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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!

 

Framed Wedding Invitation

Some wedding invitations are too pretty to throw away.  If it’s your own or you saw first hand how much they cost or what it took to find “the perfect one” it’s even more understandable that a girl might want to keep it on her wall for eternity.

The custom mat cut on this was a great way to dress up a classic invite.  It was finished with a Larson Juhl frame from their Mantilla collection

It’s a great gift that she never thought to register for.  And as an added bonus, picture framing their wedding invitation giver her husband a constant reminder of their anniversary.

 

Public Recognition

 

It’s always nice to get recognized for doing the things you love, especially by a really popular Denver Magazine.  Multi opening mat boards can present a challenge in that they often leave odd gaps in the mat.  Problem solved, with our computerized mat cutter we were able to add the restaurant logo and a french line to tie everything together.  Congratulations Il Posto!  Custom framing your accolades to hang inside your business is a great way to remind your customers of why they keep returning.

The Graduate

If you went to preschool, on to elementary, middle and high school, you’ve already spent a good chunk of time committed to learning.  Tack on a bachelors and graduate school and even if you live to be ninety, you’ve spent nearly a third of your life in school.  When it’s all said and done, you’re left with a diploma, or four, that may or may not ever see the light of day.  Custom framing your diploma is a great way to display your achievements .

This diploma is a law degree, framed in a contemporary metallic wood frame and elegant silk mat.  The great thing about custom framing a diploma is that you can choose nearly any style and color scheme you like.  This customer choose to have the piece incorporate to her personal style, rather than that of the University of Denver.

She sells sea shells….

Most people have to buy sand dollars to have one this beautiful.  A client did actually find this and decided to frame it to commemorate the vacation and the incredible luck.  It’s a small piece, for extra pop and to make sure no reflections would distract, Tru Vue Museum Glass was used.  Through an anti-reflection glazing, Museum Glass provides a nearly invisible finish and is ideal for preserving one-of-kind items or shadowboxes like this one where the art is set back.

Framed Paintings Just Look Better

 

A client brought us this amazing commissioned painting. He needed it to be a little larger to fit the space he and his wife wanted to put it in. We chose a frame from Larson Juhl’s Catalina line and a nice crisp white liner to create some separation from the art and the frame. The results are obvious. Not only did we achieve the desired size but we also created an elegant presentation that highlights the paintings warmth. Next time you purchase a painting remember that a well framed painting is much better than just a naked canvas.

Wall Album

 

After my son was born, I swore I would make an album every year with my favorite photos to commemorate all the milestones.  I made one and now he’s four.  I still plan to get there, but I am a picture framer to my core so somehow I mange to get framed photos on the wall.  As much as I enjoy dragging out the albums several times a year and looking at them with the family, I get daily pleasure from the family photos on the wall.

This piece was done for a couple that have been married for 40 years and now have five grandchildren.  The families live all over the country but manage to get together once a year.  The photos were compiled from those meetings as well as from the day to day.  Multi openings such as these have a tendency to get big, which is part of the appeal, and therefor can seem cluttered.  A natural solution is to have all your photos printed in black and white or sepia tone.  The design was laid out and cut on the Wizard 9000 which was also used to add the kids’ names and birthdays.  I chose to make some of the windows rounded and some rectangular to customize it a bit more.

The beauty of a multi opening like this is that the pictures could easily be swapped out in a few years to resemble the changes in the family.  My guess is that grandma will choose to just make another one.

Newspaper clipping

It’s not everyday your picture is in the paper.  A client brought in this clipping of his wife and wanted it framed for her office.  The team’s school colors were an obvious choice.  With team colors, our first choice is Crescent Select Impact Colors.  The 35 colors from the line were created to match many of the key professional and college team colors from around the country.  The triple mats were cut with different size reveals for an extra pop and the design was finished with a black Framerica moulding.  Framing newspaper clips is a great gift for yourself or someone you love as a constant reminder of a special achievement.

Feel good framing.

We do framing for an assisted living facility near City Park.  One of their social workers contacted us about perking up some residents rooms.  After visiting and finding out about their interests and backgrounds, this was one result.  The woman we framed this for has Sioux ancestry.  We framed this colorful print with Crescent Select mats and did a specialized mat cut with our Wizard 9000.  The red frame is from Larson Juhl.  Their residents spend a good amount of time in their rooms, it’s such a joy to make them more personal.

 

John’s Garage

John had the fortunate experience of running the Reykjavik Marathon in Iceland, and all he got was this lousy t-shirt.  He decided to hang it in his man cave (aka garage) and asked us to do something fun.  He didn’t have any photos of the trip but with a little help from Google we were able to track down the course map.  The shirt was first stitched to foam core for shape and then further stitched to a Red Hot Crescent Select mat.  We floated the map and stitched it to the t-shirt so that should the marathon itch need scratching, John could wear this shirt again.  The black angled frame is from Omega Moulding and the glass is Tru Vue Conservation Clear to ensure no fading of the mat, shirt or map.

Can your framer do this?

We had a call from the Western Dairy Association with a very specific request.  In honor of their 75th Anniversary they were framing some fine art photographs of cows, and they wanted to include their mission statement in a gold deboss or foil on the mat.  Thanks to our computerized mat cutter, the Wizard 9000, it’s a job that we can do in our normal turn around.  We used a beautiful burl wood frame from Larson Juhl’s Lisbon line.  The mats are Crescent Select Solid Core in neutral tones and the glass is Tru Vue Conservation Clear.  The pen tool can be done in almost any color, can be used with different fonts and in conjunction with french lines and many more customizations.

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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

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