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Mar 24, 2013

Company President Named to National Forum

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Photomation President, Charlene Hesketh, was named to the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Women’s Enterprise Forum. The Forum serves in an advisory capacity to the WBENC Board of Directors. It is comprised of Women-Owned Business Enterprises (WBE) selected regionally and nationally.

Participation in the Forum offers opportunities for WBENC certified WBE’s to represent the voice of all women business enterprises and engage in networking and development activities with other WBE’s and member corporations and government entities.

Charlene has served as the Vice Chair for the Southern California Chapter of WBENC-West. Her chapter represents one of the largest markets for women seeking to get their company certified as a Women-Owned Business.

Congratulations to Charlene Hesketh, our company President!

Mar 17, 2013

New Headquarters Wall Art

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Our client, Petra ICS, needed to create wall graphics for St. Joseph Health’s new headquarters located in Irvine, Ca. This project needed to be done quickly, and there was a twist…they wanted to use two different types of wallcovering and they wanted to build-out one section a few inches to add depth to the display. Dimensional lettering was also part of the final design.

Working with their Photomation Account Executive, Ed McIntosh, artwork was submitted and a field measurement was taken of the alcove. Our framer, Peter Tran, began constructing the build-out so it could be assembled at the headquarters building. Tolerances were very tight so the finished piece would look like it was built on-site. Special care also had to be taken to ensure a smooth and proper surface for the wallcovering to adhere properly.

Using two types of wallcovering, Gloss-Out and Mystical, the images were printed and prepped for installation. On the day of the install, our team loaded up the build-out pieces and the wallcovering. Installation of the assembled build-out began first, then the wallcovering was applied. Later dimensional lettering was applied to create another layer of depth to this beautiful art display.

The completed project was a big success and the client was very happy with the results. If you have an idea you want to bring to life, give us a call. We love what we do and you will too!

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Mar 10, 2013

On the Road Again

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Our client, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA), needed to get a bus wrapped to promote our hometown Anaheim Ducks hockey team. Working with their Photomation Account Executive, Mike Mertz, designs were submitted and input given on text placement to maximize visibility on the 40′ bus.

Using 3M 180C adhesive vinyl and 8519 lamination, the layout was produced to scale and printed in panels for installation. 3M window perf and lam was used to cover the windows and still allow visibility from inside the bus. Over 750 sq. ft. of material was used to fully wrap the two sides and rear of the bus.

Installation at the Garden Grove OCTA Maintenance Facility began on Saturday morning and was completed Sunday afternoon. Over 50 man hours were required to finish the complete bus wrap.

The complete transformation of a regular bus into an eye-catching marketing tool is now complete. Time to get this rolling billboard on the road again.

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Mar 3, 2013

Fifty-Eight Years Young

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This week we wanted to pause and celebrate two birthdays. The first one is Photomation’s 58th birthday. Founded in 1955 by Dean Hesketh, our company first started out as a commercial photography company. Starting the same year Walt Disney started his Magic Kingdom in Anaheim, Dean took borrowed money and set up his studio in Anaheim. A graduate of the Art Center School of Design in Los Angeles, Dean quickly became one of Southern California’s most sought after commercial photographers.

The lab portion of the business started when he began to process his own film and make his own prints. In the late 1960’s, Photomation was born and has been a force within the graphics community ever since. Our company is committed to continuous innovation and providing the best quality and service available. Your continued support has allowed us to celebrate 58 years of service.

The other birthday I wanted to mention is John Hesketh’s 58th birthday. Yes, he is the same age as the company. John oversees our production operations and is our Artist Liaison. He is also an accomplished photographic artist himself! The family lore is that Dean brought in the paperwork for the first lease to be signed in the hospital room, right after John was born! So congratulations to John and to Photomation. Both are 58 years young!!


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