I’ve never really considered myself to be photogenic. I look critically at pictures of myself, because really, I’m the one that sees me best (or worst). My girl decided that she wanted a couple of pictures of me to hang in her room. I let her pick out which ones, and told her that I would print them out and frame them for her. She agreed and I went frame shopping.
I’ve purchased frames before for artwork, and I’ve even considered dabbling in matting pictures, except for the fact that the tools that are required for matting are fairly expensive. Fortunately, you can get frames from a variety of different places, both online and off, and some even come pre-matted. You just have to get the right cut-out for your picture, and be sure that what you have fits the matting space. Too, you have to be sure that it will look better matted, there are some pictures and scenes that look better without the matting, as it adds space around said picture. So it’s a judgment call, if anything.
Add in the cost of photo paper, since you want what’s being put inside the frame to be aesthetically pleasing for a good long time as well. For the longest time I had a Kodak ink-jet printer, that did a fantastic job printing out pictures. The Epson that I recently purchased has done just as well, I’m quite pleased with the product that it produces, though the cost of ink (as with many printers) is a little prohibitive, but in order to get quality, you have to pay a little extra on some level for it. Such is the nature of the beast.
So, I’ve managed to get two frames of fairly good quality, they’re pre-matted and I printed off the pictures that my girl wanted. Placed them in the frames being sure they’re straight and level, and now all I have to do is get them to her. I showed her what one looked like, but I’m leaving the other as a surprise. I think she’ll be pleased with the end result.