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

Monday, November 10, 2014

Opening Reception - "Transforming Shorelines: Where We Meet The Water"

Please join us for the opening reception of Transforming Shorelines: Where We Meet The Water. The opening event is this Wednesday from 5-8pm at iPrintfromHome.

Find out more: facebook.com/event


What:  Transforming Shorelines: Where We Meet The Water. Exploring our relationship to Western New York's water through the confluence of art, English, and science. Featuring works by the Nichols School Class of 2020. 

When: Wednesday, November 12th, 5-8pm

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

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Preserving Images for Future Generations

Post Author:
Sara Campos Saak

Working at iPrintfromHome.com, you would think I print my images regularly. The truth is that I do, but not as much as I should.

Back in 2012, I attended a presentation by Joe LaBarca, president of Pixel Preservation International, a group that recommends printing digital images as the most effective way of preserving images for future generations.

Walking into the presentation, I wasn't expecting to hear anything earth shattering, or even expecting any bit of news that would alter my habits. I mean, I know prints are great - I run a printing company with my Dad; clearly, I know the benefits. I didn't think I needed any further convincing. To my surprise, I found myself sitting there thinking, "Man, this guy is right. I have to start printing more."

The idea he presented was so simple and so obvious that it immediately struck a chord. The best ideas always seem to fit this description: simple and obvious.

The most important set of images in my life right now are my wedding pictures. I got married in August 2011. My photographer gave me a few discs containing approximately 1300 images. I immediately backed them up on my home computer and uploaded them to iPrintfromHome.com. My photographer also gave me a wedding album, featuring about 100 of those images. Before hearing this presentation, I was pretty comfortable with the storage of my images, confident that I could access them when needed.

Then Joe started talking about floppy disks. I remember those. I bet you do too. It wasn't actually too long ago that I was using them actively, maybe in the last 15 years or so. If I found one of my old disks today, I wouldn't have any idea how to access the files stored within. If my future grandchildren found one, they likely wouldn't even recognize it.

As he was talking, I remembered a rumor I had heard indicating that Apple was going to start making computers without optical drives, which read CDs and DVDs. Turns out that's actually true, right now. If you buy a new MacBook Pro, you will not have an internal optical drive, meaning without the purchase of an external drive, you will have no way to read CDs and DVDs on your computer.

Enter Joe's first simple and obvious message: Technology is constantly changing. What is useful today will be obsolete tomorrow. Sometimes, tomorrow comes quicker than you think.

Suddenly, those discs of wedding pictures, my computer backup, and my upload to iPrintfromHome.com didn't feel as safe as I thought they were. Here's where I had that 'aha moment' I talked about earlier. To my surprise, I found myself sitting there thinking, "Man, this guy is right. I have to start printing more."

 I am in love with ALL of my wedding pictures, all 1300 of them. I want to preserve them, not only for my own enjoyment, but also to share with future generations of my family. We're all in those pictures. Me, my husband, our parents, our grandparents, great aunts and uncles, friends, neighbors. Those pictures mean the world to me. If I want them to be available in 20 years, I have got to save them in some other way.

Enter Joe's next simple and obvious message: Photographic Prints last a really long time (one hundred plus years) and they do not require the use of any technology but the human eye to be read. If you can see, and you're not in the dark, you'll be able to read a photographic print today, tomorrow and 100 years from now. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about CDs, DVDs, thumb drives, memory cards, etc.

If you have images that are important to you, that you want to have access to in years to come, you've got some decisions to make. (A) You can vow to stay up to date with current technologies, making sure to move your images from CDs to memory disks, to external hard drives, to clouds, to whatever is next. (B) You can print them using professional quality archival materials and then store them properly. (C) You can do both.

What images are most important to you? Where are they sitting right now? Will future generations have access to them? Will you be able to access them in 20 years?

I bet you already know where this is going...I went home and printed all my wedding pictures. I'll describe my process in a little more depth in the following paragraphs to help anyone interested in doing the same. Read on if you'd like to hear more about my decision making process and the resources I used.

The first decision I had to make was the size and the surface I would use for my prints. I knew I wanted to go with the Lustre Photographic Paper (less prone to finger prints than glossy), but I wasn't quite sure about the size.

My dad suggested 8x10s, but I didn't want such a huge stack of prints. I knew I wanted to print 4x6 or 5x7 and then store them in some sort of binder. All of my images were saved in proportion to 4x6, which means that I could print at that size without having to worry about any cropping. I ran 10 test images through iPrintfromHome.com, one set in 4x6 and one set in 5x7. When I ordered the 5x7s, I reviewed each image on the "View/Edit Order" screen to ensure that I was satisfied with the cropping.

I also ordered two packs of Archival Print Preservers from Print File (www.printfile.com) - one that held 4x6s and one that held 5x7s. I put my test prints in their respective Print Preservers to see which size I liked best. I ended up going with 5x7, because I liked the layout of the Print Preservers better and I wanted to have access to the bigger print size. This way, if I decide to scan any of the images later, I'll be working with a larger source image.

In addition to selling Print Preserver sheets, Print File also sells binders, albums, boxes, etc. I decided to go with an oversized, 2 1/2" D-ring binder...remember my goal is to effectively store and preserve my images, not necessarily to make something pretty. I already have my gorgeous 12x12 wedding album from my photographer. For this project, I'm not really worrying about pretty covers, designs, etc.

Once I knew the size, surface and storage method, I got to work ordering prints, sleeving them and tucking them away in my binders. Now, I am confident that I have backed up my images safely, the best way that I know how, and I'm not too worried about the future of DVDs or the lifespan of my home computer.

An unexpected bonus was the pleasure I had simply interacting with these images again. Because there were so many and they were all saved in digital form, I hadn't looked at them at all since we had first gotten them, other than the 100 or so that were printed in my album. Just as I pull my album off the shelf time and time again, I can see myself sitting down with a friend and paging through these binders. I'm looking forward to cherishing these images for years to come.

Photo Credits:
Wedding Photography by Dylan & Robyn Buyskes of OnionStudio.net
All other images by George Campos.