pro print lab/website advice

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  1. ajgarvin

    ajgarvin TPF Noob!

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    Hi all. I am a full time art educator with a hobby of portrait photography. I have been gaining more and more work simply through word of mouth and am looking to bump up my effort of making this another part of my career. So I need some advice on two main areas from people with experience.

    1. Im looking for a great pro print lab. I have had positive experince with Nations photo lab, but they seem more consumer friendly than pro. I have had sample work from Simply color but could not tell much from thier tiny swatches. I have been looking into Miller's as well? Any advice suggestions would be great!

    2. Website/hosting: I feel a favor for Zenfolio after my research. I have had crappy experince with Wix free and heard horrible things about bludomain. I am looking for good client proofing set up and an option for self-fulfill online ordering, which is why I like Zenfolio. Is this a good direction?

    THanks! Amanda
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome aboard Amanda.

    Many professional photographers use more than one lab. There are many products besides just prints, and it's seldom that one lab will have the best of everything.
    I personally like using a local lab, with face to face service...but consider that I'm up in Canada and the shipping costs for most of the big US labs are prohibitive for me. You didn't mention where you are located.

    Many people seem to like MPIX and MPIX Pro, both divisions of Miller's. White House Custom Color gets recommended a lot too.

    I switched my web hosting to HostGator, several years ago, after plenty of good recommendations. I've been very happy with them. My client proofing is done via an application right on my website (I don't have to send them to another site). The application is called Photocart, but it's not self fulfilling.
     
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    Shootproof is awesome and very inexpensive for client proofing. My clients love it and so do I. The just teamed up with Prodpi lab and a few others as well. Prodpi is amazing!
     
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    I have been very happy with my canon pixma pro 9000 I print up to 13x19. I have control over fine tuning my print setting to match what I see on my computer monitor. I thought the quality was even better then a local Ritz camera lab, but that might not be saying much
     
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    I like Mpix
     
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    Many beginners into the arena love WHCC
    Then there are really dozens upon dozens...
    Millers, Mpix, MpixPro are all divisions of millers which is HUGE and well loved.
    Nations Photo Lab
    Meridian Pro
    Bay Photo
    Simply Color
    Simply Canvas
    Pounds (probably my favorite)
    H&H is rated outstanding
    ColorInc
    CPQ
    ACI
    ProDpi

    All come off the top of my head and have great reputations.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    for prints I use prodpi. for image galleries I use shootproof
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    They have great customer service too!
     
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    Wow, thanks everyone! So great to hear it from people with experience! I wont set into one printer, Ill spread the love! Thanks for all of the great feedback!
     

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