In a world where everyone is a photographer, one of the best ways to set yourself apart and add value to your portrait services is to offer unique print products to your clients. Finding products people actually want to buy, and can’t get themselves at their local big box store, can be challenging.
I’ve been doing a little research into the latest trends and am really excited to share with you some of my favorite finds.
Custom Photo Jewelry
I first saw Alycia Staggs’ unique custom made photo jewelry at a local craft show. Much too sophisticated to be considered “crafty”, I immediately thought her Lexi Lou Jewels would be an excellent offering for portrait clients.
These are not your average cheapy looking photo jewelry pieces. Handmade by transferring photos to salvaged metal, Lexi Lou Jewels have a delightful, vintage looking texture. Necklaces and bracelets would make a wonderful gift for moms and grandmas. And wouldn’t these wallets make a great gift for dads or the perfect product to offer your boudior photography clients?
Alycia offers special deals for professional photographers. Contact her directly for wholesale pricing. Lexi Lou Jewels is also offering a free shipping code to SLR Lounge readers. Use the code SLRSHIPFREE at check out.
Gallery Stands are a new product I recently discovered being offered by Artsy Couture. Well known for their affordable gallery wrap canvas which comes ready to hang with a durable, fully finished backing, Artsy Couture continues to offer innovative print products for portraiture. They sent me a sample of their new Gallery Stands to review.
The Gallery Stands are high quality photo prints mounted directly on press board, approximately 5×7 inches in size, and have a built in easel. They are a convenient, ready to display product with a modern look. I wonder about the durability of the mounted print, especially the wrapped corners. Only time will tell if they start to peel away from the board but the craftsmanship appears to be good.
Unique Mounting Options
Many pro labs are offering a variety of unique mounting options, including bamboo wood blocks. I was curious to see how these looked in person and Artsy Couture was good enough to send me a sample of a bamboo mounted print.
These ready to hang, heavy duty bamboo blocks look even more high end in person than they do on screen, as do the metallic prints that are mounted on the bamboo. I had never ordered a metallic print before and I have to say I’m astounded by the luminescence it adds to the skin tones of the portraits. This is definitely not a product your clients can order at their local pharmacy.
If you’ve never ordered a sample of a bamboo block or metallic print, you totally should! Artsy Couture is offering a special discount code for SLR Lounge readers, which is good through October 2, 2013. Use code SLRLUV for 30% off any product for new customers.
Prints on Wood
Unlike a mounted print on a wood block, printing directly on wood seems to be the newest print trend cropping up all over the place. One of the first companies to offer this really cool product is Prints On Wood. Offering eco friendly printing on sustainable woods, each print created by Prints on Wood is unique because every piece of wood has a different grain showing through the image.
The blocks are very thick, heavy duty and have that wonderful earthy, lumber smell. They come with holes drilled on the back, ready for hanging.
The wood grain shows through on any area of your image that would be white on a typical print.
Some portrait photographers found the wood grain showing through on skin tones to be distracting. To solve this problem, Prints On Wood offers a new Bright White Finish option. See the comparison in the two samples below.
I personally like the wood grain showing through because that is what makes the product unique. If I didn’t want the wood grain effect I would probably just order a regular print.
Prints on Wood also allows you to upload your fine art photos and illustrations to sell to the masses if you like. Get a glimpse of the printing process through an interview with Jeff Soto, one of their featured artists, in this short video.
So, what are the most popular products you offer to your portrait clients? Please share with the rest of us in the comments section below.
CREDITS: Photographs of Lexi Lou Jewels by Alicia Staggs have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. All other photos by Tanya Smith. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artists.