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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

Custom Framing Gifts

1st anniversary is paper!

1st anniversary is paper!

 

We recently had a client email us a Pinterest link (which might be Kendra’s favorite form of visual communication).  She had seen a really great idea for an anniversary gift for her husband and wanted to replicate it.  Being their first anniversary, paper was an obvious choice.

She had a specific font and size in mind, so we left the lyric printing to her and used our computerized mat cutter to make the initials and heart out of an archival mat board.  They were then raised 1/4 inch out from the lyrics paper to create some dimension.  To accommodate the letters, we added a spacer between the two white mats.  The piece was finished with a contemporary black frame.

The cool thing about this gift is that you can use wedding vows, poetry, a famous quote or in this case meaningful song lyrics.  It could even be done for a birthday instead of an anniversary and hung in a kid’s room.  Luckily, much like framing your wedding invitation, now the groom will never forget his anniversary.

Better Late than Never

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People often ask what we have on our walls.  The simple answer is:  A Lot.  But the longer answer is: art, photos and objects that combined tell the story of who we were, who we are right now and what’s important to us.  But we’re just as guilty as most folks, sometimes it takes a while to get something framed and up on the wall.  We recently painted at home and used the opportunity to frame some things we’ve collected since opening Anthology, three years ago.

This watercolor is from a photo I took years ago of Zach and Gunnison fishing.   It was then painted by a very talented friend, Seth Weber.  Seth did an amazing job with this watercolor and painted to the very edge of the paper.  Not wanting to lose any image, it was framed as a raised float on a Crescent mat with a second raised mat and 3/8 inch reveal.  The frame is from Larson Juhl’s Lisbon Collection and finished with UV blocking glass.  I love this painting even more than the photo, but it still took over a year to get it back home and hung.

Art bought on vacation, a painting your child created in high school, or even an old family photo are worth finding and preserving with custom framing.  Now that the watercolor is hanging, I enjoy it everyday and it immediately takes me back to the beautiful afternoon we spent on the South Platte River.

It’s just a poster framing sale!

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At least once a week someone walks through the door and starts the conversation with…”it’s just a poster, but”.  We get it and you don’t need to explain.  Posters might not have a substantial monetary value, but their emotional value can be priceless.  A favorite movie or band, the city you grew up in or an artist whose original work may be unattainable.  Growing up it was a Michael Jordan Air poster for Zack, Kendra had tacked an NKOTB poster to her wall and her favorite Mucha poster remains hanging in the house 12 years after framing it.  We still buy posters, especially for our 6-year-old Gunnison’s room.  People bring in posters with several sets of tack holes in the corners for each time they’ve moved, clearly it’s a permanent fixture.  By custom framing a prized poster, you’ll be able to dress up the fact that it’s just a poster and make it art for any room in the house.

So take the tacks out and bring in your favorite poster.  Through the end of February, all poster framing is 20% off.  Prices start as low as $85 for a drymount, laminate and basic custom frame.  Give us a call or stop in for a quote.

 

 

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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