Don't buy an album…

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Helper bee

Brilliant thank you!!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MlleDarcy:  thanks for the info! I checked out their website and their products look quite nice!

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m doing our album… Our photog wanted $130 for 30 pages! I was like Uuuuh, we’ll pass, thanks!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@BrandNewBride:  $130 sounds likea good price to me….. everyone around here charges $1000+ for albums!

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Our album was included in our photography package. Lucky us 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I can’t tell you how happy I am that you posted this! I have been scouring the web forever, checking out all of the various photo printing sites (Snapfish, Shutterfly, MyPublisher, etc). However, I just haven’t been all that impressed with their offerings. I really do love the timeless and simple look of the Artisan State albums, just sent the link to DH for him to check them out 🙂 Nearly a year after the wedding, you may have helped us finally pick an awesome album! Thank you!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Thank you very much!

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@kmb727:  SERIOUSLY? For JUST 30 of the 240 retouched images? That is INSANE!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We got a groupon for snapfish. $30 ish for three 20 page books with up to 15 photos on each page. I spent a lot of time on it before I noticed the button that arranges the photos for you lol. We just got them back and they are awesome.  Way better than I expected! 

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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m going to take the other side, and say that I got my album from my photographer, and I do not regret it for a second.  We got a higher package that included it, plus two clone (albeit smaller) albums for our parents.  My album has Italian leather and an amazing design.  It is guaranteed to last for decades, which is something that Snapfish or Shutterfly can’t say.  I have used Snapfish on multiple occasions, but I wanted to invest in my album as it’s the memories of the best day of my life. 

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

“but most photographers have interns who do this kind of work for them”

This isn’t true.  Maybe SOME do, but all of the photographers I know do all of the work themselves.

 

@abbie017:   +1.  I didn’t purchase an album from my photographer, but I regret not doing it.  If you are looking to do a quality album, one that is even anywhere near comparable to what your photographer would produce, this would not just take “an afternoon”. 

I’ve been working on mine for a year!!  And I totally wish that I had had a professional do it instead. 

A snapfish album is not where your gorgeous expensive wedding pictures deserve to be displayed.  (Maybe there was a link in this post before, but I don’t see it now)

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve never heard of Artisan State. Most professional photographers I know use companies like Couture Book, KISS, Red Tree, Madera, Leather Craftsmen, and Queensberry. These albums can be hundreds if not over a thousand dollars just for cost of materials alone. Many photographers do not use interns to lay out the albums but rather design it themselves, and you’re not necessarily limited to an image per page, I think it depends on style. 

 

 

 

There is a market for everyone. if you don’t want to design yourself and you want those high quality albums that aren’t available, go through photographer. If you’re okay with the quality of consumer companies (Snapfish and Shutterfly comes nowhere near the quality as the companies I listed above), then make your own! However, make sure you have the correct information first. 

 

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@BrandNewBride:  That’s actually a really good price, my photographer wants $1500 for a flush mount leather album with 20 pages.

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