Part of the service that we offer to all of our portrait clients is designing gallery walls with images from their portrait session. Our clients love this very personalized service that we offer. During our in-studio ordering appointment, we can help you with image selection, custom framing options, canvas collections and more. Fine art portraits add life and visual interest to any environment. As an added bonus, I am also available for in-home ordering appointments to provide ideas to integrate your photographic art into your home or office spaces. I will work with you to ensure that the display of your fine art portraits blends naturally with your home décor as well as your personal style.

How to hang a Symmetrical Gallery Wall with your portraits:

I love the use of this entire wall for twelve 11×14 black and white photos. Great use of space and would be perfect to display black and white family photos. When hanging a symmetrical gallery wall like the one shown in this image, there are always a few things that you will want to keep in mind.

1. First of all, I measure the entire wall space and find the centre both horizontally & vertically. Then I calculate how much height & width the frames will have. Let’s say for example that these 11×14’s have a 3″ matt. That makes the total size of each framed photo 17×20 (hung vertically). I also allow for 2-3 inches between the frames as well.

2. I then add up the total width & height of the framed photos with the spacing in between. If we used 3″ in between our frames, our total width is 57″ & the total height is 89″. Subtract your measurements from the wall measurements to find your total ‘outside’ dimensions. For example, we can guess that the total width in this photo is 72″  (6 feet wide) & the total height of the wall is 108″ (9 feet tall ceiling). The total width of the wall (72″) minus the width of the wall gallery (57″) = 15″ / 2 = 7.5 ” of space on either side of the wall gallery. (This shows you where to hang your outside frames leaving 7.5 inches from the edge of the wall). Do the same for the height. The total height of the wall (108″) minus the total height of the wall gallery (89″) = 19″/2 = 9.5″ of space on the top and bottom of your wall gallery.

3. Use a pencil to mark your corners (both vertical & horizontal) by using these calculated measurements. Place your first frame up. I like to start at the top left and work from there. Place the first frame on your vertical & horizontal pencil marks & then make an additional mark for the centre of the frame with your pencil. Be sure that you are using your level as well.

4. Take your measuring tape & pull the hanging wire tightly to measure the distance from the top of the frame to the wire. You want to hold it tightly so that you can properly measure the distance from the top of the frame to the wire. If you measured 4″ from the top of the frame to the wire, you will measure down 4″ down on the wall from the top centre point & that is where you will place your hook.

5. Next, I hang the frame on the opposite top right side using the same method from step 4. Using the pencil markings from step 3 which defined the outside of your gallery wall.

6. To hang the middle frame, measure the distance between the inside edges of your two frames to find your centre top point. Use your level to be sure that you are level with the top of the outside two frames. Repeat step 4 to hang the centre top frame.

7. For the next row down, you will start on the left side of your gallery again. Follow step 4 to figure out the distance from the top of the frame to the wire. Add 3 ” (the space between the frames) and find your centre point from the top frame, then measure down to put your hook in the wall.

8. Repeat steps 4, 5, 6 for each row.

9. You have successfully hung your gallery wall!

For more inspiration on how to hang your portraits and art, please follow my Pinterest boards.

We assist all of our clients by designing gallery walls with images from their portrait session. When you come to the studio for your pre-consultation before your portrait session, we will chat about where you would like to hang your portraits, your personal decorating style as well as chat about the creative vision for your portrait session. As an added bonus, I am also available for on-site installation of your photographic art if you need assistance.


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