Post # 1
I’ve fallen in love with a photographer but all we get from them is a disc of high resolution pictures and and the rights to the photos. The price is fantastic (at least $1,200 cheaper than everywhere else we liked) and they were the only ones that gave us a discount for having a wedding during the off-season. I’m fine without all the extra frills/expensive albums, but I’m a little worried about printing them on my own.
I should note that they don’t have the option to pay more to have them print all the photos but I can pay more to get a nice album of some of our favorites.
Did anyone else use/is anyone else using a photographer that only provided a disc and no prints? Did it go well when you printed your pictures? Were you disappointed you didn’t get professional prints or albums?
Post # 3
My photographer has the option to print- but our package is just the disc/rights also. She told me that using the websites http://www.mpix.com & http://www.adoramapix.com are almost as good as her prints- but their prices are so much better- She printed many of her own wedding and engagement pictures on there also.
Post # 4
@mrsc630: Thank you! You made me feel better! I’ve never heard of a photographer doing it, so it made me feel a little worried that maybe I was being jipped or something.
And it makes me feel better that a photographer uses online printing, too!
Post # 5
Personally I am having trouble finding someone that will do only those things! That’s all I want. I think that with a little research you can find a printer that’s the same or better than your photographer’s prints. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, just do some research about who’s prints are the best. Good luck!
Post # 7
I’ve used Adoramapix to make prints and been happy with them — very inexpensive, fast shipping, and good quality.
I also used MyPublisher.com to make albums for our parents — I added every upgrade they offer (lay-flat pages, thicker paper, high-gloss printing), and the albums were still only about $100 each and are beautiful.
Post # 8
She’s a recent bride…. so she Totally gets it.
We took a HUGE gamble and signed our contract within her first few months of business (she’s a photographer in her “Real” job also/ has good training- but has branched out into doing private bookings). We got a HUGE deal, and the wedding photos that she has posted as of late are AMAZING!!!! She did our e-pics and I love them also. I’ soooo happy we didn’t pay more for the photographer. She’s now priced over double what we paid!
We found her on craigslist.
Post # 9
Our package included the same thing, full rights and the disk of high res images. I just printed the pictures that I wanted to display at Walgreens. They look EXACTLY like the images that our friends photographers printed for them and they were a fraction of the price. Maybe they won’t last forever but that’s the beauty of having the disk, we can always reprint.
As for the album, I’m thinking about having our photog make us a professional album for our first anniversary but I wouldn’t be opposed to using one of the online services to save some money.
When you think about it, the elements that our photog includes is really all that you need. As long as your package includes the rights, you’re set.
Post # 10
We actually preferred it that way!! It means you have full rights to the pictures, and if you feel like ordering 4000 of them for whatever reason, you can do so, for 12 cents on Shutterfly – instead of 5 or 10 bucks each!
Post # 11
Does the photographer offer an option for you to select a handful of prints to be professionally printed frm the disc? you could do the bulk of your printing at cvs or walgreens, but have a couple very high quality ones as well, without the cost of a photographic package.
Post # 12
CVS, Walgreens, Costco, etc… I’ve actually done pretty extensive test prints with cheaper alternatives like that, versus online pro labs, and local pro labs. In my tests the CVS, Walgreens, Costco camp looked OKAY, but they were definitely not the same as getting prints through a pro lab, and they also can fade over time. It just depends on what your expectations of color accuracy and longevitiy are. MPIX is really the best bet for prints in my opinion that will sell to non-photographers. Albums on the other hand are a completely different matter.
Post # 13
I also so go with mpix.com and adoramapix.com! I use them a LOT for my landscape and wildlife photography, and love their work!
Post # 14
We are doing this too. I’m planning on getting prints at Costco. My Fiance has made photo books through iPhoto that came out beautifully. Much cheaper than having our do these things. Kodak also has a photo book maker program.
Post # 15
My photographer does the same thing. For our engagement photos he just gave us the file and we just printed them on winkflash.com. They were so cheap, and used some groupon to get some printed on canvas prints.
For our wedding is also giving us a file, but we did purchase from him an album.
Post # 16
our photographer doesn’t offer prints, just a disk. it keeps his cost low. the most expensive package has a photo album, but no prints.
i prefer this. because i don’t want to pay for ridiculously overpriced prints. i’ll print my own through WHCC. plus, i’m a scrapbooker, so i want the digital files.