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 each 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 AdoramaPix, but let me break down my reasoning.
First, here is the Mpix video from Jason’s review:
And here is the AdoramaPix video:
- 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 photo book? Which company did you use? How was your experience?