(Closed) Why should I buy an expensive wedding photo album?

posted 11 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Its really up to you and what you decide to do. The photo albums photographers make( with pictures printed directly on the hard pages) are actually very expensive to make. Our photographer actually told us she does not mark those up at all. She sells them to us at the price they cost her. Having a photo album like this is very important to me. If you do not need one, I say do what you want. It is not possible to match the quality of photo album yourself though. Most companies that produce these albums only supply to professional photographers.

Post # 19
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7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

My photographer included them in her package, so I’m not sure if you can use them as an individual.  I’m totally thrilled, though!

Post # 20
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Hey guys!  You all made some really great points.  I am a professional wedding photographer who just got married myself and I KNOW how expensive it all gets to be!  I paid my photographer $4,000 and walked away with nothing but the disc.  Now on top of that, I’m having to lay out my own album… which luckily I have the software, design experience, and access to the best printers in the world.  On top of laying it out myself, I will be spending another $800-$900 (that’s just cost!) on a Queensberry album… it’s like a digital flush-mount married a classic matted album.  GORGEOUS!!!  I get to design my entire layout and they cut the matts to suite… vs. pre-cut standard (and somewhat boring) mats/layouts. But photographs are what I value, so for me it’s worth it.

If I was selling this album, I would charge my time in layout plus the value of the book.  A 40 page album usually takes me about 16-20 hours for a digital flush-mount and about 10 for a matted flushmount… but I’m one of those photographers that really cares.  So I end up adding another $600 for my design time… which is $30 an hour… standard for most trades-people.  Nobody else gives their time for free… why should photographers?

I know people say they don’t want to spend much on an album, but what’s the one thing you’d run back into a burning house to get?  Photographs!!  They are irreplacable once lost!  And that’s why I LOVE LOVE LOVE what I do!!

Post # 21
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Newbee

I think one thing we need to make sure is clear in this discussion is the difference between an album you make yourself from prints – where you physically  add the photos to the album, and the album your photographer gets printed, which is printed directly on the pages – because these are very different.

 

On top of that, the albums you can order through your photograph vary widely as well.  There are some that are more like nice paperback books, there are some that are like nice hardback books, there are some that lay-flat, but are not super thick, and then there are the flush mount albums, which are by far the most expensive.  None of these are cheap, though, if you want the high quality printing, the archival paper, etc. and they cost the photograph a lot in both time and money to design and get printed – or to pay someone else to design.  The flush mount albums start in the mid-hundreds as a base cost for very few pages (something like 10), and the more pages you add, the more expensive it gets and the longer it takes.  Photographers do not make much from albums usually, but you have to look at what they are offering and decide if it is worth it to you.  Do keep in mind though, that they are very expensive to begin with for a quality album that will really last.  They are also exquisite.

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