Monday, December 30, 2013

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Phil Pantano

At, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.
In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:

1. What do you do?
2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use

Please read on to find out more about Phil Pantano.

Phil Pantano
Buffalo, NY 

What do you do?
I am a photographer from the Buffalo, NY area. I started taking photos in 1968 when I was 12 years old. My mom had a decent Japanese camera and I started playing around with it and also developing and printing. I continued throughout the years, but not doing any serious work.

I got back into it about 2 years ago and have been obsessed. I am a history buff so I concentrated on taking photos of older industrial facilities that have been untouched by vandalism and graffiti. I like to see it as if a door had been shut 50 years ago and I am opening it back up after all these years. Being a fan of black & white classic movies and TV shows, including Alfred Hitchcock, shows in some of my darker more dramatic shots. I think a photo taken on an overcast and cloud dark day tells more of a story.

Up until this past Winter, I told myself that I would never take pictures of people. That was a big fear of mine. To overcome that fear I started work on a portrait project, The American Worker. I felt that if I could shoot it in my dark and dramatic style, it could work. It turned out to be a success and now I am constantly reading and watching videos on how to improve my portrait shooting.

How do you do it?

I currently shoot with a Canon 5D Mark III. I look for detail, lighting and shadows. It’s hard to describe but when I look at the subject I am photographing, I “see” what the end result will be. After that I process the photo in Photoshop to fine tune the detail and make it look how I “saw” it when I took the shot. I think selective lighting can “tell the story” the best.

Why do you use
Why wouldn’t I? I am so lucky to have a fantastic place right in my backyard! I order my prints and pick them up the next day…customers order from my website and they are shipped the next day…customer service is spot on. When I’ve had a problem (because of my mistake) they have been quick to point it out and make sure it gets resolved before it goes too far. On top of that, quality is top notch and pricing is very reasonable. I have never had a complaint from any of my customers. One of my top selling photos is a highly detailed 20x30” print that always wows at any show we have done

Contact Information: 

Phil Pantano

Thursday, December 26, 2013

VIDEO: Sara & George get in a snowball fight and $20.13 Year End Sale

Thank you for your support of and for making this a great 2013 holiday season!  As we say goodbye to 2013 and look forward to the coming year, we want to have some fun.  Check out the video above for a little holiday chuckle.

The number 13 has always been a lucky number for me (Sara).  2013 was an especially wonderful year and we want to send it off in style.  We are offering a 13% discount on any order placed before the end of the year that totals at least $20.13 (not including shipping).  Limited to one discount order per customer.  To get your discount, please follow the instructions below.

1. Place an order totaling a at least $20.13 (not including shipping) at by midnight on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. 
2. IMMEDIATELY after placing your order, send us an e-mail (here) with "2013 - 13% Off" in the body of the e-mail. 
3. Once we receive your e-mail, we will adjust your order total to account for your 13% discount.

NOTE: Limit of one discount order per customer.  We'll be closed Dec 31 and Jan 1.  So, don't worry if you don't hear back from us right away if you e-mail in on Tuesday or Wednesday.  We'll get back to everyone on Thursday, January 2nd.

Monday, December 9, 2013

You've still got time!

It's getting close to Christmas and we are getting lots of calls asking if it's too late to order prints in time to give as gifts. The answer is, you still have time!

At, our standard turnaround time for Photographic Prints is as follows: if you place your order by 6am EST, we have it ready for shipping the same day, Monday through Saturday. Any order that comes in on Sunday will be shipped on Monday.

Please note that the turnaround time for Giclee Fine Art Prints is 3 business days (weekdays), and that the daily production cut-off is 6am EST.

Please also note that requesting mounting (or stretching) services can add up to 3 business days to your turnaround time.

If you're planning on ordering before the 23rd - which we would encourage (hint, hint) - please feel free to choose whichever shipping method meets your needs:

* USPS 1st Class - $3
* USPS Priority - $7
* FedEx Ground - $9.95
* FedEx Ground to Canada - $18
* FedEx 3-Day - $11.75
* FedEx 2-Day - $14.75
* FedEx Standard Overnight - $21.75
* FedEx Priority Overnight - $29.95
* FedEx Priority Saturday - $49.95

For more specific information about each shipping method, please click here.

Here's what you need to do if you're really waiting until the last minute:
If you order Photographic Prints: Please place your order by 6am on December 23rd and choose FedEx Priority or Standard Overnight so that you receive your order on December 24th. NOTE: Requesting mounting and or stretching service will add 3 days to your turnaround time.

If you order Giclee Fine Art or Photo Inkjet Prints: Please place your order by 6am on December 19th and choose FedEx FedEx Priority or Standard Overnight so that you receive your order on December 24th. NOTE: Requesting mounting and or stretching service will add 3 days to your turnaround time.

We will be closed December 24-25.

Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pictures Make Great Presents

You've spent a lot of time creating beautiful images. You've poured your heart and soul into your work. This holiday season, when you're thinking of all the people you're thankful for, consider giving them a little piece of yourself. Nothing could be better. 

Happy Holidays!


the team