wedding albums - why so expensive?!

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Found 18th Apr
Looking at photographers at the moment, some offer a disc only package, but as soon as it jumps up to an album included it's a good 3-500 more... why is this? I can go online and create an amazing leather bound album for £50 (if I want a good quality one) whats the difference? It seems mad! Any photographers, feel free to weigh in!

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You are paying someone else to do it for you. They will also likely do a better job of it too.

​still not worth 3 500 tho

You are paying for the photographers time plus materials. Do you expect them to work for free?

It takes ages. What do you value your time at? Sort, edit, title, plan, arrange, check over, order, pick up, check, deliver.

AS above says - you are paying for , hopefully, a professional photographer. I have friends who hired friends to take their wedding photos which turned out to be very poor, framing, focus etc. They had to hire a professional photographer to re-shoot the following day but obviously it was only photos of the couple. Some of what photographers charge is eye watering so you may want to agree what you are paying for and what you will receive beforehand. Some retain copyright to all the photos and will only provide as many as are paid for. Better to agree a fixed price where you will be supplied the photos on disc or sd card so you can print or have printer at any time that I suppose is why it is not going to be cheap as they will want to recoup money if you are going to get them printed cheaper elsewhere.

With anything wedding related the price goes up quite significantly. However if you feel doing it yourselves is more beneficial for yourself just do that. The photographer album will always come out 10x better though as they can edit pictures, layouts, Photoshopping and effects better than a standard do it yourselves album.

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cdm22

You are paying someone else to do it for you. They will also likely do a … You are paying someone else to do it for you. They will also likely do a better job of it too.



Oh absolutely, it's just.. is it worth a few hundred pound? I just wondered if I was missing something!

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LizzyUK

You are paying for the photographers time plus materials. Do you expect … You are paying for the photographers time plus materials. Do you expect them to work for free?



No of course not! That's not what I'm saying. I value their time etc. There's just a huge jump when you add on albums. I'm more asking if there's such a huge difference it's worth just not getting it to do myself - not to question their business ethics.

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fiqqer

AS above says - you are paying for , hopefully, a professional … AS above says - you are paying for , hopefully, a professional photographer. I have friends who hired friends to take their wedding photos which turned out to be very poor, framing, focus etc. They had to hire a professional photographer to re-shoot the following day but obviously it was only photos of the couple. Some of what photographers charge is eye watering so you may want to agree what you are paying for and what you will receive beforehand. Some retain copyright to all the photos and will only provide as many as are paid for. Better to agree a fixed price where you will be supplied the photos on disc or sd card so you can print or have printer at any time that I suppose is why it is not going to be cheap as they will want to recoup money if you are going to get them printed cheaper elsewhere.



I would never hire a friend. This photographer is wonderful and twice the price of most, but it shows in his work. It's just the album I was asking about really. He can supply the edited retouched photos to us for us to do with as we please. This is just a "package addition" thank you for your reply

do yourself it takes time but it be fun eh?

Rip off merchants. Yes it does cost for someone's time but 500 quid is a bit too much. in today's digital age outlay doesnt cost them that much.
Edited by: "philhib1964" 18th Apr

why not put disposable cameras on the tables for people to hand in afterwards..

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Dawsy

why not put disposable cameras on the tables for people to hand in … why not put disposable cameras on the tables for people to hand in afterwards..



Nah I definitely want a photographer, definitely worth the money. Just the album I'm deliberating

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philhib1964

Rip off merchants. Yes it does cost for someone's time but 500 quid is a … Rip off merchants. Yes it does cost for someone's time but 500 quid is a bit too much. in today's digital age outlay doesnt cost them that much.



See this is what I thought... I get it. I appreciate it take time and effort but I just don't think it's THAT much... thanks guys. Think I annoyed some people, I really just wondered if I was missing something major I hadn't thought off. Disc only option it is

Listen to all saying you're paying for their time, materials, expertise etc lol drop me out it's a rip off like anything else to do with weddings are.

Dawsy

why not put disposable cameras on the tables for people to hand in … why not put disposable cameras on the tables for people to hand in afterwards..



Hehe, I did that, as well as the professional! I got lots of pictures of fire extinguishers and chairs! Think the kids got hold of them!!

It's not the materials for the photographer it's more to do with the time spent in putting the photos into the portal that they use which does include the toing and froing between you and and the photographer with photos are suitable for the wedding album. Some use Graphistudio and they have a variety of albums, sizes and styles to choose from. The photos are uploaded by the photographer to a virtual wedding album. I've suggested changes to certain photos' positioning and changing of frames etc and have been told that they're only allowed certain amount of changes and then it's £50 for every change thereafter. I expect this comes out of the extra £ that you debate but we were one change away from the photographer incurring this charge.

On another note... make sure you get the raw format images as well as the jpegs as this is what you'll need if you're unhappy with the final finishing on the photos you get digitally from your photographer.

Everyone's got to eat. It is pricey, It's one of those jobs where they spend little time looking like they are doing work by after they will be busy working on it. At the end of the year they need to show a profit to.

Surprised the disc isn't dearer, if you have that (unless watermarked!!) then you have unlimited reprints
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