PRINTS! – Where to Print and What to do With Your Prints

I can’t tell you how many times I am asked a question about printing. Today, I am here to answer them!! Wahoo! I am excited because some people don’t understand the importance of prints.

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Digital photography has really changed the photography world, for the good and the bad. It’s amazing what you can do to your images now that things are digital. Hundreds of images can fit on this TINY little memory card. From there you can upload them to your computer, post them online, store your memory card in a drawer or a cabinet, transfer them to a disk, or PRINT your images.  I am going to admit, I upload them and post them more than I print them. It’s so much easier to pop your memory card or plug your camera into your computer, upload them to a folder and be done. BUT what happens if your computer decides it doesn’t want to work anymore? Or what happens when years down the road, computer’s don’t use CD’s or DVDs?  Okay, you get the point.  It’s important to PRINT your images.

I am often asked where I print my pictures, what do I do with them once they are printed, and so on.. Here ya go!

I try to order prints once a month. I take hundreds of images of my kids, this is the only way to keep up.

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This is the size of a stack of prints from 2013. This is only from Jan. to Aug.

Now, ya wanna know WHERE I print my images right? Well I print my images at a few different places.  I use my professional lab about %70 of the time. It’s easy for me and it gets here pretty quick. It also depends on what I am doing with the prints. If they are gifts or maybe will be framed, I print from my lab.

I also try to take advantage of awesome print deals. I have used Shutterfly , Snapfish, and my favorite Mpix. ShutterFly and Snapfish try to sharpen your prints and sometimes my images come back grainy, so I try to stick with only Mpix. It’s hard to beat 100 free print deals from Shutterfly though!

I DO NOT USE TARGET, WALMART, CVS, WALGREENS, or any of those Kodak machines. They torture your images. If you need prints ASAP, I’d use Richmond Camera or Ritz Camera.

In addition to printing your pictures taken from your camera or a professional photographer, don’t forget the sometimes best images, those cell phone pictures. YES! PRINT THEM!!

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How? Well, I found this AWESOME iPhone app this year and I am in love! It’s called PostalPix Photo Prints. It’s AAAmazing! You order prints straight from your phone and they ship them right to your door.  They even come in a cute little square print. The quality is great and I am addicted!

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Now, what the heck do I do with all my prints? Well, I do a few things. I put them in my closet, my desk drawer, give them to family, put them in an album, put them in a frame, and my favorite, “Project Life”.

Project Life is like the best thing since sliced bread. It’s amazing. People tell me (and me too) that they have NO time to scrapbook, they hate cutting and gluing and storing all that scrapbook stuff. I hear ya! I am right there with you. Take a look at Project Life!

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Project Life is pretty much a big album with pocket folders that you insert your images in. I, personally start my albums at Jan. and end at December. Some people do a spread a week or even do a whole book on something in particular like a vacation or a certain child.

There are many different “kits”  for Project Life to choose from. A kit looks like this…

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I am now on my third year with Project Life. Carsyn and Brayden LOVE pulling out the books and reading about Christmas two years ago, or maybe even that time Carsyn got really sick. It involves no cutting or glue. It’s addictive. You can find out more about Project Life at www.BeckyHiggins.com or now you can even find them in your local craft store.

Honestly, I can’t express the importance of printing your images. Even if they are just put in an album. That album full of wonderful memories will be priceless in just a few years. It doesn’t take that much time or money. E33A1695_2

If you are a client and want to order prints from a past session, please let me know! I’d be happy to order prints for you.

Now, get to printing!

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