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Mount fine art prints

Mount fine art prints

I decided to take the plunge and enter my artwork into the prestigious wedding photography competition of and WPPI. Before I began my journey I realised that there was a lot of information on how to mount fine art prints on YouTube but wasn’t sure if it applied so much to entering competitions.

I have decided to write this blog to help others in their journey of entering competitions and also apply this knowledge into creating beautiful pieces of art. I hope this guide on ‘how to mount fine art prints’ helps you on your journey.

My initial step is to decide which prints I want to enter into a competition. In order to decide which prints I wanted to enter, I followed the following criteria taken from the WPPI website:

10 Steps to a winning entry by Jerry Ghionis

  1. Impact
  2. Creativity, Originality
  3. Technical skill
  4. Post Production
  5. Emotion, Story, Communication
  6. Print quality, Presentation
  7. Lighting
  8. Posing
  9. Composition
  10. Category

After whittling down my images, the next step is print my artwork. This was my favourite part of the journey – seeing my prints come out the printer, it was an amazing! Choosing what paper to print on can be a mine field. There are so many companies offering fine art paper and numerous types of papers – Photo Rag, German Etching, Fine Art Pearl etc. This step of the process is often decided upon personal preference, as there is no logical process or steps to follow. I printed some of images using a selection of fine art papers until I liked handful of prints. My deciding factors were based on visual ascetics, texture and the quality of shadows/highlights.

After printing my images I ordered my Antique white mounts and backing boards which I personally love, as the antique fine art feel of the mounts and paper enhance the presentation of prints.

Now to assemble the prints and mounts. Firstly, I aligned the prints onto my mount and attached the print into the correct position ensuring no white space is displayed. Also ensure that no important features of the print is cropped.

Now onto attaching the back board onto the mount. I used double sided tape to stick the back of the board onto the mount. The texture side should face up.

Now I am ready to stick the mount and the board together. Peel back the double sided tape and align the board up with the mount.

The end product will be a beautiful and elegant fine art piece. This is not the only method you can use to present your beautiful artwork but it is a very effective method of mounting prints for competitions and framed pieces.

wedding photography styles

Wedding Photography Styles

Choosing a wedding photographer & their wedding photography styles

Every wedding photographer has their own creative vision, approach and style of photography. Choosing your wedding photographer can be an overwhelming task because there are so many styles to choose from, for example, wedding photojournalism, fine art wedding photography, contemporary wedding photography and traditional wedding photography.  As a client you need to consider which style best suits your individual needs. I have explained each style below and hope that this will help you to make your final decision.

Wedding Photojournalism

Wedding photojournalism is an unobtrusive approach to capturing your wedding day. The approach is a story telling style that involves minimal or no involvement from the wedding photographer. The wedding photojournalism photographer allows the day to unfold without any direction and captures natural and honest moments rather than setup poses. The day through their photography and creative eye.  The images will convey genuine emotion based on the photographer’s artistic vision and perception.

Fine Art Wedding Photography

Fine art wedding photography is about the artist behind the camera (the photographer). It’s not about capturing what the camera sees; it’s about capturing what the artist sees. In fine art photography the artist uses the camera as a tool to create a work of art. The camera is used to make an art piece that reveals the vision of the artist and makes a statement of that vision rather than documenting the subject before the lens.  This style of photography often involves more innovative and dramatic post-processing of images.

Contemporary Wedding Photography

Contemporary wedding photography is also known as fashion, creative and modern wedding photography; it’s partially inspired by editorial fashion photography. The photographers approach is to create high impact and visually interesting images. Although the shots are set up but they are likely to be less formal and rigid. The photographers aim is to find interesting spots as a backdrop and use/creates strong light effects and unusual angles. The images created will mostly represent the photographer’s style rather than the couple’s personality and the overall atmosphere of the wedding day.

Traditional Wedding Photography

Traditional wedding photography is an approach that usually concentrates on key moments and group shots; they will also shoot a set list of photographs. This style of photography involves a lot of involvement from the photographer and a lot of time is spent on formal set ups.  The images will document the participants but many not reflect the atmosphere of happiness and the excitement of the wedding day.

In order to find out about my wedding photography style please get in touch by filling in my Contact form.