(Closed) Photograhers album design help

posted 10 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@pinkshoes:  I put together our wedding album, so I don’t know what is standard or not.

In my opinion it’s your wedding album and the photographer should be willing to make the changes you want, so that you are happy with the final product. I’d give the photographer the list of changes that you want to see and ignore the three 2-page spread change guideline. My guess is they have the restriction so that they aren’t constantly re-designing an entire album. But for what a professional level wedding album costs, your photographer should make the changes you want.

Post # 4
520 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@pinkshoes:  Hey I saw you didn’t get a lot of responses, so I can tell you that being a photographer, most of us do have some limitations on album changes. The reason for this is to prevent doing 20 rounds of changes and essentially redesigning the whole album due to indecisive clients and albums just never getting completed. Usually when we price our albums, we’re allowing for a certain amount of design time, and as soon as that amount is exceeded any additional work we do is at a loss.

That being said, I think there is a HUGE variance in how every photographer does albums and what changes are allowed. I personally think only being able to change three spreads might be on the stingy side, but it depends on your process leading up to that. May I ask if you got to give the photographer a list of photos you wanted included in the album or if the photographer just predesigned it using his/her favorite photos? If got to select the photos, you would have already gotten a lot of say in the album already, so I think the limitations aren’t completely ridiculous.

However, I personally don’t go by “spreads” as far as changes. I allow the client to make up to 25 photo swaps (any pages they choose) and up to two complete spread redesigns. After that I start charging. However, I also pre-design, so clients dont get a say in the photos that are included in the initial album design, so I have to allow for more changes. Some people even think the amount I offer is too little, which tells me I’m doing the right thing by setting limitations. 25 photos and two spread redesigns is 50% of a 24 page album, so beyond that I’m essentially redesigning the whole album and I do need to charge for my time. Hope this helps!

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