Jesse and I are approaching our two year anniversary but I have only recently (finally!) made a wedding album. Our wedding photographer was set on selling us the traditional, puffy, white-leather-ish albums, which a) aren't for me and b) STARTED at $500. No, thank you. I knew there must be a way I could make an album that was less expensive and more my style.
So I started doing research on where I could build my own photobook online. Reviewers said that Snapfish's photo albums were too grainy. Pinhole Press looked good but was pretty expensive. I settled on My Publisher. It seemed well reviewed, easy to use, and reasonably priced (I found a bunch of coupons online).
I pored through my wedding pictures, uploaded them to My Publisher's tool, and a week later, I had my book in hand. Super easy.
When you work on your book, My Publisher's tool allows you to choose how many photos go on each page, what size they are, etc. Here are a few examples of mixing and matching our favorite pictures:
The paper is thick and feels substantial (AKA I don't have to look on in panic as people turn the pages)...
I have a few pages that are full page photos, but the rest are mostly a collage. I love it.
I ponied up a few extra dollars to get the "lay flat paper" (they had a special running). It makes a difference when looking through the pictures, as you can see:
All in all, I am pretty excited about this. So excited that I ordered one for my mom and godmother, too. The price was right, the photos came out beautifully, and it is all designed exactly how I wanted it. If I had to choose a downside, it would be that I'm not sure how sturdy this thing is. Even though the paper is thick, I still worry about messing up the dust jacket or tearing a page somehow. Will it last forever ever? It may - and if it doesn't, My Publisher has this one stored so I can order another one. Speaking of ordering another one, if you are thinking about making one for yourself, be sure to look online for discount codes or sign up for their emails. My Publisher has coupons aplenty.
What did you do for a photo album? Did you go traditional? Try something different? Or are you still sitting on your wedding photos like I was until recently? Jaisa had THE MOST amazing wedding photographer and I can't wait to see what she does with her pictures. Until then, stay homey!