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.
The team of framers and curators at Framing & Art Centre task themselves with keeping their customer’s walls well-adorned – be it with framed family heirlooms or a piece of art from the store’s own collection. Armed with conservation framing techniques, the framing team builds customized frames and shadow boxes from high quality materials – such as acid-free 100% cotton mats, and UV-coated glass – to keep valuable artworks safe.
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.