Post # 1
I’m in the process of selecting our photographer! With most photographers their most expensive package comes with a photo album of some sort the photographer creates for you. Is this “upgrade” worth it? Any other bees get the album? One photographer I’m close to picking, the album upgrade package is $1000 more than the 2nd tier package (you also get an extra hour for the wedding or engagement shoot, or you can use it for bridal portraits). Trying to figure out if its really worth it. I know we want an album and seeing as I’m a designer by trade, I know tons of other sites with super nice photo albums I could buy from (for way cheaper). But I get FOMO sometimes and don’t want to miss out if its really & truly worth it.
Post # 2
I didn’t because you can find anywhere to do your album.
Post # 4
It really depends. How many pages and how many photos. We had an album in our package but found we could not fit enough photos of the wedding in the album package provided. It was just a tease for a much higher marked up photo album. He wanted something like $4,000 extra in the end!
Ask if you can get a USB stick of all the photos instead and make your own album.
Post # 5
not worth it. I got a standard 8×8 ablum and will be making my own online.
Post # 6
It depends on how important an album is to you. Are there plenty of places online to make an album? Sure….but 90% of them are going to be fairly consumer quality – meaning lower end materials and not archival. Those companies that do produce archival quality (and aren’t exclusive to professionals) albums are still going to be pretty expensive cost wise, although certainly less without the market if you are buying directly.
That being said you’re not just paying for the album from your photographer but their time in designing and layout. You can certainly do it yourself but again really depends on how important the album is to you. I’ll be really honest that I cringe almost every time I see someone post their DIY designed album because they generally don’t look all that great. Their is an art to design/layout to produce something that it aesthetically pleasing and clean – not cluttered and without flow. That being said it’s not MY album, it doesn’t have to sit on my coffee table.
You mentioned being a designer, what kind of stuff do you normally design? As a wedding photographer I design albums all day long for my clients, so I obviously didn’t buy an album from my photographer. I designed myself and ordered via my album company.
Post # 7
I just made my own on Milk Books and it’s amazing and was REALLY reasonably priced.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone, I’ve decided to skip it and go with my own resources!
Thanks for your input! I plan on buying a couple consumer quality (leaning towards Artifact Uprising) and then for the parents and us, pro quality (via personal connects). I’ve ordered a few things from AU before and was happy with the quality of the paper, although I’ve never ordered a book from them. Re: layout, you’re preaching to the choir but def appreciate your concern, I get the same cringes with DIY stationary :-). My background is in print/editorial design. Even if I were to go with a photographer’s album, there’s no way I’d give them free reign to design it or lay it out.
I mainly asked to make sure I wasn’t missing out on something. Whenever something is bundled in a package, I’m the sucker that feels I NEED it, even if I really don’t!