Please, Print Your Photos

Sep 8

I can’t encourage people enough to print their photos. Honestly, I don’t even care if they are my photos — just print them and have something tangible to hang on to, to put in a memory book or hang up on your wall. I believe photography is an art and photos are meant to be shared. Time is quickly fleeting and photos can take us back to a certain moment at a glance.

A quick Google search will show you there is no shortage of places to print your photos, but the options feel endless. It’s easy and convenient to go to Costco or Walgreens, but the quality just never compares. Attempting to navigate through the choices can be a chore, so I wanted to share with you some of my favorite ways and places to print your photos.

  1. If you are a client of mine, the easiest way to purchase prints of your photos is through your gallery link. The photos are already uploaded at professional quality, so you do not have to worry about resolution or a site that may downgrade the quality. The paper and the print are high quality and your chosen images ship directly to you.

  2. If you are local to Nashville, I recommend Chromatics. They boast, “scanning & printing art and photographs… with careful attention to detail…” and it’s not just something they say – it’s true! The quality and work they do is top notch. They also offer print mounting, canvas prints, and acrylic printing. Their customer service is exceptional and their knowledge is vast. You can visit them in person or use their online self-service prints option.

  3. As I mentioned, there are several web-based services out there. Artifact Uprising is one I love and their slogan, “Off your device, Into your life” is so fitting. Their website offers prints, photo books, cards, calendar and several gift options. The quality is professional grade and I have had several great experiences with their products.

  4. Mpix is another online web service I have used often for printing. As with most of the online services, you need to download your photos first and then upload them to Mpix’s website. The quality is great and the well price is worth the product. Additionally, they offer coupons several times a year on their site and through their e-mail list. My only note is to watch the auto-cropping. You have control to change this, but will just need to pay attention before submitting.

  5. Finally, if your printing budget is an important factor or you want go a little non-traditional, I’ve had several clients use Chatbooks and enjoy the prints, canvas tiles and photo books. Their monthly mini subscription books are a fun way to make sure you always print your photos in a timely manner. You can also make a book from our session together.

If you’re still struggling with deciding on whether to print fine art, matte or semi-gloss, I’m hoping I can help. Photo prints have a slight sheen to them. They are usually very durable and great with vibrant colors. Fine art prints have an ultra high resolution and have slightly textured surfaces. However or wherever you decide to print your photos, I’m glad you are bringing them to life beyond the computer screen.

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  1. […] Black and White or Color?After you choose which photos you’d like displayed on your gallery wall, you’ll want to decide if you’d like them printed in black and white, color or a combination of both. I would recommend starting this decision making process by looking at the colors in the photos you selected. Do they compliment each other or are they contrasting? Many people love the timeless look of black and white and it can truly transform photos into art. If you can, print yourself some options and play around with just doing black and white or only colors or mix the two. If you need some printing options, check out my blog post Printing Your Photos. […]