(Closed) Flush Mounted Albums- reviews/recs only please!

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2010

*bump* I’m looking too!

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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d love to hear too – particularly about Somerset Albums which is where I’m considering getting mine.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

bump!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

 

I was recently a bride and had a hard time finding finding someone to create a flush mount for me to be exactly what I wanted (photos and text, contemporary design and for a price that didn’t break the bank!).  I had designed all of the aspects of my wedding (from invites to menus to thank you cards!), so I had a very clear idea of what I wanted and no one could provide it–at least for a price that was within my budget.

After going through the process myself and ultimately creating my own flush mount album, my friends encouraged me to open my own Etsy store selling custom designed flush mount albums.  

I’m not sure if I can post the link here, but if you are interested, PM me and I will give you the link.  If it is okay for me to post the link, let me know and I will post my info. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

double post

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I have never heard of that company before so I checked them out. After you add it all the extras, like having more than 5 spreads, upgrading the size {8×8 is pretty small}, and then the design and retouching fees you are paying pretty much the same price as what a pro photog charges. They just break it all down so it looks cheaper. Also, some photographers do not give you the right to alter their images so I would check into this before you end up in a lawsuit.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

My Photo Creations is one place that does true flushmount albums available to the public. Sooo much cheaper and it’s the EXACT same thing you’d pay $1,000+ for, from a pro.

Picaboo Flushmounts is another good one. Again these are real flushmount albums! Keep in mind design can be time-consuming if you’re a perfectionist, but it’s really easy and fun. If you DIY’d any aspect of your wedding, you’ll enjoy designing an album. Somerset has more reviews online though.

I’ve been a big advocate of the DIY route ever since I overheard a conference of pro photogs discussing weddings and marketing strategies. The more experienced pros were trying to convince the newbies to offer albums to brides, because it is a “huge cash chow” with the price markups, and not hard to do. No kidding one of them actually used the words “once you’ve done a few of them you can do them in your sleep!” These people did not speak very nicely about their bridal clients. Honestly they were kind of rude and whiny too! Little did they know, if you meet in a public place some of the public around you might be engaged and hear all the shop talk! Remember just because they are artists, doesn’t mean they are out to help you. They want to maximize profits just like any other business.

Also make sure the photographer is going to be the one to actually do the album design, if you go with them for the album. I overheard at the same time that some of them actually outsource album design!

If your photographer responds that she wants a 3rd party to design your album, tell her you want to pay exactly what it costs her to have the design completed – not one penny over. There’s no reason for your photographer to make a profit off work she doesn’t do. She’s the middleman in that scenario. The great thing about the 21st century is that consumers no longer have to be held up by the middle man.

If your photographer won’t work with you on the price markup, and you are too intimidated by album design to do it yourself, find your own designer who WILL work with you… try craigslist.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

With my Photo Creations- By the time you add extras (something besides the black cover included) and spreads, you’re still going to pay around $500-$800. For a whole wedding you’ll need at least 30 pages, more like 40-70. The price listed comes with 10 or 15 pages. Extra pages are going to be an added expense. I dont want couples thinking they can get a wedding album at that base price.. Its not going to happen. Also doing spreads and telling the story of your day will be harder and way more time consuming than you think.. Just so you know. ๐Ÿ™‚ There is a reason why we charge what we charge.

There is also nothing wrong with a photographer having a 3rd party do the layout spreads. Its very normal to outsource work, they are like an employee doing a job for you. Our job is to give you a final product even if we had help. You pay the photographer the fee which they give to the 3rd party. I don’t know any photographer that charges a “profit” on the outsourcing fees.. You either pay for my time or someone else. Time Is what you pay for and talent, album design is an art, you just dont “fill” it in. You pay for my talent to build your a gorgeous album. Its not just fill in the template, each is a handmade spread for your wedding, its your story.

 Also albums are not cash cows at all… Not in my world and I charge an appropriate price.. By the time I pay my cost and put the time in.. its a minimal profit. They were talking out their butt and happen to hear some idiots in the industry. ha ha Or they do crap work or over charge.. I also don’t hear photographers trash taking couples or the like.. Sure it happens but, its not the norm.. Dont lump us all there. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Busy bee

BBBAAAHAAAAAHHHHHHAAA – CASH COW!! I’m sorry but albums are NOT a cash cow. Yes we do make some profit of them, we have to in order to stay in business it is marginal. I hand design each one, or I pay someone I’ve trained to put them together the way I would.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Pizzuti I dont know what planet those photographers were on.. Cash cow.. pfft. lol

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