The Art of Framing's skilled craftspeople protect and prolong the life of treasured paintings, photographs, and three-dimensional artifacts by encasing them behind thousands of frame designs. Outside of their standard framing services, technicians also stretch mats and fabrics; heat-mount delicate documents; and mend scratched, chipped, and shrink-rayed framework. More than merely preserving personal collections of photos and posters, The Art of Framing promotes the area's thriving art community, hosting a show once a year as well as selling local artists' work in the gift shop.
The craftspeople at Art & Framing by Munro Gallery draw on more than 45 years of experience as they frame cherished items and curate fine arts and crafts. With skillful hands, they swaddle artwork, diplomas, memorabilia, and photos using elements plucked from an arsenal of more than 2,500 mouldings and 1,000 mat samples. When they aren't adorning pictures with princely garb, they stock their shelves with paintings, sculptures, and jewelry that give residences and outfits more personality than Elton John’s herd of peacocks.
The framing technicians at Tony's Picture Framing know that keepsakes are often as fragile as they are precious. That’s why they draw from years of professional experience to preserve and protect photos, paintings, and 3D mementos with thousands of different framing and matting combinations. While their computerized cutters stencil out mats with robotic precision, pro photographers edit and resize digital pictures before encircling them with metal and varnished wood. In addition to enshrining flat paintings and photos, framers protect sports memorabilia, wedding dresses, and medals with plexiglass shadowboxes, or prepare canvases for landscapes and Baroque portraits of a toga-clad family dog with stretching services.
Sunrise and sunset mark the start and end of the workday for most people, but they’re the busiest times for Katie LaCoste. She relies on these golden hours to illuminate her subjects during 30- to 60-minute portrait sessions, which she conducts all over San Diego County. Ranging from kids and expectant moms to couples and families, Katie’s models strike comfortable, playful poses during each shoot, which often yield up to 300 pictures. Katie begins sorting through them right after the session, posting edited versions of her favorites onto Facebook and assembling them onto a USB drive for her clients.
Signature service: Black and Whites
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Nikon
Pro Tip: Wear clothes that you find comfortable and attractive; solid colors are best.
In the last 10 years, Picture It On Canvas's founder and CEO Bob McKeon has applied more than three decades of software-sales-management experience to create six Internet-based companies. With Picture It On Canvas now his primary focus, McKeon strives to appease all clients with approachable customer service and a no-questions-asked return policy. Picture It On Canvas takes customer-uploaded photographs and prints them on archival-quality material such as canvas, metal, and hand-chiseled slate, forging a durable keepsake for customers to hang on their walls or dangle from the grills of their automobiles. Buyers can also blend several images into a collage or divide one photograph into four color schemes with a kaleidoscopic piece of pop art.