We all have things we put off because we know it’s going to take some time and research. My nemesis has been albums. I’ve never been a portrait photographer so i’ve never had to look into albums. I’ve gone to the big shows and it seems like most of the booths are albums. It’s overwhelming to me.
I’ve had a bit of help lately and still find it daunting. From my perspective the albums seem really expensive. I know they take a lot of work and for an album to last a lifetime it has to be high quality, quality costs money. I’ve done minimal research and everyone seems to like a different album company.
I’m looking into marketing more glamour and would like to shoot with an eye towards albums. I’ve looked into KISS and Finaos’. For a small page fee I’ve heard certain album companies offer soup to nuts, sounds good to me. I find the whole process so overwhelming I’ve done nothing.
I have my clients print their contact sheets at Costco and was there the other day and saw they have printed books/albums. Yes, your clients can make their albums at Costco. Most pros would be bothered by this but it doesn’t phase me, in fact I’m going to order one or two as studio knock around albums. While someone is in hair and makeup I’ll hand them one.
I spent this evening on Costco’s website to check out their navigation and templets. My thought process is they have to break down the task to it’s most basic form because it’s amateurs using the service. I have to say for the price the albums seem nice (nice, as in adequate). I mentioned they looked brand new and I imagined a ton of people had looked at them. Yes, and they had been dropped a ton too… humm
If you have kids it would make a great, “what did I do on my summer vacation” book. Hey, they’re $20. At that price I could print them as leave behinds.
I’m dipping my toe into the shallow end. I’d love to hear about some simple elegant albums to look into. Ideas anyone?4 comments