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Location Portraiture

I meant 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.

JustJackJack 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.Jack4

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, everything else is gravy because in about 40 minutes I know we have a great variety of shots.  So I asked Jack what he’d like to do next, and he wanted to sit on the couch.  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!

 

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.

 

 

Surface Film IV

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We’re excited to announce the 4th annual Surface Film event showcasing top fly-fishing photography from across the country on Thursday February 6th, 2014 at 7pm. Framed prints will be available for purchase to benefit The Greenbacks work to conserve Colorado’s cold water fisheries.

Mark your calendars now and please join us for this exclusive opening party.

DRINKS | LIVE MUSIC | FRAMED
FINE ART FISHING PHOTOGRAPHY

ANTHOLOGY FINE ART
635 SANTA FE DRIVE DENVER CO

 

Updating Famiy Photos

I have a photo of my sister and I from my high school senior pictures that has been with me for countless moves.  It was in a really sad frame, and needed updating.  I pulled it from my dresser and set it beside my bag to bring in for re-framing.  It took a couple days for me to realize I hadn’t left the house with it, and it was gone.  After scouring the house, I found it on my 6-year-old’s desk.  I didn’t think much of it, put it back by my purse and the following day it had vanished again!  Finally (I’m kinda slow), after retrieving it for the third time, I asked why he kept putting it on his desk.   “I just really love looking at you and aunt Kelly when you were young and pretty”.  At least he was honest!

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It reminded me of the wedding photo I have of my parents.  I’ve loved that photo since I was a young girl and when my mother gave it to me I was sad to realize the glass had adhered to photo.  Being a custom framer, I’ve promised myself that won’t happen to the family photos I pass down to my son.

I ultimately framed the photo to hang in my own room again.  I selected a wider frame to make it large enough to hang on the wall.  Because I was thinking about the photo eventually going to my son and potentially his children, I added an inscription “The McElvain Girls”.  Part inside joke, part preservation of my maiden name for any family member that comes upon the photo in 80+ years.  Ultimately, family photos are one of the greatest tangible things we can pass down.  So make prints, and for the important ones, frame them to last more than a lifetime.

Family Portrait Sessions are still available for December!

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It’s not too late!   Call Anthology today to book your family photo session before the year slips away.  We have sessions available on location and in the studio.  Call Kendra @ 303-534-1331
or email kendra@anthologyfineart.com

Gift certificates are also available for your favorite family!

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“Memory” new work by William Lee-Ashley

 

William Lee Ashley is a Colorado native who works in mixed media, both two dimensional as well as three dimensional.  This will be his second solo exhibit with Anthology Fine Art and will be displayed from October 25-December 21, 2013.

“Memory” contains three series of new work that all address the paradigm of memory.

The first series is titled “Estate Sale”. This is the focal series of the show and deals with the transformation of memory within our city through gentrification.  Will has constructed a set of  dioramas that show the intimacy of the the modern estate sale. Using the highly personal and often valueless items left over from these “sales”, Will reconstructs the perceived memory of the life that once existed, embellishing and juxtaposing them with his own painted marks.  He invites the viewer reconstruct that memory on their own and ask themselves who these people might have been. The result is a haunting yet beautiful homage to memories that once existed in the neighborhoods of our city but are rapidly being replaced.

 

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Custom Frame your Family Collections

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Family heirlooms and collections come in many shapes and sizes.  A customer recently came to us with 120 small cigarette cards that had been collected by her father-in-law.  Her husband is from England and the cards are a great example of mid 20th century advertising.  The cards were originally used as a “stiffener” for flimsy cigarette packs, but their humor and unique illustrations make them highly collectible today.

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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