Post # 1
My photographer is charging $1,100 for an album. Should I be looking elsewhere, or is this a typical price for an album? They do a very nice job, I should add, but I just feel like it sends our photography budget through the roof. We’re in PA, so I’m not sure if that’s just because of where we live, or if that’s a normal price.
Is it more economical to DIY it or send out your pictures and have it made elsewhere?
Post # 3
It’s definitely more economical to do it yourself as you are paying for not only the material cost of the album but their labor as well.
That being said, coming from someone who works in creative, I think it takes a certain eye and skill laying out the photos and getting the right proportions and story. It’s not just about popping in all the photos chronologically. For example, my photographer put together a cute little slideshow with music of a handful of our wedding photos and honestly, it was way better than anything I could have imagined. The photos were in a general chronological order but it told a definite story that followed the music selection.
So if you are not that particular, I think you can definitely do your own for either a little less or a lot less (depending on the length, size and quality of your book – lots of options available!).
Can you wait on the album? If it’s not in the budget now, you can budget for it later (maybe with the cash gifts from your wedding) and order it later. My photographer was offering a nominal discount for ordering ahead of time, so it wasn’t worth it to us to hurry and order everything earlier.
I don’t remember my photographer’s prices offhand, but $1.1k sounds like a lot of money.
Post # 4
I made mine on Shutterfly and think it turned out great. I saved $600 by doing it myself, and it was nice because I got to combine the great pictures the photographer took with some awesome ones family and friends took. Plus they have really high end ones now too, leather bond lay flat pages. I would check it out before you shell out that kind of cash!
Post # 5
I would do it yourself and get teh best one you can get on the site. Photographer once are nice but super pricey.
Post # 6
Most consumer albums are made with glue, after time that glue breaks down whereas hand stitched pro albums will not. They are extremely expensive to produce and only deal with pros as there are a lot of factors that go into the printing of them like exact page specs, embedded color profiles… list goes on. The albums are usually designed by the photographer or hired professional designer and ever image fully retouched though some may defer from this. A good design takes time. I spend anywhere from 15-20 hours on an album. Just like photography is an art form so is design and bookbinding. Just because someone has a camera ap on their phone, doesn’t make them a photographer.
If you are happy with a consumer album that will save you money but may not survive for your children to see then that is great. If you want something like an art piece that is your archive of your wedding then I would go pro.
Who knows where digital will go and how outdated the technology we use today will be in 5 – 10 – 20 years… Most new computers don’t even include a cd drive anymore. Your wedding album is ment as the final keep sake from the first day you became a family.
My favorite album companies are: westcoast albums, finao, couture book, queensberry
It’s really just a matter of priority to you. It truly boggles my mind when someone spends thousands of dollars on great images and then cheap out when it comes to preserving them.