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How to create your very own window out of photo frames.

I’ve been living and working in the middle of Wellington for a loooonnng time. I love this city, and everything about it, but after driving out to all these gorgeous wedding venues each weekend, I’ve been finding myself yearning for some greenery. Being in an apartment (like many city-dwellers) we have four internal sets of walls, but only one with windows and a balcony. This means three blank walls (per room) in which to make a pretend window. Below is my step by step guide for how to make your own pretend window. Shoot, design, print, frame and enjoy! You’ll need access to Indesign, or a similar program. Disclaimer: this is definitely easier for photographers or those familiar with these programs… otherwise bribing someone might be your best bet!

Step 1 Find a landscape shot you love

  • Ideally you want a full RAW shot. You could try this with a massive Jpeg, but talk with your print shop: each one has its own requirements. We can get away with quite a bit in Lightroom, but ideally, the more data in that shot, the better.
  • This was the shot I took after shooting Kirsty and Cohen’s wedding in Te Horo. I was on my way over the Akatarawas, and I looked back to see this perfect sunset scene laid out. I kind of love pylons over a landscape; they always seem kind of lazy and sleepy, with those loopy wires slinking from hill to hill. Wall print template fake window

Step 2 Open up Indesign for your template

  • I can’t for the life of me figure out how to upload an Indesign file to WordPress, so feel free to email me and I can send you my template. If someone else knows how to upload one, tell all!
  • It’s pretty easy stuff once you have the template open. You just drag and drop your photo and arrange it to the back of the frames. Then, you move your frames around until they line up in the mosaic or ‘window frames’ that you like the look of. You can build your own easily; just create outlines and drag your shots into them until they all line up.
  • You can then either export the images, or if you’re like me, and want to add way more work to your plate, import each one into Lightroom and work on them individually.

Indesign Wall print template fake window DIY

Step 3 Open Lightroom

  • You only need to do this step if you want to work on each shot separately. This might be the case if you’re blowing the image up larger than the original photo was intended, or just to tweak the image as needed. For me, the shadows were losing their contrast at the higher sizes, so I deepened the shadows, then went to work on noise control and adding some grain (to… cover up the noise control).
  • Fact is, most people won’t investigate this collection up close: it needs to be viewed from a couple of metres away to get the whole picture, so the pixelation that might be occurring won’t be too much of a bother. It’s pretty forgiving really.

Lightroom Wall print template fake window DIY

Step 4 Send to print

  • I used Queensberry labs because I really like working with those guys. They were super lovely and sent me some test prints back and forth to experiment with upscaling, which is pretty important when you’re trying to make 14 large prints from just one single shot.
  • The last part is the fun part! Put all the shots into frames and play puzzle with it on the wall. We put ours by the entrance and over the hall table, it’s a nice way to come home each day.

Faux window using photo frames and Indesign

 

November 4, 2014 - 5:24 am

nadine - wow, that is a great idea and so lovely!

November 4, 2014 - 8:23 pm

Elissa - This is so cool! I don’t know if I have a photo I love enough to do this for, but I loooove your execution :)

November 4, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Teresa K - What an amazing concept and design idea. Thanks for the walk-through!

November 4, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Sarah - This is awesome, a totally original way to do the “gallery wall” trend right now!

November 5, 2014 - 6:09 am

kong wai - Wow. it is just prefect !!

November 5, 2014 - 11:35 am

/mariahedengren - cool effect!

November 5, 2014 - 3:21 pm

Brian Davis - That is such a cool idea and that photo is just stunning.

November 5, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Per - Great idea! And that image is so epic.

November 6, 2014 - 9:34 am

Darren Gair - Genius Mary… exactly what im looking for in my lounge!

November 6, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Albert Palmer - I frickin’ love this idea! Book marking it for my wife’s christmas present (sssssssshh!)

November 20, 2014 - 5:16 am

Peter - Oh my, this is such a fabulous idea. I really like how you mixed up the frame sizes and designs.

Teresa and Gareth | Married at Murdoch James Estate | Martinborough Vineyard

Teresa and Gareth were married at Murdoch Estate vineyard. It was a perfect summer wedding day: all dreamy buttery sunlight and soft warmth.

Murdoch James has some gorgeous gardens; a river, willow trees, the whole package. And Teresa and Gareth bought the love. These two are the most awesome couple, it was such a privilege to photograph their wedding day. ”

My favorite part was during dinner, I took the chance to photograph the rings (no one loves a photographer capturing you eat), and wandered outside, the sun was setting over the vineyard, and I was thinking how fun it would be to incorporate the wine the from the vines, where the couple chose to marry, and I found this half finished bottle all forlorn by the ceremony site, and I was all: Yus.

Wine being poured over wedding rings

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Wedding Planner: Polly Devane  

 

September 5, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Sarah - What an awesome ring shot! This wedding was beautiful!

September 5, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Albert Palmer - Epic bridal veil portrait Mary – I’m pretty envious of that shot!

September 5, 2014 - 9:46 pm

Heather Kanillopoolos - That shot of the bride looking at you through the veil… WOW. Killer work!

September 6, 2014 - 12:47 am

Preston - I concur. That veil shot is MONEY!

September 6, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Justin R - Mary, the rings shot and the portrait of the bride blew me away! Stunning shots!

September 6, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Patrick - Very cool wedding… some beautiful light filled photos…

September 6, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Angela - Wow! Gorgeous! That shot of the bride and the veil covering one eye… I think I died from the gorgeousness of that shot!

September 7, 2014 - 1:19 pm

John - Lovely photos, especially like the avenue portrait and the last one, really intimate.

September 8, 2014 - 3:23 am

Jack Chauvel - Beautiful Mary. Veil shot of the bride is my favourite, that last frame is gorgeous also.

September 8, 2014 - 3:29 am

Teresa K - This: http://www.marysylvia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Murdoch-James-Vineyard-Martinborough-Wedding-Photography-191(pp_w920_h613).jpg

WOW. I love everything about this shot. The entire wedding follows that theme too. Really well done Mary!

October 4, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Cassandra ~ Aruba Photographers - Beautiful pictures. Love the portraits with window light!

Zoe and Steve | Martinborough Wedding Photography | Style Me Pretty

Zoe and Steve were married in Martinborough on a beautiful day, at Zoe’s parent’s house. Clients often ask me what my favorite venue is to photograph, and by a country mile, it’s your backyard. I love the story and history, the beautiful touches that represent family life, just everything about photographing a wedding that takes place at home.

Zoe and Steve were no exception, their day was filled with love, laughter and a whole of happiness. Their backyard may or may not have included a pond with a row boat and Zoe may or may not have been kick ass and gotten into it in her wedding dress for some photos.

This wedding was first featured on Style Me Pretty.

Wedding dress hanging among treesBlack and white bride getting readyBridesmaids putting on nail polishBridesmaid in grecian dressBride receiving flowersBride getting makeup put onBridal wedding dress details dots on tulleBride in window with contrasted lightingBride with father before ceremonyWedding dress back detail appliqueBlue and white ribbons wedding ceremonyMartinborough wedding photographyGroom seeing bride for the first timeMartinborough wedding photographyMartinborough wedding photographyGroom putting ring on finger and laughing at ceremonyFirst kiss wedding ceremony MartinboroughConfetti exit wedding ceremony MartinboroughMartinborough romantic wedding photographyMartinborough lake wedding photographyMartinborough lake wedding photographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyMartinborough Wedding PhotographyPurple pink and blue wedding reception flowersGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionBride laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionGuest laughing at Martinborough wedding receptionMartinborough Wedding Marquee against sunsetBride and groom with wrist watch in black and white

Hair and Makeup: www.rebeccaconnor.co.nz

Flowers and reception details: www.thepiccadillyflowercompany.co.nz

Dress: Tina De Bes

This post first appeared on Style Me Pretty: www.stylemepretty.com/new-zealand-weddings/2014/07/03/romantic-backyard-wedding

August 29, 2014 - 5:05 am

T Lake - Hi Mary! Your pictures are wonderful and I love love love your mysterious website – where the posts pop up and disappear – clever! – TL

August 29, 2014 - 11:48 am

Albert Palmer - Love those sunny happy ceremony photos – beautiful work Mary!

August 29, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Johnboy Wilson - Gorgrous portraits and perfect moments! Great work

August 29, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Johnboy Wilson - Gorgeous portraits and perfect moments! Great work

August 29, 2014 - 3:16 pm

Taylor Roades - Wow the confetti shot and the portraits. great coverage.

August 30, 2014 - 1:02 am

Mitch Arnett - Absolutly Beutiful Work!!!

I had to look a couple of times at the dry pond, though it was rough water at first. How fun :-)

August 30, 2014 - 6:39 am

Yolande Marx - Beautiful coverage!

August 30, 2014 - 9:19 am

naomi - Great work, Mary, love how much warmth and joy you’ve captured.

August 30, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Anton Chia - Love the ceremony exit frame!

August 30, 2014 - 11:35 pm

Teresa K - Wow, what an incredibly gorgeous set Mary. I love every single frame!!

September 1, 2014 - 1:34 pm

Luke Hayden - Absolutely wonderful coverage.

September 1, 2014 - 10:53 pm

Johanna - Ahhhh! This is sooooo pretty, Mary!

September 3, 2014 - 12:21 am

Nadine - Soooo gorgeous!

September 4, 2014 - 3:55 am

Heather Kanillopoolos - Those shots on the lake… absolutely MAGICAL!

September 5, 2014 - 1:51 am

Darin Collison - Super lovely. Love the portraits – this one in particular: http://www.marysylvia.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/026(pp_w920_h613).jpg

October 4, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Cassandra ~ Aruba Photographers - Love how you captured all the happy moments!

November 13, 2014 - 6:47 am

Bec Essery - Mary, this is divine.

November 20, 2014 - 5:18 am

Peter - I love your black and white photos so much ! My favourite ones are when Zoe & Steve are in the boat and the last one where they are holding each other.

Wellington Winter Wedding Photography | Wellesley Boutique Hotel

I love winter weddings. You see, I’m kind of a traitor to my profession. I think I even prefer winter to summer (gasp!) because it’s just so romantic. Fireplaces, cold winds howling, rain falling, dark skies: I can’t get enough of it.

This unpredictable Wellington winter, I had the opportunity to photograph a gorgeous wedding at the Wellesley boutique hotel. Petrina and Fern had a brunch wedding. When they met, they were working nights and couldn’t date around dinner, so they had brunch dates instead. Seriously, with a sweet story like that, how can you not fall in love with this couple?

After brunch we had a wander through the old hotel to get some photos, including this one. The hotel generously let us look around for something unique that we could use as a backdrop and we found this quiet, unused room upstairs. Petrina and Fern took a moment for themselves in the light.

Winter Wellington Wedding Photography

August 25, 2014 - 1:01 am

Fete Photography - Wow, that light is gorgeous, awesome photo and great black & white!

August 25, 2014 - 4:55 am

John Bello - Beautiful frame – beautiful light!

August 25, 2014 - 5:09 pm

caroline - love this mary! i completely agree with what you said about winter too.

August 25, 2014 - 6:44 pm

Isabelle - great capture

August 25, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Ariana - oh that light is amazing. Beautiful image!

August 26, 2014 - 3:14 am

Mercedes - That light. How lovely this is!

August 26, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Brian Davis - That light is crazy! Nice capture!

August 26, 2014 - 4:46 pm

rahul - amazing light and framing! beautiful!

August 26, 2014 - 6:33 pm

Sachin - Beautiful Mary. Winter weddings ARE awesome.

August 28, 2014 - 4:39 am

Matthew Mead - DAMN……….

So good

Cordelia and Sylvester | Sneak Peek | Mt Victoria Wedding Photography | Wellington

I’m having the best time right now putting together album designs, and sifting through all the Queensberry options for the awesome couples whose wedding I shot last summer. Right now I’ve just started in on Sylvester and Cordelia’s album. They were one of a handful of couples who had to battle the elements this summer after finding out their wedding had an unexpected guest; cyclone Lusi. Fortunately the weather wasn’t too bad where their venue was, but we still made the best of it and snuck off for some extra photos a few days later in that soft light that comes after a storm. Extra bonus meant that way they had photos not just from their wedding venue, which was quite far out of Wellington, but also all around the Botanic Gardens and up on Mount Victoria, a pretty awesome silver lining!

Mt Victoria Wedding Photography Wellington

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Botanic Gardens Wellington Wedding Photographer

Botanic Gardens Wellington Wedding Photography

 

 

 

June 12, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Brian Davis - Beautiful portraits. That first one is awesome and I really love the use of hard light.

June 12, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Justin R - Love the light here! Beautiful shots!

June 12, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Brittany - That second shot. The lighting. Absolutely wonderful.

June 13, 2014 - 4:55 am

John Bello - That first shot is so dream-like. Beautiful!

June 13, 2014 - 7:16 am

dan - That first shot is unreal. What a view.

June 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

damian burcher - If the rest of the photographs are anything like these they will be delighted, really lovely.

June 13, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Tim Kamppinen - Great use of light and location!

June 13, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Albert Palmer - Great little peek – that first shot is a total winner!

June 13, 2014 - 6:00 pm

small - Gorgeous!

June 13, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Marianne - Beautiful photos, great use of light! I love the black and white on the bench.

June 14, 2014 - 12:55 am

Paul Krol - Nice work – such a variety in a small set. Well done.

June 16, 2014 - 6:14 pm

Johanna - Beautiful frames, Mary <3

June 18, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Joseph Delgado - OMG what wonderful imagery!

June 19, 2014 - 8:02 am

Cole - Wellington is awesome :) As are these portraits. The one atop the mountain is aces.

June 27, 2014 - 11:00 am

Bec - Mary these are divine!

July 14, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Cassandra ~ Aruba Weddings - Love the portrait with the cityscape background. Perfection!

August 29, 2014 - 5:08 am

T Lake - Such talent from NZ! Very impressed!