COLLABORATION: FLASHBLOCK CANADA

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I was recently contacted by Leigha at Flashblock Canada to see if I'd like to try having some of my images printed on their wood blocks. I sent over my images and received them very shortly thereafter. I am absolutely thrilled with the quality of them!

Flashblock currently has two locations in Calgary, at Market Mall and Crossiron Mills, but they are expanding across Canada in the near future and will soon have an outpost at Southgate Mall in Edmonton. If they're not in your city yet, you can also easily order your flashblocks online. They are available in a variety of shapes and sizes, as well as bundles.

I chose a collection of five recent family photos, four that Brian and I have taken and one from our maternity portrait session with my friend Jill Coursen. I chose uncluttered images with colour tones that harmonized together, so that that the blocks could group together nicely.

The blocks are thick enough to stand easily on their own on any flat surface. They don't have a hole for mounting, but you could easily drill one or just use a picture hanging hook or wire.

I was impressed with the colours of the ink, and was relieved to see that the tones were quite consistent with those of the digital files. They also didn't over or underexpose any of the images, which happens quite often if you don't choose your printer carefully. I also really like that the woodgrain comes through the ink and adds texture to the images. According to their rep, you don't even need high resolution files; images from social media often print beautifully!

Because they can stand on furniture, I appreciate the fact that you can keep changing up their arrangement. You can order a whole bunch and style them together or separately.

I would definitely order from Flashblock again, for myself as well as for clients.