Ordering Prints | Old Fashioned or Underrated?

by Tierney Johnson in


As I prepared to place a print order today (all the photos above are actual photos ordered by the client) I rejoiced that so many of my clients "get it." They don't let their images simply sit on a USB drive forever and they know that displaying and enjoying a photo goes far beyond using as a profile photo on a social media site. In the days when film reigned supreme, prints were the norm. The only way to actually view your photos in a finished form was to make a print, so there were naturally a LOT of physical photos! All the photos your parents snapped of you on their film camera growing up were taken to a photo lab to be turned into prints. There was no "I'll just look at it on the back of my camera" or "I'll just email you this photo."

With the digital revolution, things changed. Let me just say for the record that film is NOT dead, but rather that it's just not the norm anymore, but that's a topic for another day! With all the advantages of the digital revolution also came a few disadvantages, and one of them (in my opinion) is that photos are far less likely to make it to paper. Do I think every photo needs to be printed? No. In fact, one thing I love about digital is that is so much less wasteful. Why bother printing a photo you hate and want to throw in the trash? Instead, you have the choice to save resources and simply print what you adore. But there's the catch: you need to print the ones that you love and that do capture life as it unraveled! It's an extra step, but it's a vital step.

One of my favorite sayings is, "Gratitude unexpressed is incomplete." I believe the same applies to prints. The process isn't complete until there's a photo in a frame next to your bed, or held with a magnet on grandma's refrigerator, or hung on your living room wall. Is making prints old fashioned? NO! Is it underrated? Yes. Some of the advantages of ordering prints through me after your session are:
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  1. Fine tune editing to keep you sitting pretty in print form for ages to come.
  2. Proper coloring that will be true to life.
  3. High quality paper that will stand the test of time.
  4. Correct sizing of the digital file to prevent pixellation.
  5. Custom cropping to prevent strangely cut photos.


While I do believe you will have an advantage ordering your prints through me after your session, the ONLY lab I currently suggest that clients use on their own is www.mpix.com. I do not receive anything for recommending mpix, but rather know that no other public lab can compare to the quality that you will get using mpix. In fact, I would like to discourage you from using another lab because they are offering 50% off or have better prices. I can pretty much guarantee that your print and photo products from mpix will look better now AND in the future!

What are you waiting for? Make the decision to order prints. Buy a frame that needs to be filled or order that canvas you've been wanting to decorate with for so long. I recently hung five updated 11x14 photos on our living room walls and I find myself examining and enjoying them on almost a daily basis! I make a point to keep a folder on my computer of photos that I would like to print, and when a client needs prints, I order some for myself while I'm at it. I don't think I'll ever have as many photos as my parents do from my childhood, but I'll have SOMETHING physical to look through with my husband and son and any others that may enter our lives, and that is priceless :)