- 11 years ago
- Wedding: July 2010
this is great… thanks so much
this is great… thanks so much
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.
I just came back to this post 🙂
@KLP2010 and aliciareneephotography – I don’t know if it’s just me, but I have used Shutterfly and I have had several of my albums for many years and have never had any of the issues you guys have mentioned. One of my albums (that I created in 2003, so over 7 years ago) was from my trip to Europe, so it has been looked at so many times and it still looks brand new. None of the pages have been bent, soiled or the binding coming apart, so hopefully they will continue to stay that way. In fact all of my albums, I have created over 6, still look fantastic. I don’t know if it’s just that everyone who looks at it (including myself ) is very careful, but I haven’t had any problems.
The good thing is that any album you create on Shutterfly’s website is saved under your account, so if you need to recreate it, you can.
Just a thought.
@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?
@aliciareneephotography – That is so strange. The last album I made was last October. I’m in the Southeast, so maybe that makes a difference.
Yes, I’ve used Shutterfly for all of them. Can you get in contact with the photo company you used and tell them that this is happening? I would think they would want to do something about this so that they don’t lose customers. Who did you use?
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
I think I am going with mypublisher. with a 55% off over $100 this is great!
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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