Living in this digital age, I find that the photos we create are often shared on social media and then are forever forgotten on our computers and devices. Part of this is because of the sheer number of photos being taken, but I also feel like it can be overwhelming to figure out how and where to get your images printed. To help make the process easier I’m creating this guide. It will include products that I offer as well as other companies who provide more affordable products.
Albums and photo books are a great way to display a large collection of images. Whether you are looking to create a heirloom wedding album or a photo book of your phone photos from the past year, I have a few options for you.
For my clients, I offer a variety of handcrafted albums from the world’s leading bookmaking companies. Each custom album is designed by me to share my clients’ story and reflect their overall style. Most importantly these albums will stand the test of time and be passed on to generations to come. If you would like to learn more about the different albums and books that I offer, you can view the full album information guide here.
I love creating custom albums for my clients, however I understand that some clients may want a more hands on approach when designing their album or would prefer a more affordable option. If you fall into this category, than I recommend the following companies.
Artifact Uprising: I’ve ordered from them in the past for marketing material. Designing and ordering products on their site was very easy and affordable. The quality of their albums and books does not match the products that I offer to clients. I haven’t experienced this, but I’ve heard that some of their albums warp over time. But this is a great option if you want to make a stylish book quickly and don’t need the highest quality product. This company also offers other print options and even a scrapbook product which includes prints of your images and photo corners.
Blurb: I love this company, as they offer beautiful hard and soft cover books. I’m not sure how easy it is to design using their software, but for those of you with your own design software like photoshop it is super easy to upload your designs and order your own book. They offer a variety of paper and cover options, as well as a plethora of sizes, and price points.
Shutterfly: Although I have never used this company, it comes highly recommended from friends and clients. What I like about this company is that they have three different options for designing your photo books. You can upload images and they will automatically place your images within a template, or you can custom design your book with their many templates. If you want a more custom feel you can also hire one of their professional designers to layout your images.
HOLIDAY & ANNOUNCEMENT CARDS
Whether you have exciting news to share such as an engagement or new baby, or sending cards is a holiday tradition, custom photo cards are a great way to stay connected with friends and family. I currently don’t offer custom card products to my clients, but I’m looking to add this service in 2020. For now, I recommend Minted, Paper Source, and Tiny Prints to anyone looking to create high quality custom cards. They all offer a variety of templates, foil options, and envelope addressing services. And the part is that they all have tons of sales going on right now!
PRINTS & FRAMES
For my clients, I offer high quality archival prints with a luster finish in a variety of sizes. I highly recommend ordering through my online proofing site for photographs that are to be printed 8×10 or larger. Enlarged prints sometimes require additional retouching, and by purchasing the prints from me I can guarantee your satisfaction.
Clients are also more than welcome to make their own prints or purchase them from another company. I can’t guarantee that those prints will look as good or last as long as the prints I sell. However, I’ve heard clients have had good results with the following companies.
Adorama: I’ve ordered photography gear from this NYC based photography store, but haven’t personally used their print services. However, if you are looking for high quality prints that are a step above a pharmacy print shop and still at an affordable price point than this is a great option.
Mpix: They supply high quality prints for an affordable price. I used this company over a decade ago for personal photos. I had a poor experience and stopped using them. I still feel like this company is worth sharing as it always suggested by my photography peers and past clients.
In terms of framing I currently offer a few different sizes. Each print comes matted and framed in a sleep black frame. I’m looking to offer more options, but in the meantime if you are looking for more unique frames I highly recommend Frambridge. They offer an assortment of finishes, mats, and widths. And honestly, unless you have a lot of experience framing, you really want someone else doing it.
I hope this post was helpful! If you have additional suggestions that you would like to share feel free to get in touch. And, if you are a client and would like to get a great deal on prints from my online proofing site I’m currently running a sale. Simply log into your gallery and use the code THANKS25 at checkout. Sale ends at midnight on Cyber Monday.