Post # 1
Our wedding package is a cd package only because we couldnt afford the one that included an album. We are hoping that we can purchase an album after the wedding with any money we get as gifts. My photographer charges $900 for an album and I am sure I can find cheaper alternatives. Does anyone know of any good websites to order an album from? Do you have any pictures of albums you have purchased from there? Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
@Tswife4ever: You won’t be able to obtain any of the pro qualty albums unless you are a professional photographer. Most people in your boat go DIY route, and use consumer sites such as mypublisher, blurb, adormapix,etc. Quality is not as good as the pro albums, but the cost will be much cheaper.
Post # 4
I used MyPublisher.com and created a fantastic coffee table book. I am very glad I didn’t spend $800 to have my photographer do a professional album. Ours turned out perfect, and completely customized and it cost less than $100 (they have sales and coupons all the time)
Post # 5
I just finished making an album for my boudoir pictures, and I used inkubook.com, which was surprisingly easy!
There are a couple of websites that do your research for you so you can decide where to go and I found them very helpful in my research:
Post # 6
I used adoramapix to make a honeymooon album, and I was really happy with it. The quality was great and the pages were fairly thick and lay flat, which I wanted.
Post # 7
I used adoramapix for our guest book and it was great quaility. I was going to use them for my DH’s parents album, my grandmother’s album, and our wedding albm, but have now decided against it. Joanns was, and maybe still his, having a clearance sale on their photo albums, and I found 6 – 160 + 1 (the plus one is a front window in the album) albums for $4.97 each, and I have found awesome deals going on at Shutterfly and Snapfish. The albums also each having a space to write notes about each phots to make it even more personalized. With all the coupons and sales, each album is coming to approx. $15.90 each.
Post # 8
I love Adoramapix for their prints…but their photo books seem like children’s carboard books to me. Not anywhere near on par with a pro album.
The best “book” manufacturer I have used is Photobook America. Love love love their paper, their high-end fabrics and leathers for covers, and their turnaround time is speedy. I’ve used several other places in the past, and they are hands down my favorite.
Post # 9
(oh and your photog charges $900 for albums because the companies that make them charge $$$$$ to the photogs – even at wholesale. The time spent making an album is unbelieveable. It’s actually quite a good deal when you consider the hourly rate for them doing all the layouts.)
Post # 10
I used (don’t laugh) walmart.com to do mine. They had the only book for damask pages that i could find and it matched my theme. I paid about $65 for a 70 page book. Here is a link to it:
Post # 11
@red_pepper_gal: where you worried about sending your pics?? or having them printed? i am looking to make my book for my boudoir session and my photog wants 200 min for a book and up too 500. i just wanted it to be a nice groom gift but im worried about the pictures being used somewhere else.
Post # 12
@chelseaRichard: I sent it in and haven’t had anyone contact me saying that they can’t print them. I think that it is understood that printers will not use images without contacting customers first – and I figure that anyone who is processing the pictures will never meet me in person, and they’re the best pictures that I have!
Post # 13
Using a graphic designer to design your layouts and order your album is a great alternative to either 1) your photographer’s expensive package or 2) trying to do it yourself.
I’m a graphic designer specializing in wedding album design and I order all my clients’ albums from the same sources photographers do, but without the markup.
My favorite album sources are: Black River Imaging, Zookbinders, and NationsPhotoLab. For example, a 30 page 12 by 12 premium photobook — including the design fee — would only be around $300. A flush mount album would only be around $600. That’s significantly less than photographers would charge for the same thing … and not THAT much more than what you’d pay to do it yourself.
Some pointers: make sure you review the graphic designer’s portfolio to be sure their design taste matches yours… and that they are patient, flexible, and willing to make your changes. Designers are a great alternative as well because they can help you wade through the variety of album types out there and help you choose the best one for your taste and your budget. (self promotion removed)
Post # 14
Just food for thought, but when you are hiring someone to make an album other than the photographer who took the photos you are more than likely violating the photographer’s copyright. Most photographers allow a personal print release that covers taking your photos to be printed at the lab of your choice, and may cover creating an album of your own design on a DIY album site. I would suggest contacting the photographer first to see if they are okay with third party designers. There is also a huge difference in quality with the sorts of albums photographers sell versus what you can order yourself online. $1000+ for a wedding album is definitely a lot of money, but they are all hand-made and designed to be one of a kind family heirlooms. All that being said, whether you go the route of having your photographer make an album or you do it yourself, print out your photos! Everything looks better in print!