Post # 1
just curious if anyone has created their own flushmount wedding album. Through our photographer they are charging us $1400, and THEY select the photos they use.
Im just not impressed with this idea, and would really prefer to create my own..but I still want it to be a fine art high quality album.
many photo album sites I have found are for professionals only..which is frustrating.
so..looking for any and all advice!
Post # 2
I don’t know what flushmount means so I am probably missing the point entirely but I did make wedding albums for all the parents on Shutterfly.com. It was pretty easy and I definitely did not buy the most expensive versions.
Post # 3
Almost every company offering a true fine art professional quality album is going to be open to only professional photographers.
Is there a major quality difference between them and consumer level albums? Yes of course, so at that point it really depends on how important the album quality is to you. Speaking as a wedding photographer I certainly see the value in having a professional archival quality album – but there are plenty of people who are perfectly happy using shutterly or artisan state.
Part of what you’re paying for, not just the cost of the album, is design services. I’ve actally never heard of a photographer who doesn’t allow you to select your own images for the album. That doesn’t mean they won’t include others, but that seems a little strange. I ask all of my couples to select their 30-40 favorites, and I let them know that I’ll try to get all of them in but they’ll likely see some not on their favorites list – because part of album design is telling the story of the day in a cohesive and aestheically pleasing way. The #1 reason albums that people design themselves look so bad, is because they don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to design. Again, some people are happy with that – I wouldn’t be but it’s not my album. Almost every time someone posts their DIYed album on here, I look at the layouts and cringe, but that’s because I prefer a clean and artically designed layout.
I’d at least reach out to your photographer and let them know you’d like to be invovlved in the selection process for images. Also let them know you want to proof the album layout. I can’t imagine they don’t already do that, but asking them to clarify what the process is would be a good starting point.
Post # 4
Try fizara.com — they have beautiful flush mount albums. We got a parent album in our photography package, in addition to our album (the design of which was a huge reason why our photographer caught my eye in the first place), but we needed albums for two sets of parents plus DH’s biodad. We ended up doing Fizara’s acrylic albums for both sets of parents as Christmas gifts, and giving the parent album from the photographer to his father. The pages are flush mount and archival, and the packaging is lovely.
I do agree with the PP on layman layout issues. My sister’s a graphic designer, so she was able to design both albums beautifully, with a chronological “story” (getting dressed, parent time, first look & wedding party shots, ceremony, family portraits, reception, and our late night portraits) and images geared specifically toward each side of the family. If it helps, though, she had positive things to say about Fizara’s layout software in comparison to the wizards from Shutterfly or Photobucket, and you’re able to add backgrounds colors and patterns as well. They had coupons around the holidays — we did 12×12 40-page acrylic cover albums for around $400 each. And if you need more than one of the same album, I believe there’s an automatic discount for duplicates.
Post # 5
I absolutely understand wht you mean about telling a story, and creating an album that makes sense. I have created books, albums, done graphic design, etc–so it’s hard for me to just hand this over to someone else. I was really frustrated when they told me they would be selecting the images. (Not to mention the upcharge in cost..although I KNOW they are being paid for their time, and I really do appreciate them!) they allow up to 6 photo changes. which is just appalling to me. At the price they are requesting–I was literally in tears when I looked through the “proof”. I don’t want to see my wedding through someone else’s eyes. I want to see it through mine.
The he quality of the album is incredibly important to me–and I therefore am simply looking for a solution where I can design this myself– but not skimp on quality. 🙁
Post # 6
I made my own album with the help of Shutterfly. I’m not a graphic designer, but I have good understanding of aesthetic composition. It was a very tedious project, taking me over an hour/page making each one perfect, and then redoing it over again. All together I worked on it every day for 2 months. (Knowing first hand how long it takes, I would never again rush a photographer). I upgraded the album to “storytelling”, lay-flat pages, protective finish, 12×12 large size. I paid only $150 for a 124- page album (with excellent coupons, of course). One thing for sure: nobody, I mean, NOBODY cares about my album more than me. So why would I have someone else construct it if I can do it myself? I put my heart into each page and into each shot, making a heirloom for my future children. I’ve seen professional albums, and I don’t think that mine came out any worse, only maybe a 1/10th of pro price. And if something ever happens to the album, I can reprint it again, because Shutterfly never deletes your photos and projects.
Post # 7
It hasn’t arrived yet but I used Bridebox for my wedding album they do lay flat pages on photo paper. I’ll update when I get it with the quality