Candid photos vs. posed photos

When you think of family photographs being used to decorate the walls of a family home, what comes to mind is usually a thoroughly planned picture of the family posed nicely in a line or with the parents at the back and the kids in the front. But this kind of rigorously planned and posed photography doesn’t often capture the personality of the family and individuals being photographed. This is where candid photographs can offer up something a little different.

What is a candid photo?

A candid photo is one that is not posed or planned. The subject may not even be aware you are taking photos, such as snapping shots of your kids while they’re happily playing in the backyard. 

Other times, the subjects may be aware of the photographer but still don’t know when photos are being taken. For example, a wedding day photographer often acts as a fly-on-the-wall during the ceremony or the reception, taking photos of people happily chatting, drinking, or wiping a tear away.

Either way, the idea is that the subject does not change their behavior for the photograph, they are simply acting natural doing whatever they are doing.

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of candid photos compared to posed photos.

When people complain about not being photogenic, it’s often because they feel uncomfortable in front of the camera. Someone might have a nice smile when they’re laughing with friends, but point a camera at them and it suddenly becomes an awkward and forced smile, instead. Candid photography eliminates this because you’re photographing natural behavior rather than a forced pose.

However, candid photography can still lead to unflattering poses. It can be difficult to time a photograph just right when someone is moving, talking, and laughing naturally. Candid photography can involve a lot of luck and perseverance to achieve the perfect shot, especially if you’re photographing hyperactive children or animals.

But the best thing about candid photos is that they reflect people’s (or animals’) real personality and uniqueness by capturing them acting naturally or in their natural environment. You can capture an image of someone having fun, working hard, pursuing a hobby they love, or the loving look in someone’s eye when they look at their kids or partner. Whatever kind of candid photo you’re taking, the results are real, not staged.

Great candid photos are perfect for custom framing and hanging on the walls in your home, or even to be given as a gift. If you’re interested in custom framing services around Clemmons and Winston Salem, NC, then contact Tanglewood Art and Frame or visit us in-store.

Canvas Art: To Frame or Not to Frame?

Canvas art is a popular decorative feature of many homes. Images can be painted or printed onto canvas and then stretched or wrapped around a kind of frame. The result is a piece that can be hung from the wall without actually being framed. But just because you don’t have to frame canvas art, does that mean you shouldn’t? 

If you’re placing canvas art in your home or office, then this article will help you decide whether it needs custom framing or whether you should hang it as it is

The Pros of framing canvas art

Like with any kind of artwork, framing canvas art can help to protect and preserve the piece, keeping it in good condition for longer. Even if you don’t use a glass cover to provide UV protection, the outer frame itself helps to protect the edges and corners of the canvas from becoming worn and damaged.

Some canvases are better off being framed because of the quality or finish of the wrap. A standard wrap tends to leave the edges of the canvas blank, whereas the image can be continued around the corner of the canvas to make the edges look attractive. Staples or other fastenings may also be visible on the edges. The appearance of these edges should play a big part in deciding whether or not to frame your canvas.

A good option for framing canvas is known as a float frame or floating frame. These leave a small space between the art and the frame so that it appears recessed and the entirety of the piece can be viewed. 

The pros of leaving it unframed

A canvas print without a frame can produce a more minimalist look. If the painting or photo in question lends itself to a minimalist style, then leaving the canvas unframed could be a good option. Think also about the room you’re hanging it in and whether that has a minimalist design.

As mentioned above, if your image is fully wrapped around the canvas to make the sides look aesthetically pleasing, then leaving a canvas unframed is a viable option. A lot of it comes down to style and personal preferences. Do you think your canvas would look better unfinished or presented inside a frame?

If you’re looking for custom framing for your canvas or any other kind of artwork, then contact Tanglewood Art and Frame today or visit our frame shop in Clemmons, NC.

How to Take Frameable Photos of Your Kids

You want to adorn your walls and shelves with photos of the things, places, and people that you love. And if you have kids, they’re obviously going to be high up on this list. But taking the perfect photos of your kids can be difficult. From hyperactive infants that never want to stand still, to moody teenagers that won’t smile for a family photo, snapping the perfect still can be difficult. 

In this article, we’ve got some tips on how to take photos of your kids that you can cherish forever.

Professional photos

One option is to pay and leave it to the pros. A lot of professional photographers are used to family photoshoots, so they’re skilled at getting kids to cooperate with photos and capturing good poses from them. You can get a wide variety of shots this way, both posed and candid. Of course, there are the costs to consider, but it can be well worth it for the great pictures you get out of it.

Candid photos

If it’s hard to get your kids to pose for a photo, then capture them while they’re doing something they enjoy. This means you won’t have to work at getting them to cooperate. Photograph them doing a jigsaw or while watching their favorite movie. Or go for action shots and photograph them running around the yard, playing with their siblings, or jumping on the bed. You might get a lot of blurry shots if you’re just using your smartphone, but keep snapping and you’ll eventually strike gold.

Draw their attention

If you really want a photo of a young child looking perfectly at the camera, then you might be in for a challenge. For babies and infants, you could try holding a toy or their favorite food over the camera to get them looking in the right direction. For slightly older children, you might need to get more creative. You could simply ask if they can see their reflection in the camera lens, or be more imaginative and tell them there are fairies in the lens, or whatever would pique their interest. 

Hand the camera over

The selfie generation has arrived, and kids are practically born knowing how to use smartphones and tablets these days. Flip your phone into selfie mode and hand it over to them. They’ll be curious about their reflection on the screen and they’ll soon figure out how to snap photos of themselves. Just be prepared to scroll through hundreds of selfies on your phone. 

Once you’ve got the perfect photos for your wall, bring them into our shop in Clemmons, NC for our expert custom framing services. Get in touch if you have any questions about how custom framing works.

Gift Ideas That Involve Custom Framing

There are lots of occasions throughout the year where you need to buy gifts for your loved ones. You want to get them something thoughtful and meaningful, but this can often be difficult. If you want your gifts to be displayed in pride of place inside your loved one’s home, then custom framing is the perfect accessory. 

Here are some great gift ideas you could try that involve custom framing…

Print a special photo

You probably have lots of photos of you and your loved one having a good time together. These are memories that should be cherished. Although we can easily take more photos now, they often get left in the cloud and rarely looked at again. Trawl through your old photographs to find a special memory you can frame as a gift for them.

Frame tickets or memorabilia

Another way to commemorate memories you and your loved one have shared is to frame keepsakes from those times. Tickets are a great example of this. If you and your friend go to a lot of music concerts, sporting events, or movies together, then saving tickets from these events and then having them framed will mean a lot. You could create a collage of keepsakes or just frame one special item, such as a ticket from the movie you went to on your first date, for example.  

A pet portrait

If your friend or family member has a pet, then they would probably love to see that pet immortalized in a portrait. Find a nice photo of their pet (you’re bound to find plenty on your friend’s social media profiles) and take it to someone who can paint or draw that photograph in a nice style. Or maybe you’ve got artistic skills yourself and can create your own drawing. Have the end result custom framed to create the perfect gift.

Framed book covers

If your friend, partner, or family member loves to read, then printing or acquiring the front cover of their favorite book can make for a really special, personalized gift. This could be the cover of a novel or a comic book, for example. If they love musicals and going to the theater, then you could frame the playbill of their favorite show.

Framed art from their kids

Parents are always looking for ways to hold onto the early years and memories of their kids as they grow up. Rather than just sticking their child’s best drawings or achievements on the refrigerator, frame them and hang them on the walls so that they can really show them off. It might embarrass the kids when they get older, but it will make for a very proud and happy parent.

What framed gifts would you like to give your loved ones? Get in touch or visit our frame shop in Clemmons, NC for our custom framing services.

Framing A Puzzle

You’ve just put in a lot of effort to complete a puzzle and you feel extremely satisfied to see the finished result. Maybe it took you hours, or maybe days, weeks, even months. But the next step can feel a little soul-destroying. All that fun and hard work just to break it up again and put it back in the box, maybe never to be looked at again.

Sure, you could take a photo of the puzzle to remember it and show off your achievement, but it just isn’t the same. So, why not frame the actual puzzle and put it up on your wall?

Choosing a puzzle to frame

Which puzzle to frame should be completely personal to you. Usually, it’s one that you’ve spent a lot of time on or that has sentimental meaning to you or a loved one you’re giving a gift to. Here are a few ideas:

  • A challenging puzzle – Perhaps there’s one puzzle that was a real challenge and that you spent a lot of time on, either alone or with friends and family. Frame it to show off your achievement.
  • A custom puzzle – You can get a puzzle printed with whatever photo you want, complete the puzzle, and then frame it for your wall.
  • A child’s puzzle – Celebrate your child’s achievement by framing the first puzzle they completed by themselves or preserve the puzzle that they repeatedly did as a child.
  • A couple’s puzzle – Did you and your partner spend one of your early dates doing a puzzle together on a rainy day? Frame it and remember those happy moments.

How to frame a puzzle

After you’ve completed your puzzle, you want to make sure that all the pieces will stay together even if you move the finished puzzle. The last thing you want is for some pieces to come apart once inside the frame.

One way to achieve this is to use glue on the puzzle. You can get special puzzle adhesive for this purpose, or you can opt for ordinary glue, but try to find one with low water content to reduce the risk of the pieces wrinkling or peeling. Spread the glue evenly over the face of the puzzle using a sponge or a piece of card, for example. You can use a paintbrush for this, but you may end up leaving brush strokes. A spray adhesive could also be quick and easy to apply.

Another option is adhesive tape designed for puzzles. This is usually quick and easy to apply and doesn’t create as much mess as glue. Once your puzzle is secure, you can bring it into a custom frame shop to complete the framing process for you. When choosing a frame, a float mounting frame is the best to choose for these purposes.

If you want to frame a puzzle for your home or as a gift, then contact Tanglewood Art and Frame or visit us in Clemmons, NC.

Photobooth Photo Ideas

You might find photobooths in shopping malls, bars and clubs, or at events like weddings, birthday parties, and corporate events. Wherever you come across them, they’re a great opportunity to take fun and silly photos with your friends, family, or partner.

So, you’ve got this printout of photos that are a great memory of the day, but what do you do with them now? Often, they get stuck in a drawer and forgot about. But it’s time to cherish those memories and display them proudly. Here are some ideas for what you can do with your photobooth photos and how to display them proudly.

Make a collage

If you’ve got a collection of fun photobooth strips from over the years, then combine them to make a frameable collage to display on your wall. You could stick them to a piece of cardboard, or something similar, in any arrangement you’d like. Bring your photobooth photos or a pre-made collage to Tanglewood Art & Frame to get your memories custom framed.

Add them to a scrapbook

If you have a photo album or a scrapbook full of memories, then photobooth strips are the perfect addition. You could stick a few together on the same page or scatter them throughout the scrapbook with other memories from each day or period of your life. If you had a photobooth at your wedding or another event, then you could make a wedding scrapbook filled with everyone’s photos for a fun way to remember the day and everyone who was there for you.

Use them as bookmarks

You don’t even have to do anything for this one. Photobooth photo strips are the perfect size and shape to place between the pages of the book you’re ready in order to save your place. And those memories will make you smile every time you pick up your book.

Turn them into fridge magnets

There are lots of websites and companies that can turn your photos into personalized fridge magnets. Pick your favorites to send in and stick them on your fridge so you can see them every day.

Create a giant photo strip

Why keep those memories in such small dimensions? If you have a single strip that you really love, then have it blown up to larger dimensions and custom framed to be hung proudly on your wall.

Turn them into a phone case

Another personalized item you can create is a phone case with your pictures printed on the back. Most of us have our smartphones with us around-the-clock, so having a cherished memory printed on it can be a great way to share and remember those memories.

All of the above ideas would make great gifts for the people you took those photos with, as well as being great ideas for yourself. If you want to get your photobooth photos custom framed in the Winston Salem and Clemmons area, then contact us today.

Tips for Your Wedding Photos

Your wedding day will, hopefully, be one of the most special and memorable days of your life, so of course you want the best keepsakes and photographs to remember it by. At Tanglewood Art and Frame, we’re here to custom frame your best memories, so let’s look at some tips and ideas for the photos of your big day.

Hiring a professional photographer

Obviously, weddings can be very expensive. If you’re working to a budget, this might tempt you to save on certain areas, for example by having a friend or family member be in charge of the photos during the day. While this can be a nice idea, hiring a professional photographer really puts your mind at ease that the photos are taken care of properly, so there’s one less thing to stress about on the day. And your friend or family member can enjoy the day, too, without the responsibilities of the photographer.

Posed and candid

It’s common to see wedding photos of the happy couple or the wider families and wedding parties posing nicely for the camera. These photos can be great and may be the ones to make it to your wall, but we’d recommend a combination of both posed and candid photos.

Some of the best moments can be captured while people are getting ready, walking up the aisle, and talking and laughing at the reception. So, as well as the more formal photoshoot, make sure your photographer is around for parts of the day to take unplanned and unposed photos.

Leave some photography to the guests

In a casual way, it can be a nice idea to have your guests snap some photos during the day and evening. Some couples leave polaroid cameras or disposable cameras around the venue for guests to use. They can pose for a photo or take candid photos themselves. The results can be really fun, especially once everyone’s had a few drinks after the ceremony.

Choosing your photos for custom framing

After the wedding, you will likely have to meet with your photographer to choose your favorite photos to be framed or placed in a scrapbook of the day. When choosing photos for your wall or mantlepiece, you may choose a few photos to be framed individually or you could make a collage of photos to be framed as one piece. Here, it’s a good idea to choose a mixture of posed and candid photos to get a full range of the day.

There’s a wide variety of materials and styles to consider when choosing all the elements of your custom frames, but we can help you make the best decisions to really complement your photos and make them stand out. Get in touch or visit our store in Clemmons, NC for more advice about custom framing your wedding photos.

How to Choose the Best Picture Frames for Your Decor Style

Picture frames are more than just functional accessories; they are an integral part of your home decor, adding personality and character to your living spaces. Selecting the right picture frames can enhance the visual appeal of your artwork, photos, and mementos, while also complementing your decor style. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of choosing the best picture frames to match your decor style.

1. Identify Your Decor Style

Before you start selecting picture frames, it’s crucial to identify your decor style. Your decor style sets the tone for your entire living space, influencing your choice of furniture, color schemes, and decorative elements. Here are some common decor styles to consider:

  • Traditional: This style is characterized by timeless and classic design elements, such as rich wood finishes, ornate details, and antique-inspired pieces.
  • Contemporary/Modern: Contemporary decor features clean lines, minimalism, and neutral color palettes. It often incorporates sleek and innovative materials like glass and metal.
  • Rustic/Farmhouse: Rustic decor embraces a cozy and relaxed atmosphere with natural textures, weathered finishes, and vintage-inspired elements.
  • Bohemian: Bohemian decor is eclectic and vibrant, featuring a mix of colors, patterns, and textures from around the world. It often includes a variety of art and decor items.
  • Industrial: Industrial decor is inspired by urban spaces and incorporates raw materials like exposed brick, steel, and distressed wood.
  • Mid-Century Modern: This style reflects the design trends of the mid-20th century and is known for its clean lines, simple forms, and iconic furniture pieces.

Once you’ve determined your decor style, you can begin selecting picture frames that align with its aesthetic.

2. Match Frame Materials to Your Decor Style

The materials of picture frames play a significant role in defining their style. Consider the following frame materials that are commonly associated with various decor styles:

  • Wood: Wooden frames are versatile and can suit a wide range of decor styles. Dark, polished wood frames often work well in traditional settings, while lighter and distressed wood frames are perfect for rustic or farmhouse decor.
  • Metal: Metal frames, such as those made of aluminum or steel, are a staple of contemporary and industrial decor. They offer sleek and minimalist aesthetics.
  • Glass: Glass frames are an excellent choice for modern and contemporary spaces. They create a clean and elegant look, allowing the artwork or photo to take center stage.
  • Mixed Materials: Some frames combine materials like wood and metal or wood and glass, offering a unique blend of styles. These frames can work well in eclectic or transitional decor.

3. Consider Frame Colors

Frame colors should harmonize with your decor style and the color scheme of your room. Here are some considerations for selecting frame colors:

  • Neutrals: Neutral frame colors like white, black, gray, or beige are versatile and can fit into various decor styles. They provide a clean and timeless look that complements most color palettes.
  • Warm Tones: Frames with warm tones like brown, gold, or bronze are well-suited for traditional, rustic, or mid-century modern decor styles.
  • Cool Tones: Cool-toned frames, such as silver, chrome, or navy, can enhance contemporary, industrial, or coastal decor.
  • Bold Colors: For a pop of color and a touch of bohemian flair, consider frames in bold and vibrant hues. These can add character and personality to your decor.

4. Frame Size and Proportion

When choosing picture frames, consider the size and proportion of the frames in relation to the artwork or photo you plan to display. Larger frames with wide matting can create a sense of grandeur and draw attention to the artwork, while smaller frames are ideal for more intimate displays.

Ensure that the frame size complements the scale of your wall and doesn’t overwhelm or get lost in the space. Additionally, consider the aspect ratio of your artwork or photo (e.g., landscape or portrait) when selecting frame sizes.

5. Matting and Mounting

Matting, the border around the artwork within the frame, can add depth and visual appeal to your framed pieces. The color and width of the matting should enhance the artwork and complement your decor style. In some cases, artwork or photos may not require matting, especially in contemporary and minimalist settings.

Consider the mounting style as well. Floating artwork within the frame can create a modern and dynamic look, while traditional mounting can provide a classic and timeless appearance.

6. Personalization and Customization

Custom framing allows for a high level of personalization. You can choose custom frame colors, materials, matting, and even add nameplates or engravings to create a unique and meaningful display. Personalized framing adds a personal touch to your decor and makes your framed items even more special.

In conclusion, selecting the best picture frames for your decor style involves careful consideration of materials, colors, sizes, and personalization options. By aligning your frame choices with your decor style, you can create a cohesive and visually appealing home that reflects your unique taste and personality. Whether you’re framing artwork, family photos, or cherished mementos, the right frames can elevate your decor and turn your living spaces into a gallery of memories and creativity.

9 Unique Custom Framing Ideas

Custom framing is an art form that goes beyond simply encasing a picture in a frame. It allows you to enhance and complement the artwork or object you’re framing, turning it into a stunning piece of decor. If you’re looking for creative ways to display your cherished items, here are nine unique custom framing ideas to inspire you.

1. Shadow Box Frames for 3D Objects

Shadow box frames are perfect for displaying three-dimensional objects like seashells, vintage toys, sports memorabilia, or even baby shoes. These frames have extra depth to accommodate your item while keeping it protected and visible. Consider adding a personalized nameplate or small plaque to tell the story behind the displayed object.

2. Floating Canvas Frames

Floating canvas frames create a contemporary and artistic display for canvas artwork. Instead of covering the edges of the canvas, these frames allow the artwork to appear as if it’s floating within the frame. This technique adds depth and sophistication to your artwork while drawing attention to the piece itself.

3. Multi-Aperture Frames

Multi-aperture frames are an excellent choice for displaying a collection of related photos or artwork. You can arrange a series of images in a single frame, creating a cohesive and visually appealing display. This works well for showcasing family portraits, travel photos, or a series of artwork by the same artist.

4. Jersey Frames for Sports Memorabilia

If you’re a sports enthusiast, jersey frames are a fantastic way to showcase your favorite sports memorabilia. Whether it’s a signed jersey, baseball bat, or basketball, these frames are designed to accommodate sports-related items. You can also include photos, tickets, or trading cards to complete the display.

5. Oversized Frames for Statement Art

Oversized frames can turn a small or medium-sized piece of art into a dramatic statement. These frames draw attention to the artwork, creating a sense of grandeur and importance. Consider choosing a frame that complements the style of the artwork and your decor to create a harmonious display.

6. Collage Frames for Multiple Photos

Collage frames are a versatile option for displaying multiple photos in an organized and visually pleasing way. You can create themed collages, such as family vacations, graduations, or anniversaries. Collage frames come in various layouts, allowing you to arrange your photos creatively.

7. Floating Shelves with Framed Art

For a unique and dynamic display, combine custom framing with floating shelves. Frame your artwork or photos and place them on floating shelves to create an ever-changing gallery wall. This approach allows you to swap out and rearrange your framed pieces to refresh your decor easily.

8. Multi-Opening Mat Frames

Multi-opening mat frames are perfect for showcasing a collection of small photos or artwork. These frames feature a mat with multiple openings, allowing you to display a series of images in an organized and attractive manner. Multi-opening mat frames work well for family portraits, baby photos, or even vintage postcards.

9. Acrylic Box Frames for Keepsakes

Acrylic box frames are a sleek and modern way to display keepsakes and mementos. These frames consist of a clear acrylic box with a removable lid, making it easy to arrange and rearrange your items. They’re ideal for showcasing items like seashells, vintage keys, collectibles, or sentimental objects.

Tips for Choosing Custom Frames:

  1. Consider the Artwork or Object: The frame you choose should complement the style and colors of the artwork or object you’re framing. Think about how the frame can enhance and draw attention to the piece.
  2. Matting Matters: Matting can add depth and contrast to your framed item. Consider using matting to create a visual separation between the artwork and the frame.
  3. Think About Conservation: If you’re framing valuable or irreplaceable items, it’s essential to use archival-quality materials to protect them from damage over time.
  4. Mix and Match: Don’t be afraid to mix different frame styles and sizes to create an eclectic and personalized gallery wall.
  5. Customize with Mats and Nameplates: Mats and personalized nameplates can add a unique touch to your custom framing project. They can provide context and a personal touch to the display.

In conclusion, custom framing offers a world of possibilities for showcasing your artwork, photos, and cherished items. These nine unique custom framing ideas can help you transform your space into a gallery of memories and creativity. Whether you’re framing family photos, collectibles, or artwork, the right frame can elevate your decor and provide a stunning focal point for your home.

Encouraging Your Kids to Create Art

It’s a great moment for parents when your child comes home from school with their latest creation, and you get to stick it up on the fridge to show them how proud you are. But these moments shouldn’t just be limited to what they’re told to draw in school. They could be having fun with drawing, painting, and more creative pursuits after school, at the weekend, or in the school holidays.

The benefits of kids creating art

Creating art has so many benefits for kids. Mentally and emotionally speaking, art can be a great way to express ideas and feelings, especially at an age where they might not have the ability to really express how they feel through words. It’s a way of expressing themselves and exploring their thoughts and personality. It’s also a fun and engaging activity, providing some variety, especially if you’re trying to encourage your child to spend less time in front of screens.

Art also helps your child’s development in a number of ways, helping to support their education at the same time. It aids in developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, among other abilities. It can also be a useful tool for understanding concepts being taught to them, which is why drawing and painting are such popular activities in schools.

How to encourage your kids to create

So, how do you encourage your child to pursue art and other creative activities in their free time? One way is to get involved with them. You could each sit down and draw or paint a picture. Encourage them to draw whatever they want or you could set a theme or something more specific to draw. For younger children who may not be able to create their own art, you could draw an outline of a picture for them and have them color it in, similar to a coloring book but in a more engaging way that lets you bond with your child.

Buying your child a variety of arts and crafts supplies can also encourage them to be more creative. If you buy a selection of coloring pencils, crayons, and paint supplies, then they can choose what they want to do and what to create. Designing a space for their art activities can also be helpful, especially for messy activities like painting where they need to be able to create without making too much mess.

Finally, celebrating your child’s art by praising them and displaying their art will encourage them to do more. 

If your child creates something that’s worthy of remembering and celebrating, then why not get it custom framed to stick up on the wall or on the mantlepiece? Contact Tanglewood Art and Frame or visit us in-store to find out more about our custom framing services around Clemmons and Winston Salem, NC.