We made the decision a few years ago to offer primarily fine art printing in our studio. Several years later, we still get the question “What’s a fine art print?” We’re glad you asked! Unlike photographic prints which are made on plastic paper, the fine art printing we do is on bamboo paper. While photography is by and large not a green industry, bamboo is a renewable resource and a way we can lower our eco imprint while still providing you with highly archival products. Our bamboo paper is rated for a longer archival life (exceeds 100 years!) than typical photographic prints. We source the paper from Hahnemuhle, a legendary paper company in Germany.
Our fine art printing is all done in house here with the exception of extremely large wall portraits that we still outsource to a trusted lab. Due to the porous surface that could scratch, Joe sprays all prints with a protective coating and mats the prints for protection. We then present your matted prints in a plastic sleeve for transportation. Until you’re ready to frame your prints, it’s best to leave them in the plastic sleeve.
We know you can buy your photographic prints (or luster prints, or glossy prints, or pictures, or whatever else you want to call them) at places like Costco and many an online lab. And there’s a definite place for that! We still occasionally make standard photographic prints of our kid doing stuff, too. We feel the cheap 4×6 prints are best for your personal snapshots and fine art best for the art you expect when coming to us for official portrait and wedding photos.
Our fine art flush mount wedding album is also created using fine art paper. It isn’t the same bamboo paper we use, but a German etching paper also made by the same company. We love working with an album company that uses the same high-quality papers we naturally prefer. We do still offer a few other album styles using other printing methods for variety, though fine art printing will always be our favorite.