Prints 101

I’d like to discuss the difference between Proof Prints and Final Prints from Pictage or any other “Professional Lab” vs. a Drug Store.

If I had a dollar for every time a bride asked me why her Wedding Pictures that she took to Sav-on or Target look like crap, I could almost retire ; )
Have you looked behind the counter at who is printing your wedding pictures lately? Not exactly a professional retoucher custom printing your pictures is it!

I know firsthand how expensive it is to get married. And now after your wedding , there are still more costs with ordering prints. This is why in most of my packages, I include a good number of proofs for you and extra 4X6’s are just .95 each. But for your enlargements, you should order retouched pictures from Pictage or a Professional lab and here is why.

Here is an example of a Proof Print.

This is what you can expect as a proof print from a drug store: This picture is a little dark and you might not even bother ordering it if you saw this on your website.


Now here is an example of what a Final Print from Pictage or any other PROFESSIONAL lab should look like.


In addition to the picture being custom color corrected, retouched and enhanced, it is also printed on Kodak Endura Archival Paper rated to last at least 100+ years! This paper is expensive and adds to the final cost of the print.

These examples are being viewed on your computer monitor vs. in your hand, but as you can see, most every picture has the potential to look great!

So when people ask me if they can they take their CD to Target, Costco or Sav On, I say yes you can, but why would you when you can always order through me for better quality proofs at almost the same pricing for 4X6’s than those places? I pass on my wholesale rates and these are your wedding pictures after all!

I’m not saying you can’t get a good print from one these places…often times you can..especially if the picture looks good to start with. But a professional lab has technicians who look at each picture and print it in the best way possible-especially when it comes to your enlargements (5X7’s and up). You will definitely see a huge difference in the print quality. If you plan on framing them, then please, get them professionally printed.

The truth is, I want everyone to have the best quality prints they can get since this is my work and your wedding you are displaying in your home. This is why I pass on the low rates I get and offer discounts.

Everyone who orders their enlargements through Pictage love them. If there is ever a problem, I take care of it right away. If you ever have any questions, I’m always around.

Class Dismissed!

Thailand is amazing. At first I didn’t understand all the hype surrounding it. Bangkok is the most crowded, dirtiest city I’ve ever seen. I loved this from a photography standppoint, but not for a “vacation”. So we stayed for three nights at the Marriott Resort which was awesome. From there we took an hour and a half flight to Surat Thani and hopped on a bus for 2 hours to the Harbor to then catch a 3 hour “High – Speed Catamaran” to finally arrive at the island of Koh Somui. Whew! We stayed at the new Renaissance Resort and Spa which was really beautiful. After exploring the island for a few more days, we headed further south to the very remote island Ko Tao.

After arriving here I finally “got it”. I understood the allure and attraction of Thailand. The island is very small and known as a scuba divers paradise. Dre and I dove and it was really one of the best dives I’ve ever done. Thousands of fish I’d never seen and unbelievable coral reefs. We enjoyed dinners on the beach where a fresh fish dinner grilled to order right in front of us was just 6 bucks! Add to this the daily hour massages for 5 bucks and you soon understand why it’s hard to leave this paradise. We rented a 4 wheel ATV and explored the island and snorkeled in Shark’s Cove where we were told there were many sharks just before jumping in. Unfortunately we didn’t see any. For more pictures and my online slideshow from the trip, click these links below.

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The Giant Reclining Buddah


Masks of Pollution


‘Space for Monks’ reads the sign above his head….


Seafood Buffet – Thai Style


I entitled this one ‘Thai Day Care’ Notice the baby sleeping to the right of the cutting block and Butcher Knife!


Instead of potato chips, the locals enjoy a different after school salty snack…


At the beach of Koh Tao. Beautiful and what I was waiting to see…


Enjoying the shallow water on Ko Somui


Beautiful Sunsets at night. Locals play soccor on the beach and tourists watch the sun set.


Who can resist the $5.00 hour massages on the beach?


I watched this boy stuggle with this dog over the frisbee for a good 45 minutes. It was so funny.


Our last sunset in Thailand. Sad to leave but we look forward to going again.


The Golden Buddah