In the midst of last year’s wedding planning, Cheap Geek and I decided to forego the traditional wedding album. We figured that we wanted our money to go towards the talent rather than fancy paper and ink.
Months later, our photographer sent us his digital proofs which now grace many a Facebook page. Ads from Artisan State, a new budget photo album company, have also been gracing the Facebook feeds. I’m not sure how good the quality of the albums are but Sydney wedding photographer Sutoritera has posted a fairly positive review:
I was at first dubious. Very dubious. But as you have seen, the proof is in the pudding. Artisan State have proved themselves to be a viable solution. The product is A+. It meets the standard of an anal wedding photographer…
For the consumer, Artisan State is a very attractive low-cost photo book manufacturer…Compared to Snapfish and Apple photo books, Artisan State is in a league of its own. As I said previously, I found the print quality and paper stock to be very good. In fact, I expected a far inferior product for the price I paid. Surprisingly, my hypothesis was wrong (via ‘Artisan State Review’ by Sutoritera).
And now I am intrigued. I was planning to order 5 x 7″ prints of everything but the thought of having a coffee-table-worthy photo album that can double as a gift was just too hard to resist, especially after Artisan State threw in a 30% off promotion to sweeten the deal.
Using the company’s online design program is fairly simple, even though I’ve had to put aside half a day to upload my high-res images. I’ve opted for the Classic Leatherette 8 x 11″, which starts retailing at $80 USD plus shipping, the price of a decent pair of shoes. Hopefully everything goes okay, but if it doesn’t, no biggie; I’ve already got way too many shoes.
*There are some photographers who will not hand over their digital work unless you purchase a wedding album package.