The digital camera age has given us all the ability to take photos quickly and print them at a local lab or online for fairly cheap, and really fast. This is, overall, a very good thing. I want every person in the world to be able to capture their precious memories, have them printed and preserved for years to come. It's important to preserve these cherished memories, not just for ourselves but also for future generations.
One of the problems we encounter, however, is whether we are getting our photos printed to look their best. Are they being printed with ink and paper that will stand the test of time to last for those future generations, or are they going to gradually fade like those photos printed at the drugstore in our baby albums have have over the decades? And are you getting the best color on your photos, or does your lab make the skin look too red, or yellow, or green, or whatever color you might not wish to look?
If you are hiring a photographer to take your photos, you can probably be assured that they are ordering from a lab that they feel is going to give you treasures that will last a long time.
If you decide to spend money on digital images from your photographer rather than prints, please carefully consider what lab you will use to print those photos. It might not matter as much on certain products like books and boxes, but you don't want to end up with photos you aren't happy with down the road, when you could have spent a little more to have photos you would be happy with for a lifetime.
I am offering this information to you, whether you are my client or not, because I feel passionately about families having quality photos for their memories, and I want you all to have the best. Here is a very helpful article written with honest, objective comparisons of some of the most popular labs - from expensive to cheap. If you are considering digital images from your photographer, or if you are just printing images you have taken yourself with your own camera, please take a look at this list and make sure you're getting the best for your money and memories!
Have a wonderful day!