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Christmas Gift Giving: Frame it!

Christmas Gift Giving: Frame it!

Christmas is the time of year when we all break out our best pens and start writing holiday greetings to family and friends. We shop untill we drop and wrap until we are buried in a mound of paper and ribbons. It's a time filled with social gatherings and travel to see our loved ones.

Black FrameI don't know about you, but I always find the hardest people to choose a gift for are 'The Parents,' the Grandparents of my girl. These are the most important people in our lives and they have supported us throughout the years no matter what crazy tangent we went off on. How do I choose a gift to express how much we love them?

It's easy! Send photos of your kids! Not just the photo, though, frame it. That's what I'm doing this year (but don't tell Granny). Spend a little time picking out a frame that will complement the photo and their decor. This might mean choosing two, three or sometimes even four different frames for the same print.  Print off a couple of small prints at the local photo kiosk and take them with you to the stores. When you see a frame you think might work with Granny's decor, pull out the photo and place it on top of the glass, in an upper corner, to get a sense of what it will look like with a full size photo filling the frame opening.

I recently did a few new shots of my girl for her 16th birthday. To see what colour and style of frame I'm going to purchase for each set of grandparents I found a few online and through the magic of Photoshop, placed the image in the frame.

Grey beaded frame I can see exactly how the frame colours and styles will affect the impact of the finished product. In my case, I know my parents will get a plain black fram.  It complements the photo and will match the rest of the frames in the gallery they have on their wall.

In the case of my husband's parents, it's a little more difficult to choose. They recently changed their decor and I haven't been able to see it yet. A call to my sis-in-law will help with this one. What I do know for sure, is it will not be a grey similar to the sample below because it doesn't complement the photo. Instead of making the image pop, the colour tends to draw the photo back and diminishes the impact. The beading is also a no-go for me. It's a little too fussy for such a simple pose.

Cream frame The creamy white is a great option for my sis-in-law in Ottawa. Her entire home is this colour! In her home the frame will end up fading into the background with a white on white effect. The contrast of the light frame and the dark tones of the photo will make the image leap forward through the glass.

My shopping list just got a lot shorter and so can yours! As always, play and have fun with it. Wrap it up in pretty paper and ribbon with confidence, knowing it will be appreciated and loved.


Vanessa Lentz

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Vanessa graduated from the Holland College Centre of Creative Arts and has been working with photography ever since. She has photographed adults, children and babies all over Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. On her travels around the world she was captivated by architecture. After taking a marketing course Vanessa began to fully understand the ultimate strength and messaging power of strong imagery. She has combined her photography skills with a love of all things delicious and beautiful to help business people market and advertise their wares and services.

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