Thursday, January 07, 2010

Caring for your Portraits

Caring for your Portraits

Photographic images play a primary role in the documentation of your lives. You have made a wonderful decision to capture the special moments that weave the fabric of your lives, and while we can’t save any image forever, there are some things that you can do to preserve your portraits, and the memories they hold, for as long as possible.

Storing the Image

When handling an image, it is strongly suggested that either a latex or cotton glove be worn to protect the paper from the excess oils and acids found on the skin of the hands and fingers.

Just as you take special care in handling your prints to prevent acidification, the materials you use to store your images should be acid-free and, if possible, lignin-free with a neutral Ph balance.
If you opt to store your images in photographic albums, please insure that they are of ‘archival’ quality. For scrapbook-type albums, the photographs should be mounted on the acid-free paper using archival corner mounts. NEVER PASTE A PHOTOGRAPH IN AN ALBUM OR USE ALBUMS WITH THE GLUE PAGES AND PLASTIC OVERLAY! Most glue will cause a chemical reaction that eventually destroys the image you are trying to protect.

Displaying the Image

The best place for any portrait is on the wall, mounted and framed. It is best if the portrait is framed using an acid-free mat, and an archival mounting process.

Why a mat? A mat separates your finished portraits from the glass and creates an air pocket that let’s the image “breathe”, while ensuring the portrait does not become stuck to the glass.

It is my sincere wish that you and your family enjoy your portraits for many, many years to come.

Thank you for your business!!


Andrea Pender Photography
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