Experienced framers Barry Stahl and Bob Clayton built Big Picture Framing from scratch in 2000, holding meetings around an old card table as construction roared around them. Today, framers at 15 area locations craft custom frames to display artwork, photographs, and record sleeves, and shadow boxes protect three-dimensional items such as ballet slippers, macaroni art, or a swarm of wasps. Patrons can dictate all design choices, choosing from metal and wooden frames in a multitude of colors and styles, or ask for recommendations from one of Big Picture Framing's resident experts. Big Picture Framing also stocks pre-framed art, prints, and posters to spruce up bare-walled homes or a drab doghouse.
Fast Frame originated in Europe and now has more than 300 locations worldwide. With the understanding that people are prone to changing their minds, the teams at these 300 Fast Frame stores back up all their custom-framing projects with a 30-day design guarantee, giving patrons a month to decide if they want to swap their memorabilia for one of more than 2,000 other frame styles, paying the price difference if applicable. For each project, a team with more than 60 years of combined experience performs the work onsite, generally completing designs in less than a week and sometimes on the same day. In addition to photos and diplomas, customers can commission shadowboxes or framing of bulkier items, such as jerseys or baby’s first rap sheet. For all finished projects, Fast Frame secures its craftsmanship with a lifetime warranty.
After capturing the photography bug at the historic Ferranti-Dege, Krzystyna Harber honed her skills and founded Vintage Girl Studio. Specializing in old-timey imagery, Harber creates traditional pinup prints that evoke famous, flirty portraits of yesteryear's starlets and Coke bottles. Each private photo shoot, whether vintage-themed or boudoir, takes place in an intimate, sunlit studio with hardwood flooring. Professional makeup artists and hairstylists spruce up pouts and coifs, helping women feel beautiful and confident in front of the camera's winking eye. A selection of packages allows subjects to commemorate their sessions with prints, digital files, or novelties inscribed with a sensual image.
As a photographer with years of experience, Jennifer DeCesari provides an attentive and personalized experience that yields bold and spontaneous images. Portrait sessions (for children, high-school seniors, families, and expectant mothers) take about two hours. Her snaps always produce charming images and sometimes prove someone is a vampire when only his or her clothes show up in the photo. Prior to each session, a consultation covers poses, clothing, and location options, while a relaxed approach ensures subjects don’t feel rushed or remain adamant about taking their winter coat off.
Since 1968, Jerry’s Artarama has stocked shelves with multitudes of tools and supplies and helped artists show off finished work with custom framing. The comprehensive inventory fulfills artists’ every need, featuring everything from acid-free blank stretched canvases to Lukas oil colors, which have been transmitting images to paper since 1862. Although prices vary depending on matting and glass choices, a custom frame can protect and showcase a diploma, favorite 8”x10,” or beloved box of cereal.