How many of you have done a family portrait session only to end up with a USB drive of digital files sitting in a desk drawer somewhere? Maybe you uploaded those photos even, and shared a few of social media. But after that, the stress of choosing what to do with those files keeps them collecting dust. I know. I actually get it. Even as a photographer, I do the exact same thing! I had two beautiful family sessions captured of my own family last year and I’m guilty of doing all that I just described.
That’s why I want to help. I’m hear to share a few of my favorite ideas on what you can do with those files. I want to share with you some of the best ways to print photos and a few labs that I highly recommend to get great quality products at a consumer level price. So without further delay, let’s get those photos off your computer and into your home!
1. Simple Prints
I know, this sounds boring. But it really is the BEST way to get your files into print, and also the most affordable. If you are in need of a great lab, stay away from the drugstore photo counter and head over to MPix. I love their print quality – it’s the closest thing you can get to a professional lab without being a professional photographer. Don’t have frames for your prints? Hop on over to Etsy and purchase a lovely personalized wooden box to put them in. It will bring back those feelings of nostalgia when shuffling through your own box of prints, just like you would have with your grandmother’s.
2. Wall Galleries
While I highly recommend asking your photographer for help with this, there are also so many resources out there online helping you DIY your own wall gallery. A wall gallery is a collection of different sized photos displayed in a tasteful way that can easily fill up a whole wall. Use images all from one session or color scheme for the best impact. You can pick up different sized frames at Michael’s, or get hang-ready canvas or metal displays over at MPix.
Albums might just be my favorite way to print photos. While I’m admittedly behind on my own personal albums, I just love the feeling I get when I complete one and have it in my hands to flip through. This is the most time-consuming way to print your photos, but it’s worth it if you have a whole trip you’d like to make a book of or a baby’s first year collection of images. Trust me, the time you put in will be soooo worth it! Artifact Uprising is definitely one of my favorite companies for this!
Have I inspired you? Send me a photo of what you’ve done with your digital files and I’ll send you a free 8×10 print of your favorite image or $50 towards a future session with me.