(Closed) Did you do your own wedding album?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How did you make your album and/or print your wedding prints.

    I used adorama and I am really happy with the final product.

    I used adorama and I wished I used someone else

    I used mpix and I'm happy with the result

    I used mpix and I'm dissatisfied

    I used weddingalbumdepot.com and I'm happy with the result

    I used weddingalbumdepot.com and I'm dissatisfied

    other

  • Post # 3
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    8247 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I’m planning to do my own but I want to do an album, not a photobook (the sites you included in your poll are photobooks).

    I’m planning to use Somerset to make my flush-mount album.

    Post # 4
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    725 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I used MyPublisher.com and I love the quality of my book and always get compliments. It was very user friendly!

    Post # 5
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    7039 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I know some people have used Adorama and liked it, but I thought the albums seemed like those cheap children’s storybooks with thick pages. I also had glue splotched on mine.

    I ended up redoing mine – and making it much larger/awesome at Photobook America. It is booklike, not fold-flat, but their fabrics for covers are to die for (or you can do image wrap like with MPix/Adorama), and their printing is top notch.

    Post # 8
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Yeah I’d like to see more replies on this one too, our pics will be (finally) done in two weeks and I want to know where we’ll get the best quality on our shoestring budget. I’m not averse to splashing out in a few years for a top notch heirloom quality album, but I want something nice for now, that we can show off without feeling apologetic!

    Post # 9
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    275 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I used Mixbook and LOVED all the options I had to use, and how easy it was.  The quality came out really good!  I would reccommend using that site!!

    Post # 10
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    587 posts
    Busy bee

    Mpix is the consumer division of a very popular pro lab.  Quality is just about the best a consumer can get and they use the same archival inks as the pro lab.  The difference when dealing with professional labs is that they offer more papers to choose from and products, and they offer color management to the photographer so they can calibrate their monitors to the lab’s printers for the most accurate color reproductions and skin tones.  You probably wouldn’t notice any difference unless prints were side by side, in other words, you won’t know what you are not missing.  Most photographers, however, guarantee their prints, so something to keep in mind when investing in large wall portraits, most of the time, it’s well worth the extra money to know you are getting a nice piece or art rather than having to order it a few times to get the colors or crops the way you love it.

    As for the albums there is a night and day difference from what your professional photographer offers vs what is typically available commercially to consumers.

    Just so you know the difference, the quality albums that REAL pro photographers typically offer are called flush mount.  They have pages that are very thick, do not bend, and lay flat.  The pages are printed on professional photographic paper and then mounted on archival board.  Most of these are hand bound and sewn using book binding techniques.  These books are very durable are made to last for years.

    The books that consumer labs typically print are called press printed.  Actual photographic paper is not used, the pages are an archival cardstock.  They bend easily, are usually thin, not very durable, and can never match the detail, vibrance, or sheen, that a true pro album can offer.  The pages are typically glued into the binding so the integrity of the book depends on that glue.

    If you are looking for something to last yrs and yrs, or truely showcase the professional photography that you paid so much for,I would go flush mount for sure.  If you don’t, definitely buy two copies and keep one tucked away and un-used.  The few press printed books I have tend to show a lot of wear after little use.

    Post # 11
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    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I’ll be using picaboo.com – I got $100 for $30 via groupon.  I’ve never used them before, so I’m hoping the album turns out great.

    Post # 12
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    1369 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I bought a groupon earlier this year for Photobook America, I’m just getting started on making an album… 918 pictures to choose from… AH! I am super excited though, as I read their products are quality~!

    Post # 14
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    587 posts
    Busy bee

    @clane616:  $500 may be tough, but ask anyway, who knows what their front end pricing structure is like.  That is around the starting price point for low to mid range ones, and the photographer has to include some markup to cover the time it takes to do the design/layout.

    Post # 15
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    692 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    @ms. rice crispy treat: I used the same groupon for my photo thank you cards.  The paper quality was nice, but the images were not as high-quality as I would have wanted for an album.  However, maybe they’re different for cards vs. albums.  Just to let you know.

    Post # 16
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    194 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    i bought a groupon for picaboo, it was a $35 groupon worth a $100. i made my wedding album with them and just received it – i absolutely love it, but i spent almost an entire month on this project. it was well worth it though!

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