The best frame for your portraits // Thurmont Portrait Photographer

(L) A frame with decorative fillet over the joined corners. (R) A mitered corner frame that has hung in the same place for nearly 30 years.  Gravity is pulling the joined corners apart.

(L) A frame with decorative fillet over the joined corners. (R) A mitered corner frame that has hung in the same place for nearly 30 years.  Gravity is pulling the joined corners apart.

Two types of frames

Trends in framing artwork come and go...just like in anything else.  It's been a number of years when the frame trend started looking towards "simplicity".  Personally, I also think there was a large societal (1960's and 70's) push to disregard "the old stuff" and the old stuff took on a meaning of "gaudy" or "ostentatious". 

The use of the mitered corner has been widely used for a number of years.  However, the failing of the mitered corner (otherwise known as "chop and join" - as in chop two pieces of wood and join them at the corner) is gravity.  As you can see in the pictures above, the mitered corner has separated.  This separation has occurred in all 4 corners of this frame.

Let's take a look at those "gaudy" frames with all the embellishments in the corners.  Guess what?  Those embellishments (decorative fillets) actually serve a functional purpose. The fillets cover the joints and add an extra layer of strength to the framing.  Decorative fillets are designed to be beautiful while fulfilling their function.

Do you recall seeing frames with the corner fillets in your grandparents' house?  I inherited a portrait that has been in my family for nearly 100 years. All four corners are still intact and tight.

Framing your portrait

If you're going to invest in portraits it only makes sense to protect your investment. That's why I recommend frames with the decorative fillets - to protect your investment. And don't worry, there is a range of the decorative effects in framing.  You can choose a frame with subdued fillets to a gilded frame with glorious rosettes in every corner. Choose according to your style.

But, for the sake of your investment during the long life of your portrait, please choose a frame with fillets.

We can find the perfect frame for your portraits and for your style.

Happy Sunday!