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Skip the mall, shop small: Our top 5 custom framing gifts

Our Top 5 Custom Framing Gift Ideas

5.  Family photos.  Moms and grandmas in particular love a framed portrait.  Have a digital file?  Send it to us and we can take care of the printing!

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4.  Jerseys/Sports Memorabilia.  Maybe you didn’t play in the NFL or NBA, you can still show pride by custom framing your favorite players jersey or a collection of memorabilia of your team.

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3.  Kids Art.  It’s obvious that the people who love your child most would love their artwork custom framed.  But kids love it too!  If there are too many to choose from, bring us photos of the art and we can make them smaller to fit several in one frame.

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2.  Shadow Boxes/Family Heirlooms.  Objects from a loved ones craft or passions make some of the most stunning artwork when custom framed.  Bring it out of the shoe box and on to the wall.  CustomFramedNepalClothing

1.   Vacation Art/Concert Posters.  Make a memory last a lifetime.  A poster of your favorite band that played at Red Rocks, artwork you purchased on your honeymoon.  You name it, we’ve put a custom picture frame on it.  Every custom frame design is unique in it’s own right and make a gift that will make an impression.  

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Holiday cards!

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Return from West Coast Art and Framing 2015

The Anthology staff (Zach and Kendra) just returned from the West Coast Art and Frame Expo in Las Vegas, at the Paris Hotel and Casino.  If you were in the shop at some point the last two months, I’m sure you’ve heard all about it.  It was the first time for both of us to attend and it did not disappoint.  

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We had the opportunity to meet with many of our vendors, see new products, continue our framing education and catch up with some friends.

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The Anthology Crew

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New Mats from Bainbridge

We really want to thank you, our clients, for making it possible for us to attend.  Without your business and support it would not have happened.  Anthology will soon be celebrating our five year anniversary and we plan to continue to offer you exceptional design advice and the latest in industry trends.  You’re the reason we’re here and we look forward to showing you all the new samples and enhancing your home with custom framing.

New Moulding line from Larson Juhl.

New Moulding line from Larson Juhl.

West Coast Art and Framing 2015

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The custom framing industry has one remaining trade show here in the US.  And we’re thrilled to be able to attend this weekend.  Zach and I have only left town a few times together over the last five years, so Vegas seemed like a great excuse.  This will be the first time either of us has attended the show.   We look forward to meeting our counterparts from other parts of the country, learning some new tricks of the trade and getting inspired by all the new trends in store for the coming year.  We will be closed on Tuesday, January 27th and will resume our normal business hours on Wednesday.

 

 

Holiday Mini Session

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$50 – 30 minutes – 5 images

Determined to get a card out this year?  Or maybe you could surprise the grandparents with a beautiful, framed family photo.  

Whatever you hope to accomplish with your mini session, we’ve got you covered!

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Kendra is booking Holiday Mini Sessions for

Sunday, November 2nd

Monday, November 3rd

Sunday, November 9th

Appointment must be made in advance,  space is limited, phone consultation is included.

Sessions are for up to 6 people, or your immediate family.

Sessions will be taken in studio or directly outside Anthology (weather dependent).

Images will be ready in 10 days.  We will schedule a pickup date at the time of shoot, at that time you will select your 5 images for cd.

Images can be used for print or social media

Additional images will be available for $15 each.

Images will include a print release.  Custom Holiday cards and printing specials will be available through Anthology.

Call Kendra 303-534-1331 or email kendra@anthologyfineart.com

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Location Portraits

I met Jack and his folks several years ago through his uncles.  He and his parents now live in Wyoming but thankfully they still take their photos here in Denver.  His amazing uncle Joe let us use his house for the morning of our shoot and his mother Margo was all ready to go.  She had several clothing changes and a rough idea of some backgrounds that she liked.  After giving me the scoop she whispered “and now I’m going to step back and let you do your thing”.  I knew I loved her.

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Jack is obviously an adorable 4-year-old.  He’s also got an incredibly outgoing personality, the result of being an only child surrounded by amazing adults.  We started out across the street on the side of a neighbor’s house and chatted about his summer.  It broke the ice and let him relax.

JustJack3Now that he was warmed up and telling me some great stories, we moved back to the front door of Joe’s house for some of my favorite photos of the day.  I love this blue door and may just start taking photos there while Joe is at work.

We stayed outside for a bit because in my experience, boys really enjoy being outside.  Jack found a little front end loader in a bush and so I ran with it.  I love his expression while exploring the parts and driving it around, insert your own truck noises.

JustJack4JustJack2This now represents about 20 minutes of shooting outside.  Margo had mentioned a few things inside the house, so we took a little break for a snack and wardrobe change while I set up some lights.  It’s no joke asking a four-year-old to smile, look at the camera and talk to some lady he barely knows.  Keeping things moving is great, but I find it’s good to take a rest before it’s needed.

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Joe has this great piece of modern art in this entryway.  Margo and I both loved it, so we took a few shots with it as the background.  At this point we’d fulfilled  Mom’s main requests, so I asked Jack what he’d like to do next, and he wanted to sit on the couch “to relax”.  It was well deserved, be we weren’t done yet.JJFull disclosure:  at this point Joe’s roommate had just woken up and offered to help get some laughs.  I accept!  Next to the couch was another great chair, and since Jack was having such a great time he moved over and really wanted to show me his smelly feet.

JackThis represents about an hour of shooting on location.  Jack’s mom, Margo, was a huge part of the success of the day, having Jack prepped with what was going to happen, snacks at the ready and a clear idea of what she wanted.  Looking forward to seeing them again in a couple of years!

 

Anatomy of a Family Heirloom

 

We’ve (nearly) seen it all in the realm of picture framing over the last 12+ years.  There have been WWII shadowboxes, children’s drawings and everything in between.  We love to hear the stories behind what our clients have chosen to custom frame.  And because we’ve personally tried to preserve our own family’s history through custom framing, it’s always a pleasure to do it for others.  Often the projects are more than family history, they are also a part of American History.

We recently had a client bring in an American Flag she wanted to frame for her husband for Father’s Day.  He had been stationed in Afghanistan and returned with the flag.  We are no strangers to framing oversize art, but at a size over 5×3 feet, materials are somewhat restricted.  The client chose a rustic frame from Larson Juhl  to enhance the weathered state of the flag.  Traditional mat board caps out at 60″x40″ and you’re sort of left with the choice of white or white, which would have made the flag appear dirty.  We ultimately used the oversize white mat and customized it, wrapping it with a 100% cotton duck canvas.  The canvas keeps the framing acid free and added a more appropriate color and texture to enhance the flag.  To mount the flag and give it the look of floating, we hand stitched it to the custom mat.  To finish the project and keep it preserved, we used TruVue Conservation Clear Acrylic Glass and an acrylic spacer to lift it off the flag.

It’s a great honor to have our clients trust us with their family heirlooms and we love that this piece will be treasured by their family for decades to come.

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Denver Maternity Photographer

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I’ve known the Lee-Ashley family for a couple of years now after showing Will’s artwork here at the gallery.  Ironically, his wife Rachel was pregnant the first time I met her, but I didn’t know her well enough to touch her belly or force her to pose for photos.  Thankfully, I do now.  Will and Rachel are expecting their second child soon and decided to take a night out alone for the First Friday Santa Fe Art Walk.  I really enjoy being around this couple and I knew the minute she walked through the door, in her adorable striped dress, that we needed to take just a couple of photos.  So they indulged me and we spent ten minutes in the alley.  You two are the best!

First year portrait photography

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It’s amazing to be able to experience the first year of a child’s life as a photographer.  Maternity photos offer this glimpse into the life of young couple before the mayhem begins.  Newborn photos, of an often times sleeping infant, resting on just one hand of dad’s show the true fragility of a new life.  My personal favorite is three months, where a vibrant little personality can be seen but mobility hasn’t come into play.  Six and nine months are always a bonus, just to see how well mom and dad are doing and to continue the familiarity.  It’s hard to believe this little lady with be turning one in a few short weeks.  I’m looking forward to capturing the cake smash!

Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner!  Impress her this year with a little planning.

Give us a call and let us help you execute your vision, or help you find one.  303-534-1331

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Denver Custom Framing

Zach and Kendra Custer have been custom framing for a combined 30 years in the Denver area. In addition to offering picture framing and portrait photography, their large gallery features local, emerging artists. Whether you're looking for affordable custom framing with superior customer service, a family portrait or a new piece of art, Anthology Fine Art is your one stop shop.

3419 S Lincoln St. Englewood, CO 80113

Tuesday-Friday 10-6 Saturday 10-5

Sunday and Monday by Appointmen

kendra@anthologyfineart.com

zach@anthologyfineart.com