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Passport Rules Have Changed Be Ready With a Trip to Hampton Photo Arts

The changing security picture has forced governments around the world, including the United States, to tighten up their passport requirements. If you have not traveled outside the U.S. for awhile, you might be surprised at just how strict these new identification guidelines have become, and how they can affect your upcoming travel plans.

ImageYou probably already know that you need a valid U.S. passport to travel to Europe, Asia and other exotic destinations. But did you know that you now need a passport booklet or passport card to enter Canada and Mexico as well? If you are traveling throughout New England and want to take in the beauty of Canada during your vacation, you will be unable to do so without a valid passport. The same is true if you, or someone you loves, plans to vacation at one those trendy Mexican resorts this winter. No matter where in the world you plan to go, you will need a valid passport to get there and back again.

Not having a passport can delay, and even destroy, your travel plans, so take the time to get your passport today. Keep in mind that the waiting times for passports have increased, as more and more people discover that they now need this vital document for even the simplest cross-border travel. Plan to leave at least 6-8 weeks for the receipt of your passport, and make sure you have all your documentation before you submit the passport application.

One of the requirements for a new passport is to have two quality passport photos taken. At Hampton Photo Arts, we will be happy to accommodate that part of the passport application process. You do not need an appointment to have your passport photos taken at Hampton Photo Arts. Just stop in, and any of our photographers can provide you with the passport photos you need to get your application processed quickly and accurately. With a little help from Hampton Photo Arts, you will be on your way to that exotic vacation before you know it.

 
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Photo Services

Canvas Printing

Printing on canvas is incredibly versatile and a great way to create a ready-to-hang image or artwork. Every canvas that we print  is protected with a UV coated acrylic finish to guard the print from dust, moisture and fading. Do you want your canvas stretched on bars or non-stretched? Framed or unframed? Customize the work to make it truly your own.

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Photography Information

Art of Photography

Art of PhotographyPhotography is an amazing art form. A photograph album is a catalogue of life's history as seen through the camera. People, animals, nature, holidays, celebrations and even disasters are captured instantly and recorded as part of history. It is through the powerful presentations of photography that we better understand the progression of time and life. Hampton Photo Arts has over twenty years of experience working with photographers as they seek to capture and preserve the history of families and communities.

When families get together, both children and adults love to look through photograph albums. They enjoy seeing the childhood photos of older family members and compare themselves to ancestors who lived a hundred or more years ago. Photos are among the most important treasures of every family. They should not be faded and dull. They contain the smiles, tears and emotions of generations. The staff members at Hampton Photo Arts display excellence in the art of photography reproduction. They work with the highest quality materials. They know how to create family memories that will be just as beautiful one hundred years from now as they are today.

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Art Information

Learning to Paint with Watercolors

By Cindy Tabacchi

ImageWatercolor is an easy, fun medium for creating art.  Color theory, composition and design can be explored freely with watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.  Several techniques may be used with watercolors for varying effects including painting wet on wet, wet on dry, layering washes, and more.

Watercolor paper comes in cold press, hot press, and rough.  Rough paper has the most texture, and its hills and valleys can result in interesting effects when paint is added.  Hot press is the smoothest and has the finest texture.  Cold press has a moderate amount of texture and is the paper most commonly chosen by watercolor artists.

Watercolor paper comes in several weights ranging from 90 lb. to 300 lb. based on the pounds per ream of paper.  Most artists prefer to use at least 140 lb. paper.  Papers vary somewhat between manufacturers, so sampling different papers is advisable.  Paper can be purchased in pads, in blocks or in large sheets.  The large sheets are usually the most economical and can be torn into whatever size is desired.

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