New Product Arrival! Modern Bamboo Mounts

We are thrilled to announce that we now have a new product available for you to showcase your gorgeous Campbell Salgado one-of-a-kind prints! Our Modern Bamboo Mounts are the perfect way to display your photos when frames just aren’t doing the job. These mounts are not only made in Portland from a renewable resource, but they also are convenient and come ready to hang on your walls. Each image is artfully mounted on 3/4 inch carbonized vertical grain bamboo for a contemporary art look. So the next time you are looking for something a little different, with a bit more of a modern feel, make sure to check out our Modern Bamboo Mounts! Prices start at $190.

Photo Ideas for Classroom Auction Projects

We sometimes get requests from folks wondering how we’ve done photography projects for auctions in the past. As parents and photographers this is one of our favorite areas to get involved with. This year Francisco and I tackled our son’s 4th grade class auction project with funky silhouettes. In an effort to give more families the opportunity to bid on a classroom project we thought we would take individual photos of the students and offer them individually to the families. We really wanted to create something that the parents and kid’s would be unlikely to ever have made for themselves but could see the value in owning as an art piece.

By setting up in the auditorium we were able to control the natural light to a minimum. Shining two studio strobes onto a white seamless paper we then separated the kids about 8’ from the background to really increase the contrast. With the ‘Black Eyed Peas’ as our soundtrack we had the kid’s dancing, grooving and goofing around. Then they each got to pick a prop from a stash of basketballs, flowers, books, skateboards and other age appropriate goodies to interact with. A modern take on the old fashioned silhouette…the kids had a blast and so did we. Above is a sample of our son’s images that will be mounted on 5’ bamboo plywood squares.

In 2nd grade, we brought in a white background too and had the kids jumping one at a time. Probably averaged about 3-4 images per child and the whole shooting time took less than 45 minutes for 25 students. Their classroom teacher was game to jump as well which made the photo composite even more special. In photoshop the white background was knocked out and the kids were arranged in a simulated line and pieced together in a compositionally pleasing pattern. The finished print size was around 40” in length and about 9” high. At the end of the year we made bookmarks for all the kids using this same group photo. A fun momento for all the students.

Zenana Spa Stairway Gallery

Zenana Rose of Zenana Spa recently invited us to come up with a unique show for the main entry staircase that leads from the spa up to the classroom. We love how the Zenana Spa specializes in nurturing moms from heath care and exercise to pampering services like massages and pedicures. Gift certificates are a necessary indulgence for new moms in our humble opinion.

So we brought in a fun solution to a common challenge. How to hang photos on the stairs. By using a repetitive frame style and nine portraits from our Vignettes™ collection we were able to create almost miniature windows of wonder along the focal wall of the stairway. Each picture is part of an interesting tale about a single family. Be sure to enter to win a $300 gift certificate the next time your visiting the spa and maybe we’ll be telling your story through pictures.

Wall Portrait Templates INSPIRE

We are excited to add a new feature to our multi-media order presentations with wall portrait design templates. Take your portrait photography to a new level.

We love the window pane look with a single striking image. Our new layouts let our clients see what images work best for this design style right before their eyes.

Instead of hanging a single photo on a wall consider a mixed grouping of sizes clustered together.

Believe it or not, ceating wall layouts that inspire and work together is one of the funnest things we do here. We look forward to sharing this service with our future clients as we help them create art arrangements with POW.