Once you have a name and number for a picture framer (see the last post on framing for some useful tips about this) make a call or pop in and see them to talk though WHAT you want them to do with your print.
You'll probably find that your recommended framer deals in conservation standard framing or archival, museum quality framing. A museum will have strict guidelines surrounding the care and preservation of its collections so this sets the bar for you in terms of the glass, mount and method employed by your framer. As I said before, don't feel bad about coming in under that standard if your budget doesn't stretch but it's worth being aware of the options. A framer advertising themselves as working to archival standards should:
- not use glue, sticky tape or masking tape to secure the print
- only use acid-free mount board and papers
- offer you UV (ultraviolet) blocking glass and even anti-glare
You will probably also find that they are full of advice on what frame and mount styles might work with your print, but it's worth having an idea about this before you go in so that you aren't too strongly guided by someone else's opinion (unless you want to be). Flick through some interior design magazines to get an idea of the style of framing that you like as well as ideas for where to hang your picture once it is framed. Most magazines have websites you can browse too. If you're having trouble choosing you could create an ideas board in Pinterest or just a simple old cuttings book. Get inspired!