(Closed) Buy Photographer's Album or Make Own

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: DId you spend the money on an album or make your own?
    Bought/will buy from photographer : (27 votes)
    33 %
    made own/will make own : (54 votes)
    67 %
  • Post # 17
    Member
    2216 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @TwoStatesBride:  I used Black River and loved the results.  I would recommend.

    Post # 18
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    341 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I just got hard copies of our engagement pics in from mpix and they look amazing. The quality of the paper is superb and the colors are spot on. After our wedding, I will certainly be using them for prints and a photobook! They are so reasonably priced too! It is professional grade paper, and you can upgrade your prints to UV coating etc for less than a dollar. So no fading. These pics are meant to last and I am thrilled! Saved me like $100 on my engagement pics!

     

    http://www.mpix.com/products/photobooks#cat=225

     

    Post # 19
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    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @coffeegal85:  with the black river books, is the binding hinged? i.e. more like a 3-ring binder situation than a novel-book? maybe this is confusing, but i dont want the pages to bend. i’d rather have them have a stiff edge that rolls around a ring or something.

    i’m such a n00b. -_-

    Post # 20
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    2216 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    @TwoStatesBride:  I think I remember seeing a hinge-like album as a choice.  I can’t access BRI at work, though, to verify.  BRI also has lay flat pages and mount-flsuh pages, so the pages don’t “bend”.  Hope this helps!!

    Post # 21
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    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I ordered mine from the photographer and it was definitely worth it.  It was $1100 and has a metal front, with a photo printed onto the metal.  I also made ones at shutterfly, snapfish, blurb, and mpix.  They do not compare to the real thing.  If i was going to order one on my own I would do it from http://indigoalbumdesign.com/ but they are still like $800.  

    Post # 22
    Bee
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    @FutureMrsBPJ:  Our package came with 2 albums, so we gave them to our parents. I didn’t really love how they came out, and they dind’t include that many photos. So in some ways I’m glad we didn’t order one for ourselves through our photographer. We got married last November, though, and I still haven’t gotten around to making ours.

    But I just started working on DH’s birthday present (another photo book) and I stumbled across Artifact Uprising, which seems a lot classier/more artistic than a lot of photo book companies. I think I’m going to design ours with them… I’ll let you know in the next few days how it works out! So far their website has been pretty easy to use.

    I think the important thing is to choose a book with paper that will last a long time – you don’t want your wedding photos to fade!

    Post # 23
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    603 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’ve made albums from our e-shoot for parents and grandma, and I’ll be making my own for our wedding also. I found deals on groupon, so we were able to get smaller books made for less than $10, and a big 11×15 for $15. We’ll be using the big one for our guestbook.

    Post # 24
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    1009 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I too made ours on MyPublisher, and its great.  We also made copies for our moms, and they love them.  I never would have been able to decide on the images in a professional album, and loves that I could add pages for a reasonable price.  There are deals all the time.  And if you bypass the fancy paper, layflat pages, etc., you’ll get an option at the end to get all of those for half price (wish I knew about that the first time!).  I’ve looked over our album many times.

    Post # 25
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    336 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @FutureMrsBPJ: I plan on making my own, because I want to incorporate my vows and the readings from our ceremony in the pages, as well. Also, I have a very specific vision for what I want, and I don’tr trust anyone to do this other than me (even though I know my photographer could give us something beautiful).

    You can often find Groupons for less expensive photo books. I’m looking forward to making mine. It gives me a good reason to spend so much time looking at my photos!

    Post # 26
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    3725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @coffeegal85:  +1 Shutterfly and other sites like Snapfish do not offer the same print and paper quality many professionals can. Just be cautious of that.

    Post # 27
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    484 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I will be designing our own, but I would DEFINITELY not order it from Shutterfly.  I actually really like Shutterfly… for lower quality products, but it’s not at all what you want your wedding album to be.  I would find a site where you can order a much nicer quality album for yourself.  Mpix is a good suggestion, never used them myself, but heard good things about them.  A company I personally like and have had good experiences with is Bay Photo, but I haven’t ordered their albums.

    Post # 28
    Member
    5878 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m making my own.  I think it’s easy and you certainly don’t have to be a graphic designer to do it.  Just use a site with an easy interface and good template layouts (not something cheesy!), wait for a coupon, and go for it.

    I like My Publisher, personally, but i’m sure there are tons of great sites out there.

    Post # 29
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    45 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    So even if you design it yourself, they still can cost $1000?  is the paper / binding really worth it? I have made snapfish or shutter fly photo books before and agree thati want something more formal and durable for the wedding pictures. Is there any good middle ground?

    Post # 30
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    497 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    An album was included in our photo package, but I also did my own. If I had to make a recommendation, it would be that you simply get the photographer to shoot the photos and give you rights to print, etc. I would skip the large prints and the album, you can do that on your own at a later date.

    Post # 31
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    930 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We purposely found a photog that gives full copyright release, just so we could do it on our own.

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