I’ve been thinking about this change for some time now. I’m finally getting around to implementing it. I’ve decided that from now on, any prints (excluding wallets) will be mounted and coated for their protection. Now, you may be asking “what does that mean?”. Well let me explain. A mounted print is a print that has been mounted on another material. This material may be matboard or styrene or some other form of mount material. This gives your portrait stability. Have you ever had a print get a crease or bend in it? I have and it stinks when that happens because even if you put the image into a frame with glass, you can see the little crease. From this point forward, all paying session orders will be mounted and coated. The coating helps protect the image from finger prints and UV rays. It will also allow you to display your portrait in a frame without glass.
Here are some images to show you the difference.
On the left is a 5×7 print. You can see the sides are curving upwards. On the right is the exact same image, also a 5×7, mounted on styrene and coated. You can see how it lays completely flat.
Here are the backs of the images. The left side is the print and the right side is the mounted print
Having the portraits mounted and coated will also give you a couple different displaying options. Here I’m showing you the same portrait in a frame (without glass) and the image could also be shown displayed on a small table top easel.
Here is a side view of the mounted portrait in the frame without glass. The portrait is coated with laminate so it does not require a glass. The image would also have the ability to be wiped with a damp rag.
Another option for display is to velcro them directly to the wall. 3M now has velcro strips specifically for hanging portraits/art directly to the wall. You can see in my product album on Facebook where I have mounted a 10×20 storyboard directly to the wall. Be sure to check out the first few images in that album to see some detail shots.