In the digital age, it’s easy to forget how special a printed photo can feel. Here are our best tips for bringing your cherished portraits into your home and office.
When we get our picture taken, we put so much time and energy into making sure everything is perfect.
Then, when we finally get our gorgeous final images, they help us see ourselves and our lives in a new way. They capture moments and memories like they’re frozen in time forever.
Feeling the rush of seeing our new portraits, we post a few on social media and text a few to friends and family.
The positive feedback feels validating and exciting.
And then … we forget about them.
In a digital world, it’s easy to forget that our family, glamour, boudoir and marketing portraits are made for more than just social media. They’re important keepsakes that deserve to be cherished and revisited often.
That’s why we encourage our clients to give their portraits the space and presentation they deserve by creating a place for them in their homes and offices.
Then you can bask in those beautiful memories every day by giving your portraits a visible, prominent place to be seen.
Don’t just rely on the digital image and the Facebook memory to remind you how beautiful your life is once a year.
Here’s our comprehensive guide to printing portraits with the quality and style you deserve – so you never forget the moments that matter most.
How To Ensure Quality Printing
When it comes to printing your portraits from digital files, you have a few options. We recommend printing through your photography studio to ensure quality, avoid disappointment and navigate the process with ease. Here’s why:
1. High-quality Products
As professional photographers, we have inside knowledge of the best manufacturers in the business. We know what to look for when we choose a printer, and we’ve done our research to pick out the very best and most popular products they offer.
We don’t just settle for one vendor, either. We work with multiple vendors, so we can offer a wide range of products in our studio. We can also custom-order specific items upon request.
As new products become available, we’re able to expand our menu of sizes, finishes and colors, as well, so you can match your products to your unique taste and decor styles.
When you order products through our studio, you’re not limited to one manufacturer – and you can count on the very best in professional quality.
2. Color Correction
While the quality of the printer and product matters, so does the quality of the image. That includes color. Most people don’t realize, however, that there are different color settings for different purposes. For example, a digital image will have a different color setting than a printed image.
While your photographer should create your images with the right color settings for each purpose, it’s important to understand the difference when you go to print them – especially if you’re doing it yourself.
When you print at SchlickArt, however, you don’t have to worry about any of this because we handle all color corrections and choose the correct setting for every single product. We will ensure that the color prints appropriately on any kind of surface you choose, from metallic wall portraits to wooden coasters.
3. Quality Control
Once you’ve chosen your product, adjusted for color, and sent it off to the printer, the next step is to ensure the quality of the delivered product. Sometimes, during transit, a product can get damaged, such as bent corners or small scratches. Other times, the manufacturer may have made a mistake, such as misprinting a page in your coffee table book.
At first glance, some of these mistakes can seem like small issues. But after all the time, money and love you’ve poured into your portraits, we think it’s important that you receive your finished products in perfect condition. After all, these are important display pieces for your home, and they often go in cherished spaces above your mantel or in the lobby of your office. You deserve to have them presented in perfect condition.
At SchlickArt, we take quality control very seriously and closely inspect every single product for the slightest of imperfections before we carefully package and deliver them to you. If we find anything at all, we contact the manufacturer, send it back and get it reprinted without you ever having to worry about a thing.
4. Guaranteed Vs. Risk
Probably the most stressful and frustrating part of ordering printed products on your own is: You don’t know what you don’t know. Depending on the website or manufacturer you use, there may be questions you’re not sure about or terms you’ve never seen before. For example, you might need to set bleed lines, crop the image, or choose the weight and texture of your paper. Unfortunately, the risk is that you might not like what you end up with, and it may not match your expectations or vision. Additionally, when you print your images on your own, there’s a chance there could be an error or damages when you receive them. You may or may not be able to get your money back or your products reprinted without charges.
At SchlickArt, however, we have long-standing relationships with our vendors and never have an issue with reprints. Plus, as mentioned above, we will always guarantee a perfect product – so you never have to assume the risk.
5. Professional Guidance
Finally, the perk of printing your portraits with a studio like SchlickArt is the professional guidance that comes along with it. Whether you have questions about the size and positioning of your wall portrait, how to hang it, or how to design a coffee table book, we are here every step of the way.
Not only do we take care of all the technical aspects of printing and guarantee quality control, but we also help you choose the right product for your home. We can guide you through the differences between matte, metallic and canvas, and we can help you choose the best color for your keepsake box or frame – so all of it complements your unique style and decor.
That’s the difference between going it alone, or using the help of a trusted professional who cares just as much about the quality of your portraits as you do. We make the process easy.
Bringing Printed Portraits Into Your Home & Office
At SchlickArt, we offer a full menu of printed products in a variety of sizes, colors and finishes, and we help you match your unique style with a range of high-quality options.
We offer stunning, high-quality wall portraits in a variety of materials, finishes and sizes, so that you can find the perfect portrait for your style and space.
You can choose from canvas gallery wrap prints, fine art wood prints, luxe vivid metal prints and framed matted prints. We offer a range of sizes from 8 x 12 to 20 x 30.
If you would like to see these options up close and personal, come check out our gallery wall in the studio! We have all these wall portraits on display in various sizes.
Our classic 5 x 7 prints are created on the world’s finest silk or metallic photographic paper and can be printed loose or matted.
They make beautiful, accessible portraits that are beautifully presented in a keepsake box for your coffee table. They’re also perfect for standing frames that you can place on shelves, tables or display surfaces throughout your home.
Prints are the perfect option if you want to give your portraits a tangible place in your home that isn’t on the wall.
If you opt for prints, our favorite way to store and present them is with a stunning keepsake box.
We offer a variety of sizes, finishes and colors. For the material, you can choose from marble, velvet or satin, and multiple colors are available to match your decor. Our favorite boudoir keepsake box even comes with a luxurious silk ribbon that adds a beautiful final touch.
Coffee Table Book
Our coffee table books are one of our most popular options, and we help you put it together from start to finish. We can help you choose the images you want to include, then we’ll create page layouts for you. All you have to do is review it and show us where to make changes before we send it off to print. We do all the work, but you get full creative control.
These flat-lay books will present your portraits on thick, sturdy pages with stunning clarity and color. Your cover options include various styles of leather, faux leather, linen, velvet or a custom image. We highly recommend a coffee table book for all your most precious portraits.
If you want to display your portraits – but they’re of a more discreet nature – then the custom viewfinder might be the perfect option for you. You can select the images you want to put into your custom viewfinder, and give it to someone special.
This is a particularly fun and exciting way to print boudoir portraits. But it’s also a fun way to present your family photos in a way that’s accessible for kids, too.
In addition to the classic pieces listed above, we have some fun add-ons that can make your photography experience extra special. We offer customized holiday ornaments, wall calendars, standing desk calendars, holiday cards designs, coasters and more.
Do you have something specific in mind, but you don’t see it here? Ask us! We are here to help you make your vision a reality.
About SchlickArt Photography and Video
SchlickArt, a boutique photo and video studio in Santa Clarita, started in March 2012 with the simple idea that empowerment creates a kind of beauty and authenticity that shines through every camera lens. Built on a philosophy — rather than a product, service or person — SchlickArt has rapidly evolved, meeting professional portraiture, business photo and business video needs as diverse as the community we capture. It’s the desire to take care of you, the client, that drives us at SchlickArt.