Post # 1
I was just kind of curious as to whether or not brides would be interested in paying someone to design their “DIY” wedding albums or parent albums. I don’t have a degree in design, but I LOVED designing parent albums, and when people have seen them, thought they were very nice looking. Obviously, this wouldn’t be a replacement to photographer designed albums, because those are important and worth the money, but how about cooresponding parent albums? Obviously, I wouldn’t charge as much as a regular photographer, but they would still be professional-grade flushmount albums. Thoughts? Its a slow day at work, so I thought I would poll the hive, just because….
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
I’m confused about how you’re describing it because DIY and professional grade, both terms you use to describe your idea, are not the same in my book.
Post # 4
Hmmm I probably wouldn’t because I feel fairly competent in my own abilities to put together an album at those online sites. Would the albums be as nice as the photographers, just at a cheaper price than photogs charge? Or would it be using those online build your own album sites?
Post # 5
People make a living do albums layouts and design. Its part of what many Graphic artists do.
Post # 6
@coffeegal85: It’s not a bad idea to offer this service, however promoting it as “DIY” makes it sound cheap. As somebody mentioned, there are companies who do this, have the appropriate tools and know how to offer this service.
Post # 7
I agree with @kes18: . I am pretty good at using shutterfly or mixbook to create an album, so I wouldn’t pay someone to do what I can do myself.
Post # 8
Can you post pictures of what you’re talking about? I don’t exactly get it.
Also, if you’re paying someone, it’s not a DIY.
Post # 9
Honestly, I’ll probably never get around to it and I’ve already had my fill of diy projects. It would be nice to have someone who would give it the special touch without having to do it myself haha. If the price was right.
Post # 10
@coffeegal85: Like others have said, that’s pretty much what graphic artists do and they make a living at it.
I answered yes, not because I’d pay for this specifically, but because I’d pay someone to “DIY” something that I either couldn’t do as well or don’t have time for. Case in point: I’m an avid knitter. I wanted a large knit blanket for a friend’s baby but didn’t have time to make it/would have found it boring. I paid a friend to make one because she LOVES making baby blankets and can churn them out quick. So if I didn’t think I could do a good job with the albums or it would take too much time, I might pay someone to do it for me.
Post # 11
@mchitt329: I’m not a professional designer, as I don’t have a degree in it. But I would use Black River Imaging or Somerset to print the flush-mount album; some pro-photographers use these sites anyways. So…its DIY in terms that I’m not a professional, but “pro” in terms of print quality, I guess. Does that make sense? Maybe DIY is the wrong term…I just meant non-professional, I guess.
For example, I made my parents a 8×8 flushmount 20 spread book with leather cover for $300 or so. That price was less than what my photographers were charging, but I’m far from being a professional, as I don’t have a graphic design degree. Does that make sense?
Post # 12
i don’t have a degree in design, however, after three years of design classes in an art school, and 10 years of teaching myself- i consider myself a graphic designer. i don’t think a degree makes anyone more professional, i think talent means something too. i think you can be a self-taught professional designer, that’s all.
long story short– i wouldn’t call it DIY. you’re providing design services. you may not be a “professional” designer, but you’re still a designer. call yourself an album designer or something. if it’s something you enjoy, and something you’re good at, then go for it.
Post # 13
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Me personally? No. Other less crafty brides? Absolutely!
Post # 14
Are you just talking about putting together the layout?
Post # 15
@Westwood: Yeah, designing the layout. Going through the hundreds or thousands of wedding pictures and putting it into a cohesive, chronological album design that displays the best of the best of the wedding pictures.
@colorofmyheart: That is awesome. Maybe for me, “hobby designer” would be the correct terminology.
I just really enjoyed designing my albums and maybe would like to use my hobby to help other brides out for a fraction of a non-hobby designer price. It is just a thought….
Post # 16