Artisan Colour was pleased to be selected to retouch and print historic photographs for the latest California Pools anniversary banquet. We thought this was a fun project to show, start to finish! Large format photo printing is a great way to make an emotional connection to your audience or clients.  We just love the way these historic images present hard work and dedication of a multi-generational company.

Artisan Colour’s Large Format Photo Printing

Here you can see our large format photo printing in the shop, and presented at the California Pools banquet. After the banquet, the prints were installed in the California Pools office.

Below, you can see one of our photo retouchers hard at work! To make our large format photo printing the highest quality it can be, our experienced retouchers looked at each image and optimized them for large format printing.

Why Choose Artisan Colour & ArtisanHD?

We received a glowing review from Laura Carlson, organizer of the California Pools banquet:

“Working with Artisan Colour has been the best experience in many ways. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and supportive through the technical aspects. We had a very large order with a deadline to meet, and every piece of the puzzle fit together perfectly. They made the process easy, and that meant a lot considering how crazy things were on our end while preparing for this very important event. Celebrating 65 years in business this year, we wanted to honor the origins of California Pools by displaying cherished historical photos throughout the venue on a large scale, and the Artisan team brought these images to life!  I cannot even say enough to describe the quality of our finished product! There was so much care and attention to detail put into our images. The photos not only ‘wowed’ at the event, but are now turning heads in the office as well, where they are proudly displayed. The print quality is flawless on our Sintra 6mm boards, and we love the mounts that give them a sleek, modern look in the office. They are super easy to mount and hang as well! Customer service like this cannot be matched and we know we can trust the Artisan team to deliver the best! “

We also did a brief interview with Ryder Steimle, CEO of California Pools.

How did you first hear about Artisan?

Steve Terry, the COO of California Pools introduced me to Artisan Colour. He has been ordering his incredibly gorgeous Artisan images for our office in San Clemente for some time now. These images are sleek, beautifully mounted, elegantly printed, and are always a talking piece in the office!

Why did you choose Artisan for this project?

We have used Artisan for our artwork in the office for some time and it’s the exquisite attention to detail, professionalism, top notch customer service, and stunning finished products as to why we trust Artisan with our cherished images.

About California Pools

Can you tell us a little bit about California Pools, and the story behind this project?

Grandson of California Pools founder, Ryder Steimle, previews a large format photo printing newspaper article

Ryder Steimle, grandson of the California Pools founder

My grandfather, Wayne Steimle, had been dreaming of putting a pool in his backyard for years.

He looked all over for a swimming pool company to help him with his project. Unfortunately, unlike today, swimming pool contractors in the 1950’s were scarce. He could never find anyone with industry knowledge and experience to build what he wanted. So, in the summer of 1952, he took advantage of his summer break as a high school physics teacher. Hiring some of his students to help, he launched construction on his backyard dream. Armed with little more than a shovel, a wheelbarrow, remarkable ingenuity and a powerful work ethic, California Pools was effectively born.

When the pool was completed three months later, the whole family was ecstatic. Apparently, so were the neighbors. At the end of the summer, they were all so impressed that they hired him to build pools in their backyards, too! My grandfather quit his teaching job and started California Pools the next year.

When you think about it, not much has changed.  We still build each pool like we’re building it for our own family.  60,000 pools later, California Pools has become one of the largest pool builders in the country.  Using innovative design and industry-leading construction techniques, we’­re still building the highest quality custom pools available anywhere.  I think my grandfather would be proud.

We were thrilled to use Artisan to help bring our historical photos to life to honor the 65th year of California Pools at our banquet!

California Pools large format photo printing of company photo

 Congratulations on 65 years, California Pools!

If you’re looking for a way to “wow” your clients, consider Artisan Colour’s gallery-mounted large format photo printing! Or, if you’re looking for something a bit simpler, check out ArtisanHD to upload and print your original photos or artwork on a variety of mediums, including high definition photo papers, canvas, acrylic, and brushed aluminum.