How to print your digital images
So you have had a photo shoot and gained some beautiful images of your families, now is time to think about getting them put up on the walls, but where to start?
The first and most important part is making sure you have downloaded them properly. This may sound basic, but you will be surprised how many people come back to me and tell me that they cannot download them or the sizing is of poor quality.
1. Make sure you download them from a computer or laptop. This is really important because mobile devices will save them as a lower quality images, as they compress the images to fit on your device. When you go to print large, they will be of poor quality, Often pixelated and you do want poor quality on your walls after paying out to have beautiful pictures created.
2. Make sure you back them up, as we often delete albums from our online galleries after a set time to make space for future clients. It is also worth doing this with USBs too as sometimes they can corrupt over time.
Next you will need to consider where you want your prints to go, once you know the size of space, you can considering how many images you wish to fill the area and the size you wish to print in. If your planning on framing your photographs, it may be worth popping into a shop and seeing the sizes available and getting a feel for what will work in the space you have available.
Now its time to choose your photos, this is the fun part but can also be daunting as you love so many images, how do you choose?
If you have had a family session with two children, the center photograph is normally the full family, then surrounded by smaller elements, such as a photograph of you children together, one of them individually, a photo of dad with children and a photo of mum with children and finally a photograph of mum and dad together. This option will make a 7 image gallery on your wall. Obviously this will change depending on your family and the type of session you have.
A lovely option for this example would be a large center image, surrounded by 3 smaller images either side, shown below.
You may also want to consider that you will add photographs to your wall as your family grows. Once you have an idea in mind, you need to consider print sizes. Many prints will require cropping, so you may lose some details in each photo. I am a huge fan of square prints, Love them and when I shoot a session I try to keep this in consideration, but not all pictures will fit nicely into a square frame, especially if the crop is tight. So keep this in mind when you go to print, whichever size print your choose to go for, you may need to crop it. The design below is one of my best sellers, and works perfectly on it own and can be added too as your family grows. I did say, I love squares.
Finding the right printer for you isn't always, each print shop, prints slightly differently, a blog for another time! When you receive your prints check them over, do they look right? Some print labs desaturate or add in saturation, some brighten or darken the image. If your photos don't look right, it may be worth trying another printing lab. Quite often photographers will have a printing lab they use that is set up perfectly for their images and ordering your prints directly through them will gaurentee the quality and colour of your images.
Now you have your chosen prints and frames its time to get them on the wall and appreciate the beauty of your family.
There is so many different ways to hang your images, but here is some template designs to help get you inspired.
Meet the Author
Cheryl Peach is a family photographer based in Plymouth, Devon who specializes in maternity, newborn and family lifestyle photography, creating natural photographs that show the emotions and uniqueness of every family. Oh So Peachy Photography was
created in 2016 when Cheryl found her passion for photography whilst photographing her own children and wanted to create memories for other to cherish for years to come. To book a session, please get in touch.