Every now and then I change my printed portfolio to show customers new products.
I've been working hard, finished the design and send the orders on the first days of 2016. Such an exciting moment, eagerly waiting for the products.
I messed up really bad . . . I've tried a cheaper lab!
I gave in under the pressure of bringing less expensive products, as my clients always ask me for :(
First, I've sent the lab an email, they never bother to answer. I went online to order anyway. Wasted several hours on two consecutive day to upload couple of images, they were having problems with the website. Placed the order on 8th of January (not a busy month). Payed all the products full price, not as Sample as it would have been normal.
Today I've received the package!
First, a photo box with mounted prints. It's ok, nothing spectacular, with slip in photos. Don't think I'll keep it in my product range - money wasted.
Second , the album! I am opening the box! I am so excited!
OMG!!!! I am crying over it........
It's at least 3 stops underexposed, the skin tones are completely Fucked UP, two identical pages (printed the same image on two consecutive pages). I wasted my time, I'm so disappointed!
I called them and they promise to reprint the album. Honestly, I just want the money back and never to hear from them again, but their Policies don't allow it.
I've spent a huge amount of money testing labs, different prints or products, so you don't have to.
I offer prints because they bring yo the real value.
I have the knowledge to advice you about the types of prints that can be on matt, metallic , textured , high gloss or cotton paper, canvas or acrylic, bamboo panels or aluminium, not to mention mounts, frames etc. I've spent many hours learning about it. Still learning, but one thing is certain: Quality comes at a price!
That being said, if the "photographer" offers you the most wanted CD without showing you printed portfolio:
- He/She is not a professional
-He/She doesn't respect you enough
On the other side, "no prints" means:
- You don't appreciate the photographer's work
- You don't care that much about those "pictures"
- You get what you payed for
For me - lesson learned: NEVER COMPROMISE your art to satisfy the one who wheren't looking to buy in the first place!
*Note: This is not applicable for commercial sessions