Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.
With an interest in fine art and a dream of owning his own business, Rick Turner felt like he didn’t quite belong at his job with the federal government. So, in 1973, Rick left his office gig behind and took a risk by opening his own shop. Settling into a quaint historic building, Rick enlisted his sister Lorraine to work in the shop. When the two started feeding large frame mouldings through a back window, they realized they needed a bigger space.
Today, at Turner Framing locations in Sterling and Seneca Square, the certified picture framers preserve children's artwork, needlepoint pieces, photographs, diplomas, and hole-in-one golf balls with museum-quality materials similar to those used in protecting King Tut's vacation photos.
Not all art is flat. Take a sentimental macaroni painting, for example, or a baby's first shoe. Objects like these are art, because they mean so much their owners. So the seasoned artisans of Ashburn Art & Framing make it their mission to devise safe encasements for all variety of valuable, from an old, analog photograph to a bunch of Buffalo nickels super-glued together. Ashburn's arsenal includes a few prefab frames made of wood or metal, but the team's true forte emerges when crafting custom-cut frames designed specifically for the thing being enveloped. Oval frames can complement an expired passport photo, or Plexiglas cages can hold a signed baseball. And looking at Ashburn's framing manifesto, one gets the sense that there are no limits to the objects that can be enshrined, or any strict guideline on what can be considered a piece of art.
Protecting memories is a difficult enough task, but Framing by Art Galaxy also ensures that those memories remain worth admiring. The staffers can preserve diplomas or family photographs within a classic black frame. They also work with clients on custom jobs, recommending particular frames and matting to generate the desired look. These finished frames and shadow boxes correspond with patrons' needs and goals, and involve everything from acid-free mounting to UV-blocking museum glass to protect the piece. Most projects take less than one week to complete, allowing clients to quickly frame a picture or a memento for the refrigerators in each room of their homes.
Image Ace’s frame forgers work to preserve memories by ensconcing treasured prints, paintings, and photographs in a variety of resplendent rims. The experienced picture protectors offer hundreds of frame styles ($4.99–$200/ft.), an extensive mat selection, including acid-free ($29.95) and fabric or simili-suede ($39.95), and glass available in regular, nonglare, and museum-grade varieties. Although the price of custom framing varies by project, clients can preserve a Matisse print in a standard 8”x10” frame with mat for an average price of $100 or lend an air of credibility to their knitting circle’s double-purled declaration of national sovereignty by preserving it in an 11”x14” frame with mat for approximately $125.
For 50 years, the owners and staffers of Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing have encouraged the artists of their community. They visit local fairs and set up booths for kids to color and craft, and they workshops, demos, and classes for artists of every age. As their name implies, they also outfit art makers of all skill levels with top-of-the-line materials, such as Gamblin oil paints, Prismacolor pens and markers, and custom frames perfect for saving a favorite art pieces or memorializing a sibling's failure to color within the lines.