Prints That Win: Headin’ Home for Christmas

The tall, dark and handsome subject of Suzanne Fischer‘s award-winning image, Headin’ Home for Christmas, has been a muse for her in years past. She’s photographed the cowboy, Bob Beebense, while he’s been camping out, riding in a blizzard, standing with his horse and more poses over the past few decades.

But it was this quiet moment in the snow, bringing home the tree, that landed Fischer her first-ever 100-point score in the Professional Photographers of America’s Northcentral District in Iowa and the Sunset Print Award, thanks to the pristine snow and sweet storytelling of the shot.

“The first prints I entered into a competition were of the same cowboy,” says Fischer, who joined the Professional Photographers of America in the 1980s. “I’ve taken pictures of him and entered him every year.”

This particular shot was taken last December outside a cabin near Fischer’s home in Atlantic, Iowa. Fischer set up on a hill just north of the cabin to get the shot.  “I like to do shots in the snow,” she says. “I guess I’m a glutton for punishment.” She printed the image on a matte watercolor paper to give it a unique look.

Outside of her competition work, Fischer runs a wedding and portrait studio, focusing on families, seniors and babies. “I’ve found that entering print competitions has made me get better overall, in the studio and everything,” she says. “Especially with lighting and being more critical in posing. I hope it’s made me a better photographer over the years.”

Introducing: LexJet HydroTOUGH C2S Blockout Sign

If you’re looking for a super-tough, no-curl option for indoor signage, we’ve got a new product that’s perfect for your needs. The all new LexJet HydroTOUGH C2S Blockout Sign 10 mil is a bright-white cellulose-based, heavy-weight paper that’s moisture controlled, so you won’t experience curling along the edges.

LexJet brandUP: POP Yachts Sets Sail with a New Look

As part of our series, LexJet brandUP, we reached out to a variety of businesses and organizations around the Sarasota community that could benefit from the use of large-format printed graphics. One of the companies we met was POP Yachts, an online boat and yacht broker with coverage around the world. The team sells thousands of vessels each month, thanks to the hard work of the central Sarasota office and the individual partners all across the country.

New Season, New Savings on Printers

It’s the beginning of October, and that can mean only one thing: It’s time to fall for some irresistible printer deals. With Canon, Epson and HP, LexJet is able to offer mail-in and instant rebates as well as special incentives on a variety of large-format printers. All of the offers listed below are valid through Oct. 31, 2015, unless otherwise noted.

HP Rebates & Special Pricing:

Cash In & Trade Up: Get up to $3,000 cash back* on an HP DesignJet printer.

Prints That Win: Aged Gracefully

A self-proclaimed “print competition junkie,” Grandville, Mich. photographer Kari Douma is a judge’s dream contestant. “To me, it’s absolutely mesmerizing to hear what the judges have to say and to see all the beautiful images,” she says. “I would go to print competitions and write down every comment they said, what they liked as well as the negative things.”

Get to Know LexJet and CoolerTags at NBWA

If you’re headed to NBWA’s 78th Annual Convention and Trade Show, Oct. 11-14 in Las Vegas, the annual conference of America’s beer distributors, keep an eye out for LexJet in booth 827, where we’ll be demonstrating the Epson SureColor F2000 high-performance direct-to-garment T-shirt printer.

Also, if you’re not familiar with CoolerTags, the NBWA show is a great time to check them out. They’ll be on-hand in booth 938 demonstrating their easy-to-use online software that allows distributors to print retail shelf price tags themselves on custom-designed tag stock. Users can upload their logo so sales tags in the cooler match up with their company branding, creating a seamless experience for the consumer.