Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Review of MeridianPro.com print lab

Last week I placed my first order with MeridianPro.com, an online print lab that I found out about via an ad in Professional Photographer Magazine. I'd like to tell you about my experience.

First, I applied for an account and was promptly emailed with an account number and information on downloading their ROES software. I had a little trouble with the download, but we got there sooner than later. Then I watched a quickstart tutorial video and they made it look very easy. Which it was. I selected my folder of images, picked a sized/format and dragged in a picture. Then another size and a whole batch of images at once. The system understood that I needed 20 images at 10x10 at a quantity of 1 each.

Finalized my order and sent it off. So.... system easy to use. Price very competitive. All that was left was the quality of the prints. Can you say "suspense"!?!

Note: I meticulously edit my images and did not want them color corrected by the lab, so I turned off that feature. Hence, I can't speak to their correcting.

Yesterday, I recieved my package via Fedex. I opened the package to find...... that the prints were bright, crisp, and (nearly) perfect. Nearly? Well the prints were great but there was a slight dent in the corner of the batch but I am going to blame Fedex for that (altough MeridianPro might consider more padding in the package).

Verdict? I have myself a new lab! MeridianPro.com will be getting my future business (I've already sent another batch) unless the quality or price dramatically changes for the worst. I recommend MeridianPro.com (and no, I'm not getting any consideration for this review, but it's never too late -- hint, hint MP)....!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

new biz card

So I was at a networking meeting on Thursday and a terrific graphic designer (Erin) was talking about branding and having a unified look to your collateral materials. So I decided to design a business card that ties in, stylistically with my website. And this is what I came up with. Any thoughts, comments, complaints, suggestions?

By the way, the new cards were necessary because I am almost out of cards, but also because I recently got a local phone number for the business.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Giant Evil Red Dragonfly

Today Dawn and I stopped by the grand opening party at the new Midfirst Bank over at the corner of Rittenhouse and Power. They made a nice presentation/introduction of themselves to the community with food, prizes, and face-painting and balloon animals for the munchkins. So, Midfirst, welcome to the neighborhood.

Upon leaving we spied this gigantic dragonfly enjoying the antenna on Dawn's car.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."

—Mignon McLaughlin

evolution of dance

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


A vulture taking flight today in Q.C., AZ. To get away from me!

Friday, June 12, 2009

a little taste of terrificness

A great shot from Dawn from a couple nights ago. As always, enjoy!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

to amuse my fellow photographers

Found this at DWF. Between the CL ads for TFCD/TFP "work" and the clients expecting all sorts of ridiculous concessions, I feel this pain. I'm sure you've been there, too. Enjoy!