Wedding album through photographer

Hey Everybody!!


 


Just wanted to come on here to tell you we got our wedding album from our photographer the other day!! Unfortunately, I wasn't blown away. It's definitely nice (he even threw in a 2014 calendar!), but in hindsight, I probably could have done without it.


There's been a lot on the forums about what's worth it and what's not, etc. So I wanted to share my thoughts after waiting 8 months for our album! 


Like most of you, I wanted to splurge a little on photography. Well after researching and researching, I chose a photographer that I liked that included A LOT in his best package, all for $2500. All day coverage (I mean all day, 12 hours, working hard), two photogs, e-session, rights to photos, albums, parent albums. I thought, great! I like his work, and he showed us an album he had made which was really nice! Overall, he was a great deal. He worked really hard day of our wedding, and I love my photos. But, the album isn't great. I like the album I made myself on Shutterfly better. Obviously his is better quality, but now even on Shutterfly (or any other site) you have the options to make your pages thicker, and all these options for better quality. You might as well spend the money on an album you make and you will love. I like making those things, so I guess if you really don't have the time, having the photog include one is still good. But I love doing photo collages, scrapbooking, and photobooks, so I wish I would have spent less on the photography "package" and more on finding my absolute fav photographer. 


I turned down a lot of my favorite photographers because their packages didn't include much, and were still more expensive than what I wanted to pay. One of my favorites charged $2800 just for their 8 hour time frame, and maybe rights to photos. I didn't even give them a chance because I thought it wasn't "worth it." Who knows?


My point is, if a wedding album from a photographer will run you $500 or so (even if it's included in their package, ask if they will give you a better deal and not include the album!) Or ask to see EXACTLY what your album will look like, not one that is 'extra' in the long run. And if you are planning on splurging, find the photographer that you REALLY LOVE, regardless of what is included in their package. Their time and rights to photos are what is most important.


That is something I wish I would have at least considered when I was researching vendors and photographers. 


Sorry for the long post!!


 


 

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:13 am
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MnP2013
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WOW im sorry you arent pleased with the album! at least you have others you love. thank you so much for the advice!

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:45 am
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This is great advice for our future brides Elise and I totally agree with you! I wish we would have gotten the photographer I fell in love with too! Sorry you didn't like your album, but you were one gorgeous bride!

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:49 am
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Thanks for the great advice. I am sorry that you are not blown away but I know when you get finish with them they will be perfect. I agree I am going for the photographer I am in love with that is giving me 8 hours and a engagement session.

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 4:53 am
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I'm sorry you were disappointed with your album. You were a beautiful bride. I have chosen a photographer that is almost as expensive as our venue. I have looked at others and even tried to talk myself into others because they are cheaper but for $3500 we get a package that includes photography and videography. Their work is amazing and no matter how many others I look at I keep going back to theirs. This is what we get:


Engagement session with proof box


Custom Bridal Session


Complimentary Boudoir Session


No time limit on wedding day


2 photographers


Images on high res CD with full release


Online for viewing and ordering


8x8 hardcover book


wallet prints for guests


Slideshow on DVD (PHOTOS)


Crane and Slider for movie effects


4 DVDS (VIDEO)


Unlimited wedding day coverage (video)


3 camera coverage (video)


LOVE Story full movie


Professionally edited ceremony


This is our "no regrets" coverage.


 

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 11:48 am
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Sorry about your disappointment. That is really sad to hear. I will be keeping your advice to heart when I start my photographer search. 

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:19 pm
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I'm sorry Elise.  I know exactly where you are coming from though and really appreciate your input.  


Never apologize for a long post that is filled with useful information or your true feelings. I know I have had some lengthy posts before and you all have been so sweet about it.


Sorry about your album hon. 

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 1:52 am
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Awww I'm sorry Elise that's awful. At least you have the shutterfly one. If you want to make a big one we will be using this site, artifact uprising. The books are bit more expensive but I think they look worth it.

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:04 am
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Great post Elise, and a very good point! I agree completely!

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 2:10 am

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