Friday, August 14, 2015

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Lyn Cook

At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.


We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:

1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Lyn Cook.

Lyn Cook
Painter
Greensboro, NC

What do you do?
I create paintings of pets, focusing on dogs; pet portraits, cats, horses, and wildlife. Sometimes I will create humorous pieces, but most of my work is commissioned.

How do you do it?
I work in various mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor. Since I do a lot of commissioned work, folks email photos of their pets to me.






Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
In the past, I would make my paintings into prints. I found out over time that printing can be quite a task, along with printer problems, paper and ink expense, and shipping was taking up a lot of my time. I found iPrintfromHome and have not been tempted to revisit dong my own prints. iPrintfromHome's efficiency and high quality has allowed me to devote more time to painting. 

Contact Information:
Lyn Cook
www.etsy.com/shop/DogArtbyLyn

Friday, June 26, 2015

Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit 2015

At iPrintfromHome.com, we try to feature customer artwork and photography in our promotional materials and on the site as much as possible. Many of you use our services to order prints that you use for your own businesses, Etsy shops and art shows; therefore, our success is very much linked to yours. When we feature customer artwork, we not only get the chance to feature some very cool imagery, but we also get to help promote our customers.

As a special ‘Thank You’ to our iPrintfromHome.com Ambassadors for all the work they’ve done to help promote us, for this particular project, we’ve offered the spotlight exclusively to them. To find out more about our Ambassador Program and how you can get involved, go to iPrintfromHome.com/Ambassador.

We have narrowed the field down to 32 images. We need your help selecting the final 8. Voting will be open Tuesday, June 30th through 10am EST on Monday, July 13th.

To vote, please choose one of the following options:

A.Go to Facebook.com/iPrintfromHome. Please "Like" our page. Then review the images in the “2015 iPrintfromHome Paper Sampler and Calibration Kit Images” album and click on “Like” to vote for individual images.

OR

B.Go to iPrintfromHome.com/PSCK2015 and review the images. Then send us an e-mail with the names of the images you would like to vote for.

Thank you for your help with this project!

Thanks,
the iPrintfromHome.com team

Thursday, June 11, 2015

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Tom Burns


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.


We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:

1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Tom Burns.
















Tom Burns
Photographer
Buffalo, NY

What do you do?
I am a PR/Marketing professional who loves photography. Ever since I was a child I almost always had some type of camera, but never an SLR or DSLR.until 5 years ago when I bought an entry level Nikon. I initially made the purchase to better capture our children and their many activities. However, within a couple of weeks after my purchase, I started to leave the house early on weekend mornings looking for a photo to capture. A second camera, and four lenses later, I am hooked.

I love the idea of just going out to look for a photo, be it a sunset, night shot, cityscape, or sporting event.there is nothing like the thrill of that hunt. I love color. I have dabbled in some black and white, and there are a few that I enjoy, but I love color. The color of a sky at sunset or sunrise. The impact the sun has on a building or a portrait. When shooting I look for light and lines. My grandfather was an artist, so I get some of my "eye" for this from him I believe. 


I primarily shoot landscapes/cityscapes, architecture, and amateur sporting events (high school and some college). I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to shoot a Bills and Sabres game also. I have also shot some events and parties, as well as a few family portrait sessions with success. There is a different kind of energy when shooting people. 


How do you do it?
I shoot with a Nikon D5100, and hope to add to my arsenal in the near future.stepping up the ladder with a new Nikon body. I'm drawn to night/low light shooting, so there's always a tripod somewhere close-by. I do some minor post-processing with Lightroom, and an occasional clone clean-up in Photoshop, but generally I like photos to look like what I saw when I released the shutter. 

Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
As I've advanced this hobby into a small (and fun) side business, I've been in the market for a lab that can provide me with prints for art shows, portrait packages, etc. I've found that iPrintfromHome.com provides me with the best option for prints for a few reasons. First, the selection of sizes rivals any of the national labs, and the pricing is more than competitive. The quality of prints has been incredibly consistent. And because they are local (to me) the convenience cannot be matched.order in the evening, pick up the next day.or shipped to me one day later. 

Contact Information:

Tom Burns
www.tomburnsphotography.com
www.facebook.com/tomburnsphoto

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Rose Anderson


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.


We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:

1. What do you do?

2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Rose Anderson.
















Rose Anderson
Nature Photographer and Digital Artist
Parkville, MD

What do you do?
I am a nature photographer and digital artist in Baltimore, Maryland. I have spent most of my life on the Chesapeake Bay, in love with the watershed and all of its history and wild creatures. Human life has become disconnected from nature in many ways, and my aim is to restore that connection.

How do you do it?
I take photos of birds and butterflies in the moments where they seem to have the most in common with humans, or where the composition of a photo and the pose of a tiny creature calls to mind childhood storybook illustrations. This means a lot of time out in the field with my camera waiting for the little guys to cooperate. 


For most of the butterfly shots I did this year, I focused on facial features and human-like interactions, which meant a lot of time sitting, kneeling, or lying on the ground to photograph them on their level or from underneath. I felt it was a way to express a deeper connection to them, and I am using the images as a way to encourage better wild field conservation practices in my local area. I created a series of butterfly closeups called "fairies of the fields". A spinoff of this is my "made of motion" series, which features butterflies flying and making motion blurs with their wings. 

Before I switched my focus to butterflies this year, I was working on a series of photos in which birds seem to interact or move together in ways that mimic our human relationships. I tend to focus almost exclusively on detail shots and pictures of one or just a couple creatures. I do some landscape shots and pictures of people, all of which involve the history and quaintness of the Chesapeake Bay, as well as some artwork I've done to celebrate well-known landmarks in Baltimore where I live. 

Once I have taken the photos, the real work of texturing them in PhotoShop begins. I add sometimes as many as 10 layers of effects, textures, and color fills to get the effect of storybook illustrations or paintings. I sometimes call myself a digital illustrator, although everything I do has to have an unaltered photo underneath. I love photography because it always represents a real moment in time, even when I layer effects on top of it.

Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
I use iPrintfromHome.com because the prints are just amazing in their quality and depth. I don't compromise in my work, and iPrintfromHome has exceeded my expectations every time so far. The service is amazing, and you can't beat the savings if you order large numbers of chromogenic prints

Contact Information:



Rose Anderson
RoseAndersonBaltimore.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Opening Reception - devi devi brings may flowers and more


Please join us for the opening reception of devi devi brings may flowers and more. The opening event is this Friday from 6-9pm at iPrintfromHome.

Find out more: facebook.com/event



What:  devi devi brings may flowers and more

When: Friday, May 15th, 6-9pm

Where: iPrintfromHome.com 
2630 Elmwood Ave, Suite #2
Kenmore, NY 14217

This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Christopher Galley


At iPrintfromHome.com, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:

1. What do you do?
2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?

Please read on to find out more about Christopher Galley.












Christopher Galley
Artist
Buffalo, NY 

What do you do? 
My work is an amalgamation of me.  All the stuff that I always thought was cool or that I was interested in is included in my work.  Good, bad or otherwise, it all goes in.  This all happens through a mixed media process that incorporates influences ranging from fine art, graphic design and street art processes.  

The purpose behind my work is to establish a line of visual communication between the viewer and the work. It’s a place where the viewer has enough room to create their own interpretation based on their personal experience and attitudes, while still entertaining my idea behind the work. 

How do you do it? 
I probably paint every picture about 50 times in my head before I actually start physically working anything up.  Once I have an idea, I obsess on it.  I’ll wake up at 3:30 in the morning with my brain going a hundred miles an hour on all of the possibilities.  I try to research my subject to round out what I’m trying to put together.  That always helps me evolve my original concept.  Once all of that is complete I jump on the computer.  

Part of the concept behind my work is that its about juxtapositions and connections.  I do a lot of computer work at school.  I teach graphic design and digital photography and I’ve done my fair share of contract design work outside of the 9 to 5.  It always felt a little artificial.  I like working on the computer and I’m fairly adept at it, but it lacks the handmade connection.  It always felt like “cheating” to me.  My painting is a way to connect both the digital and handmade.  My first “sketches” are almost always digital.  Everything after that is done by hand. 

I get a lot of people who see my work and assume that I screen print all of the large images.  They’re always surprised when I tell them that it’s all hand drawn.  The background of my images is a collection of collage, acrylic and enamel paint, wheat paste and personal mementos.  It’s the place where I am able to communicate the “story” in my work.  It’s the place where all of my research comes alive. 

Why do you use iPrintfromHome.com?
That’s an easy one!  Quality, cost effectiveness and customer service make iPrintfromHome.com the only option I consider for my print work. I am continually impressed by the individual attention that is offered to me as a customer.  I always feel like a valued customer when I come in to pick up my orders. the quality of the giclee prints has allowed me to expand my reach as an artist.  My customers have continually commented about the detail and color accuracy that my prints show.  All of this with a surprisingly affordable price! Without iPrintfromHome.com, I would not be able to do the number of shows I do every year.

Contact Information:

Christopher Galley
devilchickendesign.com

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sara's Newborn Photo Shoot Experience

We are all so consumed with our daily lives.  We put our heads down and power through the work day, pay the bills, clean the house, feed the dog, etc.  We hardly take a second to look up.  Monday melts into Tuesday, which melts into Wednesday, and, before we know it, the days turn into weeks, which turn into months and the seasons pass us by.  

There are a few moments in life that are so special we all stop to take notice, to celebrate, to cherish every last second.

My husband and I just welcomed Cassidy, our first child, into the world in early January.  As I'm sitting here typing this story, she's cuddled up on my chest, dreaming little baby dreams.  In the short time we've had her, she's grown so much already.  She's started smiling, and cooing, and sleeping longer stretches.  She's helping me remember to slow down and take notice, to celebrate, to cherish every last second.  

When I got married, choosing a photographer was at the top of my list when it came to planning the wedding.  Clearly, being in the imaging business, I am a big believer in the power of photography.  As my father says, "All we have is our stories.  That's what makes us who we are."  Photography has always helped me document, retell and relive those stories.   

My parents used to keep all the prints that didn't make it into albums in a drawer in the buffet in our dining room.  One of my favorite things to do growing up was to reach in, grab a handful and then sit down and pour through them.  I've actually already started my own "shoe box" of pictures so that Cassidy can enjoy the same pleasure one day.  Images have always been important to me.  I think they've always been important to you too.  There's something about a photograph that helps us stop to take notice, to celebrate, to cherish every last second.

Late in my pregnancy, I decided that I wanted to hire a photographer to do a newborn photography shoot.  This step was not quite as obvious to me as hiring a wedding photographer.  I wasn't 100% sold on the importance or the value.  EVERYONE hires a wedding photographer, but not every new mom chooses to book a newborn shoot. I am so so happy that we did.

The weeks since Cassidy's birth are a total blur.  Recently, she's started sleeping longer, but at first, I was lucky to get a 3 hour stretch.  In fact, the first time she let me sleep for 2.5 hours, I felt like a million bucks - I was so thankful.  Needless to say, I've been walking around like a bit of a zombie.  I think everyone would agree that the birth of a new baby is one of those few precious moments in life that make us stop and take notice.  The trouble is that new parents are so tired and overwhelmed it can be really hard to celebrate and cherish every last second.  

Enter the professional photographer.  We decided to work with Erin Feuerstein of Erin F. Photography.  She helped us capture images like these:




Cassidy is 14 days old in these pictures.  My husband and I are exhausted, but happier and more in love than we ever knew possible.  I am so thankful to have these images to look back on, to remember the funny face she made when we burped her, how cute she looked when she yawned, and even how sweet she could be when she cried.

I could not be happier with the results of the shoot.  A big reason I'm so satisfied is that I did my homework before deciding on a photographer.  Contrary to popular belief, an amazing camera does not necessarily produce amazing pictures.  It's the person behind the camera that really matters.  And, every photographer is not the same.   Just like chefs specialize in specific cuisine, photographers specialize in different types of photography.

Before choosing a photographer, it's important to know what you want.  I wanted mostly candid shots (rather than posed) and I am a huge fan of natural light.  

It's also important to be comfortable with the photographer herself.  That comfort level shows through in pictures.  If the photographer makes you nervous or rubs you the wrong way, you're not going to relax and be natural - your images will look forced.  I don't really know Erin very well.  I only know her through her work (she's been a customer at iPrintfromHome for years and also shot my nephew's newborn pictures) and through the small interactions we have when she picks up her prints.  But, both of those things are very telling.  Her work speaks for itself.  Check it out here.  And, those little interactions at the pick up counter sealed the deal for me.  Erin often has one of her kids in tow when she stops at iPrintfromHome and she's always struck me as someone who has it together.  Kids are kids - they touch things and drop things and ask for candy (we always have a bowl of chocolates at the front counter for customers).  Sometimes this makes parents nervous and they get a little shifty and seem rushed.  Erin is as cool as a cucumber.  I knew that her sense of calm and humor would help keep things running smoothly during our shoot.  

So, we decided to book the shoot.  And, like I said before, we are so so happy that we did.  When we first talked, Erin asked me if there was anything specific that I wanted her to focus on.  I was so confident in her abilities, I told her to just do her thing.  I explained that I chose her, specifically, because I liked her work and trusted her skill.  She's the photographer.  She didn't need any instruction from me. We picked a photographer whose style we liked with a personality we were comfortable with and the results are stunning.  Check out this sneak peek video Erin made: 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

You've still got time!


It's getting close to Christmas and we are getting lots of calls asking if it's too late to order prints in time to give as gifts. The answer is, you still have time!

At iPrintfromHome.com, our standard turnaround time for Photographic Prints is as follows: if you place your order by 6am EST, we have it ready for shipping the same day, Monday through Saturday. Any order that comes in on Sunday will be shipped on Monday.

Please note that the turnaround time for Giclee Fine Art Prints is 3 business days (weekdays), and that the daily production cut-off is 6am EST.

Please also note that requesting foam and ultra mounting (or stretching) services can add up to 3 business days to your turnaround time.  Plak mounting can add up to 7 business days to your turnaround time.

If you're planning on ordering before the 23rd - which we would encourage (hint, hint) - please feel free to choose whichever shipping method meets your needs:

* USPS 1st Class - $3
* USPS Priority - $7
* FedEx Ground - $9.95
* FedEx Ground to Canada - $18
* FedEx 3-Day - $11.75
* FedEx 2-Day - $14.75
* FedEx Standard Overnight - $21.75
* FedEx Priority Overnight - $29.95
* FedEx Priority Saturday - $49.95

For more specific information about each shipping method, please click here.

Here's what you need to do if you're really waiting until the last minute:
If you order Photographic Prints: Please place your order by 6am on December 23rd and choose FedEx Priority or Standard Overnight so that you receive your order on December 24th. NOTE: Requesting foam and ultra mounting and/or stretching service will add 3 days to your turnaround time.  Plak mounting will add 7 days to your turnaround time.

If you order Giclee Fine Art or Photo Inkjet Prints: Please place your order by 6am on December 19th and choose FedEx FedEx Priority or Standard Overnight so that you receive your order on December 24th. NOTE: Requesting foam and ultra mounting and/or stretching service will add 3 days to your turnaround time.  Plak mounting will add 7 days to your turnaround time.

We will be closed December 24-25.

Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Opening Reception - Animal Tails: feathers, fur and more. Photography by Maureen Szuniewicz


Please join us for the opening reception of Animal Tails: feathers, fur and more. The opening event is this Friday from 5-7pm at iPrintfromHome.

Find out more: facebook.com/event

What:  Animal Tails: feathers, fur and more.  Photography by Maureen Szuniewicz.

When: Friday, December 5th, 5-7pm

Where: iPrintfromHome.com 
2630 Elmwood Ave, Suite #2
Kenmore, NY 14217

This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

This is our very favorite time of year at iPrintfromHome.com. Thanksgiving is all about appreciating what you have and celebrating your gifts with people you care about.

Whenever we think about the things we're most thankful for, our thoughts always turn to you and your fellow customers. We're really happy that you've chosen to work with us and we look forward to working together for years to come.

At iPrintfromHome.com, we aim to provide you with a service that delights you and never takes you for granted. Today, we want to take the time to stop and say, "Thank You". We really appreciate your support.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks,
George, Sara & the iPrintfromHome.com team