(Closed) Custom Photo Books

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

your photographer should let you choose exactly what pictures go in the album. if you want a photobook, adorama is my favorite. i don’t know about making your own traditional wedding album — many will work only through photographers.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

AdoramaPix was great quality – you’ll pay for it but it’s worth it, the pages are actually photo-quality paper. I’ve also seen books from Photobook America & Blub and the quality is so-so, much thinner more paper-like pages (even when upgraded to the better paper) so the color is not a brilliant as it should be.

I’m assuming your photog has released digital rights to the pics and giving you a disk with high-res images.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was wanting to do this with our engagement photos as our guest book. I was looking at my publisher but wasn’t sure about what people though of them. Adorama is one I hear A LOT about so it must be great!

Post # 6
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1986 posts
Buzzing bee

Check out White House Custom Color or Black River Imaging, both are sources Professionals use (myself including) and you don’t need to be a pro to use them.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

Agree with Belle.  Out of the DIY style albums adorama is nice, but doesn’t compare with a professional wedding album.  Check out some of the albums from the sites she mentioned.  Cost will be a bit higher, but I can assure you that you DO get what you pay for here.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Agree with Belle.  Out of the DIY style albums adorama is nice, but doesn’t compare with a professional wedding album.  Check out some of the albums from the sites she mentioned.  Cost will be a bit higher, but I can assure you that you DO get what you pay for here.

You should be able to select the final images for the album even if your photographer supplies it.  IMO there is some advantage of having your photographer lay it out and get it printed.  I am not going to go into the details but once you see what real wedding albums cost, you will most likely see that your photographers price is fair.  If you are looking to save money, then go with one of the DIY big box stores like adorama or mypublisher.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I used picaboo to build an album of our e-pics. I used groupon and got a $100 album for $35. The pages are thick, archival paper that lay flat and the color was great. This is the album that I chose: http://picaboo.com/products-pricing/madison.html

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I used MyPublisher and was quite happy with the quality. Obviously a professional would’ve done a better job than I did, but I didn’t even have a professional photographer at my wedding. I found a 50% off coupon and my albums cost $30 each including shipping. Their software was flexible and easy to use and their customer service was very prompt and helpful.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I used my publisher for my honeymoon album.  I was happy with it for what it cost, but the pages are VERY thin, bend easily, and fingerprint up easily.  The printing is acceptable but has that matrix dot look to it if you look really closely.  In fact I purchased 2 albums, one that gets used to show people, and one that sits on my book shelf wrapped up.  I wouldn’t recommend using my publisher if the album is going to get much use as it will look worn in no time.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I did a review of my Adoramapix album and reviewed it here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-finally-finished-photo-recap-with-adoramapix-album . I strongly recommend it. They also have excellent customer service. I loved our album so much I ordered a copy for my parents, but the second copy looked different with the cover beign darker and not glossy. I called them to express my disappointment and they immediately offered me an exchange with free return and shipping. Very happy! I’m supposed to get a 28-page pro album from our photographer but honestly I’m dragging my feet picking the photos because I feel this album already has everything I want.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I have an account with asuka books and you can’t match the quality- there is a reason people order through photographers. Unfortunatley, they also mark up their prices. I usually charge what I pay plus a reasonable design fee for my time.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Another great resource is photobookgirl.com — she is a recent bride herself, so she even posted advice specific to wedding photos: http://www.photobookgirl.com/wedding/.

It has been such a huge help to me! There are so many photobook companies, so it’s good to hear objective reviews of her experiences–and she discloses if the book was given to her at no expense. I appreciate her honesty and photobook wisdom!

When people think of wedding photobooks, they’re usually thinking of lay-flat books. She explains what they are here: http://www.photobookgirl.com/blog/what-is-a-lay-flat-photo-book/

One of the best features–she frequently updates with the latest coupons, sales & groupons available for photobooks! http://www.photobookgirl.com/deals/

Post # 16
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Wannabee

My friend showed me this company that designs custom wedding album designs the other week. I flipped through their sample page and found some cool design styles. So heres their sample page http://modernalbumdesigns.com/samples.html  So looks like they design to whatever design style you request and will help you print the album as well. I just shot them an email for their prices. Might wanna check this out. Good luck girls.

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