ready to be printed do the following:

  1. Crop them to the size you want them printed.
  2. Adjust the color to black and white by dialing down the saturation. Play with the exposure and contrast a bit to get the right coloring.
  3. Then, adjust the sizing by making sure your resolution is at least at 200 px or higher. This will cut down on the graininess of the engineered print.

Michaels, JoAnns and even IKEA have some great options for larger frames. I choose to stay with the wood frame like my inspiration picture, it really helps to warm up these black and white prints.

The best part, this is the view out my bedroom door I get to wake up to every morning. 

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