(Closed) Album or no album?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It was an easy decision for us.  The albums the photographer could put together were gorgeous, but they started at $1200.  We can look at the exact same photos in a photobook from Blurb or MyPublisher or Picaboo for under $100.  And we’ll still have the edited images on CD, so if we decide later down the road that we would like a professional album and have more money to spend on one, then we can always do it later.  There’s no time limit on that.  So we’re going the cheap-o route!

If you decide to go the same way as me, though, just be careful that you have purchased a photography package where you do get the images and can reproduce them whenever you want.  (Many packages will not release the images to you)  Otherwise, you won’t be able to do the DIY photobook like we are doing.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2007

i’m with smartl.  i think we’ll gift ourselves the wedding album on our 1 year anniversary. 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2018

That’s a very good idea (fancy album later on) . . . Is it easy to find somebody who will put together a wedding album for you at a later time? Or do you go back to your original photographer?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I’m huge into phtography as I’m in the industry and I knew I couldn’t do what they we’re making me, nor would I really have the time to do it.

 Also mines included in my package – even if it hadn’t been I would have orderd it anyway. I had some really high standards before picking a photographer and one was that I got to keep the original images, with it I also got a free 10×10 album, $500 credit for prints, all day photography and two photographers. She’s the same gal that did my engagement shots. I love her and the price can’t be beat – I got all that for $2500!!!

I just knew in 10 years I would kick myself if I didn’t have all the pictures from that day – so knowing I wanted to keep the originals helped me narrow it down, not everyone will do that you know. 

 

Amber 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I’d say it depends on how involved you want to be in the album process, and what kind of album we’re talking about.

If it’s a matted album, I’d make your own. You can buy the albums and mats online, and get prints made at http://www.mpix.com for a lot cheaper than your photographer is likely to charge.

If it’s a flushmount album, then it depends on how involved you want to be. If you’re up for designing it yourself, it’ll be slightly cheaper to go with an outside company, but it’ll take longer (like most DIY). If you want someone to design it for you, let your photographer do it.

Post # 8
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Amber that’s a pretty sweet deal you scored!!  Good on ya!

Graciette – if I wanted the super fancy, professional looking album later on, I would go back to my photographer for it later on.  But I might just as soon scrapbook it myself if I was feeling particularly crafty (wedding DIY project withdrawal, anyone?)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Tanya has a good point – I didn’t think of that.

Here’s just a note of suggestion from a photographer/graphic designer –

You would have to either get the actual files from the photographer (full sized, high resolution) as part of your package, or get a copyright release form from them and buy the files you’ve chosen from them to create the book.

Scanning in the proofs she gives you won’t generate the proper resolution and it would be illegal to use it and print it with out their permission. 

If a photographer doens’t include the actual full resolution files in the package price I say from ebing one and knowing many in the wedding industry – that I would expect them to charge a great deal more for the files then would pay for the album from them.

Once a photographer sells you those files, they are no longer needed for reprints and in the process all the money they could possibly make off the future orders is gone so they tend to charge quite a lot to compensate. See what I’m saying?

So it’s kind of a toss up in the end  – Although I totally dig smartl’s idea of scrapping the wedding day – just as spendy…lol – but SO much more personal in the end! I’m considering it as well, even though I’m getting my book as part of my package.

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