Despite today’s digital world, plenty of us still want to professional print photos as a way to turn our iPhone memories into tangible keepsakes.
But have you ever wondered why your prints don’t always look as good as you imagined?
While there are many DIY options available, working with a professional photographer can take your prints to the next level. Not only do we have access to high-quality printing pros, but we also have the expertise to ensure that your images look their absolute best.
From selecting the right medium to go with your home decor to perfecting the color balance and resolution, we’ll cover everything you need to know to get the most out of your prints.
So, let’s dive in and discover why a photographer is a perfect partner for your professional printing needs!
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Should you really go to Wal-Mart or CVS to get your photos printed? If the images are coming from an iPhone, that could be a simple solution (though the quality is going to be pretty grainy!).
But if you’ve already spent hundreds of dollars on a professional photo shoot, don’t you want them to actually look like professional print photos?
Working with a photographer that offers printing services (like us!), you’ll know you’re getting the best quality of your prints. We know exactly how to fine-tune your digital photos so that the colors come out just right on your canvas or photo book.
Did you know that I (Dawn) have a background in custom prints and framing? And knowledge is certainly power!
Finding the best medium for your photos to display and gift is a passion of ours. Here are a few tips that will help you decide how best to print your image.
There is no greater joy than looking back at photos of friends and family. Prints are the time capsules of our lives. They can transport us back to a magical moment, that killer outfit you spent months looking for, or those small smiling faces. They are one of the puzzle pieces of happiness.
This is why we also share or gift photo prints to others. Whether it’s:
there is something so beautiful and personal about this gift.
Thinking about prints as home décor can make us a bit nervous. But we can assure you, it’s a happy, nervous kind of excitement.
There are so many things to consider when choosing prints like:
We could go on forever. There are truly options for any style.
So, if you want to create truly stunning pieces of art, work with us!
Here are the steps we take to ensure we get you professional photo prints that you’ll be proud to display in your home or give as gifts to loved ones.
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Let’s start with the basics. What is a print medium?
A printing medium refers to the material on which a print is created. Pretty simple, right? Now that you are familiar with the term, is there a medium you absolutely love or gravitate towards naturally?
If you find your walls are filled, or you just want something more tangible, something you can hold versus hang, we have a great selection of books, albums, and other unique gifts that can be passed onto future generations.
Our albums alone are gorgeous and are made with archival (this means they’ll last a long time) materials. Guaranteed to bring love, laughter, and endless smiles to your family for many years to come.
We also have deckled prints! Deckled edge prints have a dramatic feathered edge, giving your photo that hand-made appearance. This makes the print feel as though you have just uncovered a long-lost antique book. The material is an archival, matte cotton rag paper that will last a lifetime.
Deckled edge prints also have a slightly textured surface that is a pleasure to touch. They are stunning in appearance and are a picture-perfect option for those that like something a little different.
Take a stroll through your home, office, or anywhere else you may want to display your photos. Be deliberate. Look at the decor of each room.
Most of us decorate the separate rooms of our homes a bit differently. For example, your living room will have different art than your kitchen. Your office will have a different look than your child’s bedroom.
How would you describe your overall style? Shabby chic? Rustic-industrial? Or modern flare?
Referring to our guide above, does your space already have some of these mediums? Are your current prints vintage framed or modern wrapped canvas? Are they more traditional?
If you find that they are, then framed or canvas might be best.
If your décor is more modern, then metal or canvas might be best. Though there are modern frames also. This can be a big help in deciding what medium is right for you.
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BUT… (and that’s a big but)
Don’t let this be the sole factor in making your medium choices.
All these mediums can be intermingled! Making your decisions is all the more fun! But if you need some inspiration, as always, we’re here for you.
There aren’t any rules against hanging what you love in your home. It is your home, after all, and you are the only one that knows you best.
Sidenote: Our style tastes have the tendency to change over time. Be sure to pick a medium that can reflect any future changes in your home. This will ensure your selection will be a lasting stable in your home or office for years to come.
That being said, don’t be shy about trying something new.
Let’s get real for a moment and drop some truth bombs, shall we?
Organizing a photography session is a lot of work. Our clients spend months coordinating and planning them down to the smallest details.
After going through all this planning and prepping, it only makes sense to have your beautiful portraits displayed around your home or in the home of loved ones!
Let’s make it happen! We love to collaborate with our clients. Professional print photos make a profound statement, and we are here to help you choose that statement piece that will leave friends and family awe-struck.
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Prepping for an engagement, maternity, newborn, family, or senior portrait session can make you feel excited, anxious, a smidge stressed … and of course, making a giant mess in your closet as you search for the perfect outfit. Inside our blog, we’re serving up all the inspo, tips, and tricks you need to have a stress-free photo session, from how to pose without feeling super awkward to what you and your family should wear. Reap the benefits of our 30 years of photography experience and wisdom, or just enjoy looking at the pretty pictures.
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