Post # 1
Has anyone used Nations Photo Lab to create their own DIY flush mount albums? (Also, I didn’t know what a flush mount was until recently — it’s when there is no gutter b/w the pages of the book – they lie flat/flush).
It seems like this company will work w/ brides (and not exclusively w/ photographers like most companies) and their prices are more affordable than a few other sites.
I just got my pro photos back and am excited to have a new project to tackle. I am crazy and actually miss wedding projects.
Post # 3
The “gutter” actually has nothing to do with an albums standing as a “flush mounted” album. Flush mounted albums are hard covers and hard pages with photographic paper mounted on the page. It may or may not have a gutter.
A traditional album contains “mats” which are used to hold the photographic paper print.
A coffee table album / press printed album is one where non-photographic paper is used, and a typically 4 color ink process is used. Think “yearbook.”
I’ve never heard of that company or seen them represented in any photography shows/conventions. So, I have no advice on them 🙂
Post # 5
ETwedding, have you decided on whether to use them or not? I was originally going to use MPIX to make my album, and I know that several bees have used MPIX as well — but Naitons Photo Lab albums look good, too.
Post # 6
@KLP – Thanks for all of the info. Wedding album world is quite technical.
@allurex – I haven’t decided yet. I’m sort of procrastinating on this project, I want to draw out my last wedding project. Of course, I will eventually post a review of whatever vendor I decide to use.
Post # 7
I searched high and low for a company where I could do my own album printed on photo paper rather than inkjet. It seemed like most flush mount albums were rather expensive and could only accomodate a limited number of pages.
A photographer friend told me about Adorama – they print on one long sheet of photo paper and fold accordion-style, glue the backs of pages together and bind. It was reasonably priced and let us do 50 pages. It just arrived today and I’m really happy with how it turned out. Their software was pretty robust too, and didn’t require you to download it. Might be worth checking out.
Post # 8
Most flush mount album companies are working with photographers directly. So you may need to check with your photographer even though you got photos from them. They aren’t cheap so you need to make sure you are getting right stuff. Those album companies are using real photo prints. Some of them have their own lab and won’t take your own prints. Some others take prints from photographers. But if they somehow got damaged either from production or shipping from your photographer to them, it will delay the order. After they digitally print custom designed album pages, the prints get mounted to either hard board or PVC plastic board. There are few things you need to ask about the album you are getting to your photographer.
1. What papers do they use?
2. Are they UV protected to prevent colors get faded?
3. What kind of material they get mounted to? (hard board isn’t the best. It will get warped depend on the humidity in your area.)
These three things are the most important stuff you need to confirm before you purchase an album. Companies who are using plastic boards may not be able to offer so many pages because the album will get so heavy.
Most companies has their own style and different fabrics to customize your album. Since it is for your special moment in your life, look around and discuss with your pro photographer. Flush mount albums are high end albums and they are different from magazine style coffee table book.
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