(Closed) Photographer album vs online album design?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Our photography package came with an album and we are very happy with it. Our photographers put it together themselves and we’re super thankful for that. But honestly, I didn’t really analyze it too much just because we loved their style so much and they were the only photography vendor we went after.

I’d say that if you really really love a photographer for their shooting style and they are in your price range, book them. An album can always be worked out after the fact. If it comes with one and you don’t really like it, you can give that to your parents or your husband’s and then make your own. Or ask if you can remove that from the package completely. There’s lots of options.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

Be sure you get a print release from your photographer if you intend to print your own albums! 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

6×6 is pretty small.. can you just nix it altogether and make two albums through Artistan State or Adorama, etc? Or are they not willing to make any adjustments on packages.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

One of the most sought after photographers in my area uses Moleskine MILK books, they are gorgeous books, and always have sales on. I ordered two for my engagement photos and ommmmg so stunning

Post # 8
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Busy bee

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plannerbear520:  You can totally make albums yourself. Many professional-quality albums are available on DIY websites. Way cheaper too.

Pick someone for the photos rather than for the albums. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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plannerbear520:  I think it’s a great idea to make the parent albums yourself. Especially if you want them to be a particular size, etc. But the advice given to me by my FI’s uncle who works in graphic design and publishing, was to stick with the photographer for your main album. He said things often come out a different color than intended/ whats on your screen. So it’s nice to have a photographer do it because they likely work with the same printing company consistently and they know how it will turn out. Granted, he works with magazine prints so maybe he takes it much more seriously. But that was enough to scare us into the package with an album. But we are still considering ordering from Shutterfly for our parents. Lol, we care about them but jussssst a tiny bit less so we are willing to take our chances.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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plannerbear520:  ordering samples is a great idea!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Find the photographer you like then purchase your wedding album from an album designer. I bought mine from Ever Album Design http://www.everalbumdesign.com and paid a lot less than I would have if I bought from my photographer. They contract with professional wedding album companies and offer really nice wedding albums; Leather Craftsmen; Red Tree Albums; Cypress Albums, etc. Best of all they work with you on the design, so you get to see the progress of your wedding album all the way through. It’s a refreshing experience to work with them on something that’s so important to you.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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plannerbear520:  It’s really all going to depend on your expectations for quality.

I’ll be really honest and say that almost every self-designed album I see posted on here (as in the page layout) or in person is not something I personally would be happy with. They all end up looking cluttered and not polished *to me*. I get that the person designing their own album was doing it to save money and if they loved the layout, that’s really what matters. . I’m a wedding photographer, so album design is part of what I do and I’m super picky. I prefer clean, modern, designs.

The only real way you’re going to save money is designing it yourself and ordering online. I know a lot of brides use Artisan State, and while it’s ok, it’s not a high-end album…so if that’s important to you it’s something to consider.

I would venture to say the company listed above is going to run you the same amount or more than your photographer for an album. Your photographer is designing your album, and most likely (because this is what I do) the parent albums are smaller versions of the same layout. You’re now hiring someone to do a whole new layout PLUS the cost of album. Based on their album selection on the site, they’re using professional album companies, and that isn’t cheap.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the person who does the designing does a fine job, but if budget is a concern I don’t see it being a cheaper option to have someone else design it (unless of course you can get them to design it and you get the final files and can order wherever).  If you just wanted an album for parents, I’d probably say go ahead and make one yourself. BUT, if you’re concerned with your album not being as nice or comparable to the ones they already have – I’d just go with the photographer.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

As 

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steph91 said, MILK Books is awesome. I used their lowest cost book recently as a Christmas gift for our moms (engagement photos), and it was gorgeous. Linen cover, giant, high-resolution photos on high-quality paper, with solid binding. I ended up paying like $70 a book for an 11×14 book that included around 50 photos total.

I didn’t feel like shelling out the money for the other options, but their upper level tiers also look GORGEOUS. 

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