Photographs belong on walls and desks and mantels - not on a disc or your computer screen!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Did you have a lovely Thanksgiving yesterday? We did! We went to our almost-family The Bradley's and ate way too much turkey, drank way too much white sangria (so good) and champagne, and enjoyed fabulous company and conversation. I couldn't help but be thankful for everything and everyone in my life - from my husband and both of our families, to the ever-awesome Audrey,  to all of our friends and the wonderful couples I get to work with. Life felt pretty good!

Anyhoo enough of my post-turkey ramblings it's time for the annual super-awesome Black Friday/Small Business/Cyber Monday print sale. 

Here's the thing - you have your high-resolution image files on disc (or you will have in a few more days ;) - you might have printed out a couple of favorites but the likelihood is that most of your engagement or wedding pictures are sitting there in digital no-mans land. Trapped as jpeg files - an image compressed into a stream of bytes and decompressed back into an image - if your wedding pictures could talk they'd be saying "Print me! Print me! Show me off!"

I've guilty of this too -  last year was our five year wedding anniversary and we had just one print on the wall. Not everyone is bad like me - I reached out to my couples and asked them to snap a cell phone picture of their wedding pictures they had framed or on the wall - check these out!





So let's get to it - if you want to join the "pictures belong on walls and desks and mantels - not on a disc" movement then this print sale is for you!!!

Here's the important information - we're going with a "six" theme as this is my sixth year in business and it's our sixth wedding anniversary!
  • This sale is valid for SIX days only - it ends at midnight on December 5th 2013 
  • Crazy good prices for beautiful professional prints and wall art pieces not to mention picture postage stamps
  • Sale prices have been loaded onto every gallery - you don't need to remember any coupon codes or wait until checkout to see the sale prices
  • Sale prices start at just $6 for a beautiful professional print on archival photographic paper printed by perfectly calibrated printers. Yes - $6 for 4x6, 5x7 and even 8x10 prints!!!
    Larger prints are also on sale at just $36 for a a huge 20x30 print (all prints greater than 8x10 will be perfectly retouched to look even more amazing)
  • It's not just for prints. Showcase your favorite images with gallery canvas wraps, modern acrylic or metal fine art wall pieces (email me if you want any help deciding on which product would best fit your favorite images!)
  • There are even cool postage stamp options featuring a favorite engagement or wedding picture ranging from $30-50 - awesome for save the dates or thank you cards
  • Prints will arrive in time for the holidays (7-10 days with ground shipping or you can choose faster overnight options)
  • If your total comes to $60 or more, you can use the bonus code SIX at checkout to get free ground shipping
  • Promotional pricing cannot be mixed with any existing discount codes or other promotions
Every gallery has been reopened (if you can't remember the link to your gallery just email me and I'll shoot it over)!!!

Of course you can make your own prints from your discs so why bother printing through me?
Professional prints are made on professional calibrated printers on archival professional print paper (see below for more information). You can of course head to the local drugstore and print out a few prints on those machines they have but who knows when the printer was last calibrated (hello green and magenta color casts), not to mention the kind of cheap and thin paper they use.
AND remember that any print 8x10 and larger will be perfectly airbrushed, retouched, sized and sharpened for your order so it looks amazing on your wall!

For the technically minded here's the information about the papers used for your prints:

E-Surface Color Paper
Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper is the most popular paper used by professional photographers. This paper boasts accurate color, realistic saturation, excellent neutral flesh reproduction, and great intensity and offers brighter blues, cyans, purples, and reds. Standard Archival Value of 100 years in home display; 200 years in dark storage.

Metallic Paper (pearlescent finish)
Kodak Endura Metallic Paper features a unique pearlescent surface with ultra-bright backgrounds. This paper uses a patented combination of film and laminate layers resulting in striking three-dimensional images. It offers sharp details, and beautifully-saturated colors. Resistant to tearing and curling without any additional lamination. Standard Archival Value of 100 years in home display; 200 years in dark storage.
Leah's comment: I LOVE metallic paper for large prints, I don't recommend it for close up shots (i.e. a picture mostly of your faces as it makes the skin look a little shiny) but it's AMAZING for a large panoramic print or a night time picture.

True B&W Paper (matte finish)
Ilford True B&W paper is designed to make rich black, continuous-tone prints, while avoiding color tints. Panchromatic, resin-coated paper provides excellent tone reproduction. This paper uses a silver-based emulsion rather than dye-based, offering the same imaging performance and characteristics as traditional B&W continuous-tone prints. Specially coated on the back, it accepts ink for crop lines or writing notes. Display and 100-year archival quality.

Remember - this sale will finish in six days at midnight on Thursday, December 5th 2013...

Why not order 8x10 desk prints for your grandparents? A favorite large family portrait for your Mom? Christmas shopping - check! Have you moved house and have blank walls? A 20x24 canvas gallery wrap or metal print would look spectacular! Are your images sitting on the disc years after your wedding? Print your favorite 4x6 and 5x7 images!

Here's a metal wall art print I did for Neeta and Rich of one of their engagement pictures. You can see how it comes ready to hang. The colors just pop!


Here's a little more info about the various showcase wall art products with pictures from my fabulous print company Millers:

Fine Art Metal
Your image is carefully printed on top of a brushed aluminum boxes 1 inch deep. Fine Art Metals arrive ready to hang, the brackets are positioned vertically and horizontally to meet both image orientations. Sale prices are $160-200














Gallery Wrap Canvas
You can pick up a gallery wrap canvas in Walmart while you stock up on laundry detergent or you can order a museum quality gallery wrap canvas where your retouched image is printed onto a white cotton blend matte canvas that meets the Archival Standards for pH and lightfastness. The 400 gsm canvas with a water resistant finish and heavy, flexible weave Industry approved for print permanence by the International Fine Art Trade Guild is then hand stretched around a 1.5 inch depth wooden frame. Sale prices from $100-220













Fine Art Paper
Fine Art Paper has a light, watercolor texture and delicate feel. Your image is printed on matte 310 gsm paper with slight texture; creating a stunning Giclee print ready for framing that will last for years to come. Sale prices are $60-120














Acrylic Fine Art
Perfect if you have a more modern home or style, your image is printed directly onto 1/4" acrylic, the wall art comes complete with the hanging stainless standoffs to affix to your wall (sits 5/8" from the wall). Sale prices $160-200













Matted Gallery Prints
Your image is printed on e-surface color paper and then  inserted into a custom cut, beautifully beveled, 6-ply mat available in Black or White with a 1/8" foam core finish on the back. Prices from $20-40. Heres a large matted print that Kristen and Jon used as a guest sign in frame at their wedding last week.
If you have ANY questions at all - about whether your favorite image would look best on metal or acrylic or canvas, if you can't find the link to your gallery, if you'd like to know how to make white sangria then email me as always at leah@leahhaydock.com (I'll be photographing a wedding tomorrow but I'll be checking email on Sunday).  If you're interested in holiday cards check out this post here. Next up will be Kristen & Jon's beautiful wedding at Tupper Manor...

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