(Closed) Photo Album Reviews

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

this is great… thanks so much

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Too bad they didn’t review http://www.mixbook.com, I just used them for my engagment shoot. But I did find another person who used them and they were very happy with the results. So I hope it comes out great!!

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

These press-printed books are fantastic for guest books, engagement pics, grandparents’ books, etc.; but I just wanted to pass along that they do start to fall apart after a couple of years (the binding pulls apart, etc.); and they never look half as good as lab-printed albums.

If you go with a press-printed book for cost reasons, just so that you have something in your hands that you can share, I *highly* recommend that you back up the DVD of your pics in multiple places, and re-save every couple of years (most CD/DVD disks don’t last very long); that way, when/if your photo book starts to fall apart, you still have the pics and can try to connect with a photographer to help you make an album that will last for generations.

I’m not saying this to disparage photo books–they definitely have their place–but I would never, ever recommend using one for a permanent wedding album. The print quality and longevity just isn’t there.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

@CaliGirlSM: Mine are actually newer than that… Maybe they switched glues? Hmmm…. I live in the Northeast, so it gets both dry and humid…. But the bindings definitely aren’t holding. These are our annual “albums” and they live in a bookcase–so they’re not getting handled very often. Have you used Shutterfly for all of them?

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

bumping this

Post # 24
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Bumble bee

Agree with others above, the few press printed books I have I feel I have to handle very gently.  Print is unmatched to pro photo paper and inks, and the bindings are glued, not sewn like real pro albums.  For what they cost, they have a place, but not for a main wedding album, IMO

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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@MissNoodles: Thank you for bumping this!!! I currently sitting at my computer with 3 books made trying to figure out the best option. This is awesome!

Post # 26
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Honey bee

I think I am going with mypublisher. with a 55% off over $100 this is great!

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

All great options. I went the pro route and bought my album through EVER Album Design, http://www.everalbumdesign.com. They offer professional albums but a lot less expensive, usually under $1,000 for an amazing album. I’d check them out. They work with non photographers, so its perfect.

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