Photo Finish — A Portrait Printing Guide

April 2, 2020


Ok, so maybe you’ve finally settled in your new home. The walls are blank and you’re ready to print some of your sweet portraits. Maybe the holidays are approaching and you need a heartwarming gift for your mom, but “she already has everything”. Or maybe you just got back from your honeymoon and you’re ready to send out thank you cards to all your wedding vendors…

Whatever the reason you’ve stopped by, I am glad you’re here. Let’s print your photos.

Print your favorite pictures straight from your online gallery. Did you know that your online Pixieset gallery comes with a storefront that is very user friendly? You can create a favorites list within your gallery and order your selected images to print. You can also order cards (thank you/holiday) to mail out! There are different sizes + paper options and your professional prints will be sent directly to you from the lab. Want an instructional video? Here ya go!

I highly recommend printing your images from a professional photo lab rather than a consumer lab (like Walgreens or Costco). Recently, I ordered prints from multiple labs (both cheaper consumer labs and a few different professional labs) to see the quality difference and the results were crazy. Check it out—

Example 01 — This is the same image printed by 3 different printers. Look at the bride’s veil in the left image—white, but in the middle image—it’s pink and in the right image—yellow! The middle image is over-saturated and the highlights are blown out, while the right image looks washed out and we lose some detail.

Obviously, the left image was printed through my preferred professional printing lab. The other two were printed through popular consumer labs.

Example 02 — Here are black-and-white portraits from the same wedding. Again, there are pink tones and yellow tones in the second and third prints.

Example 03 — Ok, check out the orange dress in the 2nd column and the red dress in the 4th column. All different hues.

For more examples and thoughts, I published an IGTV video comparing different popular printer brands—check it out here! I talk more about paper options, color quality, and shipping/delivery times!

If you need help printing from your gallery, here is a video where I walk through the easy process!

Final note: Don’t get me wrong. I totally understand ballin’ on a budget. And in some cases, a simple CVS or Walmart prints will work, but if you’re investing in frames for your home or gifts for your parents—my advice—get the quality print!


Here are some of my favorite ways you can
use your professional prints—

      1. Print + frame your favorite portraits for around your home
      2. Gift a print to your parents or grandparents for the holidays
      3. Order a photo album to remember your wedding day
      4. Gift a photo album to your parents or grandparents for their birthday
      5. Create a photo into a Thank You card for wedding vendors
      6. Order a holiday card to send out to family + friends


Now that you have your prints—let’s display them. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate your portraits into your home. Check out my framing blog here!

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