How to effortlessly get your photos printed

I just want the digitals. I’ll print them on my own.

But will you really??

I got married before I was a photographer. I knew what kind of photography I wanted, and I was willing to pay a pretty penny to get beautiful photos to remember my wedding day. I found the perfect photographer for me (Jessica White Photography – love her and her work), and we met up to talk about which package I would like.

I went with her biggest package (yes, it  was a splurge and so worth every penny). In the top package, along with engagements, bridals, and the wedding day coverage, came a 40 page album, a 16x20 mounted print, and an 11x14 mounted print.

Pretty much I was just looking at the coverage and didn’t really think about the prints or the albums. I knew I was getting the pictures on a cd and I would just print them later.

So before the wedding day I ordered the 11x14 photo to put up at the reception, and decided to wait to get a wedding day picture in the 16x20 size. I didn’t even think about the album. I had never thought about getting one and I wasn’t too worried about it.

The wedding day came and went, and it was wonderful, even if we did have 30 minutes of monsoon rain right before the outside reception (can you say stress???).  It was wonderful and I was excited to see all my beautiful photos.

Jessica sent me my cds and I picked out my 16x20 print. I then chose all my favorites from all of my photo shoots and the wedding day, and I was able to have someone design my album.

Let me break down how often I look at each of these photos:

(8) 4x6 photos ordered through my photographer for the wedding day – in my family room (every day)

11x14 print of us from our engagement session– in my family room (every day for the last year and a half)

16x20 print from our wedding day– in my family room (every day)

Album – on my coffee table in my family room (probably a couple of times a month, but I have definitely showed it off to people when they come over – they love looking at it) The best part is that this has pictures from our engagements, bridals, the wedding at the temple, and the reception at Thanksgiving Point.

Cds of all of my pictures – I looked at them a couple of times to get a couple more prints right after getting them, but honestly, I think that they’re in our study upstairs in a drawer but I can’t be sure. I haven’t looked at them in well over a year. 

Don't judge that we have so many photos of us. I love having them and feel like they make our house more homey. Plus, I love my shrine walls, so there :) 

A couple of my friends have been over recently, and these are the remarks I get when they see my wedding album:

“I have been meaning to put mine together, maybe some time soon!” (married 8 months)

“I really want to put mine in a book, but it just takes so much time!” (married 6 months)

“I wish I had a book like this. Maybe I’ll make mine someday.” (married a year)

Guess who didn’t have to spend hours making an album and gets to enjoy looking at my wedding pictures all the time?

This girl.

Now I know that weddings and newborns are different, but really, getting photos taken is pretty much always the same.

You spend money to get beautiful photos taken to remember a special event, you get the cd, and then it really is a lot of work to get pictures printed. They end up sitting on your cd until you have the energy to make it happen.

You have to look through them all, pick which ones you want, decide where you want them, decide on a size, figure out a frame or a company to print through, and if you’re making a book it’s even worse.

Designing a book or album is a lot of work. Figuring out which pictures where, finding the time to sit down and design it, it’s a lot of time and effort on your part.

I’ve made Shutterfly books in the past, and it takes HOURS. My mom has been putting together a birthday book for my sister’s 40th that includes pictures from her whole life as well as some captions talking about her life. Want to know how long this has taken her? Over a year.  She works on it when she has time, Shutterfly lost half of the project at one point and she had to basically restart, and she is almost done. It has been a crazy, stressful, time consuming, and sometimes frustrating project for her.  It will be such a treasure once it’s done, but I know that the actual process of making it has been so hard for her.

Does that sound like fun to you?

Nope.

Is the result awesome?

Yes.

Would it be way nicer to have someone else do it for you so you can live your life and enjoy the photos sooner than if you made it yourself?

That’s for you to decide.

For me, it’s a no brainer. Now that I have my own photography business, I can’t help but look back and think how awesome it was that Jessica had an album in that package and that I was able to get a beautiful photo album that I treasure and enjoy every day. It wasn’t something that I thought I wanted, but now that it’s there, it’s more precious to me than all of the cds of photos that I got from her.

You get pictures taken because you want to remember, but the pictures themselves so often get lost on a phone , hard drive, or cd somewhere. Technology is constantly changing, and you don’t want your images to be stuck on your cd or usb and have no way to access them in 20 years. 

Find a photographer that will help you get completed products so that you don’t have to worry about it. Spend more time with your family creating new memories instead of digging through old photos trying to print them out somewhere.

There is another way, besides just getting a disc of images. Find someone who will help you get the most from your photos. 

If this is something that resonated with you, please Contact me and we can set up a time to talk and see if I'm the right fit for you.