Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Trade Canvas Print - A Review

I've been working on my printed portfolio and thinking about doing another exhibition. It's been so long since I've done one that I can't remember when the last time was. I reckon it's past due for another one.
My print portfolio I'm working on.
Thinking about an exhibition of my work led me to thinking about canvas prints. I've often thought about the canvas medium and wondered what some of my favourite photographs would look like on canvas. So I decided to invest in some canvases to hang on our own walls and as examples of my work. I've sold prints here and there but not actually offered up prints for sale. I figure it's about time I did.

I've done a lot of research, costing and checked out some products up close at trade shows etc. I decided to give Trade Canvas Print a try, as they cater to the professional trade, their website was easy to navigate and orders were easy to place. I really like how I could easily choose the size of my canvas to suit the print. The price was reasonable too, giving me the chance to sell my images at a reasonable price.

The turn around time was amazing too! I placed my order late Monday afternoon for 10 canvases and they were delivered Wednesday morning! That's good for me as a trader as that means I can get my products to my customers very quickly. And they can choose what size they wish to have and not have to rely on what I have on hand. They will also post direct to my customers. I'm actually on the wall about that last one as I like to preview my products before they go to my customers. But it's nice to know the choice is there if I need it.

The delivery.

Trade Canvas Print kept me up to date on the progress of my order and the delivery time. I was given a one hour window in which it would be delivered and that's when it was delivered! Don't you just hate waiting around all day for a delivery? I loved the one hour window.

I was so excited when the delivery arrived, but my heart soon sank when I saw a hole knocked in one of the boxes. I ran to get my camera to document the opening.
The hole was clean through, it looked quite a sharp puncture.
The bubble wrap just under the puncture was popped and damaged. It's difficult to tell in the photo above but it was.
You can just make out the dent in the bubble wrap in the larger photo. Luckily the canvases were well packed and wrapped. The puncture didn't make it past the tightly wrapped bubble wrap. What a relief!
I was so relieved and thankful that I took to Twitter and thanked @tradecanvas.
Next the unboxing and examining of the canvases. They were all well wrapped and packed and arrived in perfect condition.

I am really impressed with the quality too. I chose their 38mm deep pine frames with finishing touches like galvanized staples taped over, wooden wedged corners and felt pads to protect the wall.
The back.
Frame detail.
38mm deep frame.
Lovely detail in the print. 
Here are some photos of the canvases I had made for myself with Trade Canvas Print, using my own photographs of course.
Paris, 26 x1 6 inches x 38mm

London, 24 x 16 inches x 38mm

Rodborough Common Trees in the Fog, 24 x 10 inches x 38mm

Poppies, 14 x 10 inches x 38mm

Daisy with Ladybird, 12 x 8 inches x 38mm 
Fog filling the Stroud Valley, 36 x 14 inches x 38mm
I am over the moon with these canvases and I'm already thinking about my next order. But first I need to get these hung.

If I were giving star ratings, Trade Canvas Print would get 5 out of 5 stars. I can't fault them or their products. I can highly recommend them with confidence to any professional or hobbyist photographer or artist. I am very much looking forward to showing these off to my customers and friends. Hopefully they will show up in an exhibition soon too. :-)

If you are interested in purchasing any of my photographs on canvas please contact me. Follow this link for my contact details. I hope to have an online shop for canvas prints soon.

In case you didn't know, I'm a professional photographer based in the Cotswolds. I cover just about any type of photography but mostly specialize in corporate head shots, commercial, promotional, products and event coverage. I sometimes work for the local papers and  occasionally a photography magazine here and there.

Photography isn't only my job, it's my passion. I think this shows in my images above.