Where you print you images matters.
You have made the decision to invest in a professional photography session. You want your prints to reflect that decision.
If the company is cheap, then they are using cheap printers. I can't speak for all the companies out there, it just stands to reason that if they offer a $.09 print then they do not have the funds for the expensive programs/hardware needed for quality prints.
I attend many photography workshops, purchase the necessary programs and equipment necessary, all of which is not cheap and is not a one time expense as many think, all to deliver a quality product I can be proud of to my clients. I do what I can to educate you after the session to get just what you want for the best price and high quality deal for you. Please don't spend this kind of money on the images and go to a cheap local drug store for prints! I recommend Mpix.com for close to the same price you would pay at a local kiosk you will get quality images. The professional company I primarily use owns and runs Mpix so they are calibrated to my screen (which means they will print in the color I intended them to print). When you print from Mpix or purchase from CBN your images will remain consistant in color. When purchasing your prints from there I recommend mounting any image larger than 11x14 for stabilization. Luster is another option worth using, as it adds a light coat over the print for added protection against dusting and aging.
*Never put any art work, prints, paintings etc, in direct sunlight.
How you print matters
When uploading your digital download make sure to do so from a source that will not compress the image such as a desktops or large capacity laptop. DO not upload an image from a phone, iPad, email or messaging as the image will be compressed.
What if I just want several small quality prints?
Now, again, I want you to get the best for your money. I have had clients spend hundreds of dollars purchasing 5x7's because they are framing or gifting the prints and want them to look their best. I'm going to be honest with you here. It kills me. I just can't do it, I have to tell them, when you print that small, your image from Mpix will look just as good as the one I print from my company. When you go smaller they do not need to expand pixels and therefor the resolution will be just as great. It's true, the professional company will be sharper and the color is a bit more brighter however it is not noticeable enough to warrant the price difference.