(Closed) Has anyone made their own album?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
9168 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would do the album for the extra $400 if its archival quality that’s a great deal. You can make a decent album easily yourself for pretty cheap but it won’t stand the test of time like a professional album will.

Post # 4
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

I just ordered an album from AdoramaPix. I haven’t received it yet, but based on the reviews from other Bees, it looked like the best option. We bought a leather covered 10″x10″ album with 36 pages for about $145. They were running a 30% off summer special, so that definitely helped with the price.

Post # 5
55 posts
Worker bee

I’m a wedding photographer and also use Finao albums..they are amazing! Hand bound, so many cover options, will last a life time!  I’m surprised your photographer is including them in a package for only 400€ since that doesn’t even cover the cost of an album! Also, you probably wouldn’t be able to purchase through Finao or the other high quality professional Album companies because they deal exclusively with professional photographers… So, I’d say take her up on that awesome deal! 

Post # 6
704 posts
Busy bee

I designed and printed our album using iPhoto. They’re not ‘lay flat’ pages but we actually preferred what Apple offered to hard cardboard-type pages. 

They offer hardcover books with a protective image wrap and customizable templates for the pages (printed on acid-free paper).

The cost was very affordable. Enough so that we ordered copies for our parents and grandparents ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
55 posts
Worker bee

It will definitely be worth it! Those albums are meant to last a lifetime! When discs and USB sticks are a thing of the past, you’ll flip threw it with your grandchildren you’ll get goosebumps thinking about that special day! Maybe you can ask her if she has some kind of wedding registry? I know some photographers offer that, so instead of gusts buying you china and toasters and whatnot from your actual registry, they can contribute towards photography products. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ 


Post # 9
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I made my own albums using milkbooks.com.  I’m totally happy with the way they turned out.

Post # 10
2 posts

I am a wedding photographer and also offer them in my packages.  The quality of album that a professsional can provide will usually exceed anything that a general cosumer site will offer. Finao’s albums are very good quality.  Besides the actual quality of the album, you have to consider that the photographer does album design on a regular basis.  A lot more goes into an album then slapping photos on each page. You might be able to do a decent job if you are artistic and enjoy that kind of thing, but after a few hours of sifting through hundreds of photos, you’ll wish you had a paid a prefessional. Also, the photos that you get on your disc may not be fully edited, retouched images. The images that they use are likely retouched.  I might use one of the sites for my vacation photos, but definitely not for wedding photos.

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