Are you considering purchasing an album after your wedding? See my comparison between two different level professional albums and a generic online order album before you make your purchase! Why get an album in today's online world? Don't let your investment sit on a flash drive in a drawer. Professional images look even more amazing in print! Your friends and family will enjoy them for generations to come when they are printed on archival paper. They should be preserved and not lost or discolored/faded with time. You really do have to see them in person to get the full effect, but I did my best to show the importance of a professionally printed album. Check out the print comparison I also did here: The Print Project
1. The HLP Custom Hard Cover Album
This album is custom designed by me. 100 pages of thick archival paper that lays flat for a panorama view. The paper makes the book feel substantial. The paper is smooth and flawless to really showcase your images. The cover is embossed leather but also can come in many custom leather colors. Choose rounded or square corner pages! It's the kind of book that you want to leave on out on your table. It says, open me!!
2. The HLP Budget Friendly Professional Album!
This album is also printed on archival print paper, opens like a bound book and is put together directly by you through your online gallery. Super easy to put together through set templates and drag/drop tools. This book is finished with a fun photo cover. Perfect for anyone on a budget and great for gifts! The paper isn't as thick as the custom album but it will still preserve your memories in detail.
3. The Online Ordered Generic Album
I ordered this sample from MixBook to get an idea of what was out there. I had already seen Snapfish's version. It was such poor quality that I instantly threw it in the trash. The colors were over saturated, the pictures were lacking clarity, and the paper was wrinkly. The difference between a professional album and a generic online ordered album is literally night and day. You have to see it for yourself. Why not? You can order a snapfish album for $20! The Mixbook album was the most expensive online album I could find at $65 on sale. The pictures are again lacking clarity, color correction, and the book cover is already ripping. Take a look at how thin it is! The photo paper is very lightweight. When you open the book, the binding makes cheap cracking sounds. I'm most interested in fade over time. For a longer experiment, I'll have to keep it in a closet and open it back up in a few years.
Check out my print comparison experiment also! Preserve your art!
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