Preparing for my next show, I have placed a number of very large orders with Frame Destination, an online framing store. Over the past two years I have placed over ten orders with them. Each order has been executed in a flawless manner, with all materials arriving in perfect shape, always to the exact measurements, on the exact day they were promised.
Frame Destination was started a few years ago by Mark Rogers, a photographer who wanted framing supplies which would cater to the unique needs of photographers. Many photographers (like myself) print almost exclusively in full-frame dimensions, so need mats with openings with a 2:3 aspect ratio (e.g. 6x9, 10x15, 16x24, etc.) These dimensions are not often found at traditional framing stores without a custom order.
At Frame Destination, every mat and backing board is available in countless dimensions, including all of of the full-frame aspect ratios. For example, I just shopped for artcare foamcore backing boards. At the store I previously shopped at, they were available in five traditional sizes: 8x10, 11x14, 16x20 etc., with a minimum order of ten. At Frame Destination, they were available in over 50 sizes, with no minimum, all at a lower cost, with volume discounts starting at four boards.
For my most recent order, I discovered that they will custom cut mats, as well. For my upcoming show, I wanted a mat with three openings. All I had to do was email them a diagram of my mat dimensions, and for a very small set-up fee they took care of the rest. A few days later and the mat was on my doorstep, perfectly cut and packaged securely so that damage was not possible. No driving or traffic hassles for me, just great service!
Mark routinely participates in photography discussion forums, taking a personal interest in excellent service to fellow photographers. Their supply of mouldings is somewhat limited, I imagine this keeps prices low. I do wish they would supply white frames in the near future, and maybe a floater frame for canvas, but aside from that, they supply just about all of my framing needs at very low prices. Frame Destination gets my highest recommendation!
Meadowlark Trio, near the Salton Sea, California: