Prints

I think the ultimate expression of photography is a print. Although one can view images online it simply does not compare to experience of seeing a large print on the wall of your home or office. I've had many clients tell me how my prints completely exceeded their expectations when they viewed them in person.

On this page, I explain what you need to know about my prints and how to purchase them. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask and you can email (stephenbayphoto@gmail.com) or call 619-496-9078.

My prints are available in two mediums:

  • TruLife Acrylic Prints with a float mount presentation. These are ready to hang and do not require additional framing. These prints yield a very clean and simple presentation of the artwork. Note that the prints can also be framed if you so choose.
  • Pigment Prints which are made on traditional paper with pigment inks. This is a print alone and would need to be framed before hanging.

Shipping is included for the continental U.S. at no additional cost. Please contact me if you would like to have your print shipped internationally.

If you are located in or near San Diego and would like to see my prints in person, please contact me to arrange a viewing or check out my show schedule.

Float mount
Float mount

TruLife Acrylic Photography Prints

With an acrylic print the photo is first printed on a metallic/glossy paper with pigment inks. The front of the photo is then affixed to a sheet of acrylic glass with an optically clear adhesive. This process is also known as face mounting.

The acrylic captures the light falling on the print and reflects it internally. This has the effect that the light appears to emanate from the print itself. It results in a brilliant and vibrant display of the photo. The acrylic also physically protects the print.

For the front I use TruLife acrylic glass. TruLife greatly reduces reflections and achieves the most vibrant colors, depth, and clarity. It has a hard durable coating that is scratch resistant and blocks 99% of UV light rays.

The back of the print is then protected by affixing it to a sheet of 1/4" acrylic.

The print comes with a float mount that holds the image about an inch off the wall without visible hardware. The print is ready to hang and no additional framing is needed. This yields a simple and modern look for the art.

Float mount With an acrylic face-mount print, the photograph is sandwiched between a front layer of TruLife acrylic glass and a rear backing layer. This results in an extremely vibrant print while also protecting the photograph physically.

Float mount View of the front edge of an acrylic face mount print.

Float mount Rear view of the acrylic print with aluminum frame hardware to float the print and matching French cleat. Hanging rings can also be installed into the channels of the frame hardware if preferred.

Pigment Prints

A pigment print is a photograph made on paper with pigment inks as opposed to dye or silver-halide. Pigment inks are museum quality and have the advantage of being extremely stable, color-fast, and long lasting. Pigment prints are also sometimes called a "Giclée print".

For the paper, I use heavyweight fine art papers such as Canson Platine or Epson Hot Press Bright. These are 100% cotton rag papers that are acid free and archival.

The print is shipped rolled in a sturdy tube and can sent directly to you or to your framer.

Pigment print A pigment print made on cotton rag paper. This is a loose print ready for framing. The print will come with a small border around it with the signature in the bottom right.

Limited Editions

I print my photographs in limited editions where the total number of pieces made for each work is restricted. The edition includes all sizes unless otherwise stated. With the edition there may be a small number of artist proofs, no more than 10% of the edition size.

Acrylic prints are individually signed with a digital pen on the front of the image in the bottom right. Pigment prints are hand signed in the bottom right border.

Each print will come with a signed certificate of authenticity that shows the image title and number.

Testimonials

We wanted to let you know how pleased we are with your Sea Cave art – it is even better than we expected and looks absolutely great! Not only is the art wonderful, but the mounting and presentation is superb and impressive!
— John & Stephanie G.

Wow!!!! Today your photo arrived. It is absolutely stunning. My husband and I are moved near tears. You are a true artist. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.
— Debbie G.

I received your print today and it is so beautiful words fail me. It was beautiful on line but in person it is exquisite. I purchased it for a friend who is going through a rough period in her life. I will get it matted and framed - I am sure this wonderful print will cheer her up. I wish your studio was on the east coast so I could view more of your prints in person. Thank you again.
— Louise G.

They are stunning. You are an excellent photographer with a wonderful eye. Your ability to “see” beauty & interest in what most consider ordinary is wonderful.
— Sandy R.

I got the prints today and they are gorgeous...and actually better than i was expecting. Can i get a f*** yes? Very satisfied customer over here.
— Justin P.

I just wanted to let you know that I received the print on Saturday and it's beautiful! I'll definitely be on the lookout for your work in the future!
— Nate H.

It actually arrived today. It is beautiful and so moving to me that I cannot even put it into words. It is already at the frames being worked on.
— Carol H.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to receive my print?

The prints are custom made for each order. For production and delivery, please allow 4-6 weeks for acrylic prints, and 3-4 weeks for pigment prints.

Where can the prints be displayed?

The prints should be displayed indoors in a temperature controlled environment. Take care to keep the prints out of direct sunlight and avoid excessively hot or cold areas (e.g. do not place over a fireplace). Finally avoid humid areas such as bathrooms.

How do I hang the prints?

The acrylic prints are very heavy and I recommend using a french cleat (included) as this will be the most secure method of hanging. Alternatively for smaller pieces, you can use two Floreat picture hangers (I use the 50 or 75lb rated). Make sure to get the actual Floreat brand and not a knock-off.

How do I clean and take care of my acrylic print?

Please see this PDF on how to care for your print.

What is your return policy?

I work extremely hard to ensure that the prints come out beautifully and that you will be thrilled with your purchase. However, if you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you may return it within 30 days and receive a refund less a 25% restocking fee. Return shipping is the responsibility of the purchaser.

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