And I’d love it if you’d let me show you why!
I’m what many in the industry call a “shoot and burn” or “turn and burn” photographer.
What’s that mean? The simple answer is that I provide some of the high resolution digital images to my clients as part of the session fee. Digital images are what my clients want, so that’s what I provide. I also make it a point to let my clients know about the professional print products I offer! I do this for 2 reasons:
In order to put my money where my mouth is, I chose the 2 portraits that had gotten the most love on my Facebook and Instagram accounts from this summer’s Orange Beach, AL Portrait Sessions and had 5×7 size prints made by my Professional Lab of choice (Millers), as well as 4 of the most common stores the average consumer uses for prints – Walmart, Target, CVS, and Shutterfly.
These are the images I chose.
Are you ready to start the comparisons? We’ll start with the portrait of the little girl with the sailboat in the background.
I’ll sit here a minute while the shock wears off.
I have to admit I even I was surprised at the extreme difference in these pictures. I knew they’d be off, but I didn’t expect it to be this crazy!
Let’s break it down –
Here’s a close up of the images laid one on top of the other on a white piece of card stock. This let’s you get a really good look at the color differences in the sky!
Ok, on to the second image.
The differences in these prints is MOST noticeable in the skin tone and sky color.
OOO look at all the pretty blues and greens. lol
Ok, obviously, these labs are fine if you want snap shots or need 1 hour pictures printed for a school project or something where the quality isn’t that important to you. I’m in no way saying they don’t have their place in the market. But, if you’ve paid a professional photographer to take portraits of your family, consider getting professional prints made. The professional labs that I use print on archival quality paper that is made to stand the test of time.
**Disclaimer** Obviously, lab results will vary based on location. This post was not made to bash any discount labs, but to educate clients and other professionals. If you do choose to order from one of these discount printers, please do not select the “color correct” box!
Amanda is the prop buying, location scouting, ponytail sporting, flip flop wearing, owner/ operator/ and woman behind the camera for Finding Beauty in the Ordinary Photography.