What is the best way to present precious moments of two people in love?
From the plentiful array of choices available, I have chosen fine art albums and print presentation to compliment the images I create. I have tried to create a unique collection of products that find that balance between making the most of today’s technology, having true beauty and the highest quality, and also taking account of the scarcity of our resources.
When I was a child growing up in the middle of the Hampshire countryside, we lived on the edge of a woodland. There was an oak tree at the end of our garden that seemed so tall it skimmed the clouds. It seemed to my young mind that it must have seen everything, being so old as to grow so big.
We left that house when I was six, and so while I know it was most likely just an average sort of tree, I also know that it left an indelible impression on me.
I have a great fondness of trees, their gentle presence in our ever-changing world. I have a great respect for them too. So wherever I can, I choose products that are made from sustainable sources and using sustainable methods.
The fine art albums I have chosen are handmade in the UK by Folio Albums, a company that takes pride in their green credentials. The covers are made from a choice of the leather, cotton or silk. The fine art archival quality matte paper and inks they use, provide a high resolution and pure clarity that lasts. These materials produce the finest prints with colour reproduction that can’t be reached by traditional photographic printing, and unlike photographic prints, the inks don’t crack and discolour when the page is folded, giving maximum flexibility in the design of the album.
When it came to choosing a form of presentation to keep the albums safe for the years to come, that old oak tree crossed my mind. I thought perhaps a box made of oak could keep those memories safe. I approached a local furniture maker to see if we could come up with a design that could be made from sustainably or ethically resourced wood to produce a beautiful box to showcase the albums.
After six months of refinement, we had developed a prototype that was perfect and now I can offer all my clients the option of beautiful, original, hand-made and sustainably resourced oak boxes to keep their albums safe for generations to come.
Fine Art Prints
I love the feel of fine art paper; the way the grain adds another dimension to an image. When I was younger I used to spend hours in the dark room experimenting with different papers and liquid emulsion – I loved the physicality of what I produced – that you could transform a moment in time that you experienced into something material. Now, with the digital age, the process has changed and is indeed a different art, with its own beauty and benefits.
I still love developing prints. Though not in the darkroom so much for me now, I do print my own images, giving individual attention to every single one. Archival inks and papers ensure my prints will last a very long time. Every image is treated to protect it from UV light and humidity. I have chosen matte paper, as I adore the dimension it gives. I have two types, ‘archival matte’ and portfolio rag fine art 100% cotton (‘fine art matte’) – two different media with very different dimensions to lend. Prints can be finished in a choice of two ways, flush-cut (with no boarder) and bordered (particularly good for fine art presentation and mounting or handling).
Left: bordered finishing on fine art matte paper; right: flush-cut finishing on archival matte paper
I offer bespoke mounting and framing, in handmade sustainable oak frames, also locally made to order. You can choose window glass or art glass (with incredible clarity particularly suited to the framing of photographic prints)
Fine Art Print Boxes
I still have shoeboxes full of postcards and prints from trips and times that I hold dear. Sometimes I sit and look through them, pass them around to the friends I am with and reminisce. It got me thinking that it would be wonderful to create a box on prints for my sessions and weddings. Something really beautiful. Something precious. I have developed a print box, hand made from local sustainably resourced oak, containing 30 bordered fine art prints. Those prints, handled one by one, are somehow more intimate and personal, more accessible to the viewer. The print box may be used to display an engagement shoot, or as an accompaniment to a wedding album that can be left out on the table to show to family and friends. Maybe a couple will choose their very favourite portraits from their engagement and wedding to remember those moments they felt.
If you would like to see how an album and print box can complement one another, see what Andrew & Laura chose for the fine art presentation of their wedding day.