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Top Pics of the Week – August 4th

August 4, 2017 | gabby

photo by Hinterland Stills

This week’s Top Pics are brought to you by intimate vibes, epic forests, and surreal moments in nature! A special thanks to Isaiah + Taylor PhotographyErin Fraser Photography, Kendal + Kevin PhotographyJack Hoyle Photography, Dan Cartwright PhotographyDallas & SabrinaDeus Photography, and Hinterland Stills for sharing your images with us this week.

photo by Dan Cartwright Photography

photo by Isaiah + Taylor Photography

photo by Deus Photography

photo by Jack Hoyle Photography

photo by Erin Fraser Photography

photo by Dallas & Sabrina

photo by Kendal + Kevin Photography

We’d love to feature your work in an upcoming Top Pics post! Be sure to tag your Instagram photos with #photobugcommunity, and come join the fun over in our Photobug Community Facebook page.

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The Best Business Management Tools for Wedding Photographers

July 31, 2017 | carrie

Wedding North Italy by Chris and Ruth Photography Photo by Chris&Ruth Photography

Do you keep track of your photo sessions on a calendar that hangs on your fridge? Or maybe you’re the person who’s still asking their clients to sign their contract, scan it, and email it back to you versus signing electronically. As a business, there are so many processes that you deal with daily and making sure that you’re doing them efficiently is the key to success when it comes to being a top notch photographer for your clients. If you’re someone who’s still clinging to Post-it Notes and iPhone reminders, then you have to check out our list of the best business management tools for wedding photographers. I signed up for accounts with all but two of these apps, and I’ve also done some serious Facebook snoopin’ to see who’s recommending what and why. So, be sure to read my pros and cons for each product because that’s what real photographers have to say about these tools online. Enjoy!

17hats

Features: Custom forms, automation, payments, custom contracts + electronic signatures, bookkeeping, and email templates, calendars

Pros: Easy to use

Cons: Some people have reported glitches with integrations

Price: Monthly plans start at $25/month

More info: https://www.17hats.com

Táve

Features: Custom forms, automation, email tracking, calendars, payments, custom contracts + electronic signatures, bookkeeping, email templates, and client portals

Pros: Frequent updates and great user experience

Cons: Occasional bugs due to frequent product updates

Price: Starting at $21.99/month

More info: https://tave.com

Dubsado

Features: Custom forms, automation, calendars, payments, custom contracts + electronic signatures, bookkeeping, email templates, client portals, and time tracker (beta)

Pros: Great online community and customer service (they even have a Facebook group)

Cons: Does not have everything that other apps have, but they are adding to their product all the time

Price: $20/month

More info: http://www.dubsado.com/ (use the code “junebug” for a special 30% discount off your first month or year with Dubsado… this discount does not apply to the forever plan)

Honeybook

Features: Custom forms, automation, calendars, payments, QuickBooks Online integration, custom contracts + electronic signatures, reports, email templates, and mobile app

Pros: Great customer service

Cons: Confusing set-up

Price: $40/month

More info: https://www.honeybook.com

Sprout Studio

Features: Custom forms, automation, calendars, payments, custom contracts + electronic signatures, custom reports, email templates, email tracking, bookkeeping, and client galleries

Pros: Ability to create and send client galleries

Cons: Unable to truly customize client communication with different fonts and colors and the price is quite a bit higher than similar options. However, Sprout Studio does have client gallery capabilities, which means you can ditch your gallery app and save some money.

Price: Starting at $49/month

More info: https://sproutingphotographer.com

ShootQ

Features: Custom forms, automation, invoicing, custom contracts, email templates, email tracking, calendars, file storage, pricing pages, 40% discount at Simply Color Lab, client portal

Pros: Organization and clean interface

Cons: Not as updated and bad customer service has been reported. Difficult set-up process

Price: Starting at $24.99/month

More info: https://www.shootq.com/

You do have to enter credit card information to sign up for ShootQ.

Pixifi

Features: Appointment scheduling, calendar syncing, custom contracts + electronic signatures, bookkeeping, payments, custom invoicing, project management tools (event timelines, workflow visualizer, etc.), handy integrations (ShootProof, MailChimp, Stripe, etc.), email templates, automation

Price: Starting at $24.99/month

More info: https://www.pixifi.com/

You do have to enter credit card information to sign up for Pixifi.

PICR

Features: Custom forms, calendars, payments, client portal, mobile app, custom contracts + electronic signatures, auto-payments, website builder, and website chat app

Price: Starting at $29/month

More info: https://www.picr.com/

Since PICR is brand spankin’ new, I was not able to set up an account and grab a screenshot for you guys!

Have you used one of these services? Leave your opinions below!

Be sure to keep your website as awesome as your workflow by giving our Website Checklist for Wedding Photographers a gander!

xoxocarrie5

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Top Pics of the Week – July 28th

July 28, 2017 | gabby

photo by Ben and Colleen

This week’s Top Pics relishes the serenity of romance and showcases some beautifully unexpected textures! A huge thanks to Hinterland Stills, Stefano Chiolo, Ben and ColleenMelissa Rey PhotoVein & VesselOla Gruszka FotografiaSean Carr Photography, and Deus Photography for sharing their images with us this week.

photo by Stefano Chiolo

photo by Deus Photography

photo by Ola Gruszka Fotografia

photo by Vein & Vessel

photo by Sean Carr Photography

photo by Melissa Rey Photo

photo by Hinterland Stills

Another big thanks to this week’s contributors! Want to see your work in a future Top Pics post? Be sure to tag your images with #photobugcommunity on Instagram, and join us over in our Photobug Community Facebook group.

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