There are a lot of photographers out there, and many of the newer or part time photographers (some legit, some not so much) would rather just shoot your images, barely edit them (if at all), and burn them to a CD or DVD, and then hand them over to you. It’s fast, it’s easy, and clients are thrilled to have the freedom to do whatever they want with those images, all for the bargain price of $100. But once those images are in the client’s hands, the photographer no longer has quality control over prints of those images. Maybe they don’t care.
I care. I take a lot of time to shoot, edit, and process images to show a certain style. I take pride in my images, and I stand behind my work. It’s an art, not a “shoot and burn” rampage. If a client comes to me for their photos, it’s because they want special images and high quality prints and wall art. And I intend to deliver just that.
Say you get your images on a CD, and you get them printed at your local drugstore or maybe a cheap online printer. You might not notice the color shift or lack of sharpness. You might have your “mommy goggles” on and think that picture of your child is the best picture ever. And when your friends see that picture, they’re going to tell you, “Oh, that’s such a great picture! Little Sally is so cute!” You know what they’re saying inside? “Ew, why is it green? Who took that picture? I hope she didn’t pay for that.” And do you know who ends up looking bad? The photographer. Not to mention, your prints just lost that photographer potential business.
I’m not about to let that happen, for my sake and yours.
Not all printers are the same. Not all 8×10′s are created equal. Some of you gasp at the cost of prints by a custom photographer. You know Walmart charges $2 for an 8×10, so how in the world can XYZ photographer charge $40?! This blog isn’t about the extreme expense that goes into running a legitimate tax-paying business and offering personalized service to you, or the amount of time that goes into creating your images, far beyond the one hour you see the photographer shooting. Believe me, there’s a lot more that goes into it than you see during your shoot. But let me give you this answer: Quality. Professional photographers use professional print labs. I don’t mean the camera store at the mall with pricier prints than the drugstore. Wolfe Camera is a good consumer printer to use for your vacation photos, but it is not a professional print lab. Professional labs offer higher quality photo paper, higher quality inks, and special coatings that ensure your images are resistant to finger prints, dust, and fading.
If you or a friend knows photoshop
You could totally do that yourself. It looks like they are just printed on photo paper. You could make the design yourself and print it at the instant machines in most any drugstore. I saw someone do baby announcements that way, very cute. They are about 29 cents each. Or you could use snapfish.com or one of them for printing. I don't have an account so I don't know how they compare, but they have some photo cards too.
I think I could even do a design for you, like the ones you showed.
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