Post # 1
Since wedding albums tend to cost $1000-$5000, we opted not to get one in our photographer package, hoping we’d be able to afford it in a couple of years. Recently, a friend of mine contacted a well-known album design company, and the actual cost of their nicest albums is $200! But they only deal with professional photographers of course.
So that means that 80%-96% of the album price goes straight to the photographer. I know there’s been a couple of threads explaining why photographers are so expensive, and I don’t mind paying a few thousand dollars for a great photographer to shoot my wedding. But this huge disparity in the album prices vs. actual costs seems a bit extreme.
Post # 3
Diamonds are the same way. And uh, designer clothes. Don’t even get me started on wedding dresses =]
However, a friend of mine is also a photographer and she only makes like $300 on the albums. But says they take OVER 8 hours to put together, she HATES making them, and they are a pain.
Post # 4
I won’t be too quick to judge your photographer. Have you looked at the $200 ablum in person and compare that with the $1000 album your photographer is offering you? Seeing the albums in person would be the best way to evaluate these things than just seeing some layouts on the web.
Just because the ablum company only deals with photographer does not mean its nicest album would be of the same quality as the one your photographer is offering. Have you also taken into account the type of album? aka type of print, size, type of bound, type of cover, number of pages, type of paper, number of images, flush, library, etc. etc.? From what I found, it seemed that photographers barely make any profit for albums.
Post # 5
Yeah, it sucks, but everything with the word “wedding” attached to it has the price jacked up. Thanks a lot, wedding industry.
Post # 6
Honestly, I’ve priced out a few album vendors, and for a large “wedding” album, the actual cost is nowhere near $200. OTOH, I’d love to know who she’s getting her albums through, on the off-chance someone out there really *is* selling quality albums for $200!!! (I actually just made a little press-printed book–like a Shutterfly type–for a friend, and that cost me about $100; and that’s DEFINITELY not a wedding album!).
I’ve mentioned this before, but I thought I was getting completely ripped off by my wedding photographer (back in ’04) until I priced out the album, and realized he barely made anything. Good ones really are super-expensive.
Post # 7
Hi, my fiance is a wedding photographer and I have to tell you — I’ve never seen the actual cost for the physical album be $200. Especially not for albums with archival quality paper and either leather/or printed covers. As for why the albums are expensive, it’s not just the cost of the book. Any photograher worth his/her salt is going to be spending a lot of time in post-production for your album. This involves hand detailing and photoshopping every photo that’s going in to your album, to make sure that each photo is perfect. They also spend a fair amount of time actually designing the album layout.
Post # 8
As ejs4y8 said, photographers don’t really make much off the album. I have a friend who is a professional photographer and she is allowing me to get an album at her cost – She is putting it all together as a gift – but the difference between what I will pay and what her customers pay still isn’t much, especially when you consider the amount of time that goes into putting it together.
Post # 9
Dream Albums are really nice. those, i just drool over. And they ain’t cheap.
Post # 10
Yo are so right Kittyachi, thats what I always say!
Post # 11
My photog is just starting out, so I’m getting an amazing deal. My album for like 15 pages (they are really cool, sort of plastic pages… thick stock, laminated..) anyways, 15 pages.. only 250 dollars. I think we are going to splurge on one of those for us, and do different albums for our parents.
Post # 12
Okay, I HAVE to jump in here. I’m a pro photographer, and I tried like HECK to find an album for that price that was actually printed using a professional printing process. Ummm, not possible. I must have priced like 10 companies, and while I found plenty of cheap ones claiming to be “professional,” when I ordered, designed and PAID for test albums, I ended up with a huge stack of DOORSTOPS. I finally ended up finding a good company, with albums that cost more than I wanted to spend/have to charge my clients, but at least they are QUALITY. I also only make a couple hundred off my albums and it takes a year and a day to design them. Just thought you all should know that every wedding photographer is not just trying to rip you off.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2009 - The 19th Century Club
Yep – quality albums don’t come super-cheap to photographers, and then the photographer has to spend hours on design/layout, rounds of edits, as well as pay taxes on what they make. So just to break even on the album, they usually have to charge around double or more. In general, they’re not trying to rip you off, just trying to make a living and get compensated for their hard work 🙂
Post # 14
Our photog has small albums starting at about $150 and beautiful, big, flat lay albums from $400-800 ish. I’m so excited that we got a big one included in our package – but I’m going to order smaller parent albums from her too. The way I see it, she’ll do all the layout, she’ll edit the photos we pick, and she has done the time to research quality album options. Time is money, and quite frankly, so is an artistic eye. I have some very ‘artsy’ or ‘crafty’ friends who chose to do their own albums, and they’re great for what they are, but none of them look professional. They’re more experimental photoshop + creative memories than polished and perfect. Fine, if that’s what you want, but I’d rather pay my photog to do it. One of the things I love about her is her album layouts.