Reflecting on this childhood, Chris Keating sometimes feels as if he didn't exist. His parents' divorce left him with very little tangible evidence of his formative years, so he's spent his adult life as a photographer making sure children can look back fondly at warm family memories. Chris Keating and his Calgary staff have made this a reality for more than 3,000 families since opening the doors to Towne Photography in 2006. There, the professional photographic crew shoots posed and candid shots of families, children, couples, and babies at picturesque parks or against their studio backdrops, and they also snap triumphant graduate portraits, intimate prenatal shots, and provocative passport pics that make border crossing a breeze. Their ironclad guarantee allows unsatisfied clients to request reshoots, reprints, or resizing on all photographs, and they vow to remake or recapture any artwork that sustains damage over the years. Chris also takes his photographic knowledge on the road to conduct Betterphoto Workshops across the United States and Canada, teaching novice photographers how to artistically preserve their most precious memories.
With thousands of frame and mat samples, Framing & Art Centre can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (diploma framing starts at around $100), personalized jerseys glisten (starting around $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (under $100 for 24"x36" pieces). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoe-box photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts.
More than 20 years ago, a small framing business named Block Mounts began touting an intriguing new method for preserving cherished photos and artwork. The method—appropriately called block mounting—uses a vacuum heat press to adhere flat objects to thick pieces of MDF board, which are then painted and sealed with a matte or satin finish. Though Block Mounts continues to specialize in the process that inspired their trademarked name, the company has expanded to offer custom framing of three-dimensional objects such as first-edition books, sports jerseys, and fire extinguishers. The framing specialists use conservation-grade materials to perform jobs on-site, and each of their finished works is backed by a lifetime warranty.