Post # 1
Our pro photo package comes with a 28 page album which they told me will only hold about 50 photos. Meanwhile, I have selected 300 photos I want to put into an album. First I thought I’ll print them all as 5×7 and put them into a book myself, the kind they sell in the drugstores and photo shops, but I can’t even find one of those to hold that many.
Now I’m looking into making an Adorama album based on great reviews from Bees. Anyone who’s made one, do you know how many pages and size album I should pic? I haven’t started designing and have no idea how many will fit into one page and not look crowded. The maximum size they have is 76 pages. If that’s too small for 300 photos I might as well not bother starting.
Post # 3
Michael’s sells great photo album books – the ones where you can insert the photos into the sleeves. I bought two there during a sale – like 50% off albums. The albums are the recollection brand and they can expand to fit more pages. Although it is usually cheaper to just buy a few albums in the same style than buy the refill pages to expand one album.
Post # 4
@amariem25: Thank you, good idea on adding pages. I’ll look into those. The ones with the sleeves are exactly what I was talking about, I just didnt’t know how to describe them 🙂
Any other input from Adorama users? I’d still love some feedback on that.
Post # 5
I’ve used Adorama before and have always been really happy with the results.
Personally, I like the square books, particularly the 10 X 10 (I don’t know why, I just love the feel of that size of book), although with so many pictures, 12 X 12 might be better. As to whether they would fit or not, I think it depend on the type of pictures you are wanting to include. Of course, there are some you’ll want to feature as a full page spread (or even across two pages), but are there a good number that can be combined into collages? They have some nice layouts that include several pictures at a time–maybe appropriate for candids of guests at a the reception or some general “getting ready” shots. (Or even feature a favorite on one page with a collage or related pictures opposite it)
If you think you have enough that you could group in 4s and 5s or more, it probably will work just fine. You could always choose a section of the book to experiment with. Choose a part of the day that is represented by a few dozen pictures ( getting ready? formals with just the BMs and you?)and just play around with those to see if you think the rest would work okay.
Post # 6
I used Adorama for my album. I purchased the square 10×10 book with 50 pages and I was able to use about 170 images. I designed my own template with a collage style and each page typically had 4-8 photos on it. I did have 2 full spread photos, which took up 2 pages each, and a couple 3/4 spread photos which took up 2 pages too (but I was able to fit additional photos in the left over 1/4 space). Hope that makes sense!
If you want to use 300 photos you might want to get the 12×12 book and 76 pages. I couldn’t imagine trying to fit 300 photos into my 50 page book.
Post # 7
I’d think you would be able to fit all of your pictures into a 12×12 AdoramaPix book without problem. As PPs have said, many sections of the book (getting ready, detail shots, people dancing, etc) are really condusive to collages of 5-9 (or more) images per page.
With 300 photos and 76 pages, you have to average under 4 pictures per page which seems like it would be really easy to do. I love the guestbook I made with AdoramaPix with my engagement photos and I have pages there that have 3-4 pictures on them and I purposefully left a ton of white space where people could sign and leave messages.
Post # 8
Thanks ladies, this is very helpful. I think I’m going to shoot for the 12×12 76 page book and start working on it this weekend. I love Weddingbee!