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Travel memories captured with Little Square Gallery

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As much as I promised myself I would take more photos with my ‘proper’ camera this year, the reality is that an iPhone is just too easy! I’ve tried to use my camera to capture the beautiful scenery and sights along our journey, but my iPhone is what I end up using for quick snaps of our family life and happy moments throughout the day… which means that I end up with a lot of cute family photos sitting in my camera roll on my phone only to be buried beneath newer photos as they come in. Of course I share some photos on Instagram, but even these photos get forgotten down the feed as new ones are shared.

A couple months ago, while we were in Australia, I decided I wanted to do something with all these photos on my phone — something bigger than simply ordering another Instagram photo book — and that’s when I remembered the beautiful commissioned pieces from Little Square Gallery. It is the perfect way to capture and display my favourite little square photos from our travels!

I reached out to Natalie, the owner of Little Square Gallery, to chat about the process, and before I knew it, I was choosing my photos to send over for a 48 Little Squares piece – the biggest framed gallery in her collection.

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For my part, the job was easy. All I had to do was narrow down my favourite photos and then wait until I had strong enough wifi (from my base in Sri Lanka!) to send them over to Natalie. She then took care of the rest – choosing the final selection of photos, deciding how to display them so they look best in a grid, and then helping to edit the photos so they all look good together with similar exposure and contrast.

The photos are displayed in a series of little square giclée prints, individually mounted onto art board against a white backdrop to create a subtle floating effect of the prints. The result is a beautiful collection of photos that individually stand out in the frame. iPhone photos have never looked so good!

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Little Square Gallery on wall

I didn’t tell Michael or the kids about the gallery, so you can imagine the surprise when it arrived this week. The kids were SO excited to see all these happy photos from our travels — such sweet reminders of our time together and all the sunny places we’ve been this year.

We have now spent time looking at each photo, talking about where we were and what we loved about each place. I’m reluctant to hand these experiences over to memory just yet – they still feel so ingrained in us, so a part of spirit and adventure. But I know as time goes on and memories start to fade, we will be so thankful to have this special keepsake to treasure forever.

Courtney x


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Comments (36)

Helen
June 15, 2016

What a gorgeous way to keep your travel memories alive. I can also spot quite a few photos of Marlow being carried 🙊🙊


Maria
June 15, 2016

It costs £600!! Oh Dear Lord


Rachel
June 15, 2016

Looks amazing but soooo expensive! I can see why you’re pleased with it though.


Petra
June 15, 2016

You can’t put a price on photographic memories, but £550 is out of a lot of peoples’ price range. A shame, as they do look lovely.


Katrina Campbell
June 15, 2016

I love this and think it looks great, such an original way to present photos. It’s true, I shoot on a Nikon and an iPhone, and sometimes my favourites are my phone photos, as they just really capture the moment. this is a great idea!


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Amelia Soames
June 15, 2016

Looks gorgeous but really wish you’d flagged the super expensive price tag in your piece so it wasn’t such a shock and disappointment when I clicked through. Way too expensive for most people I’m afraid.


Kirsten
June 15, 2016

That looks amazing! What a wonderful memory. Are you back in your house? I remember you had a cool white floor, right?


Annie from Brimful
June 15, 2016

A beautiful way to remember the epic 2015-2016 world tour! I think especially for Marlow, the little photos will keep the memories intact as she grows older. I suspect you’ll find the kids gathered round it for years to come, reminiscing with each other!


Greta
June 15, 2016

Photos themselves are beautiful, but to pay such a price for just a frame (which is nothing special), I personally find unreasonable. I have found much beautiful frames (very good quality) in second hand shops. Well, some people can afford it, but it is unfair to promote such expensive but ordinary products to “normal” people. We have to be less materialistic and more spiritual…..


Phoebe
June 15, 2016

I love it but I don’t think £550 is a reasonable price. A touch too expensive perhaps but it’s beautiful nonetheless.

I do have a question for you, Courtney. Do you ever shop on the high street for things for yourself or your children. Even just bits and bobs. If you do, i’d love to hear which shops you like. your children are always beautifully dressed (as are Esther and Emilie’s) but sometimes the clothes may be slightly out of price range for people. I’d be much obliged if you could let us in on what high street shops you rate and buy from.

Bisous
Phoebe


Helena
June 17, 2016

Phoebe, check out the blog hipministyle.com (no, it’s not mine 🙂 ) Brilliant high street things for kids in the same classic style you see here.

https://hipministyle.com/


Phoebe
June 20, 2016

Thank you, Helena! Very cool website 🙂 thanks for sharing

X


Courtney in London
June 15, 2016

Thanks for all your comments! I’m sorry that some of you feel surprised by the price and disappointed that I didn’t mention it in my post.
To be honest, I don’t think this is such an unfair price to ask, considering the quality and time that goes into this piece. (It is also the biggest and most expensive option on the Little Square Gallery site, so there are other less expensive options.)
The price for this is expensive if you’re comparing this framed gallery to the myriad, cheap, do-it-yourself options out there. This is not that. It is a curated and hand-crafted product. Natalie selects each photo, adjusts them to achieve optimal colour and image quality and then organises them into a harmonious composition. If you think about the number of hours that go into creating a piece this large with this many photos you’ll realise that it’s actually good value. Also, I have very recently taken some of our artwork to the printers in London, and the price for getting something framed is, in itself, surprisingly so expensive! So if you consider that your photos are giclée printed on fine art paper, mounted and framed professionally, it actually isn’t as shocking of a price.

For us this is a way to commemorate a very special year. We’ve all stared at it for hours, laughed and chatted about each image. It will be in our family for years to come and I can imagine our grandkids pouring over each image someday and quizzing their parents. It is a piece of art that is worth every penny! x


Lisa G
June 15, 2016

I have bought a couple of these from Natalie for my parents in the UK as gifts and they are thrilled with them also. When my parents join us in the US or on holiday somewhere I have sent the pictures
To her and my parents have the proudly displayed on their walls. I agree it’s worth every penny and thank you for sharing this as I discovered it through babyccino . Xo


Enirak
June 16, 2016

This is so beautiful! I love the photography collection as well as the children’s art collection from Little Square! And you are right the is probably not such an unfair price to ask considering all. But it is also true that, unfortunately, most families cannot afford such a beautiful item. I only wish! Enjoy your piece for years to come.


Sarah
June 16, 2016

I love this. Thanks for sharing.


Leanne
June 16, 2016

It is beautiful Courtney, a piece which will last forever over many generations, no price tag on that! x


Dan
June 16, 2016

Don’t justify. It looks beautiful. Well done and we have really loved following your adventures. Best. Dan


silja
June 16, 2016

Dear Courtney, this is the very first of all of your posts so far which really disappoints me. And it really surprises me as I considered you always as a sensitive person sensing and caring about other peoples feelings. Don’t get me wrong: I don´t complain about: 1. the price of the Little Square piece itself (curated, handcrafted product; maybe (…) it is really the price worth, I am not competent to judge. A Rolls Royce is also worth the price, so is a Gucci handbag…). And no, 2. it is neither the fact THAT you bought it as it is worth it for you (commemorating a special year for you and your family). No, what makes me angry is the fact that you present such an expensive luxury item (which it is, objectively!) without even mentioning the high price! It is about showing awareness of the fact that there are many, MANY people here who can not even think about buying something like this just for fun. A comment like …””I am aware that it is pretty expensive, but I think it is worth it because…” would have been appropriate. It is about (in)sensitivity. Thank you.


Julie
June 16, 2016

Why does she need to be sensitive in this case? There are many options out there for printing and framing pictures for a fraction of the price – so go elsewhere. She is just sharing a beautiful piece that she decided was worth the price for her and her family. Are we really so sensitive that we can’t visit a FREE website to get lovely inspiration, thoughts, opinions and content and click on something that is too pricey for us (personally) and just have to tell ourselves to pass? Do we really need to make such an effort to call Courtney insensitive here?! Should she check with you next time? What’s the difference if she comments on the price or not? Get over it and move on and stop being rude to someone who was NOT being insensitive to YOU.


Sarah
June 16, 2016

Silja Im so sorry but your comment is ridiculous on every level. Stop reading this FREE site. It isnt meant to cater only to YOU.


Federica H.
June 16, 2016

Hi Courtney! What a beautiful piece! I do understand that for consumers is an expensive price, but people usually don’t understand that takes hours to adjust pictures in photoshop, most of all if you want them to look good together at the end. Unfortunately all the creative jobs are now considered easy, because most of the people think is enough to push a button on the laptop. So I would say if you can’t afford it, go to snappy snap and print your pictures, cut them out and put in a frame. But if you want a quality product and can afford it, it’s worth the money.
And enjoy your time in Italy 🙂


Rachel
June 16, 2016

You’re right, it probably isn’t unreasonable for the work that Natalie puts in and the quality of the printing and framing – it’s just that I would guess a lot of people don’t have £500 spare for framing photos (sadly I fall into that category). I bet it looks amazing and I’m sure it will last a long time and give you much pleasure though.


A Mum Track Mind
June 16, 2016

As a photography obsessive this looks right up my street! I love the clean design and little pops of colour. This would be the perfect piece in my new extension!


Lorna
June 16, 2016

It’s a lovely reminder of a wonderful year of travelling. I also think its good to be reminded that this product is out of reach for the majority of Babyccino readers. Please stay connected to your followers.


Sofia
June 17, 2016

Totally agree with Lorna – Babyccino team, please, stay connected to your readers. And, besides, it is the most basic courtesy rule for responsible marketing/advertising to show the price tag.


Lisa
June 17, 2016

I’m a reader and don’t need to see the price tags so they’re connected
To me. Thanks.


Sarah
June 16, 2016

I just want to say firstly that 550 pounds for a work of art that will be on your wall and in your family FOREVER is not ridiculous. Or you could just go to IKEA and buy some cheap reproduction art, I guess. And Silja – how ridiculous!!! Courtney isn’t being sensitive because she hasn’t written a disclaimer about the price of the artwork? This is a site full to the brim of creative ideas, recipes, art projects, parenting tips and city guides. There are also clothing and design recommendations that clearly arent going to suit every budget {this site isn’t a budget site, and many of the shops and businesses are small businesses run by mothers and women who have started their own company}. But I do have the budget for these things, so I appreciate discovering them. I didn’t always, and years ago I probably would have admired this from afar or admired the clothes whilst shopping in thrift stores and markets, looking for the same styles. But just as I always read Vogue even when I was a student with no money and three jobs, I CHOSE to read it because I loved looking through the pages and seeing the clothes! It was fun! I never thought, oh how ridiculous that Dolce Gabbana dress is $2000! How dare they show that ! I CHOSE to buy Vogue. You CHOOSE to read Babyccino for many of its wonderful creative stories and beautiful images, so if you can’t afford a piece of art, so what?! Skip over the story! I cannot believe the nonsense of people complaining when no one is forcing you to read this, no one is suggesting you MUST buy this piece and there ARE readers who can afford it. So why would you not remember them? I also love GOOP and always read the snarky comments from people who say how expensive things are on that site too! Bizarre to me, I would have loved it as a penniless student for the interesting articles alone. Please continue to share all your beautiful things from all the wonderful small companies. I support all these women who started them!!!


Helena
June 17, 2016

Courtney, forgive me, I am confused! actually it’s none of my business, but out of curiosity – you still have a place in London? I had thought that you had packed up completely and may move city and indeed country. So I am surprised to see this post. Forgive my nosiness 🙂


Stephanie Belton
June 17, 2016

I can’t think of a better way to display your great photos, I also have a large frame from The Little Square Gallery in my home and it brings me joy every time I look at it. The quality is just beautiful and it really has a huge wow factor, so much so that everyone who sees it asks me where I got it from… All I had to do was send Natalie a set of Instagram pics and she worked her magic. As for the price tag, I know as a photographer myself how expensive custom made frames can be, not counting the time it takes to edit all the shots to make them look great together. I understand it’s not for everyone’s budget but if you can afford it it is totally worth the money for the effort and quality that has been put into it.


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June 17, 2016

Perfect idea to display all those memories! I do think it would have been better to see something of an average person’s price range mind; but still something great to think about recreating myself!


Pele
June 17, 2016

I think the site is getting valuable feedback from its readers, to me they are simply saying (and not even rudely) that it’s too expensive an item for them to invest in, regardless of the time that went into producing it. Art by its nature is subjective. A skilled crocheter may spend hundreds of hours on an afghan that to some would be beautiful and some couldn’t be paid to display. Also, for what it’s worth “reaching out” reads as Courtney did not pay for it herself, and was potentially further financially compensated for advertising the service on the blog. The reality is comments like “worth every penny” just aren’t going to come across as authentic if the person I question didn’t actually spend their own pennies.


Isabella
August 19, 2016

I quote Pele, if you do not pay for it, please do not say ” worth every penny”…..


Yolande
June 20, 2016

I feel like Pele. However, I am surprised this 550 Pound product causes such an uproar. After all Ace & Jig dresses and all the children’s wear Courtney advertises are for the wealthy. So I wasn’t surprised by the photo frame’s price tag.

It is very clear that Courtney gets most of the stuff for free and promotes it in return. She often makes that clear and so it’s fine by me. I take inspiration, I like looking at the pictures and I shop the sales :-).


Emma
June 20, 2016

It’s a beautiful piece of art and as a one of piece for your home to display your year of travel I can fully understand why you wanted to do justice to your photos, as far to often I take pictures and do nothing with them which is such a waste (I even have a John Lewis frame sat under my bed for the last few months for a DIY photo project) It would be lovely if you have top10 ideas on what to do with your photos or children’s art that would be fantastic as gift ideas for grandparents at Christmas or for the home which could span different budgets. Thank you for the inspiration and the push to get back to sorting out my photographs


Naomi Clarke
June 23, 2016

I’ve just read through some of the comments and just wanted to add that I appreciate not everybody can afford £550 or may not want to spend that on framing their photos. However I absolutely love the little square gallery and found it through the Babyccino portal a couple of years ago and have since had my children’s art work and our wedding photos both done in a 12 square gallery. When you see the frames up close you will see the detail and work that has gone into them is amazing. They are not simply cut out pictures in a frame each photo is individually mounted off the paper. I also don’t think it’s fair to judge the quality of the frame until you have seen it in person. Mine are beautiful and much better quality than any others I have in my home.
If like me you can’t afford the £550 or simply don’t want one that large then look at the collection there are lots of options.
I would also add it would have cost me FAR more to have 12 photos printed, mounted and framed by a professional photographer than it did from the little square gallery, and I Personally think its a much more subtle way of displaying them.
This portal isn’t aimed at budget options, hence why everything on here is unique, sometimes it’s nice to save for something extra special and know you’ll keep it forever.


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