- 4 years ago
- Wedding: July 2013
I used ArtisanState.com, and designed my own album.. I LOVE IT, and I can’t recommend ArtisanState enough!!
Software: I have NO experience with any kind of photo editing or design, but their website was very intuitive, easy to understand and use, and had a lot of fantastic options. They also have the option to submit photos and let THEM design it, or an option for you to use your own software to design an album. Uploads were fast and easy, and they offered a lot of design layouts to work with. The layouts are also easy to chagne if you wanted to personalize it even more.
Cover: I ordered the “Crystal cover” with a leather back and it’s beautiful, solid, and looks feels amazing.
Pages/photos: I got E-surface paper on thick pages, and they are lay-flat, so I was able to do beautiful layouts that spanned the seam. The pages are sturdy, strong, and the photo print quality looks great – beautiful vibrant colors, crisp clear images.
Price: I got a 10″X10″ album with 44 thick, lay-flat pages (I had extra pages added!) and a beautiful crystal cover with leather back for $222! Comparable albums by professional photographers is minimum $500 (at least from the photographers in my area that I’ve spoken with).
Processing/Shipping: I ordered on Feb 14, and it arrived today (Feb 25). I don’t know what’s normal, but I feel like 1.5 weeks to produce and ship a high quality album is great pretty good! Plus, the website gives you information on each step of the process, and they send you a tracking number to keep an eye on it.
Please keep in mind that I’m not a professional, and I have no familiarity with photography, albums, album design, or any of that… all I know is that the prices every one of the 18 photographers I spoke to were absolutely gut-wrenchingly INSANE. So I opted to try and design and order my own online.
I don’t know if a professional photographer would be able to find any flaws in photo quality or binding that I could not detect, but as a regular bride, this album is absolutely perfect for me! 🙂 I highly recommend them for any brides on a budget!