When Pinhole Pro contacted me recently with an opportunity to check out their products I was excited. This company was one I hadn’t actually heard about before and they offered some products that were different than other lab or printing companies. They specialize in press products and fine paper.
Signing up was easy and similar to other labs. You have to download computer software so you can order and set up your products. Sometimes I find these ‘Roes’ software you download for labs somewhat confusing to use, but I found Pinholepro’s to be fairly intuitive and easy to figure out.
As for products they do offer prints, but I wanted to focus on their press products. They have incredibly reasonable prices. You can create custom calendars, framed prints, various albums, cards, photo notepads, and even wine labels. It took me awhile to decide on what products I wanted to test out first. I chose some of the products I thought I was most likely to use from them. Since they specialize in press products I wanted to purchase press products.
They have a bunch of great options for press products and specifically for marketing materials for photographers. I thought all their choices were great priced and easy to put together.
I’ve been in need of a business card update for awhile and have been considering not including an image on my business card and this was the perfect opportunity to try it out. I’ve always ordered business cards from moo.com because of the quality of the paper they use. Clients find the paper memorable. However, at this point in business I’m not as concerned with the paper being memorable as the business cards being affordable and the content on them being what’s memorable. Business cards through Pinholepro come on their mohawk paper which is great quality. And the best part? The business cards cost 0.19 cents each. You have to order a minimum of 100. I ordered 200 business cards for $38.00 – which is a great price for a quality product. You can also create your business card in photoshop and add those images so it’s a completely custom design or you can use one of their design options.
There are numerous marketing materials you can order, postcards, letterhead, studio thank you cards, address labels, brochures, order inserts, proof books. I think this is most likely what I will be using them for in the future. All of their items are priced well compared to competitors. In fact, I find many competitors are priced higher for a lesser quality product.
I have a bridal show coming up in a few weeks and I love to give out postcards with information, fliers, and that sort of thing at these shows. I ordered about 50 post cards and they come with envelopes. I probably won’t be using the envelopes. I loved how easy the postcard was to make. All I had to do was drag and drop images into their template, again you could create your own, and then I typed in my information and I was done. They came out beautifully and I love the quality of the mohawk paper. The postcards have images and information on the front and on the back there’s more contact information and it’s left largely blank. This will be a great tool for when I meet people at a bridal show and we discuss their wedding and if I want to write down something for them, like if they schedule a time to meet, I have that space to do it as a “reminder.” Postcards are 0.99 cents each and you have to have a minimum order of 25. Many labs that sell postcards require a higher minimum which is why I’ve shied away from them before.
The last thing I ordered was one of the proof books. I love to have albums to show at a bridal show. The only problem I have is that they’re often expensive and I like to have updated photos in them so I’m always ordering new ones. Pinholepro’s Proof books are essentially a paperback album and they cost $20 each. I think these are perfect for bridal shows where there are tons of people coming to my booth and I want to have many albums so they can all through photos, but I don’t want to spend an arm and a leg getting 5 or 6 $100 albums after I already paid $800 for my booth and then the cost of other marketing materials. These would be perfect proof books and perfect marketing materials for things like this. I’ll be ordering a few more before my bridal show. Each one will feature a different wedding.
The album software was super easy to use. Again, it was a simple drag and drop and they have a few basic options for page layouts (I don’t need anything fancy for this sort of thing). It came out great, the quality of the prints, colors, and paper was nice and I’m very happy with it.
Customer Service: 5/5 If you have any trouble ordering a customer service representative will email to check on you and will happily walk you through any problems you might have.
Product Quality: 5/5 As explained earlier – excellent!
Ease of Use/Ordering: 5/5 Very easy!
Delivery Speed: 5/5 My order was processed very quickly and delivered all in about a week.
Product Packaging: 5/5 Each set of items was individually bubble wrapped and everything was delivered safe and sound.
Anyone looking for a great lab to put together some marketing materials with should considering using pinholepro.com I’ve only touched on a small section of their services. If their proof albums that I purchased are as great as I think they are I’m sure their other albums are great as well (and they are very reasonably priced as well). I’m interested in ordering some letterhead, calendars, and albums in the future and will be using them for my regular marketing materials (business cards and postcards). Pinholepro also has some other features you might look into. They do have the option to have your clients order through them and you receive the profit. I’m not sure how this works, but it’s another great option to have!