Post # 1
So, I am planning to put together my own album from our wedding pictures. After going through the entire wedding planning process and making all my own paper products, website, guest album, etc., I realized I am VERY picky about how things look and may, in fact, be a perfectionist. *gasp* **clutch the pearls**
I also know that I wanted a magazine-style layout for my wedding album with text and possibly also some of the graphics that I used for our invites, etc. so putting all that together, I know that I want to create my own album & I probably won’t be satisfied with whatever someone else will put together.
I’ve been doing research and reading up a lot about different companies and album style options, but I am still not certain about a few things and would LOVE some advice from people with more experience.
I know that I want to do a flushmount book, and I am going to do some panoramic spreads. I also know that I want a wrap cover. My main lingering questions now are:
1)What are the best paper options? As options with flushmounts I have seen photo paper and pressed paper, and I have also seen different kinds of finishes — metallic, linen, luster, pearl. What option is the best? If it is more a matter of preference, what do photos look like on the different types of paper?
2) Is it better to have a true pano or better to have a gutter? I definitely like the look of the full pano, but I am concerned about whether it will crack over time from a lot of use (b/c I LOVE looking at my albums!)–particularly b/c I will probably have to get the album from a lower quality vendor, since the high quality ones seem to only sell to pros.
Post # 3
If you’re a perfectionist, please do yourself a huge favor and have your album designed by your photographer or another professional.
As far as the finishes on the paper go, it’s all a matter of personal preference. Linen textured paper gives a more vintagey feel, while a metallic finish is probably best suited for individual prints, as opposed to an entire album.
If you end up designing the album yourself, I would strongly urge you to have a full panoramic layout with lay-flat pages. When you’re dealing with a gutter, you have to be very aware of the image loss that occurs in the middle of the book, which can make designing a little more difficult.
If you’re concerned about the quality of the album, the best way to set your mind at ease is to have it done by a professional who has access to the high quality albums that are not available at the consumer level.
Yes, it’ll cost more, but it will surely be worth it!
Post # 4
I don’t know that I can answer any of your questions as I’m doing the same searching myself but I did want to let you know of a company I found in case you hadn’t run accross them.
I think I am planning to make my flushmount album through Somerset Albums. They seem to be really nice quality but do actually sell to non-pros like us. They certainly aren’t cheap (like, you’d spend between $350 and $650 for an album depending on size and length) but its still WAY cheaper than going through our photographer. Check them out here: http://www.somersetalbums.com/index.asp Where else have you found that you liked?
I will for-warn you too that a lot of Bees post info about photobooks to questions like this and I just wanted to say that they just aren’t the same in terms of quality at all. They are still quite nice and great for some purposes (I made my guestbook with e-pics through AdoramaPix and love it) but it is nothing like a true flushmount album.
I’m interested to see if any other Bees know enough to truely answer the OPs questions!
Post # 5
we used mypublisher and were very pleased. It sounds like you may want a professional to design it though.
Post # 6
I have used mypublisher for albums that I have done in the past, and was happy with it for what it was. However, I know that I definitely want a flush mount album for my wedding album.
I am also certain that I can do the design myself. I’ve designed quite a few albums for gifts in the past (and even got a request to feature one on MyPublisher website). I did my own invites & programs (and more!), and got requests for me to create them for other people.
While I thought all my vendors were great, I wasn’t totally happy with some things — particularly b/c I tried to not micromanage and allow the professionals to do their work. For instance, while I loved the pictures my photogs took, I wish I had asserted myself more b/c I didn’t get pictures of some things that I really wanted (not the major stuff, but still, things that I could have articulated that I wanted, but didn’t want to micromanage or be extra picky). Even though I am sure a pro would create a beautiful album, I am sure that what I would be HAPPIER with something that I have complete control over.
That said, since I am NOT a pro, and I have not ordered these types of albums before, I don’t know much about the technical aspects of them. For instance, although the hinged albums have a little space (which is less preferable than the true pano), I was reading a few posts on photog websites that said — at least with photo paper — that it was preferable to have that space b/c the paper was not meant to be folded. I don’t know if that is the consensus, or if that just means that I should aim for a full pano using non-photo paper. I only have one shot, so I want to make sure that it is ideal!