I wish I could love the mismatched frame look. I really want a mantle full of our favorite photos in random beautiful frames. Maybe I got one as a gift. Maybe I found one at the thrift store. Maybe I couldn’t resist one on sale. Maybe one was a homemade. Our pictures would be displayed in a hodge-podge of goodness. The one thing that would bind all their randomness would be photos of family and friends.
But I’m not that woman. I like my frames to be simple and match: black frames with white mats. I dare say I’m a little boring. Months ago, I got risky and decided to buy a canvas print of one of my photos. I had a coupon and waited until the last possible minute to order. The site was difficult to navigate and the company didn’t send a confirmation email or a notice that my print had shipped. As the weeks flew by, I was convinced my print would never show up. But it did and I really liked the outcome. Simple. And it looked really good with my current matching plain boring frames.
After I received my canvas, I started to think about creating a series. In my head, a Good Mom has a group photo of her kids taken each year. And she probably displays the best photo in a prominent place in her home. I’m guessing it’s large too. My head swirls with what Good Moms probably do for their family. I decided I wanted to be that Mom and I ordered another canvas featuring my boys from 2011. The first canvas was a photo from 2010. But I knew I had to find a new vendor. This time I used Easy Canvas Prints.
Guess what? The name says it all. Their site was so easy to navigate which is a huge plus for someone who has been so busy. I knew if I didn’t start this new tradition, I wouldn’t do it. And if their website was like the previous vendor, I would have smashed the computer and got busy with Real Housewives reruns. A few clicks and I had my canvas. The options were plenty and the prices were reasonable. I ordered an 11×14 print of my boys. I received a confirmation email. Within a few days, I received an email telling me my canvas had shipped. I only had to wait a little while for my product. But, I worried. As a photographer, you constantly worry about the final product when using a new vendor. Even with a calibrated screen, I worry until I see it. “Will is look like the image on my screen?” was repeated until the package arrived.
Last week, I ripped open the package and held my breath. It was beautiful. Looks exactly like I had processed. That’s the best thing for a photographer. My vision was transferred to canvas. And I’m on my way to becoming a Good Mom who hangs an annual photo of her boys. Do your photos justice and print them. Find a favorite. Print it big. And make it extra special by printing it on canvas.
Today, I’m grateful for the start of a tradition. Today, I’m grateful for a good company to help me make that tradition happen.