Post # 1
We had a beautiful destination wedding this past August. One thing on my priority list was an awesome photographer – however, we chose to have 2 parents albums and all copyrights to our photos (we were provided proofs and a full reso CD of all 1500+ photos) to later create our own album. But now that we’re back home, I’m not sure where to get one created.
Our photos are beautiful and I seem to have a knack for creating great layouts – Does anyone have suggestions for great professional quality digital thick paged albums to order from?
Any help/sites would be most appreciated.
Post # 3
hmm… I’d be interested too. we’re only getting 1 album, and I want to make our parents albums.
Post # 4
I used Mypublisher and Shutterfly to make our albums. We used mypublisher to make a beautiful thick padded leather bound for our honeymoon. We used Shutterfly to make our wedding albums because they had a cover in one of our wedding colors. Both companies make awesome books with great quality and creation/shipping of them were pretty fast. There are some differences with the two that might help you make a decision based on what youre looking for with your albums. Pricing on both are about the same but I find that Shutterfly has more coupons and discounts available at any given time.
MyPublisher requires you to download the software onto your computer so that means you can only work on your albums on that computer. They do have the awesome padded leather covers but their layout and background options are limited.
Shutterfly is internet based so you can work on them anywhere, which is what appealed to me because I worked on them at work on the weekends. Shutterfly has many more layout and background options for a totally personalized book but they do have any really nice padded leather covers. Their suede, satin and leather covers are not thick and padded. Shutterfly also makes it convenient to ship books to different recepients in the same order, which is handy if you’re making them as gifts.
I hope this helped some, this is just the two that I’ve used and continue to use but I know there are so many more out there. Hopefully the other ladies can give you info on others.
Post # 5
My recommendation is to not use shutterfly or mypublisher. They are very simple but the quality is really lacking. The paper is very thin. They are press printed, like flyers and business cards. You want something of quality and that has photo graphic prints on a flush mounted album. I would recommend contacting a local designer or photographer. If you have a print release a local photographer might design you a book. There will be a fee of course but you will get good design and most important a high quality album you can hand down to your grandkids.
Post # 6
I just picked up my pics last week, and my photographer mentioned a new company she tried out for albums. FINAO. (Stands for Failure Is Not An Option.) I haven’t looked into them at all yet, but she said her sample album turned out reallly great and she might start using them for all her wedding packages.
Post # 7
I just found out recently that Bay Photo in Santa Cruz will make those mega thick albums for you at a decent price.
Post # 8
Try blurb.com so you can make a coffee table book for your parents. The quality is good too as you can choose a better paper.
Post # 9
I think the first step to choosing an album-printing company is to understand what you would like for your end-product. That is to say, if a consumer-grade album is all that you are looking for or all that’s in your budget, then mypublisher or blurb would all work. You can’t really compare professional-grade albums to these consumer-grade ones. It’s comparing apples and oranges.
Flush-mount professional-grade albums are a lot more expensive. A LOT more. And they are only really available through a professional photographer (who can, but does not necessarily have to be the same as the photographer who photographed your wedding). But the reason these albums are expensive, besides the photographer surcharge, is that they are of markedly different and superior quality.
Before you make a decision either way, I would recommend looking at some professional-grade albums and some consumer-grade ones to see and really understand the difference. If you’re local, I’d be happy to show you both–I print a lot using Blurb.com and I have GraphiStudio professional-grade studio samples as well.
Alice Sokoloff Photography
Post # 10
We made a guest book using photos from our engagement with blurb. The album turned out great and it only cost $30 or so! I ordered the premimum paper but I wished it would have been thinker.
I plan on using bay photo for our wedding album. I want the super thick pages. Designing it will be fun so I plan on doing it myself.