Christene Schaaf, Photographer

About C.S. Photography, Inc.

C.S. Photography features the unique Home.Life.Art family sessions and Bébe Firsts sessions. What is Life Art? Well...Life Art is YOU! It's the relationship that is captured between family. A moment... a portrait created by me and turned into beautiful Life Art décor that makes you smile every time you walk by it and inspires your home to greet you.

My blog is filled with the inner workings of my photography passion. I'll be featuring sneak peeks, tutorial tidbits, Life Art Décor suggestions, product offerings, client gallery designs and inspiration.

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Archive: ‘Wall Gallery Inspiration’

{Inspired} Wall Gallery Decor | Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake Photographer

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

If you follow my facebook page, I’ve been searching high and low for an example of custom portrait wallpaper. I am just dying to have a client let me wallpaper an accent wall in a playroom with a simple black and white portrait. Well, I finally found one! (Still working on the client :) ) Laura Novak is a huge inspiration for me and when I saw what she had done in this room, I fell in love with her work even more.

Photo used with permission.

{Inspired} Wall Gallery Decor | Transferring Photos onto Wood | Virginia Beach Photographer

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Photo Credit: Laurey W. Glenn
Southern Living

Sometimes your portraits don’t have to be on a big scale to make a grand statement in your home. I love this foyer/entryway idea featured in Southern Living. When you have this many small pictures, tying them together with one cohesive theme will give your home character and depth. In this case they were all done in black and white. The last thing you want is your home to look like your college dorm room with pictures of friends pinned to the walls. :) I was blown away when I read that these prints were copied onto wooden plates! Yes, they aren’t even regular prints pinned to the walls! So, I had to find out more and found this video on how to transfer prints onto wood. (The 2nd half of the video is where you will be amazed.) Did you know that could be done?! I’m eager to try out this process for myself.

{INSPIRED} Wall Gallery Decor | Virginia Beach Family and Child Photographer

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The bathroom isn’t the first place you’d think to add family portraits, but wait until you see this beautiful design from Brooke Clarke of Studio B Portraits! She grouped stunning 30 inch panoramics around a 24 inch square in her own bathroom. Going BIG makes such an incredible impact in this space. I can imagine her smiling every time she walks in there. Wouldn’t you love to start your day with this view?!

Photo used with permission by Brooke Clarke.

{Inspired} Wall Gallery Decor | Virginia Beach Family and Child Photographer

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I was so excited to come across this weeks featured inspired wall gallery. I have a similar wall in my entryway that I would love to do this too! Kate at Centsational Girl has a completely awesome DIY project that adds storage and a functional gallery ledge and wall to display your family portraits.

And to think she started with this all too familiar looking wall!

Thinking of taking on this project for yourself? You can find her detailed directions here!

Photos used with permission by

{Inspired} Wall Gallery Decor | Virginia Beach Family and Child Photographer

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

As I dive deeper into creating custom and unique wall displays for clients from their life art family sessions with me, I’m always looking for inspiration. I thought I would start to feature some that I come across so the first in this {hopefully} weekly series is from Kasey Buick, blogger and inspirational decorator of her own home. If you have a chance, take a look at some of her rooms. They are stunning! I LOVE, LOVE her staircase gallery. Where do I even begin on why?! How about this. Clients always ask me what they should wear in a session. I never suggest they match. The short answer is choose a color palette that you love, has complimentary colors and will also compliment the room which you will hang your wall art. This wall gallery does all that for me. She chose to stay in a neutral palette but mixed complimentary colors with various sizes, shapes, frame within frame patterns, letters, textures, etc. For me it’s not overdone, but adds so much character than your standard all matching white frame display that she could have gone with. Do you have a staircase gallery you are proud of? I would love to see it!

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