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When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade, and when Mother Nature gave Hattiesburg Mississippi a Hurricane, Leon Franklin turned it into something sweet. That's just the way Leon Franklin works, not much anyone or anything could get this gentle man's pulse to raise one point. I remember my first conversation with Leon back in 2006 like it was yesterday. He called just before I left to eat lunch with my father, and said he had found us when searching the internet for " Photo Labs." I must admit I did not think much would come from it, I mean how many other Labs are closer to Franklin’s Photography that could print school pictures for him in the 709 miles that separate us? Why would he choose Mastercolor? I am not sure how the stars lined up to pair this business relationship, but it was a match made in heaven.
I have always said that the best part about working at a small photography business is the chance to work closely with friends, and to create images of their families and from their memories. It seems like just yesterday that my friend Karen Kelly came in to Mastercolor wanting us to create a stretched canvas for her of a really fantastic shot she had captured while visiting Maine on a family vacation. At the time we were already printing on canvas, but to be honest, we really did not want to get into all the materials and space needed for creating Canvas Gallery Wraps. Well Karen is one of those special types of people that can tell you what you should be doing without coming across as pushy. Long story short Karen knew our business better than we did, and now Canvas Gallery Wraps are some of our most requested items.
After Karen convinced me how easy they were to make, told me where I could go to buy the stretcher bars, and how popular these would become, Mastercolor produced our first Giclee Gallery wrap with her image of the "Good Ole Buoys". Karen’s Gallery Wrap has been hanging in our lobby ever since .
The advice given to me by a close friend has really helped shape the future of our business. We even designed a separate website just to handle the volume of Giclees and Canvas Wraps we received, www.mastercolorcanvas.com.
One of my favorite parts of owning a small business is having the chance to work with Friends. I love having the chance to buy from my friends and I love the opportunity to supply to my friends. A friendly face can make a difficult business decision that much easier. My friend Joe Michel built this website 13 years ago. Well at least he built the original, and since has reconstructed it many times to update our technology through his company, www.itworxonline.com.
Mastercolor Labs is lucky to have established a nice market share on the internet, and usually the first question we are asked about becoming a customer is how is the best way to send orders to our lab, and the answer is simple: Remote Order Entry Service. You will not find a faster uploading software on the internet. It does not matter if you are ordering a 30 x40 digital photograph, or 1,000 8x10 units for school photography, the compression method the software uses is amazing.
Well Mastercolor and it's 33 year old body is moving in with the new generation. We recently signed up on Twitter, and joined Facebbok a few months back. It's hard to see & track where this is helping our business, but we do have people from time to time say the found us through these internet networks. On Facebook we have run a number of Internet specials on Canvas Gallery Wraps, and we will be offering more on assorted digital prints, so sign up to follow Mastercolor on both Twitter and Facebook. Let us know your thoughts and what you would like to see as specials.