I hope you love your photographs. I really enjoyed creating them
for you, now please don’t forget to print and frame them! Here are my
tips/reminders for printing and framing.
PRINTING your digital images
**** If you have purchased your digital images you can now buy prints and canvases directly from your Smugmug gallery via their professional printing service based in the UK. If you are looking for really high quality printing I really recommend that you use this service. It is great value for photographer standard hand printing. Smugmug use photographer grade paper and each print is individually checked and printed by hand. Just use the BUY PHOTOS green button to see what they offer. They have gorgeous canvases too. (note - leave Zipcode box empty at checkout). If this function is not yet enabled on your gallery please contact me. This is only available to my customers who have purchased the digital versions of their pictures. Professional printing is far superior and will show off your images better.****
Other options for printing
- Fuji stores - staff are helpful and colour is usually good but maybe do a test on a couple of images first.
- www.photobox.ie - Great for photobooks, canvases and even framed pictures. Their print colour are pretty accurate but the quality of the paper is average.
-Harvey Norman will print and frame for you if you purchase your frames in the store.
FRAMING your Pictures
- You should always use a mount
with a frame. The mount (the border within the frame) protects the photograph
and prevents it from sticking to the glass.
- You can frame the photos in the
mounts that they have arrived in. The large fit into a 10x12 frame and the
small should fit in a standard 10x8 frame (just double check the chosen frame. They seem to vary quite a bit) The mounts I provide will protect the photo very
- If you are using another mount
remove the photograph carefully from its existing mount. It should slip out
easily. When you are framing the photograph always tape the photograph to the
back of the new mount. This will prevent the photograph sliding within the
- Various people have recommended
places for frames and I pass on this information to you. Marks and Spencer have
a good range of contemporary frames. Tesco are grand and really cheap but their
mounts are just paper. However, they have just added a new range which look great. They seem to have proper mounts too…I
would definitely check them out. Woodies
have a good selection of frames too. Upstairs in Appletons, Stillorgan have
pre-made high quality frames of all sizes. Also, the various fuji photo and
printers usually have a nice selection. Somebody also recommended Debenhams recently
too. Heatons also had really nice 10x8
frames recently €10 each…just black frame with cream mount. Perfect. I don’t recommend you print from any of these
places however – See below.
- IKEA. Ikea are wonderful for
frames. I love them. They are good quality, very affordable and always on
trend. HOWEVER…unfortunately Ikea do not do frames with mounts in 10x8 size. I
chose 10x8 because it is a standard size for photographs and a regular frame
size in Ireland…except in Ikea. The closest they have are A4 size and you may
be able to buy mounts separately elsewhere but I haven’t looked in to this yet. Ikea have unusual sizes and if you wish to print in those sizes such as 10x10, 12x12, 16x16 or 8x12 you can use the Smugmug printing service direct from your gallery (only available to customers who have purchased their digital files from me)
- Top tip for framing big!Purchase your frames in Ikea and print from Smugmug. (straight from your gallery). Smugmug print in square 10x10, 12x12 and 16x16. Your pictures will look amazing printed square. Because Smugmug checks the crop of your image...they will advise if your picture won't look good square.
Forgotten how to access your online gallery? Do a search for Smugmug in your Inbox and it should come up. Your password was texted to you. I usually set your password to the area you live in...eg. Dundrum, Skerries, Blackrock etc.
Enjoy your pictures. Save them, back them up, print them, frame them, make a photobook online...just don't leave them on a computer!
Don’t forget you can always give me a call or
drop me an email if you have any questions.
Take care and bye for now
Location: Dublin, Ireland. Professional Photographer Dublin: Newborn, baby, child and family photographer.