(Closed) Albums through your pro-photog….how much did they cost?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
5571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Those are almost exactly the prices that our photographer gave us! The coffee table books were $250-$300 and the premium albums were $750-$900!

Post # 4
1919 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think you’re lucky, from my photographer they are eek…$2500! However they are so gorgeous, made in Italy and we have managed to work one into our budget.

Post # 5
929 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

ours is around $1,000- but we get to keep all the pictures so we can make some of our own too 🙂

Post # 6
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t know because mine was included in the price for our photographer. But honestly he only included 50 images so it was worthless. The only reason we had it made is because we don’t get the hi-res images until 1 year after our album is complete.

Post # 7
1801 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Our photographer offered books starting around $200 and going up to $1200.  But some of her packages included books and were a little discounted.  We’re still deciding what books to get.

Post # 8
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Too freakin’ much. The high end photo books we saw ran well over a thousand, and the more basic books were several hundred. It seemed much wiser for us to get rights to all the images and make our own album after the wedding. There are higher end companies you can work through online; they’re as expensive as the photographer albums, but we could choose to buy one when we were finished putting out so much cash for the wedding, if we decided that was something we wanted or needed.

Post # 9
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our package included a free 28-page album, so it would’ve held about 50 pics similar to moderndaisy’s. Each additional spread would cost us $70 extra. Insane! Since I also thought it would be worthless with that few pics, and I already made my 76-page Adoramapix album, I asked if we could trade the free album for some edited images. We have the full resolution images right now but none of them are edited. He said he could do 20 edited pics as an even trade instead of the album and I said ok. Hopefully he won’t change his mind.

Post # 10
9048 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

My photographer charged $35 per page.

Post # 11
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our photographer charges $900 for a 10X 10 leather flushmount with 20 pages and $1200 for a 12 X 12 with 30 pages.  parent albums start at $300.

Post # 12
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Mine’s $500…

Post # 13
10354 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@SLS79: Those are very competitive prices. Albums (even coffee table books) are so expensive because of the man hours involved in layout design, going back and forth with you about approvals and picture choice, and the fact that the albums even wholesale (flushmounts are extremely expensive – $500-over $1,000 before the photog even makes a dime!)

Post # 14
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

over $1k for a flushmount.

Post # 15
1568 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

$1000 for 12×12 flush-mount, 28 sides. Our photogs use Zookbinders. That price includes a leather cover, but we’re opting for linen instead because I’m not into torturing an cow in a factory farm for its entire life so that my album can feel luxe. Unfortunately no price break there.

We bought two 9×9 press printed albums with 28 sides each as Christmas gifts for our parents, and they were $250 each. There would have been a 30% discount if the two albums had been identical, but we wanted to personalize them with more photos of relevant family members.

We’re still nitpicking over which photos to put in our own album, so we haven’t gotten it printed yet, but the parent albums look great. Our photographers did a great job with the layouts.

One thing to consider when debating doing the album yourself or through your pro photographer: many high-end album makers will not work with brides directly. Zookbinders is that way, as is Cypress (the company that made Mrs. Hot Cocoa’s gorgeous ribbon-bound beauty).

Post # 16
2 posts

hi, we’re professional photographers. these prices are actually a bit less than we can offer. the books are expensive for us to make and then we build in our time – it is a time consuming task when one cares. so our solution is to give our clients the options – they recieve everything necessary to create their own book -including good resources for DIY albums. In this economical climate as well as so many good online book publishers to choose from it easy to let it go – as a married couple we would want it the same way – options! So don’t be concerned about the cost – its fair. A worthy luxury. You’re investing in an album you will look through and love for many years to come. Enjoy. – Colette

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