Prints That Win: The Chosen One

When Laura Wagoner’s son wanted to dress up as Harry Potter for a “character day” at school, she wasn’t planning on capturing a winning photograph from the event. “We were just having fun,” she says with a laugh. “My son was Harry, my daughter was Hermione Granger, and my little one was Draco Malfoy.”

Avid fans of the series by J.K. Rowling, her three kids were thrilled to portray their favorite characters. Wagoner did individual photographs of them, but this shot of her son immediately caught her eye, prompting her to enter it into the Minnesota Professional Photographer Association and Twin City Professional Photographer Association competitions, where she won the prestigious Sunset Print Award.

Wagoner has been photographing for years, ever since she took a class in 11th grade. “I knew I wanted to do something with art,” she says, “and after I took that class I just knew that was it.” She completed another five years of training and ultimately opened her own studio.

Unfolding Creative is Printing a New Path in Large-Format Fine Art

True to its name, Unfolding Creative — a small printing business based in Metro Detroit– thrives on a company mission of tailoring unique products to the exact needs of its clients. Founded in 2010, Unfolding Creative has developed from its inchoate days of specializing in aqueous-based products, and now offers a wide range of services to creative artists, businesses and more.

The company produces a variety of outdoor signage, photo reprints, custom canvases, building wraps and more. However, its primary niche is large format fine art and photographic output tailored to the needs of artists, designers and photographers.

“We try not to bring too much monotony during the day,” says founder and owner Alan Vultaggio. “We work with a variety of people, so it’s nice to have something different from day to day.”

Prints That Win: Departing Flight

While stalking birds in the Everglades, Seymour, Wis.-based photographer Steven Kemp captured a Brown Pelican in mid-departure. Birds taking flight aren’t typically viewed as spectacular, noteworthy moments; however, the photography veteran has a knack for capturing the simple moments of life and transforming them into amazing ones.

The Sunset Print Award-winning photo, “Departing Flight,” was naturally exquisite and only needed minimal editing to be a winner. Kemp cropped out the trees and the shoreline in the background and smoothed out the rippled water. He printed the image on LexJet Sunset Production eSatin 250g photo paper, and it was ready for competition.

Prints That Win: The Fluffle

Vermont-based photographer Kelly Schulze has always had an affinity for animals. After majoring in animal science in college, she originally planned to continue to vet school, but instead decided to combine her passion for photography with her love of pets.

“I remember sitting down one night because I was working at a job I really didn’t like, and I was trying to make either a career in animals or photography work,” she says, “And so I googled ‘animal photographer’ and thought: hey, if these people can make it work, so can I.” She now owns a successful studio known as Mountain Dog Photography.

Prints That Win: Kidnapped by Tuscan Fog

The sleepy, rolling landscape featured in this Sunset Print Award-Winning photograph was beautifully captured by Wyoming-based photographer Ty Thompson just outside Tuscany, Italy. While on vacation for their 16th wedding anniversary, Thompson and his wife decided to venture out to this remote location for photographs.

“We got up really early to go out and shoot a sunrise,” says Thompson. “We got out of the van, looked around, and realized we were completely stocked in with fog.” Thompson was originally disappointed with the photos, thinking the fog had kept him from capturing a good shot. However, in poetic irony, this exact element is what makes the image so captivating.

HP Adhesive Vinyl for the Win for Signarama Shop

Sometimes you can get stuck in your ways, but you just might be missing out a better adhesive option. That’s what the Signarama in Fort Myers, Fla., discovered when they learned about HP Premium Removable Gloss Adhesive Vinyl as an alternative for window graphics.

IMG_8960“We were using a 3M material and tried the HP Premium Removable Gloss Adhesive Vinyl,” says Mark Schmidt, general manager at Signarama, Fort Myers. “We found that prints were every bit as good at the 3M product, the HP material was easier to apply and reposition and all at a much better price. I would call that a win win all around.”