There was a reason for that... you undoubtedly will get the best quality for your images if you order them directly from the professional photographer that took them!
If you are going to invest in a professional photographer to take your photos then doesn’t it make perfect sense to use that same professional to make the prints or other printed media to ensure the best quality of your images? Not only is it better for you but also better for your photographers reputation.
I spend hours and hours perfecting my clients images for lighting, tone and color balance. I want their images to be absolutely beautiful. Then I see my images on display by my client in their office and I literally cringe!!!! They have taken my beautiful images and had them printed at a 1-hour photo lab and all my hard work has gone to waste and I see staring at me this unflattering imitation of my hard work and professionalism. It is sad to say the least and very disheartening.
The quality of your images reflects directly upon the quality of your photographers work! Respect the expertise and high quality of your professional photographer by using a professional photo lab provided by your photographer to make your prints.
At some point professional photographers may be forced into only providing prints again instead of digital images just to protect their reputation and the quality of their work!
I have seen samples on-line of other professional photographers posting similar stories and doing their own quality print test so I thought I would give it a try myself. I used all local 1-hour print labs and below are the honest facts! I just felt compelled to educate my clients on my personal findings and stress the importance of having me print those special images worth framing and hanging on your wall and passing down from generation to generation. Quality does matter... it matter to me!