Our store policy
I’ve put together a fAQ which regularly gets asked by my customers, I hope you find them helpful.
What makes my prints so special??
My print shop has only been established since 2020 during Covid lockdown. Whilst our little store is new, Esther has been capturing the beauty and wonder of animals in her studio and on location since 2010 and to this day still runs an established animal studio business providing personal award winning images of their dogs. Her equine photography is often described as “emotive” and her studio work “delightful ” Esther is passionate about her subjects and loves to raise animal welfare awareness through her photography and dedicates a percentage of the profits to her chosen charities throughout the year. All prints are printed on the finest, museum-grade photographic paper available. Our beloved photographs graces the walls of homes around the world, and have been featured in numerous publications including Your Horse, Lancashire Life, Style Reins, Equestrian Life.
What is an open edition?
An open edition print is a print that has an undetermined amount of print runs. All open edition prints are initialled on the back of the print by Esther.
What is a limited edition print?
A limited-edition is a limited run of artwork which is numbered and signed by the artist. The limited number of photographs in an edition yields a collectable piece of art. Esther signs and numbers all limited edition photographs on the back of the print and they come with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity. We currently offer up to four sizes per image as limited editions. Prices are graduated so that as the edition sells out, the price increases. Once an edition sells out, it is closed forever and will no longer be available. In some cases, we will offer a special off-size (20″x24′) run of a sold out edition
Where do you deliver to?
We ship to most Countries. Please email us For international shipping fees.
What is your exchange policy?
We want you to love your print! We’ve gone to great lengths to ensure our customers know exactly what they’re getting and will be happy when it arrives. Our fine art photographic prints and custom frames are made-to-order. Therefore, we do not accept returns. Unframed prints may be exchanged (for the same value) within 30 days of delivery. Framed prints are final sale. Any exchanged items must be unused and in all original packaging. Shipping is non-refundable.
Do you offer framing?
Yes! For your convenience, we offer a framed option for all sizes. Our frames are professionally custom hand-crafted and arrive ready to hang right out of the box. We have three moldings to choose from – White, Black, Wood they fitted with shatterproof acrylic (not glass) and finished with a protective backing, and hanging wire. To order, please get in touch and we will send you a quote. They are individually boxed making them the perfect way to give our photographs as gifts!
What printing method do you use?
All of our photographic prints are created under Esthers (the photographer) supervision using archival pigment inks on museum grade 300 gsm fine art photo papers. They are professionally printed from Esther’s high-resolution digital negatives and hold their sharp focus and quality at every size we offer.
What is photo-encaustics?
The original Encaustic process (encaustic means to burn) was the ancient Egyptian practice of mixing Beeswax and Damar Resin,
(tree sap in it’s rawest form) melted and applied onto gilded paintings.
The early Religious Iconic Art in Pharoah’s tombs contain Encaustic wax paintings, this technique which is seeing a revival in a modern context, by encasing Fine Art Photographs in wax mounted on Board. Not only do I enjoy the painterly surface the wax creates, the longevity of the medium and non-toxic materials
but also the gradual decline of the global Bee population is just as important to me.
I am combining modern photographic printing techniques with ancient crafting techniques
to achieve a work of Art that is long-lasting, tactile, archival & painterly.
The final image is printed onto 300 gsm Smooth Fine Art watercolor paper using a large format archival, inkjet printer.
Once the board has been prepared with Gesso I mount the image with acid-free adhesive,
the edges of the image are sanded and stained in ebony oil stain.
The hot Beeswax and Damar Resin are now applied and worked with a heat gun and metal spatula, finally using a hot flat iron to finish the effect, which is buffed with a cotton cloth. I then photograph my encaustic work to create a new photograph of the artwork which takes a life of its own. Original photo-encaustic wall art is also available to purchase by appointment only.
Esther Marie Gallery
86 Huddersfield Road, Newhey