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Comparing Professional Photo Albums


At Zookbinders, we manufacture four distinctly different professional photo albums for photographers. When visiting our website, Zookbinders.com, you’ll see the different album types; Zook Book, Lustre Book, EZ Book, and the very unique Bon a Vie album listed under product types. To help figure out which album is right for your event or photo session we’ll do a professional photo album comparison. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the Lustre Book and The EZ Book. 

Premium Professional Albums  

Historically Zookbinders has created albums printed on professional photographic paper. The prints are attached to a substrate to create a flush-mount photo album with thick pages. The Zook Book, Lustre Book book, and Bon A Vie all have this substrate and the mounted pages. 

Once the block of mounted spreads is ready, it is attached to the album cover via end sheets. This construction creates a premium professional album that is perfect for weddings, events, portrait sessions, and more.

Something for Everyone

A few years ago Zookbinders introduced a new product – the EZ Book.  Due to high demand, we wanted to offer a professional photo album at a lower starting price.  In addition, we also wanted to have an album that could easily be added to portrait packages and wedding collections as a sign-in photo book or parent album. 

With their thinner profile, the EZ Book doesn’t overshadow the main album. Undoubtedly, EZ Books works well for senior sessions, baby or newborn albums, family sessions, and smaller events like anniversary parties.

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The EZ Book is constructed of photographic prints attached back-to-back. Its simplicity keeps it at a very economical price point.

What’s the Difference? 

At first glance the Lustre Book, which comes with a photo wrap cover, looks similar to the EZ Book, however, there are some big differences.

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Comparing the EZ Book and the Lustre Book side by side, it’s easy to see one of the biggest differences between the two products. The Lustre Book has thicker pages because the photographic prints are mounted to a substrate.

If you log into your Zookie Pro account and review the catalog with the pricing calculator you’ll notice that the EZ Book and Lustre Book have noticeably different starting prices. Although they appear similar, as you can see for the initial investment,  they are quite different and suitable for different types.

Let’s Compare

The Lustre Book

A lay-flat album printed on professional photographic paper.
Prints are mounted to a cardstock substrate.
Pages have a white core and are about the thickness of a dime.


  • 7 Cover Options
    Photo Wrap, Canvas Wrap, Leather Spine & Photo, Full Leather, Cameo, Splash Cameo, Acrylic
  • 5 Sizes
    12×12, 10×10, 8×8, 6×6* and 4×4**
  • Sturdy Pages that are 1/32nd”
    Upgrade to 1/16th” Thick Pages
  • 6 Imprinting Choices
    Gold, Silver, black, rose Gold, Copper, and Branded without Foil
  • 3 Imprinting Locations
    Lower Right, Center, or Spine
  • 3 Paper Choices
    Lustre, Glossy, or Metallic
  • Packaging
    Gray Linen Box with Tissue or A Silk Pouch*Available as a replica. **Available as a replica set with an 8×8.


EZ Book

Photographic prints are mounted back to back.
A photo wrap cover completes this versatile album with a slim profile.


  • 1 Cover Option
    Photo Wrap
  • 3 Sizes,
    12×12, 10×10, 8×8, 6×6* 
  • Thin, Lay Flat Pages
    Photographic Prints Attached Back to Back
    No Substrate
  • 2 Un-coated Photographic Paper
    Upgrade to Luster or Glossy UV Coating
  • Imprinting
  • Packaging
    Shrink Wrap
    Upgrade to Gray Linen Box & Tissue*Available as a replica.


Comparing these two photo albums for professional photographers side by side makes it easier to highlight the differences.


Choosing the Right Products

There is certainly an album out there for everyone. A wedding with 200 guests at a Country Club needs something a bit more elevated than that simple EZ Book. A B’nai Mitzvah for sibling besties at a premium event space might need an acrylic cover to make the right impression. Therefore, the Lustre Book is a great choice for these events!

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The premium details of this Lustre Book with a leather spine and canvas photo cover, make it a great choice for the Bar Mitzvah.

Need copies of a high school senior’s album for grandparents? Looking for a cost-effective album to add to mini-sessions? Want to add a sign-in book to your wedding collections? For these needs, The EZ book has the quality and simplicity to show off your images. 

Are you interested in comparing other products or would like help getting started with our products and services? Set up an appointment HERE to speak with one of our album experts.   

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Maureen Miller CPP

Contributor to Marketing & Client Experience at Zookbinders. Professional photographer for 25+ years. An advocate for making money and doing what you love. My motto, ”Photography is a BIG DEAL!”

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