Want a black and white version of one of my color photos, or want a photo bigger or smaller than my standard sizes, or want it framed? Just contact me via the email link at the bottom of any page. I am happy to work with you to get things picture perfect.
All photos are signed and dated in archival (acid-free) ink.
Unless otherwise noted, photos are printed on Epson Exhibition Fiber paper using Epson UltraChrome K3 pigment inks. This heavy weight paper was designed with the input of professional photographers to resemble the traditional fiber-based photo paper used in darkrooms for decades.
Color prints: Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. rates this paper/ink combination as stable for 90 years if framed with standard glass and 150 years framed with UV glass. Compare this to traditional silver-halide color prints, which last 50 to 100 years only if NOT exposed to light. Exposed to light, traditional color photos remain stable for only 20 to 40 years. Traditional photographic printing processes also involve the use of many toxic chemicals.
Black and white prints: Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc. rates this paper/ink combination as stable for over 200 years if framed with standard glass and over 250 years framed with UV glass. Compare this to traditional gelatin silver prints, which last 50 to 100 years only if NOT exposed to light. Exposed to light, traditional gelatin silver photos remain stable for only 20 to 40 years. Traditional photographic printing processes also involve the use of many toxic chemicals.
SIZING and FORMATS:
I have two standard sizes for fine art prints: 8x10 inch, and 13x19 inch. I also offer 5x7 inch note cards. The note cards are blank on the inside and include a matching blank white envelope. The prices for these standard sizes and formats are as follows:
8x10 in $50
13x19 in $100
5x7 in note card $3.50
CHANGING SIZES or FORMATS:
(For custom sizes, see Custom Orders section above.)
If you see a photo listed and want it in a different STANDARD size or format, here's the procedure:
1. Write down the item ID number or the complete title. The item ID number appears at the end of the page address in the top window of the browser when you are on the item listing page. The item's title appears in full on this same page, just over the photo.
2. Go to the Formats and Sizes section and select the size(s) and format(s) you want. Select the appropriate quantity and add to your cart.
3. During checkout, you will see a box for buyer comments. In this box, add the item ID number(s) or titles you wrote down earlier and indicate if necessary which formats match which items.
4. I will email you to verify the details of your order.
Payment is accepted via PayPal. PayPal uses a secure order processor to process credit cards. Payment should be made at the time of sale. If your payment is not confirmed at the time of your purchase, the sale will not be processed by ArtFire and will then be cancelled and the item relisted.
Sales tax of 7.75% is charged on all orders shipped to an Illinois address.
Shipment within the U.S. is made via USPS Priority Certified Mail (USPS) within 3 (business) days of receiving payment. This provides both of us with online tracking info and confirmation of delivery. I will provide you with the tracking number once I've shipped your item(s). Priority Mail generally takes 3-5 business days to deliver within the U.S. Please allow additional time for international shipments and during heavy volume periods such as the U.S. winter holiday season.
I can only ship to a verified PayPal shipping address. Please be sure that your shipping address and your verified PayPal address are the same. This ensures that we are both covered by the PayPal Protection Plan for 45 days from date of purchase.
Expedited shipping is available on request. Cost is generally 2-3 times higher. I will give you an exact quote on request.
Production time for large or custom orders may vary. I will contact you with estimated production and shipping times if this is an issue.
Purchases are shipped securely in a rigid envelope or box depending on the size of the order.
For shipping purposes, photos are mounted temporarily to archival (acid-free) mat board with acid-free photo corners. The corners are attached to the mat, not the photo, and will not damage the photo if used long-term. The photos can be safely over-matted and framed using these materials as is, or the photo can be slipped free of the corners on the provided mat and rematted for framing if desired.
REFUNDS AND EXCHANGES:
Upon receiving your purchase, if you are not satisfied with it please contact me with any concerns or questions within a week of receiving the item. If you decide to return or exchange the item, it should be returned in the original packaging and in the condition it was received within 14 days following your return request. This gives you a week to contact me, and two additional weeks to make a decision and get the item to the post office.
Once I receive the returned item, I will contact you to confirm receipt and issue a refund or exchange. Shipping fees are the responsibility of the buyer. A refund can only be issued for returned items, except in cases where items have been lost by the USPS.
PAYPAL PURCHASE COVERAGE
In addition to my return policy, please keep in mind that all sales in the shop are processed through PayPal and are thus covered by the PayPal Purchase Protection Plan. In the unlikely event that we cannot reach an accommodation, PayPal has a 45 day window for claims, starting with the DATE OF PURCHASE. For domestic orders, that generally gives you another 20 days or so beyond my return policy to submit a claim.
There are some restrictions and qualifications. For more info, see the PayPal site at https://cms.paypal.com/us/cgi-bin/?cmd=_render-content&content_ID=security/safe_online_shopping
LOST AND DAMAGED ITEMS:
All shipments are tracked. Items determined to be lost by domestic (USPS) carrier will be replaced free of charge.
I make every attempt to ensure items are packaged securely. However, if you receive an item that is damaged, please contact me within 7 days of receiving it to arrange for an exchange. Once the returned item is received, a replacement will be sent free of charge and return shipping will be reimbursed.
Sale of these images does not imply transfer of copyright. I retain exclusive rights of copyright to all images, including but not limited to reproduction, distribution, and modification or creation of derivative works. Any attempt to reproduce, distribute, modify or create derivative works without my express consent is a violation of my copyright.