Photo book companies, give me all the goss

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsPadlock2B:  I used adoramapix for my boudoir album and I was very happy with it, the photo quality is great.  It looks better than the professional album the photographer tried to sell me for $200 (I paid I think $25 + shipping).

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@MrsPadlock2B:  I’ve only made a photo book once, using Blurb, but I had a good experience with them. It’s been a few years, so I don’t remember all the details, but it’s a good quality book and there were lots of options to choose from in terms of layouts and the details (paper quality, size, etc).

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

@MrsPadlock2B:  When I made my 2nd wedding album (added rehearsal and dinner + Honeymoon), I did lots of reading. There are many photography and scrapbooking sites that review and compare the sites. The best on was AdoramaPix. And I have to agree. You cant beat the flat-fold pages. The quality was great! Everyone who has felt and looked at AdoramaPix is very impressed.

My only complaint is that I have a dark cover and with some bumps, the corners have become white.  The other thing I didnt like was the template I choose had all these overlays that I had to go in and take out by hand. But they may have changed this by now. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I just did a wedding album on the Costco web site.  I really like it and it seemed very reasonable in price. 

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Artisan State is supposed to be professional quality but at a good price. You can design your own or send them the pics and they design the layout for free. I just ordered an engagement photo guest book from them, not here yet but I am expecting a pretty awesome product.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’ve been using Shutterfly for 4 years now (I make annual yearbooks for my family), and I’ve loved the results every single time.

 

-The picture quality is has always been clear, sharp & with great colors.

 

-They have a nice variety of photo books at varying price points

 

-Building the books is easy from following a model to being able to customize your own

 

-There are always a ton of coupons floating around online. I think I got two of my for free last year using various coupons.

 

-They ship quickly even at the base level of shipping. They normally give you a two week window for delivery, I’ve never had it take that long.

 

 

 

I would say I’ve probably made 20-25 products using Shutterfly & have never had a problem or a complaint. 

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I’ve read good reviews of MyPublisher and if you sign up, they’re always sending out big coupons…  

Anyone tried them?

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve read a few articles that compared all the big ones….. Adoramapix, MyPublisher, Blurb, shutterfly, etc etc….. I think there was like 10 diff ones they made the “same book”, and basically Adoramapix and Mypublisher were rated superior, and shutterfly/blurb were ok but the lasting quality etc isnt as good (and a few comments about shutterfly I actually had first hand of confirming….. the colours can be very exaggerated (too vivid) especially if you have bright colours). I made a “boud shoot” book for my man and I did like the book but I kinda wanted better quality for our wedding album.

My g/f made her wedding book with shutterfly and her colour was orange….and it was like WHOOOOOOAAA….intense.

From what I read MyPub and Adoram are a bit more expensive then the others unless you have a coupon (which seem to come in my email inbox a few times a week lol…. so prob not an issue) but they will last longer.

I’m still waiting for my pics…so Im trying to choose which one so I signed up for Adoram and MyPub to see what the their interface is like/usability etc…..I’ll see if I can find the article

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I used mpix for our engagement photo books and thought they did a good job printing, but it seemed like there were certain limitations to layouts (certain pictures got cropped.. maybe due to user error as in I did not notice in time…).

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I really like Mixbook. I’ve ordered maybe 10 books through them and they’ve all been great. There was some sort of quality issue with one. I sent pictures in to customer service and they made it and sent it again within a day.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I want to put it another good word for Adoramapix– I made my wedding album with them and it looks great (and I love the heavy fold flat pages).  If you deicde to use them, sign up on the site with your email address– they send me emails with deals at least once a week.

 

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MrsPadlock2B:  I used Mixbook for my wedding album for our parent’s last year. It was awesome. I tried using Shutterfly, and I could not figure it out and I felt I had more freedome to do what I wanted with Mixbook. They had an AMAZING sale going on around black Friday, and I used that to my advantage and got my books at like more than 50% off. I also ordered photo Christmas cards through them because of a great deal they had going on as well (and will more than likely use them again this year). They often have amazing discounts.

I have used Snapfish for just ordering prints and was VERY happy with the quality of my prints. I am disappointed they don’t have more sizing options, but otherwise they were great to work with and easy (and pretty reasonable).

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@shanbp:  I was just about to post that link!

 

I think shutterfly, snapfish, and blurb are the worst of the bunch. Mypublisher and adorama are the best. For press books anyways.

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