(Closed) Has anyone used Bay Photo for wedding albums?

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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9 posts
Newbee

@userNEWBEE Thank you so much again for your help! Your original posting and follow-up answer are very helpful! What I was looking for was a websiste where I could create my own professional quality flushmount album but use software provided by the company I would be ordering from (such as Bay Photo or Black River Imaging.) I am still debating whether to use Bay Photo, Black River Imaging or Somerset. I am leaning towards Bay Photo as I just want a simple, classy album but am also concerned that I haven’t seen any photos or their books online.

If anyone has used Bay Photo and wouldn’t mind posting or sending me a picture or review I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks again useNEWBEE!

Post # 18
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166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Bookmarking this! 🙂  I’m interested to see if anyone has used Bay Photo either that can show an album example. 

Post # 19
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14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Anyone using their own design software. I want to make an Adoramapix album, but I don’t really care for their themes and available designs. Also, the create from scratch option seems to be exactly that… from scratch, yikes! I would prefer using a template. I love snapfish’s photobook software, so I’m hoping to find something as flexible and easy to use as that, but with the capability to save the pages as jpegs. I could later just upload them as full pages…but, what software to use? I have good editing software, however it doesn’t include album design templates. I know there is something good out there, so if you are using an album design program you love, please share.

Post # 20
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14 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Anyone using their own design software. I want to make an Adoramapix album, but I don’t really care for their themes and available designs. Also, the create from scratch option seems to be exactly that… from scratch, yikes! I would prefer using a template. I love snapfish’s photobook software, so I’m hoping to find something as flexible and easy to use as that, but with the capability to save the pages as jpegs. I could later just upload them as full pages…but, what software to use? I have good editing software, however it doesn’t include album design templates. I know there is something good out there, so if you are using an album design program you love, please share.

Post # 22
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612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Some photographers will sometimes design albums for clients whose weddings they did not shoot, provided you can obtain a release from your photographers.  Just throwing it out there, but there is definitely an art to album design, and being a full time pro gives you access to all of the best album companies out there as well.

Post # 23
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536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Updating this post because when I was searching for info on Bay Photo Lab from the hive, I couldn’t find any info, hope this helps other brides!

 

Writing this out of frustration as I just spent a few hours creating 14 pages on Bay Photo Lab for my Pacific Album (please let me I’m not the only one who takes a while with each spread!) and the program just CRASHED. This wasn’t the first time it’s happened either. Unlike other programs, it does not auto save nor have any quick “save” button as you would naturally expect any other software to have. It doesn’t save until you add it to the cart. There’s a bunch of other problems with it as well, and this is coming from someone who has tried several other programs (Photobook America, MyPublisher, Shutterfly, Picaboo, Adoramapix):

1. no undo button! don’t dare make any mistakes because save for deleting images, you can’t go back on your mistakes if they require more than a delete

2. no “apply all” options regarding frames, backgrounds. you have to change every single one as you get to it.

3. no frames, embellishments, interesting details in general

 

I could go on and on, it’s just not a very user-friendly program. The flush mounts are so affordable so I will continue tolerating it, especially after having disastrous results with Picaboo whose program is designed to be user-friendly but is not executed well at all (very slow, can barely do anything without program constantly freezing and slowing down). In terms of software, I have liked Photobook America the most BY FAR, just wish they had a flush mount option!

 

Again, hope that helps, I can update again when I see the results!

Post # 24
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244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Haven’t really read through the thread but I wanted to add another nice comment for Bay Photo.  I have ordered a few products from them and they are always good quality and JUST as important, they have excellent customer service.  It’s very important to me to deal with a company that actually respects its customers and I believe they do.

Post # 25
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10 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I have, use, and LOVE Adobe InDesign. But it is expensive software. If I didn’t have it, I would buy Fundy Album Designer.

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