(Closed) Custom Designed Albums – would you spend this much???

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Is it worth spending/Did you spend $1000+ for a wedding album?

    YES!! We did it and LOVE our album! No regrets!

    NO!! We just can't justify that kind of money - we used another option I'll explain in the comments

    YES!! We didn't do it ourselves but think it's worth it if you can afford it

    NO!! We did it and it's hiding away in the closet

  • Post # 34
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Our photography package included a pro-album with 28-pages and I still opted not to get it, even though we paid for it. I wish I had given it more thought when we signed the contract, I would’ve chosen not to get it and saved myself some money. Our photographer didn’t give us full flexibility to pick the photos anyways, he had already made the album draft and we were asked to make our edits. I didn’t like half the photos he picked anyway and it would’ve been so much work to edit it with as many changes as I wanted to make. Also 28 pages holds what, 50 pics? I made my Adoramapix book with 300+ pics. I wouldn’t want to remove a single one of those photos. I already had a hard time dwindling down to that number from 2000+ images. Plus I had full control of the design without those effects that photographers like to throw in albums and I just find distracting. Honestly, I have no interest in the fancy books with great quality and leather covers etc. I care about the photos themselves and the more photos, the better. I also don’t buy that my book won’t last. If something happened to it (and I don’t see why it would) , I’d just make another one. My digital images and prints are not going anywhere.

    This is not to bash photographers’ work or people who choose to get them, but since the OP asked for opinions on whether it’s worth it, my feeling is that it’s not worth it to me. I asked our photographer to give us the edited versions of 50 pics of our choice in lieu of the album we paid. Those on CD with full rights is more valuable to me than an album.

    Post # 37
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @Kemi82Justice of the Peace: My book turned out great, here’s my review: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-finally-finished-photo-recap-with-adoramapix-album. No glue stains. Only downside is all the photos I used were unedited. If I get my 50 touched-up photos on CD I might make a new one and gift this to the in-laws.

    I’m sure flukes happen sometimes, but their customer service is pretty good at handling these. My first book was excellent, than I ordered a second copy for my parents and for some reason they didn’t do the glossy covers. When I called to complain, they were very apolegetic. They let me return the “defective” book for free and sent me a new one which was great. I have a feeling they were kind of rushing the orders before Christmas due to heavy demand and the quality slipped a little.

    Post # 40
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    @Kemi82Justice of the Peace I’m glad you bumped your thread, because I read every blog post and thread on this topic (albums) over the past couple of months.

    First of all, I want to say I creeped your wedding on SMP and your Adorama books and your wedding and your photos are GORGEOUS!! Congrats!

    I don’t think there’s one answer for everyone. I certainly understand where photographers are coming from when they say that you’ve spent $X on photography, it’s worth it for the albums. For me, personally, I just couldn’t justify spending four figures on an album—it was just too much. Also, I just had way too many photos I wanted to include to be able to only pick a few for a super expensive album.

    I don’t have my photobook yet, but I did look through my slip-in matted album (like this one, but huge: http://www.adorama.com/ALFB5712M.html) tonight and I do love the look of actual prints.

    By the way,  I was really inspired by the photography coffee table books we own (like Robert Frank’s The Americans) and stuff when I laid out ours and the ability to have a photobook is so neat—our photos were very photojournalistic and being able to have something that is a book, versus an album, is a neat option too. Albums will always be very personal and I like my slip-in album, but I’m glad that I made a photobook, which is almost less personal and more like a magazine or something, too. Don’t know if that makes any sense!

     

    Post # 41
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    @Kemi82Justice of the Peace: I love your albums, especially the second one with the text and the wedding vows. You were such a beautiful bride!

    Unfortunately I can’t tell you the thickness because it seems we’ve lost our measuring tape πŸ™ DH is going through the kitchen drawers swearing it was there last time he looked. Ah, the joys of married life… Maybe another Bee can tell you? It’s photo paper so I would say thicker than other comparable photo books, but no doubt not as thick as the pro albums.

    Post # 43
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @Kemi82Justice of the Peace: I used adoramapix for my engagement photos and was very impressed by the quality. I also ordered right before Christmas and when they came back and said they couldn’t deliver by Christmas, they offerred 10% off or free upgraded shipping. I was impressed by their customer service (which, if you’re going to trust them with some of your most important memories is important, IMO).

    It took me about a month to really decide how I wanted the pages to lay out and on adoramapix, you can set it up and then come back to the project when you feel like it.

    Post # 44
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I have a really lovely wedding album….i think i have looked at it twice. It sits on a table in our entry room. I’m grateful it wasn’t super expensive.

    Post # 46
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’ve been trying to decide if its worth it or not.  Its beautiful and I’d love to have one, but I imagine it’d just end up sitting on a shelf to be looked a just a handful of times.  I’m not too worried about preserving the pictures anymore as everything is digital and its not going anywhere (lots and lots of backups).  In the days of film I can see why this woudl be important.  I would be able to justify an outragous expensive canvas or framed print to display and see all the time, than an album, and probably be ok with going consumer grade for the album.  

    Oh!  And I make TONS of shutterfly books for all my vacations all the time.. so I know what happens to books after I have them.  I look at it the day I get them.  Then store them away on the shelf….

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