It's really popular today to get your USB with all of your photos from your wedding photographer and do the printing yourself. This is always an option, but please consider the following four things before you decide not to get photos or albums printed with your wedding photographer:
1. Generic printers, such as the ones at Walmart, Walgreen's, and Kinko's, just won't cut it when it comes to high quality prints. They tend to be overly saturated, with the blacks much to dark and obscuring the details in the photos. Costco and Sam's do have professional grade printers, but the best way to get the print you want is to print through me. I know what high quality looks like, and if it's not good enough for me, I won't send it to you. It'll be done right, or I'll have it redone until I'm satisfied.
Another thing to consider here is that the actual quality of the print from other printers isn't meant to stand the test of time. Professionally done photo books are printed with ink and paper that are built for the long haul. My photo books will be museum-quality family treasures for years to come.
2. If you buy from me when you first make your contract with me, you'll get a big discount. Getting professional quality items costs a lot of money, but I can give you a much better deal when you've done the entirety of your wedding business with me.
And not only that, but buying ahead of time means that after your wedding, all the work is over! No more decisions to make or photos to organize. Just enjoy your newlywed status and I'll handle the photo album organization for you.
3. Getting a USB is so convenient...until you lose it. Photo albums are always easily accessible, and a solid physical option to save your beautiful pictures forever.
Now, you'll want that USB with your high quality originals in it, too. But back it up! Save it to at least one other place outside of that little USB drive. If you ever completely lose your pictures, your photographer will have them backed up somewhere. But they'll charge you for their time and access to pull your photos from their archive. Keep it safe and make copies!
4. One more reason to use me for your printing: we can discuss sizing, printing type, layouts, how and where in your home you want to display, and anything else we need to go over to be sure you're getting exactly what you want.
Do you know how big a 20" by 30" print really is? Is it going to look great on your wall, or get lost in the decor? Should we crop some photos differently from their original look for the display you're going for? All of these decisions are things I can help you figure out, and get them right the first time. Why spend extra money on physical prints that aren't exactly what you want? Let me make sure your wedding photos are perfect, from engagement to final display.
Check out a few photos of one of my favorite wedding items, the classic lay-flat photo album: