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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.
Yesterday I had a good friend of mine stop by our location to pick up a nice order he had placed for Canvas Gallery Wraps of his children. My friend had ordered 29 16x20 or larger to decorate his house with, and after my many grateful thanks, we talked about the pictures he had captured and some of the problems we had in printing them. When he initially emailed his files to me, many were low resolution, so we had to track them back to the original files.
By far the most popular and growing style of prints that we make. Gallery Wrap Giclee prints are perfect for every subject that you can capture with your digital camera, or create through photoshop. When Mastercolor first started printing on Canvas it was mostly for Bridal portraits and landscapes. Our customer base now ask for all subject to be printed as a Gallery Wrap, family vacations, graduations, maternity, abstract art...it all looks great as a Gallery Wrapped Giclee print. I think one of the main reasons people have found this so popular is the amount you save on framing.
It seems whatever digital camera you buy, there will be an editing software included. Many of these softwares will also point you on the direction to where you can host your images, or have them printed. Wonder why they give this away free????? Because, if you chose the easy route of locking into their software, you have done exactly that, locked yourself in unless you save your files on your computer or external storage.
Most us these storage sites or printing houses store your files for free, but then only let you access the images in a much smaller format UNLESS you are buying from th