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ANSEL & FOX

Rescuing photographs from digital darkness.

Ansel & Fox is a business that Ed set up over five years ago to provide a solution to the question, “What should I do with the growing number of photographs I take?”  It seems that the better and faster cameras and phones get, the harder it is for us to curate, archive and, ultimately, use the thousands of photos we all take every year – they simply end up gathering ‘digital dust’ and clogging up our systems.

We consider ourselves to be ‘Image Concierges’ at Ansel & Fox, and will address this issue by streamlining your digital archive, removing all the duplicates, editing, organising and finally allowing you to choose the best images from each year that can then be turned into something useful going forward – a photograph album, a collage or just a series of prints.  You will regain control of your photo library.

Additionally, our specialists are able to retrieve old photographs, rejuvenate old negatives or slides, digitise old papers and albums and retouch them so they can be uploaded or published in a books for your family.  The same is achievable with old footage, VHS or newsreels – everything in your family history can be turned into something usable.

Going forward we can host all the images and videos you want, as well as publishing online albums so the relatives on the other side of the world can also see them.  And, of course, we’ve come up with a solution for your day-to-day problem of what to do with your photos through the Ansel & Fox Membership program; for a small monthly fee, we will take the best of your photos as chosen by you and at the end of the year, convert them into your yearbook, both online and in your hand.

If you would like to know more about how we can help you, please have a look at the Ansel & Fox website which you can find here.

Services & Products

How we can help you get the most from your photography.

Many families have large volumes of papers, maps, photographs, books, photograph albums and other information.  The scale of this usually comes to light when having to sort through the belongings and house of a parent that has passed away, although of course this is not the only occasion where this task have to be undertaken.  It is not helped by not knowing what has been left behind, what is important and what you want to keep.

The A&F team are able to lift this time-consuming task off you and organise the information and paperwork into a coherent and well-organised body of work that is catalogued, indexed and available to you.  From there they become a lot easier to digitise, file or throw away…

Once catalogued, the next step is start to digitise the information.  Not only does this serve as a backup should anything happen to the original hardcopies, but it also means that it then becomes much easier to start to push it to places that it might serve the most use.

In the case of imagery and/or video, this often is online in either a private gallery to share with your family, or a public space such as Facebook or Instagram.  Slides, old photographs and even original negative can all be turned into digital files which can then be edited and shared as is required.

The A&F team can help you with this whole process by either scanning the information or photographing it.  Some of the more specialist processes (wet film development for example) will take a little longer but it’s all possible.

Once everything is digitised and into a computer, it’s important to create a system that is sustainable and simple to be able to curate.  This means that various systems need to be put in place that will allow either you or the A&F team to continue to make sure that everything is filed correctly and able to be found for future use.

This is usually done in a chronological hierarchy so that it’s easy to see the photos from each month, as well as removed any duplicates.  In the age of the phone, unless there is a professional photographer on site, we tend to have only a couple of photos from each event which means that the best need to be found and used.

Much like accounting, the curation of your photograph library is best done little and often, but until that first organisation is complete, the mental hurdle of tackling the reorganisation is normally what prevents people getting started in the first place.  With specialist software, the A&F team can make this all happen quickly and efficiently and then return to you a ‘cleaned’ library that that can simply be re-uploaded to your systems.  After that, staying on top of it should be simple.

Nearly all photographs need some form of post-production editing.  Sometimes that is a full on ‘photoshop’ for a commercial website but most of the time it’s simply a tweak of the exposure, clarity and colour.

This is particularly true when it comes to old photographs once they have be digitised – the tidying up and reconditioning to remove artefacts from the image so that they can restored and used online or elsewhere is an important part of the process.

With a team of professional retouchers and photographers on hand to get the job done, Ansel & Fox will be able to help in this regard.

This is the crux of Ansel & Fox’s business – our mission is to breath new life into your photographic archive.  It might be a private library, the backlog of a country estate, or simply your wedding album that you’ve been meaning to do since you got married three years ago…

We will provide the framework to allow you to choose the shots you want in your album, pull together a gorgeous design and then help you with the process of correcting the drafts – all of which will be done remotely online which means that you can be anywhere in the world!

When you are a happy with the finished design, we will host it online so that you can share it globally with your friends, and, most importantly, have an album (or a different product – see the table below) manufactured so your memories can  be admired and loved; tangible memories.

Of course, once you’ve organised and sorted your historical backlog of photographs, perhaps turning them into photobooks at the end of the process, the question is how to how to stay on top of it going forward…

Ansel & Fox have the answer – our membership program.  For a small monthly subscription, we will take your a selection of your best photographs and update your album design each month.  At the end of the year, we will deliver you your ‘yearbook’ of the best shots from that year.

How you choose your images and what weight of importance you give various months of the year is entirely up to you.  You will have creative control over your book – we will just provide the necessary technical ability to turn them into something you can hold and admire.

These days most of us host our photographs on Facebook or Instagram which works well for most occasions.  However, by having a private gallery on our system, not only will you be able to invite only the people you want to join it, but we will always be able to download the full resolution in order to use for anything you decide – albums, pictures or calendars.  The gallery will always be open to you and you can upload images to it whenever you want.

We will also host any finished designs as flip books online giving you a real sense that you are looking at an actual book as the pages turn.

It is also another back up of your best and favourite images that you take through the year.

As a photographer used to travelling and getting the best from his subjects, if you want Ed to accompany you for part or all of an adventure to make sure you maximise your photographic output, please just ask and we would be delighted to give you a quote.

Alternatively, if you are just seeking some photography tuition before you disappear of round the world, again we would be delighted to help you understand your f-stops from your shutter speeds, the rule of thirds from leading lines.  A few basic pointers can make the world of difference in how you approach a subject to photograph it, and that time won’t be wasted when you come to put together the final product.

Once the imagery has been sorted and organised, you are then in a position to create proper displays; select the tabs to see what products are on offer through Ansel & Fox:

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