Pretty things are my all-time favorite. So it’s not much of a surprise that I absolutely love the chocolate and cream colored boutique packaging for print orders. Not only does it protect your prints during shipping, it looks fabulous and adds a little something extra to the experience. Enjoy!
I seriously can’t get enough of that ribbon.
Beautiful. There’s something simple and classy about the packaging, and that’s exactly the look I want to convey.
We live in such a digital world. We can display our pictures on our computers, our cell phones, our TVs, even digital photo frames (which are SUPER expensive, did you know??). When I was growing up, I didn’t have a digital camera. I had a little film camera (not an SLR) that I carried around everywhere and took photos of everything. Seriously. I have yet to go through all of the prints I have.
Wait, prints?! What are those? Sometimes I wonder how many in the generation below me have actually printed some of their pictures. I’m sure it’s not an insane amount, but I am thinking that the number is getting smaller. Even I sit with images from my entire high school and college careers in folders on my hard drive that haven’t been looked at in years or ever been outside of the virtual world. I think the biggest reason is that we just want to be cheap. It doesn’t cost anything to store the images digitally. Until they’re gone. And then we realize.
It’s my goal this year to print more pictures. Eventually I would love to create photo books of my high school and college years, but for right now, that’s not really an option. So I will settle for large prints for my walls, small prints for my desk, and I will be happy. Because I can look at my favorite moments in life without having to switch on a machine.
I encourage you to do the same. My mama, every so often, goes through her files and prints out the major moments and puts them in those $1 photo albums you can buy at Target. She labels them “Spring 2010” or “Ohio Christmas 2010” and shoves them in a box. But I pull that box out sometimes. And I love to see the photos from when I was a baby or before my parents were married. They’re little blips in time that I am allowed to eavesdrop on. And I love it.
If you’re considering ordering any large prints for you living room wall, or any wall actually, you’ll want to check out this article first. It puts into perspective just how big that “large” 11×14 image will really be. I definitely recommend the MPix photo lab over somewhere like Walmart or Costco. Their prices are comparable, but the quality is so much better, and they have some cool products, too. They even have a department just for professionals and a lot of photographer colleagues use MPix exclusively.
I printed and framed this image of Corey and I for his desk at work. I wanted to keep it for myself, as I stared at it for hours, but alas, it’s gone. For him to be reminded of me in Iowa. To think of me, and smile.
When I first started printing for clients, I knew I wanted to give them something of quality for less. Because really, great photography can be expensive, and cheap photography isn’t always good. But the prints were only so-so quality, and I felt that there wasn’t a whole lot that differentiated them from the prints one could get at discount retailers like Walmart or Walgreens. I know the difference – color corrected monitor that’s in line with the color profiles of my print lab – but I wasn’t sure it was something that clients really thought about. Or truly understood what that meant.
So I wanted to step up the quality of the prints. A friend of mine from a summer job had her daughter’s senior photos taken from a photographer who mounted all of the prints on matboard. My friend LOVED that they did that, because the photos are sturdier and just feel nicer in your hands. So I decided to start mounting all of my prints also. Not just the 8x10s and up, but all of them. Well, except wallets, but I think you can see the problem one might run into with that. :)
This is an 8×12 image. It has the same ratio as what my camera creates, so there’s no loss of any part of the image. I love that because I naturally frame the image in camera – I hardly ever crop!
All images ordered, regardless of size (again, except wallets), have this awesome feature. The photographic print is mounted onto matboard – a fiber-based board around 1mm thick. It adds so much durability to the print while still allowing it to fit into virtually any frame or stand on its own on an easel.
The greatest part about the matboard is that the print is nearly impossible to bed. That’s always one of my biggest worry with photo paper. This totally eliminates that problem, and gives you a product that is quite unique!