Post # 1
I am gathering info for photography packages and noticing that having an album is sending the packages sky high! Is it REALLY that necessary to have an album done by the photographer or wouldn’t I be just as happy to make my own later on? Also, my Future Mother-In-Law bought an album for FBIL’s first wedding anniversary so maybe she will do the same for us?
Convince me either way please!
Post # 2
completely up to you. our photographer gave us a package but we could have declined the album. it was a beautiful leather bound album on thick pages, we said yes to it.
we then declined the parents album, which was a smaller version of ours. my mom made her own photobook for a fraction of the cost using the photographer’s pictures.
so if you don’t want to spend the money on the album, you can make your own.
Post # 3
We didn’t get an album. I made two parent albums myself to give for Christmas gifts, but H and I do not have an album. And you know what? I don’t miss it. If I want to look at my pictures I just pull them up on the computer and flip through them.
We did make sure that we got all our pictures on discs and were given the rights to those pictures. That way we could do what we wanted with them, including making our own albums and prints if we wanted. To me getting the rights to the pictures is a hundred times more important then having an album included in the package.
Post # 4
onceuponadream: It depends on how important an album is to you, and if you have a preference on album quality.
I’m an advocate for an album because in all honesty once people get those digital files they might print a photo or two for the house and then never do anything with them. In 50 years from now, your grandkids aren’t getting out your USB of wedding photos to look through them. I still look through my parents and grandparents wedding albums.
As for DIY or from the photographer, again depends on quality. Plenty of bees are happy to make their own album. Aside from the fact that there are a couple of professional companies that a consumer can order from (as opposed to most album companies that only the professional photographer can have an account with) the downside to DIY is that in my opinion, they look bad. That being said, I’m picky. As a wedding photographer, who does a lot of album design, I prefer a nicely designed and clean looking album – one with a good flow that tells the story of the day. Usually when I see people post their DIY layouts they did themselves I’m never impressed – but it’s not for me it’s for them, and if they’re happy with it that’s what matters.
There’s a quote I used in a recent blog post about why you should actually PRINT your photos from your session (because let’s get real, most people have a session with a photographer and are obsessed with making sure they get the DVD/USB of photos – and then they sit on the computer untouched). The quote says “Print your photos, because in 50 years the most photographed generation in history will have no pictures.” This is because no one ever prints anything.
Post # 5
Unless you KNOW you’ll get to making the album on your own, I think having the photographer do it is awesome! I have so many pictures from the past 5 years that I’ve been meaning to print out or make photo books…but it just hasn’t happened. I didn’t want that to happen with the wedding photos! She had us select a bunch of our favorite pictures and then she made the photo book, which turned out beautifully! We’ll still be printing some of our own pictures, but I was very thankful to have our photographer do the wedding album/photo book! After the months of wedding planning, it was nice to not have to worry about one more thing. But like I said, if you know you’ll do it on your own and it’s something you love to do, don’t worry about having the photographer do it!
Post # 6
I made my own but I’m also a graphic artist.
Post # 7
We picked a pricy photographer ($8K) and he charges additional $1-2K for album depending on size. So we declined the album for now. He said we can always get one later, so maybe we will splurge for one as an anniversary present. I’m sure the quality is great, but I just couldn’t swallow the cost!
we did make our own engagement photo album using artisan state and it turned out great! The quality is amazing and the program was easy to use.
Post # 8
We aren’t getting the package with an album. It was another $800, and I would much eager spend a fraction of that and do it myself. I think that in the pre-digital age this was a must, but now it is too easy to create beautiful albums yourself.