I thought I’d step aside from my usual photoshoot blogs and instead give you something different: a look at the wide world of photography printing.
My oh my how it varies by where you choose to get your prints printed! I do provide all of my clients who choose to print their images on their own this handy printing info guide with some tips and insight on where to print…but in addition to that now, I will be providing them these handouts as well! Because you just paid a good amount for my services, you should want to get them printed at a place that replicates the same quality I have delivered to you in your digital images!
Obviously my top printing recommendation is to print through me (I use the professional print lab WHCC, which has amazing quality and ridiculously fast shipping!); however, for those who choose not to (and that’s okay!!), I’m giving you this here post to enlighten you as to where you are choosing to have your prints printed. Just because a place is offering free prints — or super cheap ones — doesn’t mean you should print there! You just spent a good chunk of change having your pictures done by a professional — you owe it to those snaps to have them printed by one too!
I want to note that I have done zero editing to this pictures — I simply took a picture of them, collaged them together, and tossed the print shop’s name over it. That’s it. I have been skeptical of these posts in the past thinking that surely a bit more editing was done to exaggerate the quality and color differences but I promise you I have not done anything to alter these — they are as close to having all of the prints in your hand to compare as I could get!
I included the original image and then chose 4 of the most popular ‘quick print’ places to have these printed at (Walgreens, CVS, Wal-Mart, and Shutterfly) and then my 3 top recommendations (mpix, WHCC, and Diversified Lab Services (local STL print lab)) where I recommend my clients get their pictures printed. The differences are astounding. Some more evident than others, but still, such a variety of qualities across the board!