Post # 1
I’ve noticed I can save quite a bit of money by skipping the photography package with the album included. I feel like the album is something I could create on my own (using a third-party online shop). It doesn’t seem worth an addtional $800-1,200 for a $200 book.
Thoughts from brides who have been there or already made this decision?
Post # 2
- Wedding: July 2014 - Presque Isle
I bought ours from ShutterFly. I liked having control over how it looks. It’s also less expensive. Husband was super happy with how it turned out.
Post # 3
I have one because it was included in the price of the package, but I wish I’d had the sense to ask for a discount for NOT getting it. It’s ok… totally not worth the money imo. I made my own books also and honestly like mine more. May be not archival distruction proof like a “professional” quality album, but with this day and age of digital media, if my book fades/falls apart/gets damage… I have the digitals (backed up to the nth degree) and can reprint or remake 20+ books for the price of that pro album.
Post # 4
We are making our own on Fizara.com. Less than 1/2 the price and it is what a lot of professional photographers use.
Post # 5
Well first of all it depends on if you like your photographer’s albums. Ask to see one and see if you like the physical look and feel of the album and if you like his editing and composition style. If you do…
I feel most photographers offer albums that are of noticably better quality than what you can get on most websites. In the book itself and the printing quality of the images. So in that way they are “worth” more. But if you don’t care about that extra touch, then it’s worth 0 to you. It’s kinda like upgrading an HDTV that’s a few years old. The image was already really clear, but the upgrade is even better. Did you need that upgrade? Probably not. But it sure is pretty to look at.
Most of the cost of the album is paying the photographer for his time to compose the album. I’m a perfectionist. It took me days to create my own albums to give to my parents as gifts. They came out beautifully, but holy crap was is a lot of work!!! And if it was my own album, I never would have been satisfied. For me – paying a professional to make my album perfect (we went through 3 drafts) was “worth” it. But if you feel like you have enough free time to do it yourself, then it’s not gonna be worth it for you.
So that’s how I’d decide. It’s certainly a great way to save money if the album isn’t high on your priority list.
Post # 6
It’s all about your priorities and what’s important to you. The photographer’s album is of course going to be of better quality. To some people that’s important and worth the money, to others it’s not. More than just the cost of the album (which speaking as a wedding photog I can tell you is very high at our cost) there is the time involved in design. Aside from the quality, the album design is one I personally find very important. I see plenty of self-designed album layouts posted here on the bee, and while others might be happy and like them – they wouldn’t be what I would personally would be happy with.
I did not order an album through my photographer, but only because I myself am a wedding photographer who uses the same album company and our design style is VERY similar so I knew I could produce exactly what I wanted.
Post # 7
Holy crap, they tack on 800-1200 for that? I definitely wouldn’t get it!
Post # 8
Shutterfly sends out offers for $10-$20 off their books that are usually $40 and you can design it yourself.
Post # 9
SSSHHHHH – I have friends who are professional wedding photographers and they told me that they mark up their albums 3-4x times the cost to them to produce the book. They do this to account for their time designing the photo album and do minor touch ups to balance the pages. Their albums are super high quality though – archival thick pages, gilded edges, premium leather or linen covers and beautiful ink for true color printing.
Post # 10
That’s pretty expensive! We did shutterfly albums. With all their promotional coupon codes, they were quite economical. It was tedious doing the formatting, but it’s always fun reviewing and choosing the pictures in the process!
Post # 11
I’ve been contemplating this as well. What websites do people use to create their own? Are there any DIY websites that are more high end than others?
Post # 13
Trouble is, you would be hard pressed to create the same book, with the same archival quality materials, for $200. Photographers use acid-free papers and the books are the same. Those $40 Shutterfly books will be toast in five years.
If you want to create your own album, then do the research so you can get archival quality materials that are acid-free. That’s the secret to longevity. I would have the prints done through a studio, though, so that you can get the high quality paper and inks to do the job right.
Good luck! Could be a fun project.
Post # 14
The added cost is also for additional editing. My pictures turned out gorgeous but I got the album due to the noticeably high quality paper used (I use shutterfly all the time). Additionally, my venue was in a public historic site so for earlier photos, there are tourists etc in the background that she is going to photoshop out.
Post # 15
Try artifact uprising! Beautiful high quality albums with so many design options. It’s a nice balance between a shutterfly type and spending $800 with your photographer.