Post # 1
I’ve been researching a lot on the best album/book (is there a difference?) to get for our wedding. I also want to do one with our honeymoon photos, but it doesn’t need to be anything fancy. I keep seeing a few mixed reviews on the hive and other sites, so I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere with my decision.
I really want some open control of the layouts, which has been seemingly impossible to find. Any suggestions on what to use for either the wedding or casual honeymoon book? Oh, and I do not have access to a Mac, so that printing option is out for me sadly.
What sources have you used, do you plan to use, or do you love for photo books/albums? Any specific advice or sources not to use?
Post # 3
I’m currently making my wedding album with AdoramaPix (see Mrs. Cheeseburger’s review).
I spent a lot of time looking into the different options, and Adorama seems to be the best value and best quality.
You can make your own layouts or use pre-made layouts. I’m using a combination of both.
Post # 4
I used Shutterfly to make Fiance a book of all the photos of us that I can find that I’m giving him tomorrow on our -1 year anniversary. I really liked that they were easy to use and had a lot of layouts. I would use them again for something like my honeymoon photos. Although I’d have to look again to see what they offer in terms of the cover. I just did a hard cover and probably would want something a little less shiny for my wedding album.
I bought a few Groupons for Photobook America and was going to test them out on our engagement pictures. They also seem to have a good amount of layouts and styles. It seems like a company that professional photgraphers use to create their books.
However, I’m interested to hear what others have to say about sites they’ve used.
Post # 5
I used Shutterfly, also as an anniversary gift (4th). I did the leather hardcover with a cut out. Ended up looking very nice. Site was user-friendly and quality was good.
Post # 6
I’m currently trying to decide between mpix.com, adoramapix.com and mypublisher. adoramapix is currently my top choice but they don’t offer he leather cover which is holding me back slightly but they consistently get good reviews online and allow for more pages than mpix.
Post # 7
Personally, I LOVE AdoramaPix. I made my guestbook through them and it turned out beautifully. I found the user interface to be really easy to use and, while they aren’t the cheapest site out there, they are still reasonably priced and offer (IMO) a much better product. I made a post about my photobook guestbook here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/my-awesome-adoramapix-photobook-lots-of-pics
If you want a good overall review of a bunch of different companies and their quality, usability of the design interfaces, etc – check out this awesome review! The guy made the same photobook from about a dozen different companies and compared the results. It’s a little long but well worth the read! http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/the-great-photo-book-round-up-review-who-makes-the-best-photo-books.html
Post # 8
I thought Photobook America and Blurb both had excellent quality. I think the photo sites are particularly sub-par and frustrating to someone who has more creative abilities (and I thought that Adorama’s book-building site was INFURIATINGLY restrictive and not user-friendly). You have so much more freedom with Blurb and Photobook America, that’s what I would do if you don’t need design hold-handing.
But, none of these will compare to a pro flush-mount album.
Post # 9
I used Photoworks and got a 5×7 20 page album for $10 and free shipping on 10/10/10. The quality was pretty good and for ten bucks it was a great deal. However, I just bought a Groupon for Picaboo, so I’m going to try them out.
Post # 10
@Mrs.KMM: That’s a great review, thanks for sharing!
I’ve been leaning towards Shutterfly or Picaboo for the honeymoon book, I guess the wedding book is what I’m still pretty stuck on. There doesn’t seem to be any clear cut winner in this industry, with some people loving one company and others hating that same company. It’s a really odd thing!
Post # 11
if you are looking for coffee table style books I reccomend http://www.mixbook.com
They are super easy and actually very fun. I have ordered/designed everything from invites to calanders to gusetbooks and wedding books. I love them.