During a recent staff meeting, we discussed how it's been a few years since our church came out with a photo directory and how this may be a good project for the coming year.
One question that came up is whether it's better to try to produce one in-house or if we should hire a company to do this. We've used an outside company in the past, but we're wondering if it would be easier or more convenient for members if they could just submit their own photos or if we just took photos ourselves instead of trying to fit everyone into a schedule (we had a few problems with that last time we did this). The upside of hiring pros is that some of the families buy the photos from the company for family portraits/Christmas cards.
Does anyone have any thoughts about this? Have any of you produced your own directories and if so, how did it go?
Side note: I know that the CRC's Bridge App gives members access to an online directory where they can upload their own photos, but this project would be for a printed directory.