Let’s all admit it. We don’t always take the picture-perfect photos that we’d like to. But when we do, we’re so proud of our work, we want to show our friends, our families and anyone else who is willing to humor us photographers. Taking a great photo is a happy thing.
But what if you want to go a step further with your great photo?
Here are 6 ways you can showcase your photos in creative, practical and inexpensive ways.
1. Calendars are useful, and they’re a wonderful way to post your favorite shots of the past year. Starting at $25 on Mixbook, you can customize a calendar with 12 photos. When you’re finished, Mixbook will mail your calendar to you. Hang it in the kitchen, your living room, or send a calendar with your family photos to grandparents.
2. Make your photos black and white and frame them in your home. I took macro photos of my instruments and hung them above my piano in the living room next to a black piano note clock. It’s so pretty, and all it takes is a frame or two and a few minutes to edit.
3. Cards with your photos on them are great to send to friends and family if you don’t have your family photos taken by a photo studio photographer. If you have professional-looking portraits of your kids, this is a sweet idea.
4. Besides calendars, Mixbook also sells scrapbooks for as low as $12.99. It takes some time if you plan to create a big book, but if you have a lot of great photos, then a scrapbook (which can also double as a portfolio!) is fantastic. Plus, the books are fairly small in size, so if you do use it as a portfolio, it’s super portable.
5. Pillows, blankets, mousepads, t-shirts…the possibilities are endless. You can turn your photos into home decor and clothing with Zazzle, a website for buying and selling hundreds of custom personalized products. Plus, if you want more than these ideas, you can create jackets, coffee mugs, business cards and a zillion other items!
6. Submit your prized photos to state/local fairs, newspapers and magazines. Many newspapers use readers’ sunset and sunrise photos for the weather pages. And wouldn’t it be nice to have competition other than yourself? Fairs are full of showcases, and I find the photography area to be absolutely stunning. You might even get some inspiration from the 1st place photographs. Win-win.
Have an idea not listed here? Tell me in the comments below!