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Capturing Heights: My Journey with Katrina Barrow Photography’s Largest Stair Wall Gallery Yet

I recently embarked on a collaborative journey to install a stunning stair wall gallery that not only challenged my artistic vision but also tested my fear of heights.

Stair Wall Gallery

As the creative force behind Katrina Barrow Photography, I’m passionate about creating meaningful experiences through photography. This project, in particular, was a special one—it involved helping a mom fill a large, tall empty wall with portraits capturing her daughter’s first year.

The client’s request was clear: she wanted a layered design with groupings that would tell the story of her daughter’s growth and milestones. It was a unique opportunity to blend artistry with personal narrative, and I was honored to be entrusted with such a meaningful task.

Stair Wall Gallery

Navigating the logistics of hanging such a large and intricately designed gallery presented its own set of challenges. From precise measurements to ensuring proper alignment, every detail demanded meticulous attention. Despite my fear of heights, I was determined to deliver a final product that would exceed my client’s expectations.

With the support of my dear friend Candace Hires from Candace Hires Photography, we embarked on the installation process together. Candace’s expertise and encouragement were invaluable as we carefully curated each grouping, ensuring that every photograph held its place in telling the story of a precious first year.

As we worked, I couldn’t help but reflect on the significance of this project. It wasn’t just about filling a space on a wall—it was about capturing and preserving moments that would be treasured for a lifetime. Each photograph held a memory, a milestone, a fleeting moment frozen in time.

Stair Wall Gallery

For Katrina Barrow Photography, this stair wall gallery represents more than just a collection of photographs; it’s a tangible manifestation of collaboration, creativity, and the power of storytelling. It’s a reminder that behind every image is a story waiting to be told, and I am grateful to have played a part in bringing this story to life.

Stair Wall Gallery

As I reflect on this collaborative journey, I am filled with gratitude for the opportunity to create something meaningful for my client. It’s moments like these that remind me why I fell in love with photography in the first place—the ability to capture not just images, but emotions, memories, and stories that transcend time.

Ready to transform your space with a custom stair wall gallery that tells your unique story? Here are three tips to help you design and install your own:

  1. Plan Your Layout: Before starting, visualize the layout of your gallery and consider the space available. Experiment with different arrangements on the floor first to find the perfect composition.
  2. Skip the Templates: Skip creating paper templates of your frames to test different placements on the wall. Instead, opt for Beehive hangers that allow you to adjust your placement after hanging your artwork. This will save you a good amount of time and headaches.
  3. Consider Lighting: Pay attention to natural and artificial lighting in the space. Positioning your photographs to avoid glare and shadows will ensure they are showcased in their best light.

Contact us at Katrina Barrow Photography to schedule your consultation and let’s design something beautiful together.

I’m Katrina


Welcome to my little corner of the world. I am Katrina Barrow, owner of Katrina Barrow Photography. In this little space, I share my favorite portraits from sessions, tips on motherhood, interiors, travel and more.  

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