mellissamarie
Super July 2010

Boudoir photo album? Question and advice...?

mellissamarie, on June 8, 2010 at 11:46 AM Posted in Planning 0 15
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I had my heart set on doing a boudoir shoot for FH. However, I am seriously cutting close on time.

There's a photographer I'd like to contact that lives about 2 hours out from where I'm at, and though her prices are very reasonable, they do not include an album, just individual prints (which I really dont need- or if anything I'd only want a couple), and you have to buy her largest package to get the album. Howver, she gives you the rights to the photos. Do you think that's something that a company like snapfish would make an album for me of? Or not because of the type of photography?

Has anyone done this? Or if I can find a different photographer, how long did it take you to get your finished album, or pictures? Or any advice in general you have regarding this would be wonderful!

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Latest activity by Carol, on October 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM
  • Analy aka T-waffle
    Master October 2009
    Analy aka T-waffle ·
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    You can make your own album. You can do it on blurb.com or any other site. You could also have the photos printed from her cd and use something like a scrapbook with blank pages to mount them.

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  • kelseyj
    VIP August 2010
    kelseyj ·
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    Maybe talk to her and see if you can get an album included in that package you want? sometimes they have thing ala carte... If not I've heard of women getting a nice box and then putting just loose prints in there that's really cute!!!

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  • kelseyj
    VIP August 2010
    kelseyj ·
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    OH and i just got mind taken last week and she said in about two weeks she'll have them ready and then she'll send me a link to my gallery. she said i should get the album in order ASAP cuz i'll be cutting it close... I don't know about snapfish or anything like that though.... Not sure how much control the photographer has over how quickly the album is made because I think most send them out to a company to be printed...

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  • Matt Potvin
    Matt Potvin ·
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    About two weeks for your photographer to get them ready sounds about right for a boudoir shoot. You can get a professionally bound album turned around in about that much time as well. I will sometimes use my printing company's album design services if I'm hammered with work. That two weeks takes into account a couple proofing PDF's back and forth.

    Like Analy said, Blurb will do it, they might need proof that you are legal, and you'll likely need the release letter from your photographer.

    MPIX would be a step up over Blurb, and a bit more expensive. It'll be better paper (archival grade - after all you really want your great grandkids seeing you in your birthday suit!) better binding, better print quality, etc.

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  • David Zhang
    David Zhang ·
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    If possible, I will suggest that you order a professional album from the photographer that you are working with. Blurb has better quality than Snapfish. MPIX is a step up than Blurb. But they are no match to professional albums in terms of quality and durability. You will be happy with the investment of a high quality album.

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  • Jennifer Polixenni Brankin
    Jennifer Polixenni Brankin ·
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    You say her prices are "reasonable" what are we talking about here? Is it really that "unreasonable" to pay a little more, to get what you want? Also if you are cutting it close are you seriously going to have time to make your own album?

    I know with my clients if I am making the album, I will take extra care with details, retouching and my magazine layout skills will produce a top quality finished product.

    Since she's the professional, I'd let her do it.

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  • jlam
    Master August 2011
    jlam ·
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    Obviously first choice is go professional on the album. But if you don't have the time or option, it won't take you that long to put one together on blurb or something. They have simple formats that you drag and drop pictures. If you don't want to go that route you can purchase a nice album and slide the pics in. Contact the photographer ASAP (like tomorrow!) to see if she is willing to customize the package for you and see if it's even possible to get everything done in time.

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  • Beata Ksel
    Beata Ksel ·
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    Go with pro! She will take care about your album. Doing it yourself can be tricky and not really cost efficient (in this matter every mistake will be costly- you will pay for something you are not happy with). Especially with this kind of photography good, professional finish can make big difference. Order smaller album but do it right!

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  • Rebecca Breanne
    Rebecca Breanne ·
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    Mpix.com Smiley winking they are great and customer service is amazing. Goodluck!

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  • P
    Dedicated May 2011
    P ·
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    Use www.mypublisher.com - download the software free and you assemble the book from the photos you have on a disc or your hard drive. It is simple. There should not be any issues unless your photos are lewd...and I doubt that.

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  • mellissamarie
    Super July 2010
    mellissamarie ·
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    Thanks for all the advice- I actually found another gal in my area who will do them and the album within the time frame I need.

    @Poli- I wasnt meaning to say that the cost of the album was unreasonable. Her session prices were decent, however you had to go up to her 8th option (over $2000) to get the album included, where I would much rather just have an album and skip all the other things she was including. (And I didnt really need 6 outfit changes, lots of loose pictures and all that jazz...).

    I was stating that if I own the rights to the photographs, would it be possible to have an album put together elsewhere in that time frame, because I am not intersted in spending that much on her larger package (I would rather invest that money in a second, more practical gift for him- read: snowblower). However I have solved my issue, in finding a photographer who is willing to put together exactly what I want fairly reasonably, in the time frame I am under

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  • David
    Just Said Yes December 1997
    David ·
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    I investigated this subject a while ago and posted my findings in printing boudoir photographs

    As a photographer myself, getting the rights to the images sounds like a *very* good deal - providing these are *edited* versions of the best pictures. If you are just getting a copy of all the photos from the shoot, then it is less good; it suggests that the photographer doesn't care what goes out.

    The ease/price with which you can get quality prints/books done yourself via the internet is fantastic though.

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  • A
    Just Said Yes September 2010
    Angelica ·
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    Another great place to do online publishing is through Heritage Makers. They have a ton of art work that you can use to customize your albums and you can have the option of several sizes of albums, covers (ex: chipboard vs leather bound with dust jacket) and also create your own canvas prints. There is no limit to how many pictures you can include and it includes editing options (good ones too). There's a monthly fee to use their software, but it's like $20 the cost of the product you create. They do all the printing for you and then ship you your book. You can order multiples and get buy-more save-more discounts. Good luck everyone!

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  • Stacie Frazier
    Stacie Frazier ·
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    I totally agree with David Z. on this. The album companies that are available to photographers only are far superior in quality. Glad to hear you found a photographer who can do this for you Melissa! It will be so worth it! And, enjoy your shoot! :-)

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  • Carol
    Just Said Yes October 2012
    Carol ·
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    My photographer suggested to use My Bridal Pix - http://mybridalpix.com/blog/boudoir-book-the-best-grooms-gift-ever/. They have the "real" pro quality albums and sell direct to the public. They also have free boudoir book templates so it was super easy to use their software and layout my book...it really turned out looking professional and my husband loved it!

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