Post # 1
I fell in love with a photographer, and really, really want to hire her. Her package is a wee bit expensive for me, but I’m hoping that I can talk her down a bit if we remove the editing sessions for the album, and the $1300 credit towards the album.
I thought, I don’t need an album, since I love having all my photos digital anyway. But…a small part of me wonders if I’ll be sad not to have a pretty wedding album. Is this something you married gals out there are really glad you have? And about-to-be-married gals, are any of you saving making an album for later, or just sticking with digitals?
Post # 3
Do you have the right to the images? If so you can put together a book yourself on a website like My Publisher. Its a lot cheaper.
Post # 4
Wow thanks for the tip MRSDAVIS. I havent heard of MyPublisher until now. I went on their website and there a coupon for 20% off $50.00 and 40% off $100 or over. Theres also another coupon on the site for buy one get one photobook. My photographer is charging $1200 for a 10×10 album. This def. is cheaper! Thanks again for the tip!
Post # 5
Thanks MrsDavis! I’m definitely going to look into this. Plus, I’m glad this helped more than one person!
Post # 6
I ended up using my $1300 credit that could have paid for one album for prints and canvases instead, and made my own photobooks with the photos we were given. Sooo much cheaper, as MrsDavis said! Please check out how mine turned out. 🙂
Post # 7
did my own photobook as well, from blurb.com. haven’t seen it yet, it gets here on tuesday, but i think it’s going to look fabulous. 🙂 i’m a DIY person, so it was a really enjoyable experience to put together my own book.
we used our credit for a CD of all the images instead of prints/album, and that was the best money we’ve ever spent!
Post # 8
I got mine through my photographer and I LOVE the album. I’ve had a lot of people comment that the album is the nicest one they’ve seen (and they weren’t saying so to be polite). Photographer’s album packages include picture editing and layout – so that’s where some of the cost comes from. I’ve also seen friends with books from mypublisher or blurb and they came out nice as well. The album quality of blurb/mypublisher don’t compare to the ones that photographers usually offer but ultimately I think most of us care about the actual images and the layout. If money is an issue, skip the album and get the high res digital images. You can always make an album later. The company my photographer used is GraphiStudio. One of the bees blogged about the different album companies so that might be worth looking into.
Post # 9
Let me give you some advise as a photographer: if it’s a choice between one or the other, high-res copies of your images is a MUCH better investment than an album. With high-res copies, you will always be able make any prints or books you want out of any of your images at any time! It will save you a vst amount of money in the long run!
If it’s something your photographer offers, you should definitely buy it, whether you choose to an album through your photographer or not.
Post # 10
It’s always a better investment to spend your money on higher quality products, such as professional prints and albums.
High resolution files are handy, but when you print them yourself, they’re never going to be as nice as what your photographer can give you.
The same goes for albums. Photographers design albums for a living. They have the resources to get high quality materials. You don’t. Clearly, there’s a really good chance the album your photographer will make is a lot better than the one you can.
My advice? Find a photographer within your price range that offers all of the products that you want, so you won’t have to settle for making prints and albums on your own.
It drives me crazy to see couples spend thousands of dollars on photography, have their photographer put a lot of effort into creating beautiful images, and then have those images printed at Walgreens. It’s just insane.
Post # 11
As a photographer, I too would like to lend some advice.
If this woman is widlely known, it’s not likely she will give you a massive discount when she can easily fill you space will a person willing to pay full price.
On top of that, that price isn’t just for the album but for her time. Taking away that you are taking away her profit, her paycheck.
Next, I would NEVER suggest skipping the editing process. The wedding photos you see online are not like that off the camera. Many bits and tricks go into give it the process. Even if you get the digital images, you will never be able torecreate that with out a very expensice phot program and a lot, lot of training into using it.
Photographers a teritorial over their pictures. They represent them whenthey can not be there to do it themself. Most would never allow an unedited picture to be something you walk around saying "so and so took it" because it’s not their best work. You fell in love with the photos I assume on her site, you will not get anything like that if you skip editing.
I think asking her this is rude and unprofessional and if she’s a good photographer she will say no. I would be slightly offened if you asked me this becuse essentially you are asking me to only do part of my job and cutting my paycheck nearly in half.
Post # 12
Hmm, I disagree with SaltyVeruca. Just because a person gets paid to take pictures doesn’t mean that an album they create is going to be to your liking. My cousin sent the drafts back several time to have her album changed and, in the end, was not happy with what she received. It just really wasn’t her taste and it looked like he just threw it together.
Your photographer will probably do better, but always keep in mind, and this is true of all vendors, it may be their job, but this is your day and nobody knows what you want more than you do.
Post # 13
I always figure that even if the prints you have made from the digital files are of a lesser quality (say you print them at Walgreens) and aren’t achive – worthy, you can always print more when they start to fade — still cheaper. And if you make your own album and decide you don’t like it, it’s a fairly affordable thing to make another .. and another.
There are also a lot of other companies on the internet that can make professional-quality prints of your pictures and make you a professional-quality album for much less than many photographers charge.
Plus, a lot of the photographers that sell you the rights to your files edit and touch up your pictures before you receive your digital copies– mine does. Let’s face it: the days of photographers making money from prints are numbered.
Post # 14
getting a professional album is best for sure. the quality and feel of a wedding album is a big part of the experience. remember, the celebration is only a few hours, but the memories will last a lifetime. or will they, they might just fad and unless you have a nice looking album you are proud of you won’t remember it as well. there are several online sites out there, but they look amiture at best, which can be ok, but if your going to spend money to get photos of your wedding, you should do it right.
Post # 15
If you want the classic, matted (nondigital) album, and if it’s something that’s doable within your budget and won’t break it, I would go with the professional album. It does sound like a CRAZY amount of money, but it is not your usual album, and it is a beautiful way to display the photos that you are specifically paying a pro photographer for. It seems like the materials for that kind of album are not readily available to the public, so you can’t really get the same kind of quality/materials on your own. We looked into it but it would have been a ton of work for not really that much savings. I can’t speak to the digital kind of album, maybe those are easier to recreate so that they look like a professional one?
We just finished the album design process with our photographer, who was fantastic, and we are so incredibly excited to see the finished product. We are planning to make some smaller digital albums through mypublisher with non-pro photos from our friends/family (like a silly ‘outtakes’ album) but I don’t think we’ll regret the money we spent on the album. However, if the cost is a hardship for you, I would say it’s not really a necessity.