(Closed) Photo Album vs. Photo Book

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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2monthweddingplanner:  I’m a wedding photographer! There’s a pretty big difference between an *real* album and a photobook. It’s no secret that an album from the photographer is going to cost a lot more, because it’s a professional wedding album. Pro albums are a higher quality, and printed on archival paper to last forever as well as quality materials and binding. Photo books are usually inkjet or similar “press” printing so the quality is much lower and it won’t last a long time. With photo books you will find that the colors tend to shift over time, or don’t print correctly even from the beginning. Likewise, the materials used for the covers/binding are lower quality and many people find that they fall apart over time.

In the end, you just have to decide what you like/prefer and what kind of budget you have. There are a few companies available to consumers who offer a pretty nice album for the price – but you have to consider design. Many bees have designed and ordered their own album and been perfectly happy with the results. I admit that when I see most of the designs I cringe, because to me it looks DIY. I look at it like this – you’ve spent all this money on beautiful wedding photos only to display them in an ugly book? Even as a photographer who obviously can order my albums at cost, I still waited 2 years because I wanted a gorgeous album and knew we other things to to buy before spending a few hundred dollars on the album.

Post # 3
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Helper bee

To me, a photo album is something I will keep forever and pass along to my future children. For that reason, I can justify the cost of getting it professionaly made. Also, the convenience factor of not having to DIY a photo book is a big plus! I would hate to add another big task to complete after the wedding. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I sort of had both. I had the wedding photographer do a small highlight  book and put all the rest of photos on digital stick. I then had all of the pics printed out and I made my own scrapbooking albums for all of the pictures. Had 6 huge scrapbooking albums that took me almost a year to make. They turned out amazing!!!  So glad I did both.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

I DIY’d mine through Artisan State and I’m very happy with my album (although it’s a book – I always think photo album = the old plastic pages you instert photos into).

I’ve seen some great DIY and I’ve seen bad DIY.  I’ve also seen bad paid for albums. My album was about $300 and we love it.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

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2monthweddingplanner:  I’m a wedding photographer! 

Most of my clients opt for photo books just because it suits their style better. Albums are still seen as “old school” while they are higher quality and more expensive.

I’m doing a photobook for my wedding and making an album myself 🙂

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

I’m stuck on deciding this too. My photographer says albums start at $400, which is crazy sounding to me, but I know it’s high quality. Photo books are nice, but I don’t see it lasting very long. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got a photobook from the photographer since it was included in the package, but afterwards, I wish I’d just asked if i could take out and save some money.  I can understand a over a decade ago when it was still mostly film and you wanted a long lasting album, but into days digital age where pictures are never going to degrade now with time, I personally don’t see the point of expensive archival grade albums.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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pinkshoes:  Because digital media is relatively new, comparted to film. We have no idea realistically how long digital files will last, and digital media fails often. Disks don’t work after time, hard drives fail, etc. Obviously there is no promise that something won’t happen to your printed photos, but the average person has printed photographs from years and years ago (aside from something drastic, like a fire). A printed album is something you will be able to pass down from generation to generation. Think about how many electrioics from years past we can no longer use? Hardly anyone is hanging on to VHS players and the current generation wouldn’t even know how to play one.

 

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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starfish0116:  VHS tapes were not digital, they were analog tape as film and cassette players are.  While digital media can fail, the idea of “digital” will not fail or degrade.  It was just data, 1s and 0s.  Digital data has been around for decades since the first computer back then they took up the size of rooms.  There are still PCs and test stations where I work from 40+ years ago that use 8″ floppy disk that are still in use today.  As long as the media it is on does not get damage (many many backups, I keep 3 and on servers), and you have a way to decode it, it’s not going anywhere.  

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