How to Order Your Prints

There are so many options and in today’s world of photography many people are getting digital image CDs with the hopes of saving money on prints.  Digital images are great for sharing online and many photographers offer an image CD specifically sized for the internet and not for quality printing.  This is a great option because it allows people to share their images via Facebook and other internet social marketing.  Other photographers (commonly termed shoot and burn photographers) often offer images with print or copyright releases.   I do offer this to every client despite not being a strong fan because everybody requests it; however, I do not think it is the best quality I can give my clients and I am going to explain that further below.  This entry in my blog is to help you understand the good and bad about image CDs and guide you in making quality print purchases.  

First of all, I would like to explain why I feel making the print purchase through your photographer is a great idea IMO (especially prints above an 8X10 in size).  Photographers have the ability to calibrate their computers to match the color that their printer will print at; therefore the prints will turn out their intended color and they have a guarantee.  Their color may not match those at any other printer online and most printers will not offer this guarantee.  Many “low cost printers” do not offer as high of a quality of print (paper quality, ink quality, or dots per inch – DPI).  Additionally, many of these printers do not offer things like lustre coating (which helps to protect the images from finger prints and color fading).  The higher quality of print makes the images more dramatic and intense, they take a photo from nice to AMAZING!  

 

Your photographer is a great resource to help you decide what will look good in a determined space if you are wanting to really dress it up.  Photographers have studied their field and understand aesthetics and  displays.  While we have all been accustomed to the purchase of an 8×10 your photographer would probably suggest you purchase something larger.  Maybe you prefer prints or know they are cheaper, but if you discussed it with your photographer you would probably realize that after the cost of framing it in a nice frame you would end up with a smaller print at the same price as a larger canvas and a canvas gives it a nice artistic touch.

Personally, I generally suggest (to people interested in listening) purchasing anything larger than an 8×10 (which everyone should do if they are paying for a photography session) should purchase high quality prints through their photographer or a professional photographers suggested printer; they will certainly suggest companies with acceptable printing options.  Pictures that will be passed around should certainly have lustre coating.  Pictures gallery wraps should be looked at carefully, low cost gallery wraps will commonly be made less sturdy instead of with high-quality wood.  Additionally, I would suggest using metallic canvas as it really enhances the quality of the print and is not an extremely expensive upgrade.  Also, anything you plan on displaying for the long term should be at least lustre coated or it may show yellowing, fading, and deterioration.

Most professional photographers provide high-quality prints that are protected against fading and deterioration; however, with so many photographers springing up lately online it is a great idea to consider whether they have an expertise in their field.  Additionally, be sure to find out what quality of images you will be receiving, whether you will have edited images, etc.  It is of my highest prerogative to provide my clients with the highest value without sacrificing quality.

Thanks for reading!

 

 

Engagement and Family Portraits – Columbia, Missouri Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

We had fun up at Shelter Gardens in Columbia, MO this past weekend taking engagement pictures of the Lee family!  They told me their story about how they met through Facebook 🙂  They cannot wait until his move from New Zealand is complete!

 

 

Jane brought along her beautiful daughter, Nadia.  Nadia is really scared of bees, and with all of the gorgeous flowers up at Shelter Gardens there were bees everywhere.  Nadia had the cutest reactions!  She thought that her new platform shoes “heels” were meant for running and climbing, so we had a few blunders, but she was a real trooper!

 

 

I loved getting to watch how close this family is, they look happy and wonderful together!

 

 

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Baseball – Missouri and Kansas Lifestyle Photographer

Headed out to Cosmo Park in Columbia, MO last week and took over one of their baseball fields!  We had a blast, and got tons of fun lifestyle pictures.  Here are just a few of the pics we loved!

Baseball at Cosmo Park in Columbia, MO - Still Image Impressions

 

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Creative Services – Missouri Lifestyle Photographer

Do you have pictures on a CD in your home you never printed?  (I do from years ago).  Despite my best intentions our baby books were started, not finished and our family album has a few pictures in it, not many.  This was not from a lack of portraits or fantastic photography; these were from when I would go to Sears and spend a fortune on photography so I could have the disc that everyone always asks for.  Yes, it is a great deal to get your edited images on a disc, but if you do not get high quality prints when will you end up doing them?  Are you really going to have time to get the album done?  This is a big question now with so many families having discs and just a few portraits on the wall.  Where exactly are you going to record your baby’s and family’s stories?

 

Had our parents not had albums and only purchased the 8-track of images how would we look at them now.  Surely, you’ve seen people trying to find an old slide show machine because all of their images are slides (by the way you can still get those printed at Walmart).  This idea could be more work than it is worth in the longrun and in the meanwhile you have to hope they don’t get broken, misplaced, etc.  For years I thought purchasing a CD made a lot more sense.  I definitely think it has a presence in this time with all of the social media, and I do not think that it is a poor choice; however, I think that it should be used as an add-on purchase.

In the name of bringing back the albums that are quickly disappearing, I am going offering professionally printed custom albums.  I will quote any requests please tell me what you are looking for:

  • Number of pages.
  • Number of pictures.
  • Size of album.
  • Color scheme or style (classy, trendy, funky, etc.)

Or you can come up with a budget and I can help you decide the size and number of pages.  I will offer a payment plan for these, so it is not all due up front!

 

Here is a very basic sample page, but many more custom builds will be showcased in the weeks to come!

 

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Hello world! – Missouri Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

 

 

Hey, I’ve finally gotten in to start my blog!  I am a Central Missouri lifestyle photographer.  I just love capturing expressions and feelings that evoke emotions from a photograph.  Providing affordable portraiture to families is really important to me, so I offer a variety of programs and custom sessions to assist in budgeting.  I cannot wait to get together with you and create your custom experience!  I currently am offering discs and prints.  I provide prints of high quality for less than most photographers in the area, ask me why and why prints are a better investment.  Please check out my website and fan me on Facebook!

 

 

The Buzz:

Still Image Impressions did a great job with our family portraits. We waited to get portraits done until it was so close to Christmas I did not think we would get them back in time. Brandi came over to our home. She was very patient with our children. She has a very relaxed approach, and while family pictures have been a challenge in the past, this was really enjoyable. We had a few ideas about what we wanted and she really nailed those, and we really loved her personal artistic touch too!

The same night that she had taken the pictures she already had proofs to us, and she had our CD just two days later. The photographs were incredible and we will definitely scheduling an appointment again this spring!

-Abby

 
I was very happy with Still Image Impressions service every time I used them. I have used picture people and JC Penny’s and many other places and never had the personal touch that you get with Still Image Impressions. They go the extra mile every time to capture portraits of your life. Brandi is a Mom of 4 herself and has experience in caring for children, so she knows exactly how to capture that sparkle in your child’s eye and the spark in their personality. These won’t just be another family photo they will be your memories.

-Christina
We were very pleased with the service we received from Still Image Impressions. Brandi came to our home and took pictures of our then 8 week old daughter, my husband and myself, and family photos that included our dogs. The pictures turned out great and the turn around time was amazing, we had our cd within days. Thanks Brandi!

-Amber

We had such a wonderful experience with Brandi! I emailed her ahead of times with some ideas and images that I would like to try and she researched them and even brought suitable props/materials to make the shots as close to what I showed her as possible. She was very patient with us and our three children and had our photos edited and available within days of our shoot. I would highly suggest Still Image Impressions for your next family shoot!

– Jessica

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