Why print BIG!

  • On September 1, 2015

When you have successfully completed your photo session and are looking to get your favourite images printed, what are the first sizes you think of? In inches, it’s probably 8×10, 11×14, or 16×24 if you feel like going REALLY big. Well, often people come in with plans to get them in these sizes, and when I show them how big that REALLY is, very few leave the studio ordering these sizes.

Here is why.


An 8×10 is smaller than an A4 piece of paper. I only sell 5×7’s and 8×10’s as gift prints, because they are perfect for gifting, but not for the wall.

11×14 is a great album size, this is the size of my most popular wedding albums, and it looks great with a photo cover on the coffee table – but not on the wall.

At 16×20 or 16×24 you’re starting to enter wall hanging territory. This size is a token size, meaning that you appreciate the IDEA of a wall print, but maybe your fears of spending too much or getting something that looks TOO big is holding you back.

20×24 or 20×30 is when you will actually get something for your wall that people will NOTICE. It’s big enough to claim a subtle domain in your home, but doesn’t make the striking impression that larger prints do.

24×36 is a perfectly acceptable wall print size. It will look good on your wall, it won’t look too small next to your furniture, and people will comment on it and think it’s really lovely. You will see this print every day and be really glad that you put it on your wall!

30×40, 40×50, 50×50 – Now we enter BIG print territory, the pièce de résistance, the elephant in the room (in a good way!) of wall prints! This is the artwork that you will look at every day and be proud of, that you will never want to take down, and that you will pass on to the next generation as a family heirloom that is, at that stage, priceless. This is the conversation starter for people entering your home, the focus of the room, and your important emotional keepsake that shows your love for your family/children/husband/wife/marriage!

So when you decide on a print for your home, consider how you want it to make you feel every time you enter the room, how it will draw your family together, be the topic of conversation, and be appreciated for years to come.

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