(Closed) why should/shouldn’t I order an 8X10 photo from my photographer? pro photogs?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Honestly, I don’t really think buying from a photographer is any better quality than on your own. When I had my buisness, I charged 25 bucks for an 8×10 that was ordered from a print studio studio. The quality was great, but it cost less than 4 dollars.

  Personally, I’d see if you can get an account with WHCC. I’ve ordered a few prints from them and I thought they were nice. They ask for you to submit some of your work- if you have taken nice vacation or honeymoon, submit those.

 The also do canvas prints.

Post # 5
1405 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t even offer any prints smaller than an 8×10.  Smaller than that you can’t really tell the difference, and those images are more for proofing purposes and end up in albums or desk drawers tucked away.  Wall portraits are another story……..they are something you will look at and enjoy every day.

8×10 isn’t really that big, and my least favorite aspect ratio.  If it’s a head and shoulders shot, it may suffice, but for 3/4 or full body, I would suggest something at least 11×14, or 16×20.  If it’s an environmental portrait with a lot of negative space around you, I would go even bigger.  You probably never thought of a 20×30 print, but if it’s done right, it’s really breathtaking to cover a wall in your house with a custom framed piece of art like that.

For these sizes IMO it’s absolutely worth it to purchase them from your photographer.  Remember, you are not buying the piece of paper the image is printed on, but rather the art that the photographer created and the pro lab reproduced, and the guarantee that it was done right.

Longevity would be the least of my worries if you have the digital files, you can always make another print if it fades.  However, pro labs do use the highest quality, archival inks and papers, and typically include a UV coating.  Also, photographers monitors are typically calibrated to the labs printers so you will get the most accurate reproduction.  Last, you don’t have to worry about the image prep, aspect ratio and cropping to a certain size, any retouching required, output sharpening levels, and maybe ordering a print and then reordering if you screwed something up.  The photographer will make sure everything is perfect and typically guarantee the print.  So that is why it typically costs more vs what you can obtain at walmart.

If you do print it yourself, skip walmart and cvs and go to a quality lab.  My biggest complaint with the drug store labs is the color casts on the prints I tend to see.

Post # 6
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont know if the photographer’s prices are worth it, but definitely dont order from like CVS or Walmart.  I actually had to order a few 4×6 prints from CVS today for my thank you cards cause I was missing a few from a shutterfly order, and CVS quatliy print SUCKED.  In a side by side comparision with even just shutterfly the CVS print had a stange blue tint or something.  In the shutterfly one, I have a nice warm skin tone, in the CVS one, I look like a ghost pale white.  And in that same picture I’m holding my bouquet, shutterfly I can see the leaf next to a purple flower in the bouquet and the CVS one its so dark I cant see the leaf against the purple flower.

Post # 7
1109 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

$15 for a pro print is cheap, I’m getting a free one (yayyyy haggling!) but she usually sells them for $45. She said it’s because the color and quality is much better when she takes the time to develop the picture perfectly. It’s up to you if getting the best possible print matters to you. I agree that a wal-mart print wouldn’t be as good as a pro print.

Post # 9
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I would definitely order from the photographer… $15 is pretty cheap and if you rint at Walmart or somewhere similar then the colors are WAY off. Especially if you can see them next to eachother. Also, you can get really nice textures and stuff which is nice.

Post # 10
2232 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have used Vistek before to print photos and they are great. They are a pro store so the quality should be very close to what your photographer does and the 8×10 is only $3.99! Check it out : http://www.vistek.ca/digitalphoto/

Post # 11
1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@maureen9004: Telling a bride to pose as a photographer so they can order prints from a pro printing company? So unethical. Not to mention that I use WHCC for my prints, and there is no way she is going to the color right unless her photographer happens to be calibrated to that company. WHCC prints are really on the red side, so if her photog uses any other company, she’s likely to come out looking like an apple in her pictures 😛

Personally, I would never sell a print to my client for a ridiculous sum if it was something they could order themselves and get the same quality. Also, only prints ordered through the photographer typically come fully retouched.

Post # 13
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My photographer recommends Mpix for printing our wedding pictures. She said it is a lab open to consumers but is professional quality. We are going to do an album with Adorama pix since my photographer only offers a 10 page album and I don’t think that is near enough pages! 

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