(Closed) help – order professional album, or make my own?

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Post # 17
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Busy bee

Our clients pick out their images, I design the layout after they’ve been samples and give me an idea of the type of design they would like. I then spend HOURS/DAYS laying out the album that matches the feel for the design the client wants and cohesively tells the story of the day. We go back and forth making changes until the client is happen then I spend additional hours/days retouching each image so it is perfect. Once the client loves it we order it from a high end pro lab. Just making sure each of the layout is formatted to be print ready takes hours. Most pro labs wont work with the public because of the technical details that go into the printing process so the images come out looking their absolute best. All of my clients have full control over what their album will look like, they just don’t have the time or desire to sit in front of the screen for hours putting it together. Because I’m trained and experienced in putting albums together they invest in my time and skills to produce it for them, just like they did for capturing those images. If DIY is your thing then go for it, but if you don’t have design skills, printing knowledge then why not trust a pro. It’s like saying oh I can be a good photographer because I have a nice camera. If you are going to invest in good photography then why not invest in how you are going to display and archive that investment.

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

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@kala_way:  You are looking at this from 100% cost perspective, and yes you can get an album done cheaper than a professional will charge.  However, most of the money a professional will charge is the cost of the album itself which you would have to pay anyway.  Also, since the general public doesn’t have access to work directly with professional album company’s, the DIY album will not be of similar quality.

Why pay a hair dresser to cut my hair, I own a 10 dollar scissor?

Why pay a DJ, I have an ipod?

Why pay a landscaper to redo the front of my house?  I can buy shrubs and paver blocks myself?

Why pay a car body shop?  I have paint and a hammer?

There are some things a professional can just provide better than what we can do or supply ourself, albiet more expensive, and a wedding album is one of those things.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I definitely understand that, and I think that works for a lot of people.

I do have the time to do it. I do have some experience in it. And all of our photos will be fully retouched by our photographer.

I honestly don’t really like the look of most professional albums. They are usually huge! (which I guess is only right given the price) And the several that I’ve seen I’m confident I could have done a better job. I just can’t imagine spending so much money for something that I think I’ll be more happy with if I do myself.

Non-“pro” services can turn out amazing products. I’ve used them before. And again, since I don’t really want the same look as the pro books, not usuing a pro lab won’t be a problem. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh and I completely agree about the DJ. Complete waste of money, imo

Same with the landscaper actually.

Though I don’t think the body shop comparison is a good one as there is little chance you’d have the necessary equipment.

Anybody with photoshop and a creative eye can make a wedding album. Again, I understand it won’t look like a pro-book. And I don’t want it to.

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@kala_way: I am totally DIYing mine (scrapbooking).  And not using a website.  I use Creative Memories products.  This is something I do, but I definitely could not see letting someone else “do” my album for me–using a website or otherwise.  It can be expensive for the material–but what an investment!

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@deetroitwhat: I’ve never seen a scrapbook wedding album. I bet that could be really nice. It’s not really my style, but my sister has tons of scrapbooks she’s made for her kids and they’re awesome.

Using a website really isn’t allowing them any control. You create and organize every single page and then hit the order button. All they do is print it so it looks like an actual book.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@TedNghiem: Im sorry I meant their other site Somerset Albums where you dont need to be a photographer to order.

 

Post # 23
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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@kala_way: Yeah I’ve ordered one before for my boss, and I didn’t like the way it turned out.

Scrapping is tiring ๐Ÿ™  But worth it when it’s over!

Post # 24
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I made an engagement album for $30 on shutterfly. It came out gorgeous!!

 

 

Post # 25
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I know I’m biased being a wedding photographer myself, but I really think having your photographer design the album is the way to go. Most consumer album companies are not crafted to last as long as professional album supplier hence the significant price difference. For my clients, I pre-design the album for them. It is so much easier for me to do it than to have them select the images. Of course, they have the opportunity to make changes but so far all my clients are loving my choices/designs. I bet your photographer would do the same for you. 

 

Definitely worth the splurge! You won’t regret it!

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

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@kala_way:  I am not second guessing the quality of the photos your photographer supplied or your ability to design a nice layout.  DIY books are not printed on real photopaper and the books are not bound the same as a professional quality album.  The final result will not look, feel, or hold up the same.

Post # 27
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@USER876: Yes, I’m quite aware it will be different from a photographers wedding book. As I’ve said, I want it be.

The books I’ve made in the past have a quality that I find perfectly acceptable. I worked in a library for 5 years so I know my way around bindings.

Additionally, I will have all of my images electronically and if for some reason my book disintigrated in 10 years I’ll just make/print a new one

Post # 28
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Bumble bee

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@kala_way:  Will your grandchildren make a new one 75 yrs from now?  Just sayin….

Post # 29
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@USER876:lol, when was the last time you looked at your great grandmothers wedding album? I don’t think my grandparents ever even had one. I think there’s a much great chance in our electronic age of images sticking around on computers than in printed form. I know that my dad and great uncle have spent hours searching for, scanning, and reconstructing images of my ancestors. So yes, I think if they’d like to they will and will be able to ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 30
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Bumble bee

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@kala_way:  I guess we will never know until 75 yrs from now, but a quality album is a tangable item that will most likely last generations.  I honestly think it has more chance of surviving computer after computer, hard drive after harddrive, and the internet evolution.

Post # 31
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@USER876: Guess we’ll just have to agree to disagree then. I’ve never seen a wedding album that survived for generations. And there are plenty of poorly bound books that last for centuries in the bowels of libraries. I think you’re overestimating the staying power of pro books and underestimating that of non-pro, but you have your reasons and I have mine. I doubt we’ll convince each other. I’ll save my money and you can go on making giant expensive books.

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