You book the photo shoot you have been dreaming of then suddenly, you are faced with so many options to display your photos you don't even know where to start!
Do I need pictures printed? How many should I give out? What sizes? Will I save money printing myself?
Let's take a moment here and figure this all out.
We all want our photos to last forever, look their best, and of course save money. Whether you book a shoot with Wild Red Photography or someone else, please bookmark this blog for future reference to help you decide what will best suit your photo needs.
Most photographers and printing companies will offer a wide variety of print styles and sizes. To determine what you will need can easily be figured out with just a few steps.
First let's start with your home display. Where will you hang them? Do you have existing frames? All of my clients will receive a layout like the one above for several in home displays to help them see what photo prints may work best for them and for the space they intend to fill with their forever memories.
Pinterest is another great place to search wall photo displays for your home. Gather ideas for creative framing, and hanging patterns for unique wall art before ordering your prints.
Next and one of the most important question is; Do I even need prints?
While having printed photos may not work for everyone it is and always will be the best way to showcase and share your session. Printed photos not only enhance your interior design but also give you a reason to easily stroll down memory lane any time you choose to glance at your photos or flip through an album. Sometimes that break away from the current moment for those warm fuzzy memories is the best medicine. Time will fly by, cherish every moment!
Also consider your family and friends when printing.
Who would want prints and what sizes? Do you need photos for your wallet or desk at work? Will you child(ren) hand some out to friends and at school? Our clients always receive discounted and free prints for large orders and orders from multiple family members. All prints can be shipped directly to your recipient as well in gift packaging. Start your list now. Number the photos and sizes you will need and take some orders from loved ones as well.
Please refer to the cropping guide above when looking to fill existing frames or get new size prints. Some sizes will alter the photo by cropping around all sides, so not all photo prints will look exactly the same as your digital copy.
Final thing to consider when printing your photos; Do I need professional prints?
Most professional companies would take this opportunity to display the difference in printing quality between professional prints and your local printing companies like Walmart, Target, Costco, etc. Instead I would like to offer a challenge! Ask for a sample print of one of your session photos then print the same photo with at least 2 of your top printing options. With some professional photographers they only offer prints through them and you may need special permissions prior so please ask upfront.
Take your prints and compare the actual photo you will have in your home or handout. The quality is unmistakable. Now look at and compare the sharpness of your prints. Are the colors off? Did the cropping stretch, distort, or alter the photo? Is it too light or dark?
Professional prints are not only designed to maintain the highest quality of the image but also to outlast regular prints so you will get your money's worth. The larger the print the more of a difference you will see. Doing this experiment will help you decide what you're comfortable investing your money in. Printing these test options shouldn't cost anymore than a few dollars and it's worth it to see the difference for yourself without feeling the pressure to buy.
Bottom line in choosing your prints, do what is right for you and your family. Think quality, size, will it be displayed for a year or more, and who will we share these photos with. I love to make my clients happy even if that means they order prints on their own. Work with your photographer, discuss these options prior to your session, and ask many questions. After all that is what we are here for, to help you get the most out of your session experience and enjoy those photos for a long time to come!
I hope that this article has been of some help to you in choosing what prints you will need. If you have any questions or would like to book your session today visit our contact tab HERE for options on getting started!
Thanks for reading!