- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
I’m in the process of building an album with Somerset.
I find it to be really easy to use but obviously can’t tell you anything about album quality yet. The other reviews I’ve read (with picture comparisons to albums from photographers) look great though!
has anyone looked in the price of a Somerset album and how many images are included? i might use them one day.
From what I’ve found:
Somerset’s flush mount album in the 12×12 (biggest size they have) is $353 for 22 pages, and it’s a fake leather album, with no option to upgrade to leather.
Nations Photo Lab has the flush mount Album 11×14 (biggest size they have) and it is $264 for 22 pages (Add $30 if you want the Album to be leather).
I’ve decided that I’m going to go with Nations Photo Lab, it seems to get overall fairly good reviews. Plus, it seems some professional wedding photographers even say on their blogs that is where they order their clients albums from. I just don’t really have $500 to spend, and I don’t want the cheap wedding photo book either. I think this is a good compromise.
I don’t have any advice on those companies. I just wanted to give a positive review for the DIY process and final product. It took me more than two long, solid days to go through all of my photos, decide what to include, and arranging them sensibly. It was a wonderful, reflective time that I would have lost if I had left the job to a photographer. Even if the “end result” would have had a higher quality finish, I know that I’ll never contemplate the actual photos in the book (nor will anyone else) as closely as I did when I was designing it.
@Melini: That’s so true, and you’re very right. I was thinking about that when the wedding photographer posted a sneak peek of our wedding photos on their blog. When we got the entire collection of wedding photos later–there were so many others that I loved more than the ones they had chosen to show on the blog.
@biancaK: Typically the client selects the images for the finished album. The photographer does the layout but allows you to proof the design and comment prior to submitting to the lab. The advantages of going through your photographer are that everything is guaranteed. if an image is cropped off, mis sharpened, colors are off, or something doesn’t come out as expected, it’s on the photographer’s dime. That is an expensive mistake to do on a DIY if you have to reorder the album.
Also, the products available to photographers are much higher quality than what is available to the general public. Besides the papers and ink and archival coatings, the book bindings are typically very high quality and hand sewn. There are also endless amout of sizes, leathers and fabrics, page edging,etc to choose from if you want a really custom album From what I have heard, somerset is a reasonable substitute if you don’t mind putting in the design time, can live with the limited variety, and are looking to save some money.
@biancaK: Just a heads up if you haven’t read the photography forum much… USER876 is a pro who responds to almost every post supporting DIY with info about why the pros will give you a better product.
I DIYed every thing that I reasonably could for my wedding even though I could have hired pros that might have made the end product look more “perfect”. I think that most of us choose DIY either because we can’t afford pro or because we’re willing to accept less than perfect for the enjoyment that comes from the act of doing and sharing something from our own hands. I got a different level of satisfaction from giving my mom the album that I put together than I would have gotten from having it done by a pro. She probably wouldn’t have flinched if I had just printed it out on computer paper, so the extra money on pro-quality materials and finishes would pretty much only be noticed by the pro. And no one cares about looking at my album enough to wear out the binding. If they do, I’ll buy another copy.
@Melini: agreed – I’m looking forward to getting to create my album, and albums for both sets of parents. I’m sure they will truly appreciate the time and effort I put into creating an album for them, and I know I’ll enjoy it. Though there will be days I’ll think I’m crazy for doing it.
I co-edited national award winning yearbooks in college..might as well make practical use of my (limited) skills!
So this one wasn’t mentioned but I’m making one off of Adormapix.com and from the reviews on the bee they seem to be good, it’s $176 for 76 pages on thick photo paper that lays flat.
ETA: they aren’t flush mount albums though :-/ but I bought a flush mount album for our engagement photos and I just didn’t think it was that awesome for the price
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