I am super excited! I spent HOURS customizing this thing and I think its beautiful. I went through Mixbook.com per my photographers recommendation. Does anyone have experience with them, or did you get your album through a different source? What was your experience/price point?
The thing of it is, I'm nervous about the quality. (You get what you pay for.) And not only that, but I feel as though I should go through my photographer and have her design the photo book would be roughly twice the cost. Plus, I am sure she, along with my other small business owners, would appreciate the income right now. Thoughts?
I think it depends on what you want and can afford.
We created our own album through Shutterfly on a sale, and we're very pleased with it. We also made it ... um... massive? and it would likely have cost way more than we could afford to have it done professionally.
It's always worth reaching out to ask if she could give you a quote, though!
Then, you'll have an idea of what your options are.
I print pictures through mpix.com and then physically add them to an album that I had custom carved out of wood. I used them for a about hundred pictures in my phone and some wall art got out home to test it out. All first orders are 25% off so that’ll save you quite a bit of money. They print in a range of sizes and materials. I had an excellent experience with them.
I’m planning on using Shutterfly as well. Several family members have used them on different special occasions and the quality of books and albums is impressive. I plan on a special album of our wedding pictures once we get all taken....some were our wedding, some more will be taken at our beach destination wedding location at sunset which was cancelled, but beaches should open soon or whenever the governor says so, and the deposit was non refundable, so using it for casual and formal photographs. I like the idea of putting together our own album. I’m sure whatever you decide, you will love it.
Following. I created an album for my parents via Shutterfly - i actually used their professional service to create it for me - but am waiting to see the quality of it before making a wedding album for us.
Following this too. I'm a photographer , so am super picky about photos, but I haven't ordered a photo book or album in forever. I've probably tested 15 different photo printing companies over the years (for prints, not necessarily specialty products) and have found that a lot of the consumer oriented brands do a poor job of consistent color reproduction, sharpness, and exposure. I've never been impressed with Shutterfly products, for example.
Our photographer's albums are gorgeous but start at $1000 and I was really hoping to keep the cost closer to a few hundred, so have quite a bit of research to do. If the album she showed us was $500, I would hands down pay her and not bother to DIY myself but $1000 is a bit steep. Because I have photo skills I'm convinced that if I find the right printer, I can do a good job with the layout and soft-proofing myself and the product will come out nice. I've looked into a few companies that produce "layflat" albums but haven't ordered from them before. Milk Books and Artifact Uprising both look interesting. I have ordered books from Blurb before and was impressed with the quality for a basic paperback photo book (and found their software easy to use) but have yet to see one of their higher end albums.
I'd definitely love to see any examples that other couples have of their printed albums!