How much was your PROFESSIONAL photo album?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont know what the album cost on its own since its included in the package.  But I’m getting a Graphi album, 8×10 with 40 pages.  My package was $3k which also included assistant and 8 hours of shooting.

Post # 5
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9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I didn’t end up buying the album my photographer listed but their flush mount albums were $25 per page, with a 30 page minimum. 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’m not buying from my photographer.  I love her, but I can’t afford a $1000 album– I can get the same thing from the online retailers and design it myself.

(The $1000 was a 12×12 and I don’t recall the page number.  They are made in Italy or something crazy?  She generally does digital packages unless people ask for albums specifically.)

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not married yet but my photog charges a buttload for them, like 500.00! I’ll be keeping m eye out for a groupon to a high end site lol

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My photographer gave me 3 copies of our wedding photos on CD’s (1000+ photos, 2 photographers) and paid $400. We will have to choose which ones to print out on our own.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also don’t know how much it was, since it was part of the package, but it was about 30 pages (and we fit in about 70 photos). 😀

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

As a graphic designer who designs wedding albums for professional photographers, I just have to say that I know it seems like printed wedding albums are overpriced, but I can assure you that your photographer spends a TON of time and energy putting your album together. It takes me at least a week to design an album – usually more. They are not just slapping photos into an album, they are taking the time to tell a story with your photos – or at least that’s how a good photographer works. Then there are proofs and changes from the bride that tack on more hours. 

I hope this didn’t come across as mean, but I always hear people complain about album costs, and it always rubs me wrong. If you have a great photographer and the books are coming from a high-end printer, I really believe it’s worth the extra money.

Again, I mean no ill will against anyone. I just wanted to give you my perspective. =)

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Our album is designed by a graphic designer and is incredible quality, but yea– expensive. I have to agree with hfarrant– my sis is a graphic designer and it isn’t all about drag and drop.

 

Anyways, our photog wants $500-$1500 for the albums, depending on size, quality, binding, etc. As I own the rights to my pictures and my sis is a graphic designer, I am likely going to use an online site and have her design my own.

Post # 12
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12973 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ours is priced around $1,000 – 12×12, 20 pages (40 sides).  We added two cloan parent albums (8×8) for I think $400. 

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Things have changed! Back when I got married in 1996, the album was part of the purchase price. I remember paying about $1500-$1800 back then and it was sooo expensive! Most photogs were charing $500-$800. But the photography was what we spent the most $ on…which is why we never took a honeymoon too. 😉

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We love our photographer, we love his work.  So when it came to budget we didn’t have one.  His album is $2000 and I have seen all of his work and we felt he did the best in telling stories.  A true artist.  We felt at the end of the wedding, the only thing left would be the photos.  

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My “tier 2” album is costing $800.  It’s the discounted price with the package but I think its a good price.  My photographers albums are AMAZING! and individually bought theyre about $1200-1500.  He has 4 sizes of albums, so this in the second smallest, but I think its the perfect size.  About 30 pages (I think? I forget..) and customization of the cover.

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