Once you get your photos edited, you will probably need to convert them from RAW to JPEG files. Most professional printers will need to have it in a universal compression format like JPEG. Don’t go through each and every photo and save them as such. Get all of you editing done, and use the image processor feature to convert all selected photos to JPEG format. It is much faster!
Once you are ready to print, you will want to put together a portfolio for the newlyweds to look at. There are a few different ways to do this:
• Online portfolio – If you have a website, you can make an online web gallery. Make sure you number the photos. Give the couple an order form and have them write down the numbers and sizes that they are interested in for 5x7 and larger.
• With most online printing websites you will be able to print a proof book with small versions of all of your photos. That is something that you can physically hand to the bride and groom and they can flip through and choose.
• Yet another alternative is to print 4x6 prints of all of the final photos and put them together in a photo album for them to keep. In this way, they have a copy of all of the photos, you can charge them for this, and they can choose which ones they want enlarged.
• Some photographers are also putting the photos on DVD and selling the couple the rights to the photos. So, you can make an agreement with the couple in which you will give over all of the finished photo files for a certain amount of money, and they will be able to print as many copies as they want of their photos. This saves you a lot of time with printing.
The two sites that I use for my printing needs are www.mpix.com and www.shutterfly.com
Both websites offer very competitive deals, excellent printing quality, and fast shipping.