Your range of service doesn't need to end with posting images online. In addition to the traditional wedding album options, bound printed albums and spiral-bound proof books appeal to many photographers as well as to brides and grooms. Virtually all the major online photo labs offer printed books, and many labs utilize the ROES (Remote Order Entry System) application to easily upload your images for processing. Some popular options available to wedding photographers include:
► MyPublisher (www.mypublisher.com). Affordable album. Download the template software and begin creating a product in minutes. Hardcover books, pocketbooks, calendars, postcards, and greeting cards are all available.
► Shutterfly (www.shutterfly.com). Shutterfly offers books, greeting cards and postcards, announcements, puzzles, and myriad photo products to make your images shine.
► White House Custom Color (www.whcc.com). Using the ROES software to upload an entire wedding for a variety of proof book and album selections has never been easier.
► Pictage (www.pictage.com). As a complete online home for the wedding photographer, Pictage offers Web site and gallery hosting, prints, wedding album creation, and many new products to showcase your work. A free photographer success DVD is available online.
► Collages.net (www.collages.net). The ROES software makes uploading your images a snap for ordering high-end greeting cards, press-printed books, prints, and DVD slide-shows.
► AsukaBook (www.asukabook.com). AsukaBook offers a wide variety of hardcover printed wedding albums in a range of sizes and finishes. The process involves creating the pages in Photoshop by using the company's blank templates, creating a PDF file, and then uploading the file for printing.
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As a wedding photographer, you spend a lot of your time focusing on the business side of it. You want to provide your clients with the most beautiful pictures and you want to turn a profit for yourself. Beyond that, though, you should think about some other things. For example, as a photographer, you should know why someone should hire you over having his or her Uncle Vinny take charge of the photographs themselves.