(Closed) help – order professional album, or make my own?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I used MyCanvas.com, and I was really happy with the album I made.  DH loved it too.  I also did a small one for our two families, and they were really impressed.

So I would recommend trying DIY. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 1993

You are in some luck, 5 years ago I would have said no way but there are diy options out there, read this article it will telll you all about it:

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Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I wanted more pictures then a professional album would hold. I felt like if I spent that much on photography, I should have lots of pictures to show for it! My friend had a pro album and they asked her to pick only 20 pictures out of her 700. That’s crazy to me!

Plus, we just didn’t have the money for it. I figured we could do a DIY now and if we ever want to upgrade, we have the images on CD.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

If you can do it, then definitely go for it. The consumer albums on the market still are no where near what your pro can offer you.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 1993

@artbee a professional digital album should easily fit 80 images, your comapny is saying 20 for they just want to do 20 big pictures which is the easiest

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

There are places where you can make your own professional albums such as black river imaging. Its a company that many photographers order from and its a way higher quality than a book from shutterfly or similar sites (although i do like those for my more casual photos). My FI and I are actually about to order a small album for our engagement photos.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

Keep in mind that you are investing not only in a higher quality archival album, but also the professional layout and design. I agree with Pizzuti, it is definitely worth the investment if you can afford it. Even places like Black River, while offering higher quality options than most, are still not the same level of quality that you will get from your photographer. As they have access to the highest quality albums that are only available to photographers and designers (with legally registered businesses). 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

@mzlouis2b: You need to be a photographer to use BRI’s services. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m DIYing mine. I want to have control of what pictures I use and how it turns out. There are tons of places online where you can make very good quality books and albums. I’ve made a book online before with images and stories for a family member so I’m confident that I can do something that will turn out well.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m going with DIY through AdoramaPix. I love having complete control over what photos go into our album. If I left that up to the photographer, how do I know their favorite photos will be the same as my favorites? Also, I know that a professional album is even nicer but I really cant justify spending that much money on one. I am going to be paying less than $200 for our 76 page album that will have a TON of photos in it. A pro album will be at least double (probably more than double) what we are paying now. Have you seen this post – http://www.weddingbee.com/2010/08/23/affordable-photo-albums/#more-158510

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@kala_way:  Most (reputable) photographers give the client this control.  The client selects the images, and the photographer does a rough layout, that you review, comment on, and then approve, prior to hitting the press.

 

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@USER876: lol, so I can pick everything out myself and then pay someone else a lot of money to pay a company to print it or I can pick everything out myself and pay a little money to a company online to print it.

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