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Q: Who takes these photos? Do you accept other artists?
A: At this time all of the photos are by just two people, Stephanie Hogue and Steve Munch, the gallery owners and photographers. Be sure to follow our blog to stay up to date on the gallery happenings. If we ever decide to showcase another artist, that is how we will let you know.
Q: How did Stephanie and Steve meet?
A: Both Stephanie and Steve were professional photographers before they met. Steve already owned a small photography studio as well as a golf shop and Stephanie was a popular wedding and portrait photographer. The photographic universe kept bringing the artists together. They knew of each other for some time, but their paths didn’t cross until 2010 when Steve ran across the street in front of Stephanie’s car. They were both in the harbor to photograph the snow-capped mountains and the resulting images were “Mighty Chieftain” and “Snow-caps and Sunshine.” The next day fate worked it’s magic again as they were seated next to each other at dinner and Stephanie’s husband, Jim, who knew Steve from the golf shop and photo lab, made the introduction. It so happened that both of them needed what the other offered- inspiration and knowledge. That was the serendipitous beginning to this artistic duo joining forces and becoming the photography team known as Latitudes. We are so happy they did!
Q: What are the image finish options?
A: At Latitudes, we take pride in offering a wide assortment of material options to fit any decor. We can print any of our images in all of our finish options which include:
1. Acrylic: A quarter inch thick, polished plexiglass, with a metallic print mounted to the back. Ready to hang with a french cleat. Crisp, ultra sharp and 3D in appearance.
2. Metal: The hottest new printing material! The image is printed directly onto the metal and will take on a brilliant sheen unlike traditional printing materials. Similar to a HD look. It comes ready to hang with wire and hooks.
3. Artisan Wood: We create the platform of choice and prep it for our image to be directly printed onto the surface. Our in house artist will create the “rough edge” appearance by carving out portions of the wood around the outer edges. The image is printed onto the surface similar to an inkjet printer, just more durable and larger scale.
4. Modern Wood: A solid piece of wood, smooth surface, clean cut edges.
5. Gallery Wrapped Canvas: Printed onto fine art canvas and wrapped around wooden stretchers with a finished look on the sides. Ready to hang, wire on back.
6. Luster Paper: Standard photographic paper with a luster finish, ready to frame.
7. Framed Premium Hard-mount Canvas: Our high end canvas option for those who want a more traditional framed look.
Q: How do I hang my artwork?
A: Our canvas, framed pieces and metal all come ready to hang with wire and drywall hooks. To hang it, mark on your wall where you want the top of your piece to be. Now turn the artwork around and pull the wire taunt (toward the top of the piece) with two fingers, spaced about 12"-18" apart. Measure the distance from the taunt wire to the top of the piece. Now measure on the wall from your "top of artwork" mark, down the number of inches you just measured on the back of the artwork. Measure out 6 " each side from center and install hooks. Hook the wire onto the drywall hooks. Done! This double hook method keeps your art secure and level.
Our Artisan Wood and Acrylic pieces come ready to hang with a french cleat system attached to the back. The cleats lock into each other with a reverse bevel, one stays attached to your art (#1), the other is attached to your wall (#2). To hang it, mark on your wall where you want the top of your piece to be. Measure the distance from the top of the piece, to the bottom of cleat #2 while it is locked into cleat #1. Now measure on the wall from your "top of artwork" mark, down the number of inches you just measured on the back of the artwork. Place the bottom of cleat #2 on this line with the high edge of the bevel closest to you, and using a 2-3" screw, attach the cleat to the wall in the center of the cleat. Level the cleat and attach 2-3 more screws along the cleat, where studs are located in the wall. Now place the art onto the wall, by sliding the artwork cleat down onto the wall cleat. Done!
Q: How do you get the images on wood?
A: Our wood artist carves and shapes the foundation. The edges and surface are prepped and the image is printed with a specially formulated ink, directly onto the finished wood foundation. Yes, it is a big printer!
Q: How long does it take to get a special order?
A: Since we do most of our printing in-house, our turnaround time is only about 2 weeks for prints, acrylic, and canvas. 3 weeks for metal, and 4-6 weeks for wood depending on what foundations we have in stock. If you have a special occasion or a firm deadline, we can often get your item in time, even if it is less than the usual turnaround, just ask!
Q: Do you Photoshop or “filter” your images to get those bright colors?
A: No, we try to stay authentic to the original integrity of the image using minimal digital darkroom techniques. Any images you see with especially vivid colors were shot with special film that brings out those colors. We time our photographs to maximize the lighting and natural play of colors. Mother nature is pretty amazing, we are lucky to share how we see this beautiful world.
Q: Can I get this image bigger/smaller/on any material?
A: Yes, all of our images are available in any size and on any of our materials. We can customize to fit your space. The artwork consultants at Latitudes will guide you through your options and any limitations.
Q: How long will your artwork last?
A: We use the highest quality and longest lasting inks available today. Often referred to as giclee prints, the process is the same whether we are printing on paper, canvas or wood. Giclee prints will hold up for decades in an optimal environment.
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