Professional Prints vs Digital Images

You want the DIGITAL IMAGES only or maybe  a few prints?  You can go down to Target, Walmart... and make your own prints a lot cheaper, right?  It's the same thing as the expensive ones the photographer offers.    Why not just pay a photographer a little for a photoshoot and then make your own prints?    I get it!  I'm going to explain why.  You'll need to think about WHAT YOU VALUE and WHAT YOU WANT FROM YOUR PHOTO SESSION so you can make the best choices.  

Benefits of Professional Photo Printing

Please consider your photoshoot and the professional prints as an investment.  They are art created for you and your family.    I use professional printing services that offer treatments that protect your family art for decades to come.  You can choose matte, lustre or glossy.  A variety of papers are also available. 

Using a professional printing service has several advantages. Professional printers offer high quality prints and services not usually available at retail stores and on-demand printing kiosks.  In fact, if you get prints at say Target, WalMart, Costco, CVS, Walgreens etc… you will get a different looking print from each one.  They will not look like the image your photographer worked hard to capture and edit for perfection.  BLOG POST showing the differences will be posted in the near future.  Colors won’t be the same and the prints won’t last when exposed to the light.  If you choose not to purchase high quality prints from me (professional photo lab) I suggest you find a local photo lab such as Precision Camera in Austin, TX.  It will cost a bit more than the aforementioned stores, but it so worth it.  

Good News!  I will explain the nuances and advantages so you can choose the best presentation for your needs.  I typically do this in person so I can show you examples.  Meanwhile- read about some options.

Papers Used- Let's Make it EASY!

Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Super Type PD Luster
Vivid color reproduction, brilliant whites, with a semi-gloss luster finish; this paper offers a sharper, crisper image. #1 recommended for any type of photography.

Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl Paper
High quality gloss finish with a distinctive pearl-like appearance. Ideal for professional applications such as commercial, fashion and portrait photography.

Fuji Crystal Archive Professional Deep Matte Paper
True non-reflective matte with warm whites and a super smooth finish. It’s unique lusterless surface provides elegant color reproduction with subtlety and warmth. Great for skin tones, soft images, and black and whites. *Not typically recommend for images with dense shadow detail and ultra rich blacks.

Kodak Endura Metallic Paper
High gloss finish and metallic appearance creates exceptionally unique depth, rich vibrant colors and flattering flesh tones. Idea for commercial, fashion and portrait photography.

Types of Wall Art

Gallery Canvas Wrap

Gallery Canvas Wrap- Carmen Buck Photography

Gallery Canvas Wrap- Carmen Buck Photography

The canvas has superior color rendition, rich blacks and a smooth gloss finish. They are printed on high quality white poly-cotton canvas to ensure that the saturation and sharpness is positively awe-inspiring.  All of our canvas is printed and stretched at the lab for impeccable quality assurance.

The lab I use is proud to share that our canvas manufacturer partners with American Forests to help rebuild forests. They do this by planting a tree for every roll of canvas material used.

Metal Prints

Metal Prints- Carmen Buck Photography

Metal Prints- Carmen Buck Photography

Metal Prints are waterproof, UV resistant, and made from 100% recyclable aluminum. Images are transferred using dye sublimation processing which makes your image a permanent part of the aluminum sheet to create an extremely durable product. Available in two finishes, various sizes and display options.  Metal Prints are a very impressive option!

Wood Prints

Wood Print- Carmen Buck Photography

Wood Print- Carmen Buck Photography

Give your images a warm, natural feel these beautiful Wood Prints. The grain of the wood shows through the lighter areas of your photographs giving them a unique look. Wood prints come with precut keyholes in the back and are easy to hang. Available in various sizes from 8”x 8” to 20”x 30”.

Canvas Float Wraps

This is the same quality canvas printing as our gallery wraps, only this canvas product is wrapped around a lightweight gatorfoam board. Canvas floats are finished with black paper backing and a foam floater block with pre-drilled holes for hanging.

The manufacturer of our canvas material partners with American Forests to help rebuild forests. They do this by planting a tree for every roll of canvas material used.

Fine Art Prints

Printed using the latest in pigment based, inkjet technology, and archival certified for 100+ years.

Fine Art Prints- Carmen Buck Photography

Fine Art Prints- Carmen Buck Photography


Watercolor – 310 gsm, 100% Cotton
Heavy weight with a soft, watercolor matte texture.

Smooth Fine Art – 310 gsm, 100% Cotton
Bright white cotton paper, smooth surface, and great with high contrast images.

Bamboo – 290 gsm, 90% Bamboo Fiber, 10% Cotton
Particularly suitable for warm-toned color and monochrome prints, slightly textured.