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Kevin G Saunders


Photographic artistry comes from mastery of the techniques and equipment, combined with a visual "voice" honed through years of practice. I have learned my craft well and thanks to a wonderfully varied combination of life's adventures, I have the ability to see.
What do I see? I see dignity, elegance and beauty. The composition comes from within and I am thankful for this ability. I have practiced the art of observation for as long as I can remember.
The magic happens when we get the right combination:  1) A great subject that makes sense based on the scale of the final print. 2) The selection of equipment that can capture what I see in my mind. 3) The composition that appears in front of the lens.


I see architecturally and agree with Julius Shulman's perspective that people are architectural. I interpret this to be a compositional component. On the other hand, I see where Henri Cartier Bresson comes from regarding "the decisive moment" regarding portraiture as well as architectural artistry. There is a time when all the elements come together and I have spent decades pondering this; seeing it happen in front of me whether the camera is present or not.

My choice of equipment is driven by the process. I have the most advanced modern cameras as well as modular view cameras that have been adapted with modern lenses and high-resolution sensors instead of film. This discovery of the process as central to the result has caused me to chart my own course in artistry, pulling from the masters of last century and combining into a modern interpretation that has my own voice.

I see all the details and want to allow the viewer to see more perspectives as she moves closer, so I have mastered the ability to create very large prints that maximize my use of technology combined with my particular perspective on the subject. My goal is to create value so clients feel that they have acquired a work that matters and will stand the test of time.




You use "hot lights". Are they really hot?
We do use continuous lighting in the form of vintage movie lights. They are called "hot lights" in the industry and while we will eventually transition to LED, currently they are hot. We have a process to keep subjects from overheating under the lights and it works well.
Why do you use that view camera? Isn't it harder to use?
The view camera is part of the process. Karsh and Hurrell used them in the 20th century and Stieglitz used them in the 19th century. Kevin loves the way the camera forces a slower and more deliberate approach.
How long does a session last?
Around an hour to hour and a half, plus makeup time if needed. Note, for "Red Carpet" Signature portraits for women, we schedule longer session times to accommodate hair and makeup requirements.
Can I have my whole family photographed as a Signature Portrait?
Absolutely. We will have a staff creating our Masterpiece line, but Kevin's Signature portraits are all created by him.
Do you print Signature Portraits in color?
Yes. Kevin's Signature Portraits are available in color, especially his "Red Carpet" collection. They are lit for color and it is possible to get black and white and color portraits in the same session.
Do I get a digital file?
At the 30" size and larger, we release a digital file as a proof. We can provide a file for those wanting a smaller portrait, for a fee.
What frames are available?
We offer contemporary frames that are museum quality and closed corners, providing a unique look. At the 30" size and larger, we add a frame light and custom nameplate.

Do I get a digital file?
At the 30" size and larger, we release a digital file as a proof. We can provide a file for those wanting a smaller portrait, for a fee.
Why the Dress Code?
A timeless heirloom portrait will be compared to other formal portraits over the decades and we encourage people to dress in a manner that is elegant and dignified.
Do you charge a session fee?
How many portraits can we get in a session?
We will make as many portraits as you wish in a session. For instance, we can have a full family, mom and dad, kids group and individual portraits all in the same session. The files will be kept and is available should a portrait be purchased in the future.
When will my portrait be finished?
We ask for four to five months to complete your portrait.
Are frames available?
Yes. We offer many different frames that are museum grade with closed corners. At the 30" size and larger, we add a frame light and custom 22ct gold leaf nameplate.


How do you print your art?
We can print Grand Scale art on many different substrates. Indoor images can be printed on canvas, metal, glass or other substances. We have the ability to print on "Gorilla Glass" from the inside to allow outside Public Art installations that are vandalism resistant.
Are they suitable for public art?
Of course. We compete with large sculpture murals and can provide a cost-effective art piece that will have a very predictable positive experience from all types of viewers.
What is a print license?
We sell a print license and then charge a percentage of the installation costs. The license becomes active again when a print must be removed or replaced. We charge a percentage of follow-on installation costs but the license is perpetual.
Who is your competition?
We know of no viable competitors in our Grand Scale Contemporary Art field and we compete with sculptures and murals in the public art arena.
Do you do work "on spec" or do you only do commissions?
We have done both. Our World Heritage Missions project was done on spec. We can be commissioned to create a Grand Scale work anywhere in the world.
Are there smaller versions?
Sometimes. We can create limited editions in smaller sizes to support a grand scale work or limited edition set.
What are lead times?
Our work is usually completed within 4-5 months of the completion of image capture. Design, engineering, and installation may 
depend on other factors outside our control, so lead times vary.
How long do the prints last?
This depends on the medium and the location. Our canvas prints can last for hundreds of years.
What is the biggest Grand Scale image done to date?
Fifty feet wide at 300 DPI.

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