Post # 1
I’m overwhelmed by the photobook creation process and was wondering if anyone has taken the old fashion route of just assembling an album themselves?
I love my mother’s leather bond wedding album!
Photobooks kind of annoy me. I like that you can present multiple pictures on one page, but I hate the collage layouts and all the stupid backgrounds and embellishments. I’m a simple gal. I just like to see each picture, in all its glory, one by one. Not some tiny square by square of pictures all on one page.
Post # 3
Well I kind of understand…I hate all the photobooks with the backgrounds, words, embellishments. I like pictures only. Presented in a nice clean way. But I love the flushmount or layflat albums (versus attaching a physical picture into an album).
Whoever puts it together needs to be good at it though…designs can go very wrong! Luckily (and one of the reasons I’m paying her) my photographer is really good at putting together albums so I think I’m just going to end up ordering one from her after our wedding even though I’ll receive all of the pictures digitally. I might make some of my own for my parents on a website though.
Post # 4
Ugh tell me about it. We are nearing our first anniversary (this weekend!) and we still don’t have our photo album because frankly I am still really unhappy with the design. It is really cheesy and not classy or refined at all.
Post # 5
I loved looking through my parent’s wedding album when I was little. Unfortunately the photographer that I chose, did not have albums anything like what I loved. The albums she did offer were really pricey for the quality (in my opinion).
So I made our wedding album using Adoramapix. Not anywhere as nice as my parent’s album, but it’ll work. I also printed out a lot of photos and put them into a regular photo album.
Post # 6
I also love the look of a vintage album, but needed collages because I was going to use A LOT of photos – in the end about 250 spread between 62 pages. That’s why I went for the flushmout album look which does have a more classic feel than the thin magazine paper you get with photobooks. I also added mat-type borders digitally, used a parchment-style background paper, and tried to keep all collages “simple” to make it feel more like an old album. I did a whole post on in the hive on it here.
Post # 7
I don’t know much about a “traditional” album but…
I make a lot of photobooks using My Publisher and I only use the clean layouts (Bestseller and Portfolio, I think they are called). They don’t have any cheesy designs or colours, just crisp, rectangular photos on a black or white (your choice) background. In my humble opinon, they look fantastic.
With my publisher you can choose the number of photos on each page, and the layout. so if you like the one photo look (whcih can be totally stunning!) you just choose one photo, simple as that.
Sorry, I don’t mean for this to come off as an advertisement for My Publisher! It’s just the provider that I’ve been happy with. I’ve used Snapfish in the past (I didn’t think the quality was great) and I’ve used the photobooks through Apple iPhoto (quality similar to My Publisher, but the price is higher).
Post # 8
Don’t print it unless you are happy with it! Your photographer should understand this. There are also album design services out there that can really offer a beautiful product. I offer this service to photographers for $3 a page, and again, we don’t print it until the bride and groom are stoked.
This is your wedding album, something that will be handed down for generations, you should be 100% pleased with it and happy to show it off, and that is your photographers responibility as a professional 🙂
Post # 9
Thanks so much for your input. I have put it aside and haven’t bothered with it because the second “draft” is still not what I wanted. I feel bad for being so picky but then again I feel like both are not even close to representing my wedding at all…which isn’t my fault.
Post # 10
@Mrs.Metalm: I design albums for my clients. The kind that are big and nice and supposed to last forever (I mean, they better. Because those babies aren’t cheap). I really love when they only pick a few photos and I get to make each one of them nice and big. Yeah, sometimes you want 3 or 4 on a page. But sometimes, you don’t want any distractions. You just want a nice big shot of the bride and groom. Or the venue. Or whatever.
Don’t be afraid to say exactly what you want. Sometimes, even though it feels rude, it’s better to spell it out explicitly than to have to go the rounds in revisions. Good luck!
Post # 11
I so agree with you!!!! I really want to find a traditional leather album that I can put “real” prints in as a gift for my mother, and I’d like to have the front of it embossed with something. Everything I come across is a photobook or something really tacky.
Post # 12
Flushmount layouts can be simple and clean in design. It’s a reflection of whomever is designing the album.
Post # 13
I am going to make ours after the wedding using Blurb. I used their services to design a book for my college senior project and loved the work they did.
Post # 14
@Mrs.Metalm: but I hate the collage layouts and all the stupid backgrounds and embellishments.
These are all optional, just FYI.
Post # 15
In todays digital photography world it would be so hard in my opinion to actually make a real album that isn’t a photobook. Compared to back in the day when even my parents got married, they had maybe 30-50 pictures. I had 1000 pictures. I narrowed it down to about 260 pictures to actually put in my photobook album, but how could I have possible fit so many pictures in an album without them still being collaged anyways, it would’ve been so thick, and much more costly, and wouldn’t have preserved as well. Plus my photobook came out great! I didnt do fancy backgrounds, just plain white, my pictures did all the speaking!
Post # 16
Plus for all of you wanting the leather album, that is an option when making a photobook. You can make it have a leather cover.