The first nine months of 2018 have been incredibly busy here at The Image Flow. Along with our regular workshop schedule, we nearly doubled the number of kids’ summer workshops as compared to 2017 and introduced three excellent new instructors Deanne Fitzmaurice, Unai San Martin, and Scott Strazzante as well as welcomed back Leanne Hansen, Mary Daniel Hobson, Henrik Kam, Pei Ketron, and Kerik Kouklis for workshops this fall.
During this time, we were also in the process of creating a brand new website. The birth of the new site proved to be more complex than we had imagined, and as we moved forward with the new design, it seemed this was the right time to add some features that will not only benefit our clients but will also vastly improve our own efficiency here at The Image Flow.
The next time you sign up for a workshop online, you will no longer need to use Paypal. The Image Flow site is now a fully secured website with SSL encryption, which allows our clients to safely use their credit cards directly with any purchase.
Another big change to the site is the process of uploading print orders. With more customers opting for the convenience of uploading images for printing, we have invested in software from Art Storefronts that streamlines the upload process. Additionally, we can now offer to ship your prints if you desire.
But don’t worry! We are still available and interested in sitting with our clients to review files prior to printing if you prefer to be more involved with the production of your work. We always enjoy our one-on-one sessions and consider it one of the perks of printing at The Image Flow.
This past summer, we also instituted an Artist in Residence Program, in an effort to support visual artists working in photography or image-based media. Our call for artists received a large number of applications and we are now hosting two residents: Francis Baker and Sarah Rose Weitzman. For three months, these artists will have a dedicated workspace at The Image Flow, have use of certain equipment, our studio, and the traditional and alternative process darkrooms. The resident artists will use their time here at The Image Flow to pursue their personal work.
As The Image Flow has progressed, we are doing more work with our students on goal-oriented projects, such as building portfolios, planning exhibitions, and designing photographic books. To support our students, we realized it was time to make some changes in our structure, and are now making our facilities more accessible. More and more students have been interested in working in the studio on specific workshop projects, and for some, on their private projects. Our current gallery exhibition, BEYOND by Greta Carlstrom, is a stunning example of work from just such a workshop – The Photo Challenge.
The Image Flow has also added a Benefits of Enrollment program that is available during the active period of class enrollment. With this program, we offer studio rental (including in-house lighting and grip rental) and darkroom rental at a 50% discount for personal use (this discount is not valid on work done for clients). Keeping in mind our mantra – “it’s not a photograph until it’s a print” – we are also offering a 25% discount on all personal print orders while students are enrolled in any workshops.
As we approach the close of our tenth year in business, we are thrilled at the evolution of The Image Flow, and we hope you find these changes as positive as we do. We continue to be grateful to all our clients for their ongoing support.