Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are wanting to put together 3 gift albums to give to parents for Christmas. Our photographer has given us a few options, but the companies she prefers to go through only have a few less expensive options, which would run us about $75 per album with only ten 4×6 images per book- and they’re accordion fold books, rather than a traditional book. The price isn’t an issue, so much as the size/small number of photos.
Since our photographer is a friend, she’s willing to let us use an outside company for the albums if we choose to go that route, but IF we do that, I would prefer to use a company that still has high quality printing. I really want to reflect her work in the best light possible.
So, what did you all use? Any PhotogBees out there have suggestions?
We’re comfortable with the price, but ideally we would like to get more photos in the album for the same price or less.
Post # 3
I was a bit of a freak when it came to photobooks after the wedding. I ordered albums from 4 different companies so I could see the different quality. I have looked over the quality of the albums from adoramapix, photobook america, picaboo and My Publisher. Adorama and Photobook America were definitely the two best because they use real photo paper rather than printing on cardstock.
If you subscribe to adorama’s twitter feed or facebook page you’ll get clued in on their specials. The book I have from adorama is really nice. The only downfall is that the corners of the cover aren’t holding up really well so there are a few chips in it from very basic handling (that book was a boudoir book so we still have that one).
My Publisher runs a lot of specials and has a buy one album, get an identical album free for new users. We used that for the albums we ordered and I really liked it. I couldn’t tell the difference in the paper even though it wasn’t tecnically photo paper. The only downfall I found with My Publisher was that the black linen cover on the book showed fingerprints really easily. They offer lay flat pages but I didn’t order them on the gift albums so I don’t know about how that would look.
Photobook America was my favorite. I ordered from different companies for our gift albums so that when it was time to do our personal album (we paid a lot for our photography but didn’t have it in the budget to get a really expensive album) I’d know which company I liked the best. I think the quality was the best and I had a groupon which made it a little more reasonable. The only downfall is that they don’t offer lay flat pages.
Picaboo was ok and was reasonably priced, but the final product looked a bit cheap when compared with the others. I wouldn’t order from them again if i was looking for a nice quality book. I will say that I had a flaw in the first book and they reshipped my book correctly two days after they received my email with pictures of the problem.
Here is a website I used when i was researching. http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/the-great-photo-book-round-up-review-who-makes-the-best-photo-books.html
Good luck to you!
Post # 4
I have used Blurb for muliple albums and I LOVE them! LOVE Not one bad thing to say about the quality or timeliness, plus you can customize each page to what you want by adding text/photo boxes. The prices arent that bad either- I just made my friends wedding album, 11×13 120 pages for $120.
Post # 5
My friend got a shutterfly photo book and it is beautiful and really good prices 🙂
Post # 6
We used MyPublisher (as does our photographer) and really liked them! We got a deluxe album for ourselves included in our photography package and upgraded to the printed photo cover, not the linen one. They always have sales/deals going on, like clane616 said. We ordered a couple of small, paperback albums for parents and they were super cheap and the quality was good. Actually, they messed up the cover on one (technically we messed up designing it, but it looked fine on the preview) and they replaced it quickly for free, so I’m happy!
Post # 7
I am not a huge fan of consumer grade press printed products. Your photographer should be willing to offer you more than just an accordian book option. Pro labs have tons of product offerings for clients and will be the best quality
Post # 8
ooo oo! I made a little photo album on costcophotocenter.com for $25 of our e-pics and I LOVE it. It was really easy to make, has 30 pages and it came to my local costco after about 4 days! I really love it, I’m planning on making them of wedding pics for people too!
Post # 9
@USER876: Our photographer offers the accordion albums because they are the best pricing for multiple albums.
For the albums we are looking at for ourselves, they start at about $300 and just go up from there, and that’s much more than we can afford for gifts.
There may be more professional options out there, just not from the companies she uses regularly.
Post # 10
@tinylittlebird: That’s a shame. She should be able to supply you with a press album cheaper than that and it would be better quality. If you are going to DIY, I would go with AdoramaPix. At least they use real photopaper. The worst part is the binding, it’s glued, may not last, but for the money, it’s a decent product.