When ordering prints, I hope you’ll consider the higher quality that is offered by professional print labs versus a one-hour photo center. We’ve both invested time and money into capturing these images, so although you have the freedom to print the images wherever you choose, a professional lab will offer much better quality — in both paper and printing — than a big box store or discount service.
Ordering through the online gallery
The best place to have your photos printed is via the online gallery link. Orders are fulfilled by a professional print lab and shipped directly to you — and if you have any problems with an order, I’ll work with you to resolve them. (Unfortunately, I can’t provide this quality assurance, or offer exchanges/refunds for orders placed elsewhere.)
As a reminder, the gallery is active for 30 days (for family or engagement sessions) or 90 days (for weddings), so be sure to place your order before the gallery expires. Expired galleries can be re-instated for a $25 fee.
If you want to make prints on your own, I recommend www.mpix.com. I also like Artifact Uprising’s prints and photo books, as well as products from Pinhole Press. I do use Shutterfly for vacation photos, but would not recommend ordering gift prints through them, or printing photos at Walgreens/CVS, Target, Costco, etc. For invitations/announcements, I recommend the Paper Source, Minted, or Tiny Prints. I’ve also been very pleased with the framing options/quality offered by Framebridge. (In fact, if you order through them, use the code CARRIEHOLBO10 for $10 off your order!)
Cropping and color correction
Wherever you choose to order prints or products, remember that automated cropping may remove an important part of the image, so make sure that you see how the image will look before ordering. Be sure, too, to decline any automatic color correction.
Large format prints and canvases
If you are interested in a large format print or canvas, I encourage you to contact me before ordering. These products may require additional retouching or file preparation. (A blemish or distracting background element that is unnoticeable in an 8×10 print, for example, may be much more visible in a 30×40 wall canvas.) This retouching is complimentary for large prints/canvases ordered through me; otherwise, I can provide a quote based on my hourly rates.
Custom, archival-quality leather and linen albums are available; please contact me for details.
File size and resolution
Images provided are full resolution, and appropriate for high-quality prints up to 8×10 size. (Truthfully, images can probably be printed larger, but as stated above, this may require additional retouching or file preparation; please let me know if you have specific questions.)
Color versus black and white
I will present your gallery images in a combination of color and black and white. Please note that images presented in black and white cannot be reverted to color.