Photo printing is an essential part of any photographer’s workflow. It improves your editing skills, inspires you to rediscover old images and brings satisfaction at the end of a printmaking session. It’s not about vanity — it’s simply that printing helps you to understand how your work looks on a paper surface rather than just a monitor, and that will benefit you and your clients when presenting a full-service solution from photo session to finished prints.

There is also something to be said for the tactile experience of holding a print that shows off your images at their best. While many photographers have switched over to digital photography, preserving and displaying their work through physical prints is still just as important for their business as their website or social media profile.

Capturing Moments in Print: The Art and Science of Photo Printing

Printed images also show your clients that you are a full-service photographer, which makes them feel reassured that they can trust you to take care of all their photographic needs from the moment they hire you for a session until they hang their favorite image on the wall. By providing this one-stop shop, you will build a loyal client base and increase the amount of referral business you receive.

Finally, printing an image — especially at larger sizes — can reveal technical issues in your photographs that you may have overlooked on a computer or phone screen. This can be a good thing, as it encourages you to get it right in camera and stop relying on software to fix your mistakes. Limiting an edition to a specific number of prints and adding your signature to the back of each print can also add value to your prints.