Wedding photos are a conundrum, sometimes. For a day that is so special and unique to two specific people, the photos taken on the day often feel very generic and similar to a million others. Even some of the ‘fun’ shots that people do are recycled from other weddings. While nothing says your wedding photos have to be absolutely original in order to have emotional depth and meaning for you, it is nice to do something different, if only for a few shots.
This is especially true if you’re hoping to give the new couple a gift in the form of photos turned into high-quality art via the magic of canvas printing. Sure, a classic, romantic photo of the newlyweds turned into wall art will be a great gift – but you don’t want merely ‘great’, you want special. Here’s some ideas to take that gift one step further.
Soul Mates via Canvas Printing
This is a really nice idea: Take a fairly standard photo of the couple on the wedding day, then contact their families and get some photos of them as little kids. Formal photos are good, but studio portraits won’t match up with the lighting. A holiday like Easter or even just a run of the mill Sunday in their ‘good’ clothes will do if it’s shot outside in the sun (unless your wedding photo base is an inside job – basically, match the light source as best you can).
Then scan in the childhood photos and paste them into the modern photo, replacing the bride and groom completely with their younger selves. Play with scale until everything looks right, and there you have it: A soul mates photo showing the world they were always meant for each other. The new couple will melt at the sight of it.
Another fun way to use Photoshop and canvas printing for a great wedding photo gift is to get your hands on the art each person made as a child. You know, the crayon and watercolour works their parents would hang on the refrigerator. Scan them in, and then combine them into one larger piece, with individual elements from different works that complement each other.
For a final touch, write their names under figures that could represent them, making it seem like the two were drawing themselves as a married couple even when children. As an extra bonus, if you can find enough material in their old drawings to depict their actual wedding using their own childhood art, you’ve just won the wedding gift contest for life.
Weddings are special moments, of course, and should be celebrated with special gifts. Wedding photos – even the ones we take ourselves – are often very predictable and generic. Instead, using a little Photoshop and a little ingenuity, we can create the sort of bespoke photos and gifts that anyone would be proud to hang on their walls.
When you have your great, original idea, click here and we’d be honoured to turn it into a great, original piece of wall art.