I was going to title this post, “why an 8×10 really isn’t that big,” but it seemed a little wordy! To many people, 8×10 is as large as you ever think of a photo. Most people get their snapshots printed as 4×6 and when school photo order time comes around may order an “enlargement” of a 5×7 or maybe even an 8×10. When considering custom portraits, however, an 8×10 is really not very big.
Consider the 2 prints below: one is an 8×10 and one is not.
The one on the left is the 8×10. The one on the right is an 11×14, just one step larger in standard photographic print sizing. But consider how much more impact the larger print has than the 8×10. And these are just displayed on the top of a piano. Think about hanging that photo on a wall, a wall that is nearly 9 feet high and 8-10 feet wide. . . which size print going to get lost and which is going to be a nice addition to your room?
When making an investment in custom family portraits, I encourage you to think a little bigger than the standard 5×7 and 8×10 prints you grew up with. They certainly have their place, in an album or in a nice frame to sit on your desk, but the wonderful thing about custom portraiture is the beautiful, personalized art you get. Art that looks really amazing when it’s a little bit bigger than an 8×10.
In the coming weeks, I’ll show you some more custom portraits as they are displayed at home. Hopefully it will give you some inspiration and some ideas on ways to display your own works of art!