If there’s one thing about photography that I tell people over and over again, it’s this: photos don’t belong on your hard drive. Photos belong in your hands and in your home. Photos should be on display. You can never have too many photos up in your home.
TL;DR: Print your photos, people!
When ordering prints, it can be hard to know where to start. The amount of diverse print products out there can be a little bit overwhelming. And when you’re looking at products online, it can be hard to judge the quality.
That’s where I come in as your trusty photographer friend! I order a LOT of print products. Here’s a list of my favorite products this year. These are great for display in your home or as gifts for family and friends - especially grandparents. (I’m not affiliated with any of these companies. These are all just products that I have purchased and love.)
Spoiler Alert: If you think you might be getting a gift from me this year, and you want to be surprised, please don’t read any further. ;)
Social Print Studio
I’m a little obsessed with Social Print Studio. They’re an awesome, independent, boutique printing company based here in the Bay Area. Their products are of an exceptional quality, they are extremely reasonably priced, and their customer service is fantastic. My favorites:
Poster - this is the first product I ever ordered from them. A few of these framed posters hang in our home and new visitors always spend a few minutes admiring them. You can upload photos straight from Instagram (or your desktop) and they have a few different sizes. You can also vary the number of photos you include.
Wall Calendar - I’m old timey, and I love having a wall calendar hanging in my home. I order a couple of these as gifts every year, and always include one for myself. (Hint hint - these make great gifts for grandparents.)
Square Magnets - These magnets are large and sturdy, and hold things well on the refrigerator (I hate flimsy magnets.). They’re also incredibly cute. They come in two sizes (2”x2” or 3”x3”). At $15 for a set of six, they make a great, non-traditional stocking stuffer.