Family Portraits and Larger Group Photos – What is the Best Print Size?

May 30, 2015

When deciding on the best print size to show off your new family portraits, a bit of pre-planning will greatly enhance the overall look of your finished Portrait Art. To check out examples of our Family Lifestyle Portraiture, click here. When it comes to decorating the home with Lifestyle Photography, many people begin with the idea that a print size of 16×20 or 11×14 inches is a big print. There was a time when I also believed this, but have you ever seen how tiny and unimportant a 16×20 inch photo looks above a sofa? I’ve learned that with each piece of art, the optimal size for the best viewing and overall impact will vary depending on several factors. For example, a group portrait taken at your next family reunion can be perfect as an 8×10 print, on a photo-cluster wall, in the hallway or stairway, where your guests will view the many photos up close. But that same “perfect” 8×10 will look quite insignificant as the only item hanging above your sofa. It is important to consider the desired display location in your home before selecting the best print size. So, what is the ideal print size to show above your mantel or sofa? As we see in this image of one of our 20×30 Archival Metal Prints, 20×30 inches and larger will actually look best, when displayed above a sofa or mantle.

If you are unsure what size of portrait is best for your unique home decorating, don’t worry! At Expressive Photographics, we are always happy to help you make the best decision on the full range of creative options, such as size, type of print, framing or not framing. And yes! There are now some amazing archival print options that come ready to hang on your wall, without the need for framing. These include sustainable Bamboo-Mounts, Canvas Gallery Wraps, Archival Metal Prints and more. Hint: Eliminating framing saves you BIG $$$, allowing you to obtain that larger print size without emptying your whole piggy bank! Helping folks create an enjoy meaningful, fun and BEAUTIFUL portraits is what we live for, here at Expressive Photographics. Give us a call, or use the contact form to get more info and start planning your family portraits.

If you would like to learn about another very important aspect of planning for the best possible family lifestyle photography you might want to check out our helpful article on finding the very best Santa Cruz family portrait locations by clicking here.
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Sowmya 16:11 September 3, 2018 Reply
Hi, I would like to know the best size of photo print required for family picturewith 8people in it and would like to display that in hall area ............... Can u please suggest !!!! Thanks and Regards Sowmya
    Mark 11:49 September 4, 2018 Reply
    Hello Sowmya, Thanks for visiting my blog! My suggestion for the best size print is that it generally depends on the viewing distance from which people will be seeing the portrait. For a hallway that would probably be about 1-5 feet from the viewer to the photo. At this distance, you can display smaller prints, from 5x7 inches to 11x14 inches, with great results. When the portrait will be displayed in a living room, say above a mantle or sofa, larger sizes are required to ensure proper visibility and impact. You might print the portraits at sizes from 30 to 60 inches on the longest side when displaying it in such locations. I hope this helps!