Below you'll find a list of resources that have been invaluable to my business.
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Infinite Color Panel is a Photoshop plug-in that has transformed my color grading workflow. I used to rely heavily on Lightroom presets in my editing workflow, but lately I’ve found myself moving away from them in favor of Infinite Color Panel. I love the possibilities of tones it offers with just a click. Even better, you can just adjust the opacity to make the effect as subtle or as strong as you like — and you can even stack adjustments!
Since I started using 17hats a few years ago, I've never looked back. It helps me keep track of all my clients, projects, contracts, and invoices. You can sync it with your calendar so that scheduled shoots are automatically added. There's also a bookkeeping feature that lets you keep track of all your income and expenses. 17hats has been absolutely critical for my business, I can't recommend them enough. Use my referral link to give their 17-day free trial a go. You'll also get 10% off their annual plan.
When I was first starting out with my photography business, I'd deliver my files either by email or using Google Drive. But I quickly realized the limitations of both of those mediums. Email has a size limit that you're able to send with each message, and Google Drive just isn't aesthetically pleasing at all. Surely there was a way I could upload my clients' images into a beautiful gallery that matched the level of intentionality and effort I put into creating the images themselves.
Turns out, there is -- Pixieset!
Pixieset not only offers beautiful galleries, but it also offers your clients an easy way to select favorites, share on social media, and even order prints directly from the gallery itself. Their basic plan (up to 3gb of storage) is FREE for life, although you'll most likely need to upgrade pretty quickly. But not to worry, their premium plans are super affordable. I'm currently paying $20/month for 20gb of storage and it's serving me well.
You know what's scary? Most photographers I know aren't backing up their photographs. This is especially irresponsible if you have clients. What would you do if your hard drive were to crash tomorrow? Do you have safe guards in place?
Backblaze gives you unlimited backups for just $5/month. Seriously, you cannot beat that price. In addition to cloning my external hard drives (using a program called Carbon Copy Cloner, I use Backblaze to back everything I have up to the cloud. I have total peace of mind that my files are backed up if I ever need to access them.
Keep track of all of your mileage for huge deductions at the end of the year. Did you know that you get 53.5 cents per mile for every business mile you drive? Logging your mileage is an absolute breeze with this app. It automatically deducts every time you drive and you either swipe left for personal and right for business. That's it! Sign up with my link and get 20% off when you upgrade to an Annual Premium subscription.
1&1 is my go-to source when I want to buy affordable domains. You can purchase a domain name for your blog or website for just $0.99 for the first year and only $14.99 per year after that.
If you’re looking for cost-effective business cards, there are more affordable options. If you’re looking to stand out and you’re willing to pay a little more, Moo is exactly what you need. I always get comments on how nice my business cards are. Plus, they have excellent customer service. Use my link to get 25% off your first order.
How long your website takes to load is crucial to your website ranking on Google. JPEGmini compresses your images up to 80% without any noticeable degradation in image quality. Plus, the interface is super easy — just drag and drop your images and you’re finished.