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Aloha!Is there any intention on creating a Questionnaire option that can be linked to the contract? I tried Honeybook out a few years ago and switched to ShootProof because it’s user friendly (this sentiment has been echoed by many of my friends). However, that’s one area where I see that Honeybook has a leg up. Being able to send questionnaires would be a huge help. I searched through the community posts and saw an answer to this question from 2 years ago, but the resolution given no longer seems to work.
‘Tis the Season of Giving… so why not make the most of it and offer your clients some great gift ideas?Over the course of a year, we hear photographers ask the same question over and over again: “How can I boost my income?” Well, one important factor to consider is timing. And there’s no better time than over the glorious holiday season! One of the easiest ways for a photographer to boost their income requires almost no effort at all! By connecting the Print Store to your galleries, clients have the option to go in and purchase products directly, using the images from the gallery. This is ideal if you are typically a digitals only type of photographer, or if you’ve already sold the client on prints. for example (once their purchase of prints has been made, you have the option of switching from the traditional store to the print store where they can purchase things like photo mugs, blankets and pillowcases for example!) You get 20% of the sales made from the print store… and considerin
Photo Aspect Ratio: This is What You Need to KnowTip of the Week
What the heck is aspect ratio? We’ve got the answers that will help you explain different crops to your clients and avoid confusion!Why Does Your Photography Aspect Ratio Matter?When it comes to the technical aspects of photography and your camera, there are many little things that can make a big difference. One of those things is aspect ratio for photography. But how do you even know which aspect ratio is the right one for you to use in your camera?We’ll break down the most common aspect ratios, why they are important, and how to decide on which aspect ratio to use for your photography.Photo by Morgan CaddellWhat is Photo Aspect Ratio?Let’s start by defining aspect ratio. Aspect ratio is something that many photographers are taught about, but not many can actually figure out how to put it into words. The aspect ratio describes the relationship between your pictures and height with two numbers separated by a colon. There are many commonly used aspect ratios that can help to aesthetical
To Print This Image as an 8x10 It Needs a Wider MarginDid you know that you can replace files once a client has ordered a print product? This feature is one of the ways that clients receive a better experience and product when ordering through me. When they place their order, I go into Shootproof to approve their order. Sometimes, they will have chosen a crop factor that doesn’t go well with the way that I delivered the photo. This most often happens when they order an 8x10 as they lose a portion of the photo on each horizontal edge. In this case, I hop back into LR and more often than not, I can recrop the image to 8x10 and keep the important portions of the photo that would have been cropped out on the original order. I then swap in that file for the one they ordered and the client receives a perfectly fitted image!
Custom Trigger-Based Email Campaigns use email templates written by you that are scheduled to send a certain number of days before or after certain gallery trigger dates, like Expiration Date, Gallery Release Date, or Order Due date. If you’re prefer to learn how to do this by watching the video tutorial, click here!1. Go to Studio > Email > Campaigns2. Choose Custom Trigger-Based Campaign3. Click "New Email Campaign" and give it a name (such as "Wedding Campaign" or "Newborn Client Campaign")4. Select the following:Email template - choose the template you'd like sentTrigger Type - tell the system know when to send the emailTrigger Days - choose the number of days for the trigger aboveAudience - select who will receive the email(such as "all visitors to a gallery")5. Create!6. Click "More Actions" and then “Add Email” to repeat the above steps for every email you'd like sent7. Click "Assign to Gallery" to activate the email campaign on selected galleries
Customizing your gallery in ShootProof means that your clients get exactly what you need them to and you run your business in a way that fits you best!One of the great things about ShootProof is the ability to tailor your gallery settings to fit the unique needs and offerings of your business. This week’s tip is to do just that → Customize Your Gallery. Check out these tutorials and use them to set your galleries up for success! Let us show you how to:Customize your gallery appearance Customize your gallery access and privacy Create a gallery preset Set-up pre-release mode for weddings and events Assign special permissions to your linked contactFollow this link for all the how-to information!
From shot lists to contracts to poses to timelines, we have you covered with ALL the wedding photography tips you’ll ever need!Tips for Preparing for Wedding Photography: Do Your Research Before Photographing the Wedding Day Research the Venue Ahead of TimeLook into what the venue looks like before you photograph the wedding day. You will want to know the best photography locations at the specific venue that you are going to shoot at. If you can, set up some time with the venue and/or with the couple to do a walkthrough of the space. If not, take a look at photos that have been shot at the venue online.Scouting the VenueOne thing that you can do to scope out the space at a venue is also to “scout” it on Google Maps. If you can’t get there in person…Continue reading these amazing tips and more here on the Shootproof blog.
Enabling your clients to use discounts and promo codes can easily encourage sales through ShootProof. Discount codes are a great way to customize your sales experience for your clients and this week’s ShootProof webinar is all about creating and using codes! What you’ll learn: How discounts and promos help incentivize sales How to create discount/promo codes Walkthrough of how to redeem discountsClick here to register!
Albums are folders or groups of photos within a gallery.You can have as many albums in a gallery as you would like, and you can create albums up to four levels deep. Each album can have an individual password if you'd like (you'll set this by clicking the Actions button in that album's view), though all other settings (shopping cart, gallery theme, etc) are determined at the gallery level.Albums are a great way to organize photos for gallery visitors. Want to know more? Check out this blog post by the Shootproof team!
What’s the difference between an engagement session and pre-wedding photos? Learn about this unique session type and how to market it to your clients!What’s a Pre-Wedding Photo Session? Pre-wedding pictures are a lot like engagement sessions. They take place before the wedding day, and they feature a couple in love! So what makes these photos different?A pre-wedding shoot takes place any time before a couple’s wedding date—even the day before! These sessions are not focused on ring shots, proposal recreations, or getting a picture for a newspaper announcement. Pre-wedding pictures are perfect for crafting themed images that can hang in the couple’s home for years to come.With a pre-wedding shoot, your couple can celebrate their love story before they officially tie the knot!Read more about how to market a pre wedding shoot here!
Vendor referrals can take your business from bland to booming! Our pro shares how to get more clients by building a rapport with the wedding planner.A whopping 85% of wedding planner Chandani Chandekar’s clients ask her to recommend a photographer. In the fiercely competitive markets of Chicago, Illinois, and Washington, D.C., getting on Chandani’s preferred photographer list could mean the difference between a slow calendar and one that’s bursting at the seams. We asked Chandani how she decides which photographers deserve glowing reviews – and which ones she’ll never ever refer again.Keep reading to learn Chandani’s top photographer qualifications . . .Chandani Chandekar Tells All → The top three things I look for in a photographer are:The quality of their work and products. A good match between the photographer’s personality and the couple’s. I want to ensure that it’s an enjoyable experience for my clients.…. To continue reading, hop on over to the Shootproof blog!
Personalization helps your clients to feel like they are getting an extra special service when they book with you!Shootproof offers several ways to customize the galleries you deliver to your clients. This provides a better, more personalized client experience, which can result in more sales for you! Customizing your gallery can help your clients fall in love with their images, and can also provide a way to show them how to purchase extras quickly and easily from their gallery!Customizing the client gallery means that you can set special gallery permissions, such as labeling and hiding images for your client. You can personalize your client experience through gallery intro messages. You can set privacy and accessibility levels on your galleries, and even customize shopping cart settings. Want to learn how to use these Shootproof gallery features to help provide a better client experience and bring in some extra $$? Sign up here to watch this week’s webinar from Shootproof.
Contract templates save you time in that you only have to create them once, and then they can be reused over and over again from client to client. For example, if you have a particular wedding contract that you use for every wedding that you shoot, but there are small pieces of information that change (such as the venue location and the number of hours included in the package), a template can keep this organized for you.Contracts are the actual documents that you send to the client for signing; you use a template to create a contract.Check out this article in the knowledge base for a quick video tutorial on creating and using contract templates.
With a targeted landing page, a modest Facebook advertising budget, and some basic sales psychology, you can vastly reduce the time required to book a wedding outside your locality. The Step-By-Step Guide To Booking Your First Destination Wedding #1: The Landing PageI cover the topic of landing pages in more depth here: Online Marketing for Photographers – but all you need to know at this stage is that it’s beneficial to use a landing page rather than simply directing paid Facebook traffic to your homepage.Step 1Create a blank landing page. You can use specific landing page software or just create a new page on your website. If you go this route, I recommend you remove your website’s existing menu and any other elements that can cause distraction.Step 2Choose a headline (the ‘H1’) that mentions the exact location you are trying to target. You can choose a country or a city in that country if you have a specific location in mind.Don’t worry too much about…Click here to head over to the
Join us to learn how to connect with clients before, during and after a session. Questionnaires are a great way to keep in contact with our clients and get to know more about them.I love using questionnaires to learn family member names, interests, special requests or needs, and more! I also ALWAYS invite clients to be added to my email list. It’s important to be sure you have permission before doing so, and the questionnaire is a great place to ask.If you want to learn more about:What client questionnaires are designed to do How to set and manage expectations How to effectively get to know your clients prior to meeting them Tips for how to infuse your brand personality into your questions How to create client questionnairesBe sure to sign up here for this week’s webinar. We can’t wait to see you there.
Online Payments with Shootproof Are Easy & SecureOnline payments keep my business running smoothly and make it easy for me to keep all of my accounting documents in one place. They also help to put a professional foot forward when working with clients as most people expect to be able to pay for services and products with a credit or bank card.Did you know that with Shootproof you can invoice your clients for any service or product you provide? You can collect session fees, product costs and any other fees or deposits you require. If you’d like to learn more about how to streamline your process with Shootproof invoices, be sure to sign up for this week's webinar: Get Paid Online and On Time with ShootProof Invoices. See you there!
Positive Client Relationships are Key!It’s a Fact: People do business with those that they know, like and trust. One great way to build trust with your clients is by using a contract that protects not just the photographer, but the client as well. A great contract outlines policies such as image use and cancellation, as well as what the photographer will deliver so that your client knows exactly what they can expect!You can use your shootproof account to send a personalized contract to each and every client and allow them to book and do business with confidence. Check out this week’s webinar to learn:Why you need a contract for EVERY client How to create contract templates in ShootProof How to use Fillable Fields to collect client informationSign up here to join us!
Stay Connected to Your Clients with Email Campaigns Do you connect with your clients mostly on social media? Social is a great way to market and reach new people, however, you don’t own your profile. If facebook shuts down, you get locked out, or something else happens, you could potentially lose all of your contacts. It’s so important to be sure you have another way to reach your target market, and what better way than shootproof email campaigns?! With shootproof email campaigns, you don’t get lost in the scroll, you get yourself right into your clients’ email inbox!To start reaching your clients directly, check out this tutorial, and create & send your first email campaign today!
There aren’t many jobs out there where we actively HOPE our clients cry once we deliver our product, right? But as a wedding and portrait photographer, my aim is to deliver galleries that upon opening, are met with gasps of joy and tears of happiness. I want my clients to think back on their wonderful session, the memories they made, and look at each photo as capturing a precious moment in time saved forever as a priceless keepsake. Now it’s true that a photog can tell a thousand words… but when faced with a client whose hands are firmly clutched around their wallet holding it closed as they cast a critical eye over each photo to narrow down to their chosen package…. well, sometimes the emotional element of their gallery can become a little lost. Until, that is, I decided to uplevel my client experience: Enter…. Music Plans! Music evokes something in the soul that inspires, and can instantly transport us to a different place, time and emotion. (Think of how the most successful TikTok v
Families LOVE Sharing Images of Their Gorgeous KiddosMost people no longer carry around wallet sized images of their children and family to show off at the office or while out with friends, but they do always have their phone on them. So, clients LOVE when they can use their phone to show friends and family their favorites from their latest photo session. Why not make it easy by providing them with a mobile friendly photo album?! Shootproof Mobile Apps do just this! Your clients can download an app containing all of their images and easily share with anyone they like. The best part? They are sharing your work with others in a way that makes it simple to recommend you and provide your information for referrals.To learn more about Shootproof Mobile Apps, check out our webinar Impress Clients and Prospects with ShootProof Mobile Apps this Thursday at 1:00pm EST. See you there!
Keeping Social Media Profiles Updated Keeping up with social media can feel like a full-time job all on its own! As I was scheduling updates for Pinterest and Facebook and realizing I hand’t touched buy instagram this week, I was wondering how often everyone posts to each of their profiles.Do you post daily? Multiple times a day? A few times per week? Which platforms do you use the most? Do you try to stay consistent on all of them or have one main one and a few you update periodically? Or have you taken this off your plate altogether and hired a social media manager? I’ll go first: I try to post to my Pinterest account once per week, my instagram 3 times per week and my Facebook 5-6 times per week. It can be a lot, so I have found that scheduling those posts really helps to free up my mind during the week.
Wood Prints from Miller’s Professional ImagingWhat are your favorite products?I unboxed a few new sample products today and I just can’t get enough of wood prints! I love the feel, I love the texture, I love the statement they make. They are for sure my favorite type of wall art right now.What’s yours? (Photo from https://www.millerslab.com/wall-art/wood-prints)
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