(Closed) Photography: the album upgrade, how many did it?

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
1923 posts
Buzzing bee

I didn’t because you can find anywhere to do your album. 

Post # 3
271 posts
Helper bee

Not worth it.

Post # 4
7440 posts
Busy Beekeeper

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
1949 posts
Buzzing bee

not worth it. I got a standard 8×8 ablum and will be making my own online. 

Post # 6
6303 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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CarolinaJames:  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. 


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Post # 7
345 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I just made my own on Milk Books and it’s amazing and was REALLY reasonably priced.

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