Post # 1
The professional photo albums are really expensive, but so beautiful!! Its $1000 for the one we want, and the cheaper ones really arent too much cheaper. I am worried we will regret not getting one I am just wondering how many of you Bees decided to get a professional photo album from your photographer
Post # 3
We opted out of a photo album when we hired our photographer. We’re getting everything digitally so if we ever decide we want a professional one, we can hire someone at that point.
Post # 4
We haven’t had the wedding yet, but I made sure to book a good professional album. I was going to go the DIY route and make one on my own after the wedding with the disc of photos, but the past three weddings I have attended, the brides did the same thing and NEVER wound up making them. It was cheaper to order the album in the initial package than to add it on after, so I figured it would be worth it. She showed us samples of her albums and they were so gorgeous! I sure HOPE it’s worth the additional expense, it was $600!
Post # 5
We got an amazing deal with our photographer and that included a photo album. We also are getting all the digital files so if we want to create another book using more photos we can.
Post # 6
We have not ordered an album from our photographer, but we did order the high-res digital negatives. We also have a year from the wedding to get “wedding prices” on their products, albums included. I highly doubt we’ll purchase the album from them though, the cheapest one is $1,200 which I find INSANE. We’ll have the digital negatives so we can create our own wedding album.
This is really a matter of preference. Most professional albums have those super, super thick pages and are bound like a published book. They do look incrediable, but for us, we simply don’t have $1,200 to spend on a pretty picture book that will essentially sit on our coffee table. If you have the money, go for it! Otherwise, see if you can get the digital negatives and make your own version.
Post # 8
Honestly it really depends on what you want.
The album you order from your photographer will be stunning and of great quality. They aren’t expensive because we decide to charge that much, they’re expensive because they cost US a lot to produce. Not to mention the time it takes to design the albums.
Everyone thinks they have their digital files so they’re good to go. Media fails. Period. It happens. Having a professionally printed album is priceless, IMO. Heck, my parents are divorced and I still look at their wedding album (which I have).
It really boils down to what you want. You can design your own with an online company, and it will be significantly cheaper, but it will also be of lesser quality. Those books do not stand the test of time and don’t do your photos justice. That being said, some people are okay with that, and that’s fine. My theory is that you’ve already spent a pretty penny on great wedding photos, why not show them off the best they can look for years to come?
I will be getting a professional album. Obviously I am at an advantage because I can order an album myself, but even if I wasn’t a photographer, I would order one from my wedding photographer.
Post # 9
Have you considered making one yourself? I’m in the process of designing ours using iPhoto. It’s been a work in progress for about 6 months now (just because I’m lazy) but when it’s done, I think it will be really nice. So far I have about 70 pages and it’s somewhere in the vicinity of $150. I personally wouldn’t spend the $1k+ on the pro album like most photographers charge. Sure, the quality may be better but the finished albums that I’ve seen using other sources are good enough for my taste and cost a fraction of the price.
Post # 10
we are getting one because it was included in the package.. i have to narrow my photos down from 961 to 60 to fit in it.. and i will probably be a month before i see it so i dont know if it is worth it yet or if i will regret getting it.
Post # 11
As a photographer, I feel it is important to tell you a few things:
First- get the album, or plan to get the album later, from the SAME photographer!
Second- DO NOT use free services, online, etc. unless you are prepared for your most beautiful day to be printed on low quality papers.
The albums that professionals have access to, and the programs we create your albums with, are lightyears beyond anything you can find for free, or even for a small fee. If you don’t have the money now, SAVE UP and get a year or two from now!! It is totally worth it. Digital is great, but what if your disc gets scratched, or, like all technology, twenty years from now, nobody uses cd/ dvd’s anymore? Honestly, you will not regret buying one, but you will regret NOT buying one.
Hiring another photographer to do the album would mean you have to get to know someone else, they may charge you more since they didn’t take the images, and you might not like their work! If you already hired one, you are probably a great match, and your photog will appreciate working with you.
Post # 12
@asianyoushi: It will be worth it! I promise! As a photographer, I get a lot of clients who are worried about narrowing down their images to 100 or less that they LOVE, but remember, 20 years from now, you won’t care about all 900+. Actually, you probably will only care about 10-20 of them 🙂
Post # 13
@faitherfordandtom: it wasnt worth it. yes i like the album but its up on a shelf only been viewed a hand ful of times. i think since my wedding day wasnt how i planned i really dont want to look through it…
Post # 14
@asianyoushi: I’m sorry your wedding day didn’t go as planned! That probably has something to do with why you aren’t happy with your album!
Post # 15
I think it’s worth it in order to have something that will survive the internet, social media, and our hard drives (computer upgrades).
Consumer grade albums simply won’t last. Bindings tend to be glued, pages are thin and are not that durable. Print is average and typically on cardstock, not photopaper.
A professional album is designed to last for generations. Archival papers and inks are used, pages are thick and durable, and bindings are hand sewn.
Our album is a 16×16 with fold out spreads. So yes people enjoy seeing our wedding pictures, but the album is half the experience. No one has ever seen a 16×32 fold out panarama in a wedding album. It’s solid, durable and will be around for years, a true piece of art that was worth every penny.
If you are going to skimp, do it on the video. You can get basic coverage for a nominal fee, just skip the adders. We show/look at our album a lot, we watched our video twice.
Post # 16
We will be getting an album from our photographer. This was FIs decision, I would be happy with just the disc of photos we will get. Fiance wants one with the photos printed into the book and sort made into collages and things if that makes sense?