My Favorite Professional Printing Labs
I’m always excited when I arrive home to a package full of prints. looking at hard copies of beautiful images is much more enjoyable than looking at them on a computer screen. A print lasts more than a lifetime and quickly transports you back to your most cherished memories without having to log in to your computer. A lot of fellow photographers have asked for guidance on choosing a printing lab so I wanted to share my favorite professional printing labs with all of you.
I’ve used at least 40+ different labs in my years as a full-time photographer and many came up short in either paper quality or print quality. Finding a really good printing lab can be confusing and tedious. Most professional labs require you to be a formally registered photography business in order to process orders with them with a registration process that is almost painful. But if you are willing to go through the registration process in order to build a relationship with an excellent lab that you can print with for years to come- then this blog is for you!
1: Millers Lab
Miller’s Professional Imaging is the largest professional lab organization in the United States. I love the large range of unique and customizable printing products that they offer such as images boxes, metal prints and even cut outs! Miller’s lab Offers a great customer service experience which is important when ordering client products.
Zno Lab has some of the best Flush Mount Albums that I have purchased and all of their products are made in the USA. With an extensive collection of album designs, colors, and textures, they are my go-to lab for albums. My favorite print paper that they offer is their art print paper. Their albums are heavy, excellent quality and built luxuriously. Zno is the biggest flush mount album maker in the world and they also offer some other amazing products such as holiday cards, and engagement books.
3: White House Custom Colour
I love White House Custom Colour (whcc) for all of my regular printing needs. I use them in connection to my Pixieset account because their prints are of really high Quality. Their Photographic Prints have a longevity of 100 years in typical display conditions and 200 years in dark storage and offer 100% color accuracy, quality-assured prints, and first-class finishing services.
4: Canvas on the Cheap
This one is for all my friends and family who asks me for recommendations on affordable labs.
Canvas on the Cheap is a great public lab that offers good quality canvases at affordable prices. I don’t use this lab for my professional needs (or clients) BUT I use them for myself and they are GREAT for Christmas and birthday gifts or for printing in bulk to fill the walls around the house. I have canvases in my office by them and they are great. I have ordered canvases from other companies with similar price points and have been disappointed in the past. I was pleasantly surprised when I received my first order by them and now they are my recommendation for affordable prints.
Uma and Nandini’s Indian Wedding in Detroit
I boarded a plane to photograph Uma and Nandini’s Indian Wedding in Detroit. A flight attendant announced over the speakers that the flight was going to be turbulent one as soon as I was seated! It was a turbulent flight the entire way to Detroit. I thanked God that we landed safely and swore that I won’t be flying again anytime soon (although i ended up booking another flight just days later). The turbulent flight quickly faded into a memory as the excitement of photographing a friends wedding kicked in. Uma is a fearless preacher and sincere friend who is liked by so many. I met Uma in Orlando a few years ago during a home study program. I was attracted by her friendly demeanor and her desire to serve others.
Friends and family from all over the world flew in to be a part of Uma and Nandini’s Wedding! From England to Africa to India, you name the country and someone probably flew in from there. The entire wedding was coordinated by her friends and Family! Uma showed some serious trust in the process as she sat back watching her magical day unfold. Their wedding was beautiful and entertaining.
The wedding took place in the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest. The ceremony site took place outside in the back of the hotel and was decorated by tall pine trees, lush greenery and the hotels golf Course. The endless grassy hills worked perfect for their formal pictures. Their wedding color scheme was Pink, Red and Gold. The Mandap was decorated by matching roses and gorgeous fabric draping. We want to wish Nandini and Uma an amazing journey together as husband and wife
Photography: Denisse Jonsson Photography
Hair/ Make-up: Gayatri Kalia / www.bellesadivina.com