“You don't take a photograph, you make it”
This quote NAILS it because printed photos are more than a piece of home decor; they are reminders of the precious times we spent with the people we care about most. And if you hired a professional photographer like me to capture those times, they must have been especially precious moments. Precious memories deserve to be preserved properly, and that is why I will be explaining exactly how to print the photos from your session so you don't lose the QUALITY of those captured moments.
I get asked about photo printing a lot so I have tried to include everything you need to know below:
Why should I print my photos? They are on my computer!
Computers, phones, and other forms technology and social media have made it really easy to store our photos. But how often do you go onto your computer and scroll through your past albums? Printing high quality images from a cherished moment in time will give you daily, easily accessible reminders of those moments, whether it's for decorating your walls or putting in a photo album on your coffee table.
Another more practical reason for printing your favorite photos is the fact that digital files are not indestructible and all kinds of things can happen to old and new images depending on how they are being stored. It's good to have a physical copy!
Why does it matter to EMP where I print my photos?
You've paid for a session with me and received your photos. So why should I care where you end up taking the photos to be printed or how you want to display your photos? Maybe some photographers don't care, but I TOTALLY care! I take a lot of time to shoot, edit, and process your images to reflect my brand and create quality photos that will be treasured by you and your loved ones for years. I am SO passionate about my work and I am committed to delivering high quality prints to my clients.
If you end up with a low quality print displayed in your home, not only does that reflect poorly on me as the photographer, but it also reflects poorly on you because visitors in your home will think you paid someone to give you low quality photos. You gotta do justice to the professional photos by springing for professional prints too, for my sake AND yours!
Why can't I just go to Walmart or Costco? It's cheaper!
Given Walmart and Costco's low prices, I can see why you might roll your eyes at the price of a photo purchased from a professional photo lab. But think about the reason you hired a professional photographer instead of asking your cousin Sue to take pictures of you. You wanted someone with photography experience, knowledge, and passion! So why should we expect any different when we decide who should print those professional photos?!
Professional photo labs offer higher quality photo paper, higher quality inks, and special coatings that make images resistant to finger prints, dust, and fading. They ensure that the colours, tones, brightness, and sharpness are more true to your digital image (see this article for more information on why you should use a professional lab). These extra steps are critical to ensuring the preservation of your images as they journey through life with you. Printed images may be handled by friends and family, displayed on your walls near a window where the sunlight threatens to fade them, or repeatedly re-framed to suit new decor. Quality matters!
I also want to note that my photography contracts state that I do not guarantee the quality of other printing services such as Walmart, Costco, London Drugs, etc.
Where does EMP recommend I print my professional photos?
The quality of your photos will be at their BEST when you order through ME. Pixieset is the website where you get your digital photos delivered to you, and you will be able to relive your day through this gallery. Pixieset allows you to favorite the photos in your gallery that you love the most, go to your favorites list, and click the shopping cart button to add certain photos and determine what size you want to purchase. For a step-by-step guide on how to access and order prints from your gallery through Pixieset, see my blog post here!
After a lengthy process of ordering test prints from various companies, I chose White House Custom Colour (WHCC) as my primary print provider. My experience with WHCC has been amazing, and I wanted the best quality and convenience for my clients.
I want to make ordering photos the easiest experience for you which is why I embedded it within my website. Simply click the shopping cart and check out! I offer FREE shipping with orders over $65.
So what should I do now?
So you have your gallery of photos from EMP (YAY!) and you've read this blog post. Let's get ready to order some high quality prints!! Here are a few next steps for you: