Home > Finding the "Picture Perfect" Photo Frame---Posted 5/15/09
We all want to put the perfect picture we take into a beautiful photo frame. Finding just the right photo frame is not always so hard. There are many places to explore when shopping for a photo frame. Try a specialty store in the mall where there will often be a large variety of frames to choose from, or at least to give you ideas about the kinds you like. Try to select something that captures the mood or feeling you get when you are looking at the photograph itself. These days there is no need to settle for something bland or routine. Camera stores often provide a good, though probably smaller, selection.

You also can search online for picture frames. Picture frames come in many prices and quality levels, so you can be sure to find one in the price range that makes you the most comfortable. They are available in wood, metal, ceramic, resin, acrylic, stone and other materials. Be sure to ask any questions you have. Inquire about shipping and handling and how many days it will take for the picture frame to get to you.

Photo frames should be as beautiful and memorable as the special pictures you want to frame, and should last indefinitely into the future. For that reason it makes financial as well as aesthetic sense to select a frame that you will be proud to display in your home over many years. Photos that have been passed down in the family to you will one day continue to your own children and grandchildren

Some people may be enthusiastic and skilled enough to make their own frames, but this will require not just materials but tools, time and space to work in as well. This could be a fun project for a couple of family members or friends and include designing and embellishing the final product. Making your own adds a personal touch as well as providing a one-of-a-kind item. For those who know exactly what they want, custom frames can also be ordered, though this will add considerably to the expense.

Sometimes the best frame will be one that allows you to display more than one image at a time. One type is called a floating frame. This type of frame is usually made of glass and does not have a distinct edging. Instead you can slip one or more photos into the side or top of the frame and see all of them together. Another type is a collage frame with 2 or more separate openings in which to insert your pictures. These may stand on a table or shelf, be hung on a wall or perhaps may be suspended from the ceiling.

Most people just want to have a great frame that will enhance the display of the photo they select. Just spend a little time thinking over the general effect you want, do a little investigation and be ready to select the perfect frame when you come across it. Picking a particular picture frame with an appropriate flair for a specially-chosen photograph as a gift for someone is a personal gesture that most everyone will appreciate. You can count on your recipient to notice the effort you put into choosing just the right one.

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