(Closed) Finao, Bay Photo Lab, other flush mount album companies

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Finao is WAY better than any of those others mentioned, the problem you will find is they will only sell to photographers not to consumers. We use this album at our studio. The ordering process is tedious and you have to get the size, bleed, color profile exact or they wont even except it, which is why they only sell to pros.

 

 

 

You could always find a pro to order it for you, but if you have already designed chances are they wont be able to use your files.

 

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee

@mrscash and to answer your other question you are probably looking at around $600-$1000 depeding on the cover type, size etc.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

@mrscash

 

Just like good photography the bookbinding skills are important too. It may seem like a lot of money but your investing in something you want for a long long long time. Cheaper companies use glue to bind not hand stitch. So like a rubber band left on a door knob as it ages the glue will start to crack and the inks will start to fade or change colors.

 

I personally want my album to hold up to the point where I’m sitting in the nursing home in my last days reliving every moment.

 

Finao is hands down better than any of those other companies. I’ve offered them for years, my 8-year-old samples still look great and have held up through yearly bridal shows and the like.

 

I recommend upgrading the box as well this will help preserve it and have a save place to store it when you want it out of the way.

 

The album company I went with for my album http://www.couturebook.com/

 

Other companies I like: westcoastalbums.com and http://www.queensberry.com/

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee

No Not at all. I’ve just been using them for a long time for my own studio. Every year I order samples from other companies and I always end up going back to them.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mrscash:  What does your fiance normally use for his albums? Since he’s a photographer, I’d just ask him which ones are his favorites.

I agree with @PizzutiStudios: that Finao is fantastic. Definitely a notch above the rest! 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have used them once, but not for albums. I ordered a photo DVD case from them for a client. I didn’t have any issues with the software, and the product turned out beautifully. Shipping time was decent, too.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@mrscash:  I have not. After reviewing their albums at a trade show, I just was not impressed. It’s more than the acutal album, but you have to make sure the photographic prints going into the album are up to your standards. There are specific labs that I will not use, because I don’t like their prints. I just personally have not been impressed with Bay. That being said, I’m sure you’ll find some photographers who like them. The only way to truly find an album that you love is to a) review them at a professional tradeshow or b) order a sample. It’s REALLY hard to tell album quality online. Like a lot of things, you get what you pay for, and I think for a lot of professionals it’s hard to reccomend a low or mid range album because the quality just doesn’t compare to what a lot of us order (at least not for a wedding album). My personal thought, and I’m currently in the process of designing my album, is that if I’m spending that much money I’m getting the best album.

ETA: A lot of those labs do offer a really nice press book, which are great for milestone even books, engagement books, guest books, parents albums, etc. They just aren’t something I’d use as a wedding album.

Post # 16
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  • Wedding: September 2012

@mrscash:  Tradeshows are generally put on by professional organizations. PPA, WPPI, your local chapter of PPA, and also there are sometimes mini tradeshows during seminars. You get that information when you’re a member. 

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