(Closed) Great ‘DIY’ Photo Books with Lay Flat Pages!!!

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Post # 3
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Sweet! Thanks for posting this!  I really want a photo book, but our photog doesn’t do them.

Post # 4
640 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Thanks, this is really interesting. We just did our honeymoon book with Blurb and will be receiving it this week (uber excited!), but I will keep this link in my favourites for future travel books.

I really like the idea of the lay-flat binding – I’m so worried that some of our layouts in Blurb are going to look odd because of the page gutter effect!

Post # 5
564 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2021 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Thanks for the tip!  I am making myself crazy reading photobook reviews, I don’t know who to believe!!  I really want one with pages that lay flat, so I will check into this!  Are you happy with the photo quality, color, etc?

Post # 7
1 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

you said super thick pages. are they like the board ones that dont bend? i’m looking for one like that.

Post # 8
424 posts
Helper bee

@msmitch adorama/shutterfly/mpix are not albums they are press books meaning they are not printed on archival photo paper they are printed using a four color process.  Four color process is what  mailers and greeting cards are printed with.  Flush mount albums are photo prints attached to mount board with archival safe glue.  Press books are great, don’t get me wrong I make them all the time with my personal photos for our families but they are not built to last the test of time whereas a good flush mount will.  It’s not like you will be able to create one again in 10 years as the digital format (computers/ hard drives/ disks) will be obsolete and your photography may not be around. 

Post # 9
91 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yeah, what Pizzuti said.. Press books are great and I sell them to my clients a lot as portrait albums, but they’re certainly not going to have the look and feel of a flush mount album that most professional photographers offer (which I think is what msmitch is looking for).  As far as I know there aren’t any professional-quality flush mount albums available to consumers.. A good way to tell if something is going to be pro-quality is by the price.. The ones that we photogs get at wholesale range from $300-1000, so if a company sold them for retail I think you could expect to pay at least $500-1500 for them.

That said, Adorama is a great company with very high quality prints (i know of a few pro photogs who use Adorama for their prints) so it doesn’t surprise me that their press books are top notch!

Post # 10
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@pizzutistudios – Actually, adoramapix does print their books on archival photo paper, unlike the other press books you mentioned. They aren’t flushmount albums though.

Post # 11
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@pizzutistudios —  Where would you recommend us brides go for a flush mount album? or for the best press book?


I would love for my pictures to last as long as they can so my kids will be able to enjoy them.

Post # 12
8247 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I also love my AdoramaPix photobook I just got for my guestbook.  It looks beautiful!!

@jgoulart – I’m considering using Somerset Albums to make a flush mount album after my wedding.  They cost about $500+ but for a really nice flsuh mount, I’d really expect to pay that.  I’ve heard good things though – check them out!

Post # 13
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Thanks FutureKMM! I’ll have to look into both. Maybe I’ll get another large press book just for us, and maybe gift myself a flushmount for christmas.;)


I love the press book our photographer included in our package, but it only has about 40 pictures in it. I’d really love to have a big one, where someone can flip through and see the whole day and not just a few posed pics.

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