I’ve been there myself: Your band has been working on this album for years. It’s taken countless hours and dollars to make this thing happen. And now it’s finally here, and you folks haven’t come to any sort of agreement on what the cover’s going to be.
If I have one suggestion, it’s that you don’t let this be an afterthought. It’s one of the most important parts, whether you believe it or not. It’s one more thing that can hook in a new listener. The tone can be set before the needle hits the groove of your record.
That’s just an opinion, and I’ve seen some bands get away with using a photo they took on their phone. There’s a reason that those people got away with it though: Simply put, it worked. The image let people know what they were in for and it gave the audience an immediate sense that this is something they want to listen to.
Long term (ideally), your band’s catalog will have an impact that stretches longer than you. It will be the monument that people will stumble on one day, and if that’s the case, why not set them up for a pleasant surprise?
I can do it all for you, or I can help find you the right person who can.