Beautifully Crafted Fine Art Photography Prints
Personally created in my home studio, my fine art photography is printed on museum-grade papers using archival pigment inks, using a Canon large format professional photography printer, ensuring they will retain their vibrancy for decades to come with proper care. Each image is printed with a slight border to help you frame them more easily (if you choose to do so upon receipt) and are delivered in either flat boxes (for smaller sizes) or rolled in heavy-duty shipping tubes (for larger sizes).
Unless otherwise noted on individual product pages, I use Palo Duro Etching 315 sheets or rolls from Red River Paper. Not only is RRP local to where I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, their papers I use are museum quality and archival as they are 100% cotton fiber, acid-free, lignin-free, and optical brightener (OBA) free.
Palo Duro Etching 315 is a heavyweight matte fine art paper which provides excellent contrast between highlights and shadows as well as excellent color vibrancy, which is often a challenge on many other matte papers. It also has a beautiful subtle texture, giving my prints a classic artistic look and feel. Since no artificial whiteners are added to the paper, Palo Duro Etching also has an elegant, warmer appearance.
Handling & Care of Fine Art Prints
In order to protect the pigment ink and the paper itself, it is critical that proper care is taken when handling and displaying fine art prints. At the very least, the prints should only be handled by the edges after thoroughly washing your hands; ideally, fine art gloves are also worn to prevent skin oils from transferring to the paper and potentially causing degradation in the future.
If the prints you purchase will be kept loose and unframed, I highly recommend storing them in an archival fine art box. When framing, using UV-blocking glass will drastically extend the life of the print, although it will still be important to avoid displaying prints in direct sunlight for extended periods of time, if at all possible.
It is also recommended that, when framing your prints, archival matte boards and backings are used. Doing so will not only reduce the likelihood of degradation of the print from lower-quality matte and backing materials, but it will also prevent the print itself from making direct contact with the glass, which could damage the pigments.
Print Sizing & Custom Requests
My in-studio produced fine art prints are available in paper up to*:
24"x36" (2:3 aspect ratio)
24"x30" (4:5 aspect ratio)
24"x48" (1:2 aspect ratio)
24"x24" (1:1 aspect ratio)
* Please contact me for custom sizes or ratios (e.g., custom crops or aspect ratios to fit a specific space). Fine art paper sizes greater than the 24" short-side dimension shown above require fulfillment through an external printing studio. Custom requests are only fulfilled after I approve a final Artist Proof provided by the print studio, at which point the artwork will be produced and readied for shipping.
Ready to Hang Wall Art
I love my handmade fine art prints and personally prefer the classical look of them over anything else. That said, I also understand collectors may have differing tastes, or want a product that offers a modern aesthetic. Although paper prints may offer a lower up-front investment, quality mounting and framing can often cost more than the prints themselves. My special-order options offer multiple price-to-value alternatives for ready-to-hang artwork for your home or office.
I offer three special order options for my prints to meet your needs (in order from lowest to highest cost):
Canvas prints (glossy ink on stretched canvas)
Metal prints (dyes are infused to aluminum)
Acrylic prints (metallic paper print mounted between layers of crystal clear acrylic)
These special-order offerings are also able to be produced in larger sizes than I can make on my 24" in-studio printer.
Please contact me to start a conversation around your specific needs.
The Importance of Properly Lighting Art
Lighting is arguably the most important part of displaying photographic prints (or any other art), yet it is often overlooked. Many photographers and collectors are surprised - and ultimately disappointed - when displaying prints as they fail to take into account the difference between a backlit monitor screen and a print that produces no light of its own.
There are a few important factors to consider when displaying art in your home or office:
Avoid direct sunlight: This is critical to avoid premature fading of colors and damage to fine art papers. Even the most robust UV protection will not be able to fully protect your art. For fine art prints mounted behind glass, or metal or acrylic prints, sunlight will also often result in glare or reflections (even low-glare options, such as what I provide on my metal and acrylic options, are prone to this, albeit at a lesser amount).
Use the right type of lighting: Of the various lighting options available, LED generally provides the most accurate color reproduction while fluorescent will be the worst (by far). Ideally, the color temperature of your lighting will fall between 2700-3500 Kelvin, and the CRI rating will be 90 or higher. When proofing my fine art prints, I am working under such conditions. The brightness of your light source - or lumens - will vary depending upon the distance between the source and the print, and how much ambient light is available. Generally, if your lighting source is reasonably close to the print, you will not need too-high a lumens count but an easy solution to find what works best for your space is to opt for dimmable LED bulbs.
Manage glare and reflections: It's important to consider all times of day when choosing where to display your art, and how to light it. A location may receive plenty of ambient sunlight in the morning but fall into shadow as the day progresses. Conversely, a wall that doesn't receive any direct sunlight at midday may be bathed in strong light in the morning or afternoon (see #1). If relying on artificial light sources, one must consider if existing lighting is sufficient or if brighter bulbs or new fixtures will be needed. Ideally, the primary lighting for a print will be above the piece at a roughly 30 degree angle. Doing so will help ensure glare and reflections are greatly minimized.
Determining the Right Size
Balancing the Size of Your Space with the Size of the Art
It is one thing to view an image on a phone or tablet, or even a monitor, at close distances. Most likely, however, you will be viewing a print on your wall from several feet away; the larger the print, typically, the farther the distance. What may feel like a large print when held in one's hands can quickly dwindle in size and impact once it's placed on the wall. This can be offset, obviously, by opting for a larger print to better fill the wall space, or a grouping of multiple images can be used to achieve the same - or greater - effect (and you will have the added benefit of being able to enjoy more scenes).
I encourage you to use painter's tape or other means to see how well different print sizes fill your desired display space (if you plan to frame your art, with or without a mat border, be sure to account for that in your dimensions). Below are some mockups to help you visualize the difference between different print sizes on a 10' wall.