(Closed) Pro VS Not Pro Album

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@MrsEhrlich2bee:  I would get a cheaper album for now and save for a more expensive album later. I totally get where you are coming from in wanting a nice album for future generations, but the great thing about digital image files is that you can print them whenever and as often as you want! I just don’t see how you can buy the super expensive album now when you don’t have the resources to do so.

Post # 4
739 posts
Busy bee

Put money away every month to get the pro album. As long as you have full reproduction rights from your photographer, I would find one that offered pro albums and see if you can work out a payment plan. Here are my favorite album companies – westcoast albums, finaio, coutourbook, queensberry. There are NO consumer album companies out there that can create something at this quality. They are usually handmade with archival materials so they are going to last years and years where consumer albums are made with glue and not meant to last 30+ years.

Post # 5
790 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

No blurb..IMO.

Possibly ask for gift amounts towards a high end for Christmas? Make arrangements with your photographer to gradually pay for it. Many of us take payments.. If you photographer takes credit this can be easy using Paypal or Square, Inuit.

If you do an economical choice for now until you can get a high end go with Mypublisher or adoramapix. These are the two I like for press books. With either company you’ll still spend over a $100 more than likely. A full wedding does not fit into 20 pages and upgrades are always worth it for paper..

They will not last forever like a high end as long as you know that going in and when you can fit it in your budget get the high end.


Here are some reviews on press books. http://www.digitalhomethoughts.com/news/show/97676/13/1/15

Post # 6
8453 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Why not make your own scrapbook?  Then you could just have the photos printed and you can arrange them how you like.  It could even be a fun activity for you and your new Darling Husband to do together.

Post # 9
748 posts
Busy bee

Groupon, Livingsocial, etc. There are plenty of options there, including really beautiful and professionally made photo books using digital pictures.

Post # 10
14501 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d just get a cheap one if the budget doesnt allow it, for now at least.  Photos are digital these days, you can print as many as you want, you can make as many albums you want for as long as you want and they will never degrade.  We’re past the days of film pictures that have to be printed in amazing professional quality in order to preserve them.  You may find after a while you dont even care about the album and dont miss it.  But if you do, you can always get a pro one later.

Post # 11
429 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

It hasn’t been my experience that pro albums have to cost $500. A lot of it depends where you live. If the photographers around you are charging too much, why not order an album from a pro photographer in a less expensive part of the country? Get on http://www.gatheringguide.com/ec/photographers.html or any other listing and start checking prices. Small cities will always cost less, and you can find some really talented people who want to make a deal. That’s what we’re looking at too.

Post # 12
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Family heirloom vs. temporary solution.  That’s the bottomline.  Getting a guy to understand it who doesn’t value what it is you want is a tough scenario.  Good luck!

Post # 13
1306 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would get a cheapo book for now (let hubs go to costco if he wants) and save up for a professional book (maybe for a 5 year anniversary or something?)

Post # 14
622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@MrsEhrlich2bee:  If you want an heirloom to pass down, Blurb and Shutterfly won’t give that to you. I like other folks suggestions about putting money away for an album. I can tell you that I already have couples coming back to me who got married in 2010 and 2011 to get albums because the ones they got from those sites were starting to fall apart or they just weren’t happy with the quality.

@LauraJay:  I’m not sure what advice you’re trying to give – are you saying OP should take her wedding photos and give them to a photographer who didn’t shoot them and get them printed using their particular album pricing? If so that’s not going to fly. A photographer would need permission from the copyright holder (the person who took the images) to use/print those photos and no photographer is going to allow that.

Post # 15
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

+1 @squeak:  

You can get an album for one of the higher quality companies for much less with these coupons.

Post # 16
394 posts
Helper bee

@mariematt:  Thats not entirely true. If they have the proper release from their photographer (personal usuage rights, reproduction rights, etc.) legally they can hire whomever they’d like to produce the prints or albums. The person doing so, just likely would not be allowed to alter the photographs from their origional state. 

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