You finally got everyone together, in the perfect outfits and the weather cooperated in the best way! You spent a decent amount of money on a family shoot, and even have some winners where everyone is smiling and looking their best. So….. now what? Well, in this day and age, the most popular request from most clients would be to buy the digital package and share with friends and family online. ( I cringe, but I get this request daily) Maybe you want the digitals because can print your photos yourself. Makes sense, right? You want to save money…and it’s easy and pretty convenient to upload your photo and to a local photo lab and have the print to hang on your wall that night! We’ve all done it (myself included – until I learned better)
Unfortunately, that is not always the best choice. Not all labs are created equal by any means. I have seen this “post” done by several photographers on their blogs… but I was always skeptical. I always thought “oh yeah, that’s edited.” I decided to try it for myself…and let’s just say, I am REALLY shocked. I have heard how bad consumer labs can be and now I have seen it for myself. I can promise you that these are the prints in their true form. I have not done ANY editing whatsoever, other than just scanning the photo onto my computer and adding the lab name.
Each lab took has a different spin on the photo but ultimately, even the untrained eye can see what is wrong with each “version.”
It personally makes me sad that THIS is how my work may possibly be displayed…especially since you (the client) spend hard earned cash on the experience of a professional photo session and are left with these as keepsakes (and the fact that they may be passed on to future generations!) and that I spend HOURS upon HOURS working on your session for it to turn out like this! yuck! It’s hard for me to swallow because as you can see these examples are NOT what my work looks like and if you order these prints, and you see how it comes out it’s NOT ME! I promise!
You can easily see the professional lab actually matches the colors of the photographer who sent hours getting it just right. Of course these other labs are great for printing snapshots where you don’t really care about quality but if you are going to spend money on a great photo session that you can pass on to future generations, why waste it? Just some food for thought.
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May 9, 2022