(Closed) Bay Photo Lab Review! Lots of pics

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
10972 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@mrscash:  Beautiful album and beautiful wedding! I totally understand the feeling of getting so excited to receive your album.  Back when our photographer finished ours, she sent it by mail but it needed a signature.  I missed the delivery of it and drove like a maniac to get to the post office before they closed that day to get it! Haha! 🙂

Post # 4
371 posts
Helper bee

This album looks amazing The thickness of those pages will definitely help preserve the book. I wonder if they ship to Australia….!!

Post # 5
85 posts
Worker bee


Hidingpearl, they are a pro lab (for professional photographers which I am but not weddings). They will ship internationally but the cost might hurt a little, I would estimate 50-75? Most pro labs in Aus you have to be a professional with business credentials 🙁

Post # 7
10 posts
  • Wedding: May 2015

Beautiful album! You did a fantastic job for your first album design! And using MS Publisher! Wow, that must have been a pain.

I design albums pretty regularly – it takes me about an hour to design a 30 spread (60 page) layout.

I am also a frequent customer of Bay Photo and familiar with the ROES system. Their ROES system/software is very similar to other photo labs ROES programs, so learning Bay’s system was not much of a stretch for me.

With that said – I would never attempt to design an album in any ROES program. I do all of my album designs in Adobe InDesign. If I’m going to design a 10×10″ album, I create a page in InDesign that is 20″ wide x 10″ tall. And then in my document setup, I also specify a 1/8″ bleed on all sizes. That matches Bay Photos recommended specs. Then from there, I open the Mini Bridge file browser and have that off to the side, and I just drag and drop images onto my page. Like I said above, it takes me about an hour to design a wedding album. Once I finish, I output a High Resolution PDF file (including the bleeds) and then I open the PDF file and save the whole thing as individual JPEG files. All you have to do after that is open up ROES and drag and drop your JPEGs into the ROES system and submit your order. It’s easier and faster this way and I prefer working with InDesign. It’s just the way to go if you are working with multi-page layouts! I can’t say enough good things about it.

Another great thing about InDesign, you can preview the finish size, meaning what will be cut off (bleeds). That way there aren’t any surprises when you get your finished product.



Post # 9
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

if the company doesn’t list prices without a login it’s kind of unkosher to post prices. just FYI. 


im in glad you’re happy with your album!!

Post # 11
442 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@mrscash:  bc those suppliers often only sell to professionals. if you had to use your husband’s business connection to get signed up with them, then 1) that info is irrelevant for most bees bc they cannot order from them without falsely representing themselves, and 2) as a photographer, i know that clients know that i mark up the product, but i don’t want them to know the particulars…if they want to DIY and control every aspect of the cost, that is their prerogative, but they don’t have access to the same companies that i do. i don’t want to have that specific knowledge come into play and complicate anything. does that make any sense?

lastly, and most importantly-i think, if the company wanted the general public to have their pricing information, it would already be available. if they don’t make it available, then it’s not great form to do so yourself. (though in other forums i’ve been a part of…that were all pro photographers so they could have gotten the info if they’d signed up, while it was general policy not to list prices, no one minded answering specific questions in private messages.)

Post # 12
254 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

your wedding and photos are beautiful! thanks for sharing, and for your review! it’s very cute how detailed you were 🙂

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