I think I may have mentioned a few times before how much I love my photographs. I have boxes of printed photos from my past, some in boxes, some in albums, some in photobooks, some printed as canvas and some framed. I love them all, so many memories captured to be enjoyed over and over.
In 2016 I got married to my long term partner and father of my youngest three children. It was a very special day for us and I had most of my photos from the day put into a wedding album. I have a couple of favourites which I framed but they are just average size. What I really wanted was a big version of my favourite photo.
The problem was finding a frame to fit a bigger photo.
That’s where Hello Canvas came in. I could get the photo of the size I wished already framed for me.
Using the Hello Canvas site is really easy. First you upload your photo, then you choose your photo frame size, whether you want landscape or portrait and if you want a passepartout (border around photo.) Then you have a choice of 3 colour effects and 6 filters to play around with. You also get a choice of photo frame colours from black, white, oak and whitewash oak. The end result can look exactly how you wish and it’s all so simple.
On each page of Hello Canvas there are detailed instructions on what you need to do to create your perfect print. It’s really foolproof, and so customisable.
I chose not to have editing of my photo but the option is there if you need it. All you have to do is explain what you want in the box provided while ordering your print. Here are some of the ideas taken from the website.
Black & white with colour highlight, add texts, backgrounds fade, improving colours, delete objects, repair and refurbish old photos. In short, nothing is too crazy!
You get to preview how your photo will look before you order it. Once you are happy you put through your order and your framed photo will arrive just a few days later.
My framed photo came well packaged in cardboard with supports but there was less over packaging which you tend to find these days. The box was recycled by my lovely daughter Boo, so there was little waste.
Once opened I found it was ready to hang so no messing around. The photo was framed by a thick card passepartout which is acid free so it will not discolour the photo, it also serves to enhance the photo. You can choose to not have this but I like the way it looks. I chose a whitewash oak frame, it was difficult to choose as they all looked good, but a lot of my frames are already whitewash oak so I figured it would fit in better. The photo is protected by an acrylic sheet that looks and feels just like glass but is much hardier. It was so clear and shiny I had difficulty taking a photo of my framed picture because of reflections.
If you don’t fancy a framed print, Hello Canvas can also provide you with a canvas, metal print, wood print and floating frame. You can also have a personalised phone case or a poster . Also available is a fabulous selection of World Maps. (I was so tempted to go for one of these, they look great and are so educational.)
The prices vary on which product and size you choose. For example, my framed photo measures 80 cm by 60 cm and would cost £69, but it’s one of the most expensive products. Prices start from less than £10 which is great value.
So what do you think? Do you have a favourite photo that you would like framed?