Post # 1
So Fiance and I are going to have a little contest –
We are getting a CD of all our pictures (all edited) from our photographer. I plan to make designed albums for us and both sets of parents. We and other family members will also want to order hard copy pictures for framing, etc. That means two questions for you Bees (especially photographer Bees)-
1. What is the best place to make/order an album through?
I do have experience with InDesign/Photoshop, but would rather use something that already has some page templates designed, so I don’t have to start from scratch creating backgrounds
2. What is the best lab to order pictures through?
We want to get high-quality pictures that will last a long time (i.e. probably not from Walmart/Walgreens type place). We know we can easily order these through the photographer, but since we will have all the edited images, we would rather that family order through us and we will charge less than the photographer (depending on lab costs) and possibly make a tiny amount of money since we paid a LOT of money for the CD*.
The contest part is that Fiance will be posing the same question on Reddit (nerdy website haha) and thinks he will get better advice there. I say that he doesn’t know the power of the Bee! Help me prove him wrong Bees 😀
*nothing against our photographer, he takes great pictures, he just charges quite a bit to get prints compared to other local photographers.
Post # 3
I made a really nice photo guestbook through AdoramaPix.com I love their thick, lay flat pages! They have great preset layouts and the photos look amazing since every page is really nice, thick photo paper.
I made wedding albums through MyPublisher for our parents. They have a ton of different layouts to choose from, and I was able to fit a ton of pages/photos in their books. They also have lay flat pages, but the paper that they are printed on is not as thick as adorama. The paper is high quality and very professional looking. We chose them for the parent albums because they have really nice linen or leather cover options, while adorama just has a glossy picture cover.
We used AdoramaPix.com to print our wedding and engagement pictures. They are affordable and very high quality. Many photographer use them for all their photo printing needs. And they have a storefront in NYC so I was able to pick up my photos and engagement book in person. 🙂
Post # 4
@BrooklynBride10: Thanks! I looked through Adoramapix quickly and they look pretty good!
Post # 5
One of the bees went through and did an entire post about albums, it doesn’t get any dorkier than this 🙂
Post # 6
I dont know if she says it in that post, but she went with Adoramapix as well. For photos Mpix
Post # 7
@mwitter80: Thanks! I actually just found and read through the article! I think I’ve almost decided Adoramapix for the price and style – plus it sounds like they have the thicker paper without paying for flush mount. We want this book to last for years – hopefully some day our kids can look at it and say, OMG people thought those outifts looked good?!?! Just like we did to our parents….
Post # 8
Just so you know the difference, the quality albums that REAL pro photographers typically offer are called flush mount. They have pages that are very thick, do not bend, and lay flat. The pages are printed on professional photographic paper and then mounted on archival board. Most of these are hand bound and sewn using book binding techniques. These books are very durable are made to last for years.
The books that consumer labs typically print are called press printed. Actual photographic paper is not used, the pages are an archival paper. They bend easily, and are quite thin. They are typically glued into the binding so the integrity of the book depends on that glue.
If you are looking for something to last yrs and yrs, I would go flush mount for sure. If you don’t, definitely buy two copies and keep one tucked away and un-used. The few press printed books I have tend to show a lot of wear after little use.