The Portrait As An Installation: Fine Art Transfer Prints

My most recent project was to create an art installaton from a portrait. I wanted to offer something unique, custom, and not mass produced.


Fine Art Transfer Print On Econolite Mounted To Steel

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Fine Art Transfer Prints – See what we’re doing when we’re not photographing people

These are some examples of my new fine art transfer prints. After experimenting a great deal with gel media, transparency paper, and other methods I have found a fun gel and alcohol transfer process. After reading nearly a dozen books and watching videos online, I was lucky to find an artisan and printmaker who has done all of this research already. I can now secure prints via transfer directly into fine art watercolor paper – as opposed to on top of the paper the way traditional printers apply ink. As you can see these photographs were applied directly to canvas and aluminum.

These processes also will allow me to create one-of-a-kind portrait artwork of people and their loved ones that far outweigh the novelty of computer printed to aluminum or canvas options that are so trendy today.  I look forward to sharing more of this art process with you as we move into the holiday season, including some of our recent wedding clients.

Happy Guy Fawkes Day!


What does cropping mean to me? or Why can’t I get that in an 8×10?

I learn so much from the photographic community, and other photographers often share gems of knowledge.  A special thank you to for sharing this great image that explains how cropping works with different aspect ratios/print sizes.

A great way to compare what print sizes can accomodate.

A common inquiry is often, why can’t I get that in an 8×10?  Well as you can see above the 8×10 crops in or cuts out a lot of the top/bottom/sides of the image. 

My camera shoots in standard mode at 48×72 inch web-ready format.  This equates to an average 24×36 size image at high resolution.  (Full frame cameras have different aspect ratios.)   24×36 is not one of the sizes listed above.  Ideally when filling the frame with the person, we include some surrouding imagery that will accomodate cropping into the most popular size image prints/wraps. So most images have some trimming of background, foreground, side imagery that will not be in the print itself. 

Your 11×14 and 5×7 will look the same, but your 4×6 and 8×10 will look very different when you look at the surrounding content around your subject.

Thanks again to Rachael Myers for sharing this image worth sharing again.

If you have any questions about your images or cropping to print, feel free to comment and we’ll figure out a solution for you.

Thanks for reading!
Samantha Evans

How I met my first wedding photography clients…

As an avid bargain seeker, I regularly scour Craigslist for the best deals.  One of my roommates had recently been married and had excess ‘wedding reception’ goodies.  We posted the items, and a lady responded.  We met and she told us the story of how she and her fiancee (a military man) were having the darndest time getting him stateside to just get in the same town to be married.  We were glad to share the reception goodies with her and moved along.  The next week there was a post from a man trying to help his fiancee gather wedding supplies.  He was her fiancee.  Atlantans watched the overseas wedding planning unfold on Craigslist.

The two were both seeking help without telling the other, he from overseas, she from here in Atlanta.  His only guaranteed time off — Christmas Day.  Having recently lost my father, I was happy to find something to celebrate on Christmas.  What better way to share in laughter and smiles than to provide a serviceman and his soon-to-be-wife, with photography for their Christmas wedding? 

I had a lovely evening with an amazing set of family and friends.  The bride’s family was from Prague, where I had spent time visiting my father.  And I just happened to have a bottle of wine from a Czech winery in my car that had been a gift from my father.  I was happy to share this with these lovely people.  And their wedding was a beautiful way to enjoy Christmas and give a little something to a serviceman and his family.

 I think that this wedding was indeed a gift for me well worth the gift of the photography to the couple.  I was gifted with wonderful support from my friends and family at my own wedding just a year ago this month.  Wishing you and yours many happy returns and the joy of giving.

Take good care!



My first camera

This camera has been around the world with both myself and my dad.  Before it came to me this Minolta travelled a great deal through    Europe.  It has always been on my dad’s guitar strap since long before it came to me.  When I was first learning about the important tools of photography from an AP photojournalist, his rule of thumb was f8 and GO! 

After a lot of rolls of film, countless hours in the darkroom, and a few trips of my own around the globe with this trooper, I had its seals replaced and gave it back to my dad to use.  Which only lasted a few years.  And now it has come back to me, to us.  For shutterbugs like me, cameras all come with stories and memories. 

Did you have a first true-love in the camera world?