One man crouches low, weapon resting on his shoulder. Another stands erect, a pair of binoculars held to his face. An entire military squad of toy soldiers stands ready for eternal battle within a shadow box crafted by Neal Raffensberger. The shadow box is one of 4,000 framing options showcased inside Raffensberger Photography & Framing's red-brick façade, where professional photographer and custom-framing specialist Neal and his assistant help patrons conserve their most beloved mementos. Multitudes of frames, mats, mountings, and glass—including conservation glass that blocks 99% of color-dulling UV rays—come together to display anything from photographs and posters to jerseys and wisdom teeth. Neal, who first dabbled in photography at the age of 5 in his father's basement darkroom, also flaunts his artistic eye behind the camera in the store's onsite studio. Families, couples, and proof-seeking Bigfoots can capture history in portrait sessions, which use digital photography to allow for immediate viewing after each shoot.
Since 1976, Keith and Betty Ketring have been combining their interests in woodworking and fine-art prints by preserving their clientele’s artworks and heirlooms with custom frames. Their inventory of framing materials includes a spectrum of moulding styles—from stark black to ornately carved and gilded—as well as conservation glass and a multitude of colorful mats.
Easy as A-B-C, the artists behind Life in Letters craft custom photographic gifts available both in their shop and online. Over the years, they've amassed a vast collection of black-and-white photos of common objects and sights that resemble letters—such as arches, golf balls, fences, and palm trees—which they assemble into meaningful words, such as love, laugh, family, and nihilism. Once customers have chosen their word and selected each letter, they can have their piece matted and framed to suit their own decor or that of a loved one. The photographers also share their skills with aspiring shutterbugs during regular introductory photography classes.
With a plethora of frame and mat samples, Deck The Walls can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most framing starts at $99), dorm-room movie posters sparkle (24"x36" pieces start at $99), and sports jerseys shine. The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. Deck The Walls' lifetime guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Alley's obliging staff enhances the art-collecting experience, whether you frequent fine-art auctions or fancy half-finished needlepoint work. With this deal, you’ll get expert custom framing on anything from your personal artwork to cherished sports memorabilia (most framing costs $75–$250). Alley’s framing services include needlepoint-art stretching, creative matting, and shadowboxes. Alley stocks hundreds of frames and mat samples to accommodate personal tastes, and will work with you throughout the design process to create a framed tour de force. All of Alley’s materials are created in-house and are of archival quality to ensure heirlooms enter the future unscathed.
Artistic pursuits eat up most of Janné Peterson’s time each week. That’s because she’s an elementary art teacher with a master’s degree in graphic arts, fine arts, and art education; a specially trained portrait artist belonging to the Professional Photographers of Ohio; and the founding photographer of Janné Photographics. Janné snaps family portraits with a contemporary style, capturing loved ones linked arm-and-arm against the rich colors of scenic outdoor expanses where many of her on-location shoots take place. In studio, Janné makes use of colored backdrops, lighting setups, and talcum powder-scented air fresheners that cater towards baby photo sessions.