Post # 1
So originally the package that we chose had a beautiful album from the company Finao, if any of you have heard about that? They look amazing.
Well now I’m thinking that we should choose the lower package that does not have the album to save on money…we are running very tight right now. I still want an album though, and I think I could make one because I am a graphic designer. Has any other bees done this? And no, i’m not talking about just a shutterfly album or anything.
Do you think it’s just going to cost me an arm and a leg doing it myself anyway? I’m not sure if I could use the same company as she does. The thing I like about having her do it is that I don’t have to worry about doing it, and I already have prefectionism problems when designing for myself haha
For reference: The package with the album is $2800 and the package without is $2400
Do you think it’s even worth it to do it myself or is the cost savings null?
Post # 3
I would do the album for the extra $400 if its archival quality that’s a great deal. You can make a decent album easily yourself for pretty cheap but it won’t stand the test of time like a professional album will.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center
I just ordered an album from AdoramaPix. I haven’t received it yet, but based on the reviews from other Bees, it looked like the best option. We bought a leather covered 10″x10″ album with 36 pages for about $145. They were running a 30% off summer special, so that definitely helped with the price.
Post # 5
I’m a wedding photographer and also use Finao albums..they are amazing! Hand bound, so many cover options, will last a life time! I’m surprised your photographer is including them in a package for only 400€ since that doesn’t even cover the cost of an album! Also, you probably wouldn’t be able to purchase through Finao or the other high quality professional Album companies because they deal exclusively with professional photographers… So, I’d say take her up on that awesome deal!
Post # 6
I designed and printed our album using iPhoto. They’re not ‘lay flat’ pages but we actually preferred what Apple offered to hard cardboard-type pages.
They offer hardcover books with a protective image wrap and customizable templates for the pages (printed on acid-free paper).
The cost was very affordable. Enough so that we ordered copies for our parents and grandparents 🙂
Post # 7
@kristinspeed: I actually think she upped her prices for 2013, but since I booked her in January of this year, she honored 2012 prices! I knew they are expensive, and she showed me one at our meeting and it was beautiful! I agree…it’s an awesome deal. So i’m trying to figure out how to make up the difference somehow!
Thanks for the input bees 🙂
Post # 8
It will definitely be worth it! Those albums are meant to last a lifetime! When discs and USB sticks are a thing of the past, you’ll flip threw it with your grandchildren you’ll get goosebumps thinking about that special day! Maybe you can ask her if she has some kind of wedding registry? I know some photographers offer that, so instead of gusts buying you china and toasters and whatnot from your actual registry, they can contribute towards photography products. Good luck! 🙂
Post # 9
I made my own albums using milkbooks.com. I’m totally happy with the way they turned out.
Post # 10
I am a wedding photographer and also offer them in my packages. The quality of album that a professsional can provide will usually exceed anything that a general cosumer site will offer. Finao’s albums are very good quality. Besides the actual quality of the album, you have to consider that the photographer does album design on a regular basis. A lot more goes into an album then slapping photos on each page. You might be able to do a decent job if you are artistic and enjoy that kind of thing, but after a few hours of sifting through hundreds of photos, you’ll wish you had a paid a prefessional. Also, the photos that you get on your disc may not be fully edited, retouched images. The images that they use are likely retouched. I might use one of the sites for my vacation photos, but definitely not for wedding photos.