Where (online) to buy a nice framed photo of DC?
December 31, 2013 2:20 PM   Subscribe

I am thinking of buying a nice framed photo that is recognizably DC (landmarks, cherry blossoms, etc., or something more creative) as a wedding gift. I looked at Art.com and everything was pretty generic, 'obvious' and postcard-looking. I'd love to find a photo that is a bit more unique, or even perhaps a cool framed graphic print. My budget is not awesome: I am looking to spend under $300. Any recommendations of websites/photographers/artists I should check out?
posted by imalaowai to Media & Arts (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Does anything in the Washington Post Store appeal to you?
posted by DanSachs at 2:33 PM on December 31, 2013

If you know how to sew, or are willing to stretch to $450, you could get them a DC City Quilt from haptic labs. The DIY kits are about $75. If you pay them for a completed one, they'll even customize embroidery in the spots that are meaningful to the couple.
posted by tinymegalo at 2:40 PM on December 31, 2013

I love passing by Claude Taylor's store in Dupont Circle and he has a lot of DC area photographs for sale online as well. I would also second a vintage photographic print or one of an iconic event in a DC area.
posted by jetlagaddict at 2:53 PM on December 31, 2013 [3 favorites]

Best answer: More in the graphic print design line: what about a map (new or old) like this one from the National Building Museum? They also have other map products that aren't strictly designed to go on the walls.
posted by jetlagaddict at 2:57 PM on December 31, 2013

Best answer: Maybe instead of a photo you could get the couple something with the DC Flag?

It's an extremely recognizable symbol for the DC metro area and it's a nice classic design.
posted by donut_princess at 2:58 PM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Etsy has some really cool stuff! This picture of kids in the 20s swimming around in a reflecting pool is pretty awesome. I can't tell if it's framed, but with Etsy, you can usually make specific requests.
posted by itsamermaid at 3:11 PM on December 31, 2013

I like Joe Shymanski's work.
posted by brilliantine at 3:19 PM on December 31, 2013 [1 favorite]

Joseph Harrison Snyder and Thomas Bucci are both longtime DC artists with work that focuses on Washington DC.
posted by kitkatcathy at 4:17 PM on December 31, 2013

Matthew Parker makes some pretty cool DC photo collages.
posted by piro at 4:18 PM on December 31, 2013

Here's a list of wedding photographers recommended by Washingtonian; I bet a number of them also shoot art photography! Might be a good list to look into.
posted by limeonaire at 4:35 PM on December 31, 2013

Best answer: I really like the city love prints from Art Shark Designs on Etsy. They are only $15, so this could be part of an art themed wedding present!
posted by echo0720 at 6:42 PM on December 31, 2013

Best answer: In the category of "cool framed graphic print", consider something like City Prints or MrCityPrinting? Looks like the latter will customize the prints with their wedding date or similar.

I feel like I've seen several artists do a take on this theme, but these were my favorites among the first few that came up in a search.
posted by juliplease at 7:37 PM on December 31, 2013

Etsy - tons more hits if you remove the requirement that it be framed.
posted by ersatzkat at 3:53 PM on January 1, 2014

deviantART has some great things in their shop. Lots of pieces that scream D.C., but aren't traditional.
posted by jenny76 at 6:26 PM on January 1, 2014

Response by poster: Wow, really great and creative suggestions, thanks everyone. After going through all your ideas and speaking with some friends last night, I think I'm going to actually go with a less expensive framed print (probably one of your Etsy recommendations) and also give them a traditional wedding gift off the registry. I'm especially liking Echo's Art Shark Designs print and the many cool map prints people linked to. Thanks all!
posted by imalaowai at 7:20 PM on January 1, 2014

posted by echo0720 at 7:47 PM on January 4, 2014

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