(Closed) Photography Processing firms to make your own album??

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2353 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m planning to use Shutterfly – I’ve heard such great things, and I’ve loved the photo cards I’ve gotten from people who used them for STDs and Christmas cards. 

Besides saving a BUNDLE by not getting the album from the photographer, I’m getting to put it together myself, which I prefer.

Post # 4
723 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I’m planning to use Picaboo! I’ve used it in the past to make an album and I was really impressed with the quality. Even the photos I made full page had great detail on them! Plus, it’s a software you load onto your computer so you don’t have to be connected to the internet to use it and you just load in all the pics you want and drap and drop kind of thing. It also hides photos you already used so that you don’t use them twice (although you can turn this off if you do want to use a photo more than once). It’s also fully customizable with layouts and colors and captions and stuff. 

Post # 5
394 posts
Helper bee

Please keep in mind that what shutterfly, picaboo, etc. offers are not “photo albums” (sewn books with photo paper pages) but instead are “photobooks” which are glued together books with regular pages. 

Do whatever you prefer, just understand that there most definitely is a difference.  

There are not many consumer outlets that offer true photographic albums on the consumer level. But I’m sure someone will jump in with some recommendations. 

Post # 8
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I have gotten one before from Mpix and the quality was nice. Not quite as nice as our pro-album quality but by far worth the price I thought: http://www.mpix.com/

Post # 9
645 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We did this. We ended up getting a large photobook from Adoramapix for about $180. As a present for our 1 year anniversary my mom bought us a professional album through our photographer. It was leatherbound and very thick. She paid about 700 for it Money Mouth

Honestly it really is a beautiful book but for the price I would have been perfectly content with my own self made one. I keep hearing that the other one won’t last but its held up just fine thus far. We keep it as a coffee table book and people are constantly looking through it (obviously not to much now since we’ve been married awhile- but it still gets handled quite a bit).

Post # 10
1403 posts
Bumble bee

Somerset offers pro quality albums to consumers.

Post # 11
739 posts
Busy bee

Honestly if you want a nice, well made, professional album you should find a local photographer to make it for you. Of course this would be determined if you have the rights to your photos to create your own album.

Find the album you like best and call/email around to find a photographer who is willing to create them for you. Here are some of best album companies around: west coast albumsfinaovision artpictobookscouture book and queesberry {which is the best of the best}.  

I really do not understand people who spend thousands of dollars on photographer and then cheap out when it comes to displaying and preserving said photos. Totally boggles my mind. 

Post # 12
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I made photo books through Blurb, wasn’t thrilled with them, and then made a separate album through AdoramaPix.  The Adorama book came out beautifully.  Not quite as nice as a pro album (PizzutiStudios has a good point about spending thousands on a photog and then cheaping out on printing), but for the price it blew me away.

Post # 13
7899 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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