Post # 1
Sorry this got longer than I intended 😛
I am waiting to get our CD of pro pics back, and will then want to make 3 albums. Originally, I was looking at doing an Adoramapix album but after seeing reviews and pricing for flush mounts that non-photographers can get, I am very interested in them.
I also want to do albums for both sets of parents, non-flush mount. I am looking at probably using Adoramapix for them unless someone tells me they are really bad! I had only heard good things about them from the Bee and other sites.
Not to sound rude, but I see on a lot of these posts that photographers jump in and say how crucial it is to get the album from your photographer, want it to last for generations etc., etc.,.
I am not interested in those comments. I want a nice quality album that I can enjoy while I am alive 🙂 We have already paid over $3500 for photography, including $1400 to get the CD. An album would be an additional $1200 and is NOT an option at this point – our photographer would have needed to know this prior to the wedding. However, a professional’s opinion on which companies they have worked with/recommended/tips is very welcome.
What I am looking for: (Flush mount wedding album)
- Reputable company
- Prefer one that we can get professional quality prints (or at least better than Walgreen’s type) from as well
- Includes page templates or background designs
- Yet still allows me the control to customize
- Able to preview album
- Easy to use software –I have experience with Photoshop and InDesign, so anything that operates similarly or is just customer-friendly is a plus
- Able to have photo on the cover
- Cover does not have to be leather – in fact the album from our photog would not have been.
- Reasonable cost –
- Somewhat flexible but obviously I don’t want to get close to $1200.
- Probably want to do a 12×12, not sure on # of sides, but probably at least 40+
- If I can’t do this for less than $600-$700, I’ll go back to a nice photobook, in which I’ll take advice on that too 🙂
These are the companies I have found through my research, so I’m especially interested in these or any others that people have used 🙂
My Photo Creations
Thanks in advance for any help!
Post # 3
I’m planning on using Somerset Albums for my flush mount. I’ve begun working on designing it and found the software to be pretty easy to use. They have a ton of layouts and you just drag and drop your photos.
The total cost is going to be around $600 I think which is way less than what our photographer would charge.
I used AdoramaPix for our photo guest book and liked it for a photobook but it certainly doesn’t compare to a flushmount album.
Post # 4
@Mrs.KMM: Have you noticed it being slow to upload photos? I’ve read that elsewhere and I know I’ll probably be the type to want everything uploaded so when I’m indecisive I can look at all the photos at once 🙂
Also, how many pages are you doing? I don’t think I have a great idea of what’s typical beyond what our photog offered, which varied by package.
And finally, I used Shutterfly for our guest book and I really liked it but yeah, I’m thinking Adoramapix for the parent’s albums
Post # 5
I think you will be happy with Somerset, and that would be my recommendation for a DIY. The worst part is that you have to wait to upload all the info in order to do a book preview.
Myphotocreations is new and I think the jury is still out on it.
Adoramapix doesn’t compare and I don’t know what the hype is all about on picaboo, I just don’t see it comparing.
I am a photographer and I am not going to harp on the fact that you should buy through your photographer but an album from blurb or adoramapix to showcase 3K worth of photography doesn’t make much sense to me. The book may last your lifetime, but they do tend to look worn with little use and the binding is glued. I tell people this so they know what they are getting. The choice it up to you.
Post # 6
@USER876: That is good to know – I have been leaning toward Somerset. Originally, an album (at least a flush-mount, journalistic style) was not something we wanted. Only after seeing a few did we think it would be nice to have. We were just planning on doing the old style that you just slide pictures into.
I guess what I’m saying is that we haven’t put as much emphasis on this type of album as others may do. We were mostly looking for great prints to frame and stick in an album. Darling Husband is not yet convinced that this will be worth the cost, but hopefully I can change that 🙂
Thank you for your professional opinion, I really appreciate it.
One quick question – I am getting these photos already edited and color-corrected. I am assuming Somerset does an auto color-correct. Should I use it or leave my pictures be?
Post # 7
I am interested in this thread as well… I don’t forsee Picaboo being a major contendor in flush mount books, but I am looking for a reputable company to do it myself.
Post # 8
@hisgoosiegirl:I actually found that the pictures uploaded into the design program really quickly (and we have the high-res images from our photographers so they are large files). What takes longer is uploading the completed pages back to the Somerset website (where you would then preview the whole book and order). But you can just get it started and leave it to run for a while, it’s not something you have to sit around and wait for.
I am not planning on a set number of pages (since Somerset has a ton of page number options). I’m just designing as I go and including the images and events that I want and we’ll see how many I end up with.
Post # 9
Indigo Album design looks great!
Post # 11
@Mrs.KMM: Ok, good to know. So can you preview the pages individually before loading them back to Somerset? I just want to know that I can (somewhat) easily preview my work before ordering to check for any mistakes/misalignment/white space all that fun stuff!
Post # 12
@hisgoosiegirl: The only “preview” before uploading back to the website is just the design page itself. But it seems to be pretty easy to replace a page if, after uploading and previewing, you see things you want to tweak and fix.
Post # 13
@Mrs.KMM: Thanks! Yeah, that was a bit of a blonde moment after I thought about it. Of course I should be able to see the page in front of me that I’m working on!
I hope your album turns out fabulous!
Post # 14
It’s always best to have them color correct if you don’t have a monitor calibrated to their color space. Your images were color corrected to your photographer’s monitor, which is probably a different calibration to the lab’s printers. Do they offer any sort of guarantee if you do decide to have them color correct and you come out green!?
Post # 15
I was just asking about adoramapix photo album and @YSQueen: shared this link which has an awesome review on 11 different types of photo books. I would definitely recommend that you check out this review here http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/the-great-photo-book-round-up-review-who-makes-the-best-photo-books.html
Post # 16
@bells: thanks, I have actually read that several times and used it to decide where to do my guest photobook at. Although the Shutterfly coupon helped….
I am thinking that I’ll use Adoramapix for the parent albums though 🙂