The Psychology Behind Displaying Your Family Photos

As a parent and a photographer this is a topic that I find particularly interesting and I wanted to share some insights from my research findings with you...

The more I delved into this information the more it made sense to me, and I hope it resonates with you too.

So WHY is it important for us to display our family photos at home??

Family photos are far more powerful than we may realise. They can help us to raise children with improved self-esteem and stronger confidence in their own worth and abilities.

Wow, how impressive that something so simple can have such a positive impact on our kids!

Experts say it is important to show a family as a family unit. It lets children learn who they are and where they fit. When a child sees a family portrait with them included they feel safe and secure. Kids get it on a really simple level.

You may be thinking, why don't we just look at our family photos on our digital devices?

On a screen our family photos have less impact. Experts believe that placing a family photo in the home where a child can see it every day without having to turn on a device, or click around on a computer to find it has a sense of reassurance and comfort. Seeing a photo daily says that they are loved and cared for. Not to mention, do we really want to encourage our kids to have more screen time?? Probably not :)

Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those who are in it are important to one another, and we honour the memories we have experienced.

Some experts recommend having photographs of the child with their family placed in the child's bedroom, so it can be among the last things they see before going to sleep and the first thing they see before beginning their day.

It says "we love you, we care about you and you are important".

Okay, so what is the best way for us to display our family photos at home?

This all comes down to personal choice. In the exact same way that our artwork and home decor is.

Many people like to display family photos in high-traffic areas such at the entryway to the home or lounge area, so they are in a prominent position to enjoy. Some may prefer to keep family photos private and they will be displayed upstairs hallway or in bedrooms.

Wall collections are a popular choice as these include a larger hero piece, and multiple smaller photos which are hung together telling a story. There are many options to suit all tastes.

Large Arch Frame artworks are a new and trending style. I personally love them and we have a large arch frame photo of our two boys hanging in our living room. When I ask my four year old if he likes it he shouts yes I LOVE it! Now that was the reaction we were after.

Hopefully these insights get you thinking. Perhaps you may already know the importance of displaying your family photos at home and have started your family photo gallery. But if you haven't then don't worry it's never too late to start!

Here is some inspiration to help shape your vision... and if you need any advice then I am here to help.

Natalie x

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