(Closed) How much did your photo albums cost?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I got married in Niagara Falls Ontario. Our photographer was one that works closely with the hotel where we had the wedding. 

Our packaged included: 1-14×16, 3-8X10, 5-5×7 and 60-4×6’s in a album (its a cheap album, and I will be making my own albums once the pictures arrive). We can choose a mixture of black and white and coloured. 

Our photographer was with us for about 2 hours…ceremony and pictures afterwards. We have an online album where we can look at picture, but no access to digital negatives (would cost $1500!) 

The total cost was $799 (CDN) It will take 8-12 weeks for the pictures to arrive. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was wondering the same thing. Should I pay the lower rate now and just make my own albums…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We actually paid $1400 for it through our photographer. It’s outrageous and I’m a bit embarassed. I just kept upgrading and upgrading…

If I could do it over again, I’d go with Adoramapix. That’s what I used for my parent’s albums and I love them. I still don’t have my photographer’s album. They’re taking their sweet time with my $$$ album. ERR

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

If you’re interested in my album stats- it’s a 12×12 album with 38 sides.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Your $1400 is going to last 100 years, it will stand the test of times.. Its worth it to go with the pros, they really dont make much money of those kinds of albums just so you know. Its not a money maker for a photographer, its a high end quality product they offer because they care about giving the best showcase of your day. A showcase that will last many, many years.

 

I know its OMG $1400.. but its crafted with photo paper and durable. The $65 album from Shutterfy, etc will not last the test of time and are no way near the quality a pro can get. It also takes hours and hours to build an album that tells a story as an art piece.

 

However the Shutterfy etc albums are not horrible but you do get what you pay for.. and it will take you days to make one. A good album just doesnt have pictures thrown in, it tells a story.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

It’s worth it because I know that it’s going to be around for pretty much ever. I’m a pro, I’ve tested and tested most of the album companies out there both consumer and pro just to make an honest comparison.

Post # 11
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Busy bee

The adorama books are great for parent albums, vacations etc. But they are still made with glue not hand sewn which means in 10 or 15 years that glues is going to start to dissolve and the integrity of the album isn’t going to be strong.

Pros actually don’t make very much money on the albums as you would think with the high price tag. The albums themselves cost A LOT to produce. Then there is the time to layout and edit the images.

It’s all in how much you value it same with choosing a good photographer in the first place. What I don’t understand is the people who pay thousands for their photog only to put the images in a shutterfly book.

Also, the way technology goes who knows if the file structure we use or disks are going to be so if your budget album falls apart you man not have a way to reprint it. Remember floppy disks? That is the direction CDs are going in and in 5 or so years they will be obsolete. I know .jpeg structure will be around a bit longer but only until the next best thing comes out.

I left the album at my MIL for the week because she wanted to show it off. When I get back I will take and post some photos.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We have a thumb drive from our photographer with access and rights to all of the images, so we are just going to do a simple album from Shutterfly or one of those. I spent an arm and a leg on the album/photography when I got married the first time ($1500 in 1996) and don’t see a need for a huge, heavy, bulky album this time. I rarely pulled the other one out when we were married because it was so cumbersome.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Gferg- How big was that thing? lol

 

The 8×8 and 10×10 are a great size so its no too bulky. OP if you make your own at least go through Adoramapix. Upgrade papers and such they offer. Go for lustre or matte finishes.

 

You will never get quality like this except from your photographer-

http://www.millerslab.com/flushmountalbums

 

Shutterfly sucks IMO. Snapfish and Blurb are really crappy too.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I did a 10 x 10, 50 page Adoramapix album. There was a coupon, so it ended up costing about $80.  I also ordered 2 8×8, 38 page parent albums for $60.

Since the photographer’s albums started (for an 8×8 for 38 pages) at $1200 AND it took her 5 months just to give us the digital images–there wasn’t a chance in hell that I was going to have her make the wedding album. I’d probably still be waiting on it.

The Adoramapix album may not last 100 years, but I’m also not planning on living for 100 years–so somehow in my head it all works out ok. 🙂

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