Make Your Own Wall Art and 5 Easy Photography Tips

What do you hang on your walls? Family pics, paintings, awards?
I never considered making my own wall art, until I got my hands on the Panasonic G5 Lumix.

I went from a point and shoot camera to the Panasonic. It’s a DSLM, mirrorless camera  and very easy to use. After my first post on being your own family’s photographer, I got several emails asking my opinion on the camera.

You often hear it’s not the camera, it’s the way you shoot. Yes and no. If this camera didn’t have filters and scene guides, I know my photographs would not look the same.

If you’ve only used a digital until now, this is a great transition with a very low learning curve. My two favorite features:


  • Scene selector guide- There are 23 sample pics on the phone taken by professional photographers. Pick which one matches what you’re shooting and the camera will adjust all the settings.My cranberry jam post was taken with the food scene selection!

  • Filters- No need to edit later! Want sepia for a retro feel or black and white for an artistic edge? Pick the filter you want before you shoot the pic so it’s all done.

No need to travel far away. Look to your city  for inspiration. These are all pics of Boston and Cambridge, where I live. Enjoy!

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BOSTON COMMON The oldest city park in the US, spans 50 acres and dates back to the 1600’s.

boston commonCross Process Filter.

boston commonImpressive Art Filter.

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Peek a boo. Do you see the furry friend? Expressive Filter.

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High Dynamic Filter.

treesToy Effect Filter.

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I panned out to get a shot of my son playing.

FRESH POND in Cambridge. Low Key Filter.

One Point Color Filter.


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MIT STATA CENTER The reason we moved to Boston was for MIT and my son’s preschool was in this building. This is going in my son’s room. Dynamic Monochrome Filter.

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Miniature Effect Filter.

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MEMORIAL DRIVE in Cambridge. A favorite place to walk along the Charles River.

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CHARLES RIVER with a view of Mass Bridge and a foggy Boston skyline.


  1. Shoot the sun- The sun breaking through trees or in between buildings makes for a beautiful pic.

  3. Photograph buildings that are significant for the city or your family’s history.They make great pics in your kid’s room or home office. 

  5. Make your family an accessory in the pic and keep the scenery the main subject.

  7. Photograph homes- Homes look different all across the country! It’s beautiful to see how they are unique to your city.

  9. Photograph ordinary objects with an extraordinary angle.

Check out my other post in this series: Be Your Own Family’s Photographer for more inspiration!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more city and food pics around Boston!

Do you make your own wall art? Which photograph is your favorite?

Disclosure: I received a Panasonic Lumix to facilitate this post. All pics, words and thoughts are mine alone.


  1. 7onashoestring says:

    OMGoodness! Your pics are fabulous! And I love the tips. My husband always thought I was crazy when he would see me trying to catch sun flare or taking pics of buildings… I think he is seeing the light now! :)

  2. This is totally wonderful! Thank so much for the tips. I can so use this!!

  3. MamaLuvsBooks says:

    I love Boston!! Fabulous photos!!!

  4. Love, Live and Garden says:

    I love the idea of making your own wall art. That way you get EXACTLY the picture you want on your wall! The pictures are gorgeous!

  5. What beautiful pics! I wish my camera took great pics like that! Great tutorial as well!

  6. I feel like my camera sucks too much to worry about taking good photos. I need to get my hands on something suitable! Great tips, by the way.

  7. mamasmilesblog says:

    I have a nice DSLR, but I want to get a mirrorless camera someday so I can get good pics without hauling around an SLR. Love the effects with your camera!

  8. I. Die! The beauty in these pics are amazing!

  9. You are too too kind, thank you so so much.


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