Let It Snow!

The bells are starting to jingle…


…and we are counting down the days when St. Nick crawls down the chimney on the eve of the 24th!

We want to remind you that there is still time to get your orders in for mini-accordion albums and press-printed cards.

The mini-accordions make sweet gifts for mom and dad, the grandparents, the aunties and uncles who live afar and of course, for yourself! A brag book couldn’t be much cooler! Some of us have images of our trips, while others, the grand-kids, new born babies, even cats! Sometimes all three in one book!!


All of our cards, whether press-printed or photographic, come complete with envelopes. Upgrade envelopes to a pearlized metallic for added elegance.

Thankfully, December is only just about to start so no one need hit the panic button just yet. Breathe, stay relaxed and know that we are here to help as best we can. That said, December IS right around the corner, which means fewer days to get gifts organized and cards in the mail so with that in mind, note there are exactly two weeks left to get your orders in~

Please take a look at our deadlines blog or the calendar posted on our FaceBook page – “like” us while your at it!

So, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! We know Christmas wouldn’t be the same without it!


It is with regret that we learn of Barney Charach’s passing this weekend.

His photography was well known to countless Winnipegger’s – his gift to this world – the thousands of memories from his camera’s lens to print for beholding.

To Barney’s widow, children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, friends and colleagues, we wish you ease within the sadness.

Thank you Barney, for leaving your mark with us.


Please take a moment to read about Barney Charach’s historic imprint upon Winnipeg.


Holiday deadlines

33 days and counting……

The white stuff has sparkled the ground and we are already in to the swing of the Christmas Bustle!

We thought this was a good time to let you know how our schedule looks-  to get your Christmas goodies complete before the 23rd of December.

The Lab Works will maintain it’s annual closure over the holidays. Those dates will be re-posted once we get a little closer to that time.

Please take a look at the calendar below for our annual Christmas cut-off dates for our various services. We want to  accommodate your needs! We hope this will help us all get our work done on time for everyone to have a happy (and maybe less stressful) holiday season!

Get Ahead!


Well, we all know that the holiday season is right around the corner. It somehow never fails to show up – Christmas -  the same time every year. And darn it, how many of us are left scrambling the week or two before the BIG DAY trying to get the ideal gift for the person and people we love?!

So this year we would like to suggest that you beat your own timely records and start early. Hunting for negatives or photographs to be reproduced is a tiresome, strenuous, even to some a nearly impossible task. Some of us are forced down a memory lane we just didn’t want to visit  just to find “that one” image in the pile. Others have boxes of prints and negatives with goodness knows what else (cat toys, sewing needles, cookie crumbs) just waiting to be sorted since 1982.

Ok, now that I’ve painted the ugliest picture of a task you know totally want to avoid…..but know will be soooooo worth it if you just get over this hump…

Here is what we  suggest.  If you are going to find that picture of you and your brother/sister playing in the snow when you were cute little buttons, the gift you know will make them melt at the memory and give you hours of memories to reminisce you better get started NOW. (And yes, we will be posting our production cut off dates shortly).

1. Before you start, decide who you are doing this for first. If you happen to come across something wonderful for another loved one then awesome! Keep your eyes on the prize. It will eliminate distractions and ease the process.

2.Decide upon an image size and whether or not you would like to have it framed. If custom framing, your going to need to get moving soon as frame shops also get very busy this time of year. If you are after the DIY frame, get the frame after the print has been made. Often old negatives/prints don’t fit the “standard” size constraints. You may have to consider a custom matte to go with your off the shelf frame. Again, you’re going to need extra time for this.

3. Don’t assume you can do this all in one day or one afternoon. Mostly don’t try to simultaneously re-organize your entire closet or basement in the spirit of “while I’m at it”. This will only overwhelm you. Likewise, don’t also think about organizing the last 20-50 years of images now. Wait until January or never. Focus, focus, focus.

4. Think about your budget. We have a range of service from “economy” to “custom”.

5. Once your ready to go, set aside time. Get plenty of rest the day before. On “the” morning make a lovely pot of herbal tea (coffee will amp you up too much and then the closet really will get re-organized and nary a photograph to be found). Play some relaxing music and put the cat outside (they will try to sit on everything you pull out). We suggest only 2 hours. This way, you won’t be burnt out and there will be nothing negatively impacting your experience. If you need more time, take a break. Go for a brisk walk then only get back in for another 1/2 an hour. Anymore than this and you will end up frustrated and confused. And what ever you do, don’t feel like if you don’t find “the perfect” image that it just won’t do.

We have seen hundreds of images and we know that when there is thought and care involved, the person receiving your gift will LOVE it. They will not even know about”the” image you had in your mind. Let go ideas of perfection. Make this a happy gift and a  positive experience. Do not be thwarted by invites out for lunch just yet. The longer you delay the search, the greater you will fear the process. Celebrate your search with a coffee and a cookie and march on down to see us (Monday – Friday, 8-5) and tell us what you need. Give us at least 5 working days to complete the task.

And hopefully, you already are super organized and have everything colour coded according to year and event on a perfectly dusted shelf so all you need to do it select it out, open it to exactly the page you also have colour coded with sticky flags. Either way, we do suggest you get on this task soon, because as those of you who celebrate Christmas and gift giving, it really does happen at the same time every year!

November 11.2013


For A Limited Time!

Press-Printed Cards are on Sale!

The Lab Works is promoting our Press-Printed cards by offering you a 20% Discount if you order by November 15th (2013)!

Find everything you need on-line with ROES (available to download off our website). Enter promo-code CARD20 to see your discount.

We hope you’ll take advantage of this great deal! (Only 47 more sleeps till you-know-what).