Post # 1
Has anyone used Shutterfly’s photo books? If so, did you do any upgrades like the “lay flat” pages? If so, how happy were you with the results?
Alternatively, if you’ve purchased photo books elsewhere I’d love to hear a review of that as well.
Post # 3
I haven’t used the lay flat pages from Shutterfly, but we did small 8×8 and 8×11 albums for extended family, and 12x12s for our parents. They are just gorgeous! The color reproduction is true, all our pro photos are crisp at all sizes, the hard photo covers are glossy and lovely, the end leaf paper is thick and nicely textured — and their customization and interface options are by far the best I’ve worked with. I felt like I had the most control and the most intuitive control with them.
Their satisfaction guaranteed policy is awesome too. We did have printing troubles TWICE on the 12x12s (never on the smaller ones). Both times that I contacted them about the problems, they replied within 12 hours and had already ordered a reprinting. Best of all…I got to keep the 3 extra 12x12s! (I wish I hadn’t put “to Mom and Dad” on the spine.)
Anyway — Shutterfly gets a high recommendation from me.
Post # 4
@village_skeptic: I’ve used Shutterfly a few times, as well as Mixbook and something else (photobucket?). I’ve liked all of them. Shutterfly has the fastest shipping, and the best designs imo. I really like the storyboard option as well. Mixbook is slightly easier to work with as far as personalization. I only used the third because of a great discount, but I was pleased with it as well, even though you can only do failry simple things with it.
Whenever I’m wanting to make a photobook I go to http://www.photobookgirl.com/ and look at the available groupons (never pay full price for a photobook, mine are always at least 60% off). Good luck!
Post # 5
@MsCarabiner: Agreed — Groupons are great, and waiting until Shutterfly themselves are having a 50% or 40% off sale is also recommended!
Post # 6
I love Shutterfly! I use them to make photobooks of my nephew every year for my family & the people that receive them always rave about how professional they look. I just received this year’s book in the mail from Shutterfly & I’m so impressed wtih the color quality. I can’t wait to give them to people.
I agree with PP, look for Groupons & coupons (sign up for their emails!). This year my total was $51 for three books with a total savings of $78 & free shipping. It was a great deal.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
MY favorite budget books are the ones through iPhoto, but they don’t have lay flat pages. I’d lvoe to make a Blurb book one day, but to do a really godo one takes more time and effort than I’m willing to spend right now. One day in the distant future, we’ll order through our photographer a flush mount album.
Post # 8
I am also a fan of shutterfly. I got our wedding photo book from them and it turned out amazing! I had a groupon, and photo books were %40 off, with free shipping and you get 50 free 4×6 prints jsut for signing up. Great deal for a great product!
Post # 9
We did our guest book of our engagment pictures from shutterfly. I love how it turned out, we had a free 12×12 book code from davids bridal, so i didn’t want to add to many upgrades cause i wanted it as “free” as possible 🙂 But we did add a full page (not sure what it is actually called) but the picture was spread out to both pages, .. We had scrable letters L, V, E and I had my engagement ring at the O, in my hands spelling out LOVE, and my fiance hands were cupping my hands. Super cute picture idea i got from Pinterest 🙂 Anyways, I think the book turned out GREAT!
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I made a Shutterfly photo book with no upgrades, other than adding extra pages, and it turned out great! I love their templates, and their prices are really good!
Post # 11
I made an awesome photobook with MyPublisher. I posted a review on here because I was so incredibly happy with the results. I had a groupon for it which was an awesome deal! The software is really easy to use, the final product was high quality, shipping was fast, customer service super helpful and responsive. I didn’t get lay flat pages, debated it but ultimately didn’t want to spend the extra $. I’m glad I didn’t because you don’t need them – maybe if you’re doing a super thick book, but mine was about 30 pages and all the pages lay pretty flat as it is. None of the pictures were cut off as a result of not having lay flat.
Post # 12
I have used Shutterfly to make photobooks of my son, in fact I got a photobook in the mail yesterday. I do like them and they seem to have very good feel quality to them.
Post # 13
I used Shutterfly for our thank you cards. Wasn’t THAT impressed with the quality (the quality of the card was good, but the pictures were washed out), so I decided to do some more research for the photobooks I wanted to do for our parents. I had actually started the photobooks on Shutterfly while I was doing the cards, but was getting frustrated with the template and how I couldn’t do as much manipulating as I wanted.
With that, I decided on Adoramapix. I was impressed with the ease of the program, how I didn’t have to use a template for each page, and even if I wanted to I could resize and move the pictures however I wanted. The photobooks came out beautifully and were awesome quality, both the book itself and the pictures (even with resizing and such). I’m sure they were pricier, but so worth it. I used them for our prints as well, and I am, again, very happy with the end product!
Post # 14
To be perfectly honest, I’ve had clients come back to me for albums after their shutterfly albums have started falling apart 2-3 years later. Like anything else, you get what you pay for – I would say they are fine as long as your not designing it with the intention of having it be a family heirloom because they just won’t last that long.
Post # 15
Use Photobook America. Unless you’re making a throwaway cheap present or scrapbook, low-end consumer companies like Shutterfly just aren’t that great. I’ve used Photobook America for 10 different books (I am a pretty serious hobby photographer) and am in love with their quality. Even Blurb and Adorama don’t stack up against them (they are cheap for a reason)
Post # 16
Can anyone tell me, how long is the turnaround time for a Shutterfly photobook (especially during the holidays), and how long does it typically take to put one together?