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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!

 

Profile Photos

Anyone who’s read a marketing book in the last fifty years can tell you the value of a first impression.  Whether you’re dating, running a business or job searching, in today’s social media driven world, chances are you’ve made an impression before knowing you were in the running.

Your profile pic can say, “I drink too much in LoDo on the weekends”, “this photo was clearly taken with someone else, and I cropped them”,or “GO BRONCOS!!!!”.

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Part of the Family

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Pet portrait sessions have been among my favorites this past year.  For a couple with no “human” kids to a family whose dog has become the oldest sibling, a pet is a central figure in the dynamics of any household.  Whatever role they play in your family, celebrate this member with their own portrait photography session or accompanied by the rest.

 

 

 

Ready Made Frames

ReadyMade

 

We’re frugal too!  The “buy one get one for a penny” sale on ready made frames is a great deal and awfully tempting.  The only problem is the frames are often made of pressed cardboard, have a few scratches and all look the same.

The alternative, photo frames from Anthology.  The same high end frames that you’ve come to expect on your custom work, but made in standard sizes.  We have frames with acid free mats already cut and included, or we’ll be happy to find a more suitable color and custom cut it for you.  You can also email us your files and we’ll be happy to make the photo print for you in any size.  They make great gifts!

For the month of June, all our Ready Made frames are Buy One, Get One Half Off!

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Two gentle giants.  Rescued pit bulls from Engelwood.

Two gentle giants. Rescued pit bulls from Engelwood.

Shadowboxes

Gymnastics leotard hockeySigned Elway JerseySigned Matt Belisle JerseyCustom framed heirlooms

Are you on Pinterest?

I don’t say no to a pregnant woman.  I love hearing ideas they have and seeing inspiration they find for their photo session.  When this mom-to-be showed me her idea, that she’d found on Pinterest,  I was a bit intimidated.  In part, because I wasn’t on Pinterest (the shame!).  Luckily she was super patient and able to sit very still while adjusting only her arms.  The family portrait business has been busy this last year, but I haven’t had a maternity session for a while.  Now I have four booked over the next month and I’m so excited to see what we come up with!Maternity

Framed wedding photograph

Jenn and Chris

I first heard the term “previsualization” at 19 years-old in a large format photography class.  The idea of “the ability to anticipate a finished image before making the exposure”.  I’ll be honest, the zone system eludes me to this day and I don’t see the print in my minds eye the moment I snap it.  But, when I’m photographing dogs, kids or weddings, as the session progresses I get an idea in my head of how these moments will looked displayed on the wall.  To me, having that finished product to enjoy in a tangible way, everyday, is the most rewarding part of my job.

We’ll be displaying my portrait photography for the month of April.  Stop in to see samples of the finished product that Anthology can make for your home.  Even if it’s not a photo I took, bring us the images, art or objects you want displayed in your home and we’ll design custom framing that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

Your life, on your walls.

We recently had the pleasure of working with a new client who was updating her home in Cherry Creek.  She had many pieces that took the majority of the afternoon to work through. Each piece had a great story behind it and a lot of time was spent laughing and exchanging stories back and forth.   It was a great collection of art including originals that had hung in her parents’ home, two photos of her finishing the New York City Marathon, and posters she’d collected while studying abroad.

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Resurrecting frames from the past.

Custom framing has changed a lot in the past 50 years and even more in the last 20 years. Conservation technology in both materials and methods has greatly improved and art preservation has never been better. However, there is something to be said about the frames of the past. Intricately made and uniquely shaped in the style of the time period, they work perfectly for old photos and art alike.

We recently had a client who wanted to frame an old family photo in a beautiful period frame she had found at an antique shop. We gutted the old frame and updated the backing but kept the domed glass that made it so unique.  She also wanted an oval frame for a grouping of photos from roughly the same time.  We had a new frame made by Inline Ovals for the group of photos using the same style of domed glass. Even though one is nearly a century old and the other is new they work very well together. Bring us your antique frames you have displayed in your home and we will be happy to upgrade the inside without changing that that beautiful period look that you love. Remember framing consultations are always free and encouraged!

Wedding Season!

I have nothing against gift registries, everyone needs new towels and dishes when they get married. However, the $60 wooden spoon from William Sonoma might not express the way you truly feel about the new couple. May we suggest having that beautiful and sometimes very expensive invitation or announcement framed. It is the perfect gift on so many levels:

1. People usually don’t expect it so its a huge surprise.

2. The bride, who has usually been the person who put so much effort into every little detail, will be blown away that you noticed.

3. The groom will have a framed, visual reminder of the anniversary date.

4. It will stay fashionable and last longer than the decorative zebra pillow set.

5. Its also a great idea for baby announcements, house warming, and wedding anniversaries to name a few.

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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