FastFrame first germinated in Europe before spreading to Japan, Brazil, Australia, and the United States. A trained local helms each of the 300 locations, and guarantees every design for 30 days and the craftsmanship for a lifetime. Artisans crown original works of art and prints with ornate mouldings. They also store historical artifacts and three-dimensional memorabilia in shadow boxes. FastFrame’s team has even been known to frame sports equipment, plasma-screen televisions, and childhood homes.
Since its inception in the early 1980s, Underglass Framing has crafted custom frames that have housed pictures, paintings, and even flags. Made up of artists and experienced framers alike, Underglass's staff uses their expert judgment to accent any artwork with custom woodwork, conservation acrylics, or museum-quality frames. Underglass makes decisions easy with mat-board samples and a wide selection of framed examples, and they strive to integrate the work of art into each client's home design, whether it's art deco or an art-deco-giraffe-print fusion.
Though photographer David Wong honed his skills with the low light and candid opportunities found in nightclubs, he now also wields his camera outdoors, for boudoir and portrait sessions, and at weddings. He often partners with a videographer and a makeup and hair stylist, who help him create the media he sends to clients in digital copies and online galleries. David also snaps pet portraits.
In her own words, Rhiannon of Alloria Winter Photography sees the world through “enchanted colored glasses.” Her photography portfolio reflects the bohemian streets of Paris and the whimsical landscapes of Alice in Wonderland. Her enchanted clothing closet invites models to emulate Victorian courtesans and femme fatales by slipping into lingerie from Agent Provocateur, pulling on a pair of Christian Louboutins or Manolo Blahniks, and layering limbs with antique jewelry. Rhiannon’s portraits and boudoir photos maintain the sophistication and surrealism of her style while capturing the subject’s personality.
At Memento Press, Inc., the medium is the message. Thinking outside the frame, digital artists transfer all manner of photograph onto surprising, functional venues for display. Clients can send in their favorite pictures to exhibit on a wine box, coffee mug, iPhone 4 case, or stretched canvas. More traditionally, the designers at Memento Press compile portraits in handsome hard-covered photo albums bound in microsuede. The technicians and graphic designers solve common photo problems, such as low resolution, distorted color, and the color-correct transition from a printed photo to digital media. They also transfer and restore old VHS, Digital8, and regular 8mm home videos to DVD, dividing the contents into chapters so that clients can skip to favorite scenes or skip over the part where the orangutan, hired to entertain the birthday party, looks too sad.
The Print My Watercolor studio sprang up on the streets of SoMa, San Francisco, beginning as a boutique that thrived within a lively community of art and culture. There, a staff of skilled digital artists fashioned custom watercolor prints, transferring expertly retouched photographs of tropical landscapes and childhood memories onto quality, archival paper using oil-based ink and Giclee printmaking technology. Today these artists have extended their reach across the country, binding their richly textured watercolor prints to handsome wooden bars equipped with a sturdy leather strap at the top before shipping them out. This strap makes it easy for recipients to immediately hang a family portrait above their mantel or a picture of a clown directly outside a child’s window. Print My Watercolor’s online apparatus also enables customers to upload their images instantly and pick from a variety of print sizes and styles, such as black-and-white or sepia.