Buy Photographer's Album or Make Own

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: DId you spend the money on an album or make your own?
    Bought/will buy from photographer : (27 votes)
    33 %
    made own/will make own : (54 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    761 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I’m a graphic designer, and design photo books for other people, so I’m going to make my own. I plan to order through Pinhole Pro. (They have a non pro version at Pinhole Press) the books are beautifully with heavy papers and nice binding.

    I think a lot of it depends on how computer savy you are, and if you feel you have the eye and skills to lay out a nice book. It’s still going to be a few hundred to ordered a nice quality book. The photographers charge so much because it takes a lot of time to create a beautiful layout, and printing is expensive. 

     

    Post # 4
    Member
    2419 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m a photographer as well as turning my hand to graphic design so I shall make my own. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    13005 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I bought from the photographer and I wish I hadn’t.  It’s a nice album and all, but I would have prefered to make my own and save the cash.  I’ve looked at it once.

    Post # 6
    Member
    926 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Shutter fly!  My SIL makes baby albums for her boys from there and they turn out great.  Our photographer included a coffee table book for an extra $50 (which we removed from package – hmm rethinking now).  But we could still get it after the wedding for $250, doh.  I might try making a shutter fly one and see how it goes…

    Post # 7
    Member
    119 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m a graphic designer/photographer so I’ll make my own. But if you’re not savvy with such things, then I think it’s worth the money if you really want an heirloom quality album. The professional albums are $$$$$$$ so you really aren’t getting ripped off or anything.

    Just depends on what you want!

    Post # 8
    Member
    968 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @FutureMrsBPJ:  I want to make my own and my FI wants to buy one as an anniversary gift to me later. Doesn’t make sense how he thinks….

    Post # 9
    Member
    895 posts
    Busy bee

    As an art student having made books myself I really appreciate a nicely bound book and when I saw the albums from our photographer I was obsessed! They are so beautiful! We’re going with the photographer’s album, he includes one with his package that he prices at the price he gets them for at $400 but if you want another one its $950! To me it’s a no-brainer, but I know people who have never made books before are like wtf?! It’s a book! So go with what makes you and you’re wallet happy!

    Post # 10
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    2274 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @FutureMrsBPJ:  I  think if you make your own, you should splurge on something better than a Shutterfly album.  There are multiple places that you can buy professional-grade albums that will last a lifetime.  I love designing albums, so if you go the DIY route, I would be happy to help 🙂

     

    Post # 11
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    1779 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Posting to follow this. Our package does not include an album (they are $700 to add-on). I got to see (and feel) one and they are so beautiful. Fiance disagrees so we will probably just make our own.

    Post # 13
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    1209 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @FutureMrsBPJ:  I would have loved to purchased an album from my photag but it wasn’t in the budget. I made a album on mypublisher and I loved how it turned out. I opted for all the bells and whistles including lay flat pages, super gloss printing and upgraded paper. It’s beautiful. I also loved the control I had by designing my own. my album was $119 but with coupon I paid less than $60 including shipping. I’d recommend mypublisher. 

    Post # 14
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    3199 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    tagging in. my photographer doesn’t include an album in our package, so i’m considering making my own.

    i’ve heard of pinhole press and black river imaging – are there any sites where non-photographers/non-graphic-designers can make photo books that will last forever for NOT $1000? I’d be willing to make it myself for a few hundred.

    Post # 15
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    1629 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    My photog gives a discount if you buy through her and it makes it only a little more than if you made a GOOD one alone (I would never order through shutterfly etc, I’ve made albums with them and they’re nice but not nearly as good quality as my parents’ pro album). We also have some control (I can tell her exactly what pictures I want on what page) and I’m looking forward to having a professional’s ideas of what will look good. I’ve made my own albums and always like them but admit that they look like an amateur threw them together. I paid so much for photos, I want them looking as good as possible!

    Post # 16
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    1209 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @FutureMrsBPJ:  there’s a great , though very long, comparison article online search “the great photobook round up” or ” digital thoughts photobook” to find it. Also check out photobookgirl.com

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