Where did you get your photo album from?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I just made an album with our engagement pictures using Artisan State. It’s amazing, I would definitely recommend them!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@Pinkmoon:  I just checked out Artisan State since I’d never seen them mentioned in similar threads and WOW, they look awesome!  Did you use the design service?  Can you give a few more details on what the process was and how you found it (easy to use, any limitations, quality, etc.)?  Thanks!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I like Indigo Album Design.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve used Shutterfly for albums in the past and they’ve come out decent.  For our wedding album though, our photographer did it, and I’m very, very glad to have invested in that.

In terms of albums, you get what you pay for.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Macintoshpeony:  I used Shutterfly, fairly happy with the album.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@elysion:  No, I didn’t use design service but I probably will for the wedding album. I jut designed my own with their online tool. It was pretty easy, just nit-picky to get the boxes to line up/same size etc when I didn’t use one of their pre-made layouts for a page.

It was really quick too – I placed my order last Friday the 18th, and it was at my door the following Thursday. Only 6 days! I was expecting 2 weeks like the order email told me. 

I got the 11 x 14 landscape hardcover book with a photo on the front/back cover and the thin e-surface pages. I’ll probably get thick for the wedding, but otherwise the book looks like it cost wayyyy more than $150 (I added extra pages). I’m impressed! 

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We used Adoramapix and I was very happy with our books.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@tmsing:  I’m thinking of using Shutterfly. Could you tell me some of the things you didn’t like?

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Can someone show some IRL pics of the books? I keep seeing threads about how nice Artisan state is but someone always knocks them as if you don’t spend $500 plus on an album it will be utter crap. Sooo over that…

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

@MrsKady:  I will try to remember to take some of ours tonight for you. You’re right, I didn’t find too many actual photos of their products anywhere before I ordered. I did find a video review someone made on Vimeo that was helpful for me to know what to expect. Search “Artisan State review” or something, it was one of the top hits. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I make a yearly photo albums and have always used MyPublisher solely because I like their options like matte cover, thicker paper, lay flat pages, etc. They seem to have pretty good pre-made photo layouts, which is a plus because creating your own layouts to fit your pictures can be time-consuming.

There is another local company called Artifact Uprising that I used for a small Instgram coffee book for a gift and I really fell in love with the thick, recycled paper they use in their books. They don’t have as many options available for layouts and the software is not as user friendly, so those are the draw backs.

If you aren’t particular about paper or other features in your book, just go with one of the big name companies because they will be the cheapest and still produce a good product. And they usually have good customer that will allow you to return the book easily if you are unhappy.

If you go with one of the big name photobook companies like MyPublisher, Shutterfly, Blurb, Snapfish, etc, always wait for their deals which come out every couple of weeks.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I used shutterfly and loved it for the price.  I paid $38 for an 8×11 layflat hardcover album with 23 pages.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

@Pinkmoon:  Thanks for the extra info!!

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