Post # 1
Just wanting to know some thoughts on type of wedding album to choose. Our original choice was doing a flush-mount 12×12 album. It’s been 6 months & my photographer was having issues with 2 labs. He said when he got the album back, he was very disappointed & embarrased, so he returned it. He was telling me of another lab he could use that does a great job & is more costly if I want another flushmount. He mentioned the downfalls to a flushmount is that the picture is on a foam core, & if not taken well care of or dropped, the pages can dent. So that has me concerned. He said that of the weddings he shot this year, ours is the only one that choose the flushmount, & that the trend seems to be what he called “coffee table albums”. I just wanted some feedback because I’m not sure what to choose now. It stinks because it’s already been 6 months, & now back to square one.
Post # 3
I am getting a flushmount. I think it looks better and as long as you take care of it you shouldn’t have any problems. Ever king of album comes with its fair share of “risks or downfalls”. In the end it is what you will like and not regret. I know for me, if we didn’t get a flushmount I know I would regret it even if it did come with some “risks”.
Post # 4
I have seen some of my friend’s flushmount wedding albums, and they are gorgeous, and still gorgeous after all these years. I do not think that denting is a huge problem, unless people are jabbing the pages with sharp objects.
Post # 5
Tell him to try Bay Photo.
Post # 6
I personally think your photographer is trying to be shady.
I have done A LOT of reading and researching about albums and companies and options. Flushmounts are a current trend, but they are photos printed on real photographic paper and mounted directly onto a cardboard-like core. The pages lay flat and either have a slight fold in the middle or a small gutter. These are great because the photographic paper means that it is a higher quality print (possibly lasting up to 100 years depending on how they are maintained) and allow no loss of image in the center seam because of how they are mounted. They also are more sturdy than regular book-pages because they can’t tear or fold easily.
Coffee-table style books usually refers to the style of books like MyPublisher, Blurb, Kodak, etc. There are high quality printers that also print magazine-style books, so your photog may not be talking about getting it printed by one of those types of companies, but generally, these types of books are still press-printed (not on photographic paper), with image loss in the center binding (so no 2-page spreads). Even if they are being printed by the same company, the magazine-style pages are much less expensive, so you would not be getting the same value if you already prepaid for a “book”.
If you would prefer the coffee table style, that is fine, and yes, that is definitely a common style of book. But it’s more common because it’s WAY less expensive and easier to obtain than the flushmount album. If the flushmount is what you want, then you should definitely insist upon it. If your photog is new to the flushmount process and needs suggestions for companies, he could try Blackriver Imaging (split-pages only) or Finao (folded or split pages). Both have amazing print quality.
Post # 7
I love Black River Imaging. Best decision I made, was choosing BRI as my lab of choice!
Post # 8
Also, Black River Imaging has a super fast turnaround time. Assuming he has the files ready to go, you could submit and have your book in about a week!
Post # 9
Flushmount is the way to go. coffee table books are nothing more like magazines with a hard cover.
Seems more to me that your photographer does not have his act together. Embarrased and not happy with what he got back? Why? Is this his first time printing with the lab? If he has done so in the past, he would know what to expect back from them.
Post # 10
I agree with the rest of the gals here. I’m personally a wedding photographer and I would only recommend flushmount albums to my clients. You’re paying a lot of money for your album so you want hard pages that lays flat and last a life time. What are the chances that you’re going to drop your album and bend the pages?
If he doesn’t want to offer flushmount because of the reason that it’s harder to take care of, then Magazine style/coffee table albums are even harder to manage. They’re usually book bound and you loose a little bit of viewing area in the middle because of the way it’s stitched together. The pages are thin too so the chance of your ripping the pages is way higher than the chance of you bending the flushmount pages.
Just talk to your photographer and try to find out the real reason why he’s hesitating. Give him the benefit of the doubt. Usually when album company messes up on the printing process or the pages come back mest up, they’re very good about reprinting a new album.