Custom Archival Framing
How to Display Your Family Portraits Using Archival Methods so that They Will Last a Lifetime
Instead of using a magnet to pin them to a fridge or letting them sleep with the dust bunnies under the bed in a shoe box ….. archival-quality framing is the best way to preserve and display your photographic works of art so that they’ll last a life time. This primer on How to Display Your Family portraits will go over a few details on the importance of professional framing.
Great so you’ve got these wonderful family portraits from you family photographer. Now what? Does your photographer send you home with just a disc of images or an envelope of prints and hope you find your way to Aaron Brothers? Or …. Do they offer custom archival framing solutions for you?
“At our studio we offer custom archival framing for all our client’s photographic works of art and offer interior design advice to so your framed portraits will match your decor.”
One of my favorite ways to do this is by starting with an 8 ply Archival Museum Rag mat. Standard mats are only 4 ply. The matts we use are 8 ply. The beauty of an 8 ply Museum Rag mat is two fold. (One) An 8 ply Museum Rag mat is twice the thickness and has a much more luxurious presence. They have deep bevels and double thickness for the ultimate presentation. (Two) An 8 ply Museum Rag mat is archival …. it provides optimum archival quality protection for fine works of art on paper and provides the highest conservation archival quality and are first choice of conservators and museums world wide for fine art picture framing. 8 ply Museum Rag mats are also recommended for extremely valuable original works of art, rare antique documents and items of historical importance. Virtually all museums and libraries use cotton rag mat museum board to exhibit and conserve treasured manuscripts and historical documents. Next time you go to a museum take a look at how photographic works of art at framed and matted. You’ll notice that they are framed exactly like the photographic works of art below.
Plexiglass or Anti-Reflective Museum Glass
A typical substrate used to protect fine works of art is plexiglass. There are several varieties including non-glare and UV, which protects the work of art on paper from harmful ultra violet rays. Instead of using plexiglass, which is a highly reflective surface and can be distracting for viewing …. We recommend using Anti-Reflective Museum Glass to protect your display your family portraits. AR Museum Glass is so non reflective you’d think that there is no glass at all covering your framed piece. Its pretty close to invisible. Museum Glass® anti-reflection picture framing glass with Conservation Grade UV Protection is the best glazing option available for art, photographs and other important personal keepsakes. Along with its nearly invisible finish, it effectively blocks up to 99% of harmful indoor and outdoor UV light rays so framed pieces remain clearer and brighter for longer.
Notice the deep bevels for a luxurious presence and the ultimate presentation.
You can see Cooper’s Sweet 16 Portrait here.
Marc Weisberg is an award winning photographer and Sony Artist of Imagery based in Irvine, California. Specializing in Luxury Architecture & Real Estate Photography, Food + Wine Photography, and Weddings & Family Photography, he’s easy to work with and produces clean, crisp, and technically flawless images. Marc’s photography is published internationally in over a dozen books and magazines. You can contact Marc by phone at 800.943.0414…. or email.