“I just want 1000 photos on a disk with a copyright release. For $50. I’ll just print them up at Wal-Mart.”
WHY? I admit. I wasn’t aware of all the “behind the scenes” details to the world of photography when I was consumed with a hundred other things in life. I didn’t get the value in custom portraiture, I saw no need to anything beyond what JCP studios provided, and I sure as heck didn’t see the difference between a pro lab and something from the one hour photo place inside Walgreens.
Oh how I was wrong.
My very talented photographer and friend Ava from Zemya Photography in California did a little experiment with print houses, and it’s too good not to share. (with permission, of course) HERE: Take a peek at WHERE she had prints made, and who rocked it, and who stunk the place up. (spoiler alert – for prosumer print houses, Mpix won a lot. Target, Shutterfly & Walgreens stunk.)
In the end, I think it’s important to look at the big picture, pun intended. You spend time finding the right photographer who’s style and look you like. You maybe even shaved your legs, and your sweet husband promised to show up with a smile. There’s time shopping, Pinterest-surfing, husband-bribing, kid-wrangling…. and then the shoot itself. No matter how fun I make it, it’s still a lot of work for you. Then you want to take all that effort, and have 1000 sub-par images on a disk that can crack, break or get buried instead of having a handful of GORGEOUS big prints on the wall to see every day? Or just as bad… some awful 4×6’s printed at Walgreens that will fade or turn colors in a few months?
So listen to me. I’m really really old. I know things and some of them are smart things:
Have a professional, qualified photographer capture your memories, and spend the extra cake to get them printed right. I can help you. Heck, I can do it ALL for you. Just get it done, do it right, and
GET THEM ON THE WALL.
Don’t depend on a disk to pass memories on from one generation to the next.