How to Choose the Perfect Photo for Mom
Ahh, searching for the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It needs to be classy, thoughtful, and somehow indicative of the crazy, sweet, stressful, one-of-a-kind relationship you share with your mom. Easy, right? Right. Good news is that perfect gift is just a few clicks away -- and probably already on your phone. We’re talking high-quality, custom-framed photos via yours truly. Check out the three-minute gift for mom with pre-curated frame styles and sizes that she’s guaranteed to love. All you need to do is add your photo.
How to pick which photo to frame for your mom:
Step #1: Get Organized.
Whether you’re working on a phone or computer, create a new folder to house your favorite photos as you go through them. Scroll through your options, and heart your immediate favorites. From there, narrow down the field by adding only top contenders to the album. If you’re feeling stuck between two photos, you can upload both to our site and preview them in our frames to decide which will make a better gift.
You can also use facial recognition feature on your phone to flip through photos that feature your mom’s visage with minimal scrolling. Last tip, take a look through your edited photos, like in a VSCO album. If you cared enough to edit it, it's likely to make the cut.
Step #2. Go down memory lane.
Now that you have a system to pick your photos, it’s time to think about what Mom would like. Think about your best memories with her, whether it was weekend wine tour last year or Christmas Eve at her sister’s. Then go searching through those photos. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a photo of the two of your together. A landscape from a shared vacation, a detailed shot of her favorite flower, or a portrait of the family dog are all great options!
Also, if you have kids of your own, Grandmas love framed photos of the little ones. We recommend our champagne silver frames, like Newport, Bowery, and Buckhead.
Step #3. Think of the little moments.
While we always approve of giving framed wedding photos, it’s also good to focus on the little moments, like a memorable brunch your brother tried to make from scratch or a Sunday stroll around the neighborhood. If there’s a photo you love - because it’s beautiful or summons good memories - there’s a solid chance your mom will love it too.
Step #4. Make copies.
If you stroll too far back down memory lane, you probably ran out of digital photos. Good thing it’s super easy to scan or take a photo of an old printed photo, then upload the digital file to our site to be printed and framed. This approach really works. Our in-house photographer created a whole gallery wall of old family photos by taking pics of them on her iPhone before uploading the files to be framed. And they look bomb.
Step #5. Edit it. (Just a little.)
Good editing is subtle. Start by straightening the photo. If there’s a horizon line, get that straight first. Next, bump the contrast and brightness up a little bit. If the colors or contrast start to look unnatural, scale it back. Don't be afraid to crop! We have some tips on how to edit your Instagrams, and the same holds true for photos you want to print. Take a look here.
Step #6. Get sophisticated.
Let’s say there’s a photo you love, but it needs some serious editing. Just make it black and white for a super sleek alternative. Play with the filters on your phone, or turn your saturation all the way down before tapping around with the contrast and exposure. Any basic editing app, from Instagram to VSCO, will let you create a black and white image you’re happy with.