The high resolution CD is customized with a photo and is shipped to you in 100% recyclable packaging. You should always backup the pictures in two different places as it can get scratched easily when not in its protective sleeve.
While it’s great to have an archive of all the photos from your session, when your order prints through me every single photo is individually retouched (includes minor facial blemishes, distracting elements, selective brightening and contrast enhancement) and is printed at a professional photo lab with archival inks for optimum quality. I always ensure that each print you receive has accurate color balance and the proper exposure – printers generally print 10% darker so I make sure to correct for that.
Photo labs at CVS, Target, Walmart, etc. use cheaper quality paper and inks so the prints you get back from them will not be true to the original photo. So if you do choose to print your own photos, please take them to a professional photo lab. I recommend choosing a matte/lustre finish; glossy finishes saturates the colors of the photo.