Oct 24, 2010

Which Company for Printing Our Photo Guestbook?

Definition: Geek - One who is perceived to be overly obsessed with one or more things including those of intellectuality, electronics, etc.

I confess. I am totally a geek. When I get into something I research the subject until I can tell you every little thing about it. Every aspect of our wedding has been researched with geek enthusiasm and picking a company for printing our photo guestbook was no exception.

When I started doing the research I was really surprised how little information there was out there comparing different companies to each other. Don't get me wrong there are tons of reviews for a single company but that wasn't much good to me unless I had some kind of baseline to compare them to.

Then I found this amazing article:

Seriously, the guy who wrote this, Jason Dunn, out geeks me any day. (Yes that is a compliment in case you were wondering. *grin*)

Jason actually went out and created/printed the same photo book with 12 different companies so he could compare the quality. He not only reviewed each one with a rating system but made complete videos showing each book's quality.

After reading all 12 reviews and watching all the videos I had it pretty much narrowed down to two companies; Mpix and AdoramaPix. If you read my last post you already know I chose AdormaPix but let me break down my reasoning.

First here is the Mpix video from Jason's review:

And here is the AdoramaPix video:

AdoramaPix Wins:
  • Matte and slightly metallic looking photo cover (instead of Mpix glossy)
  • Thicker paper
  • Printing on spine
  • Lay flat pages/spine
We made the final decision to go with AdoramaPix after I was lucky enough to be able to see in person a book from each company that a friend had made. The one thing that really stood out that I couldn't tell from the video was the thickness of the paper. It gave the book that professional feel that the Mpix paper was lacking.

As I wait impatiently for our photo guestbook to arrive from AdormaPix I have to ask have you ever made a photobook? Which company did you use? How was your experience?

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