Beautifully framed photographic portraits can look incredible, taking pride of place in the a home and becoming a great talking point when guests come to visit.
As a portrait photographer, I love to see my images well displayed. While I do do ‘digital only’ packages (there’s a real demand for it these days) I love to deliver beautiful framed prints – the ultimate ‘finished product’. Everything is taken care off from the original composition, to careful editing on a colour-calibrated system through to high-end giclee prints professionally framed.
A great many framing options exist these days from traditional frames with a thick mount covered by a sheet of glass, through to the ubiquitous ‘canvas wrap’ and recent higher-tech developments like pring on sheets of aluminium or acrylic blocks. I’ve produced many types of prints for portrai clients over the years but the traditional framed print remains my own personal favourite. It’s a timeless, simple look that will never age.
While frames can be produced in many different styles, I prefer a simple ‘exhibition’ approach – a plain black frame with a bright white mount. This monochrome approach does not conflict with the colours contain in the photograph. All the photographs displayed in my own home are framed in this way.
That said, a client with lots of, say, pine or mahogany furniture may choose a colour in keeping with their home’s interior design, which can also be a great option. Sometimes a frame can have a strong colour so long as it is complimentary to the dominant colours in the photograph itself.
Framing materials can vary immensely in quality and I only use framing suppliers that offer good quality products. Also important to me is choosing woods from sustainably-managed forests. The framed print comes ready to hang (or stand for smaller products), complete with a strong MDF backing board and, for larger prints, special safety glass. The photograph is set within a 1.5mm Daler Rowney art board mount.
I print images up to A2+ myself in-house so I can ensure the image is absolutely perfect and can make a final adjustment. Large prints are handled by professional printers offering the same great results.
If you are interested to learn more about my portrait photography or would like to check availability for a shoot, please get in touch via this page.