Resources For PhotographersMy favorite things to run my Lifestyle Family & Newborn Photography business!
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4 Lighting Tips You Need To Know
Understanding natural light is EVERYTHING when it comes to shooting in-home sessions. Grab this guide to learn the 4 light tips you need to know!
Building a Website For Your Photography BusinessWhat you need to get started
Build a WordPress Website
Siteground is an amazing hosting company. Their hosting is fast and efficient and so is their customer service which is extremely important to me!
There’s a learning curve with wordpress, but once you get the hang of it, you will love having the freedome to do anything you want.
Divi allows you to create your website using an easy drag and drop builder. It is WONDERFUL! You don’t need to know how to code to build your own website.
This site was built using Divi.
Client + Business Management
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Finally found the PERFECT CRM! I tried them all and found them way too overwhelming…until Dubsado. It’s straightforward and has amazing features to streamline your business, not to mention a client portal, workflows, bookkeeping etc. Also, their customer service is amazing… Use code CH for 20% off your first month or year!
I use Quickbooks to keep track of all my business spending and earnings – it makes doing my taxes so much easier. Use this link for 50% off your first 6 months.
I use Pic-Time for my client galleries. I have tried them all (the others are good too) but Pic-Time looks AMAZING and their shop will put your client’s images in the products so they can really visualize what it’ll look like. Try a month for free with code GGBT6W!
10 years ago one of my harddrives failed and I didn’t have a backup. Devastated doesn’t explain how I felt. I lost pictures of my kids. It still hurts me to talk about it.
Last year, another of my headdrives failed and I didn’t stress over it. Why? Because all my files are backed up with Backblaze.
Backblaze is a cloud backup of your computer and all your external drives. Getting it set up might be really long if you have as many files as I do, but it’s so worth it knowing all my work and family pictures are safe if, God forbid, we should have a fire or another drive failure. Use my link to get a month free.
Creative + Post Processing
Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and the standard in photo retouching. I mainly use Lightroom for all my work and use photoshop for any extra editing I need to do. If you’re serious about becoming a professional photographer, you should invest in the Photoshop/Lightroom bundle that Adobe offers for only $9.99/month.
Lightroom + ACR Presets
Presets help you speed up your workflow and get a consistent look. Check them out.
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Easy Marketing Design
Canva lets you design EVERYTHING you need for your business fast and painlessly! I used to do everything in photoshop or Indesign, but since discovering Canva a few months ago, I do everything in there. It’s just so fast and straightforward, anyone can do it.
Togs in business
Julie Christie offers a lot of marketing know-how in her monthly membership. I watched her free webinar and was completely sold. The membership does not disappoint. When you click the link and click join, you’ll see a link to watch the free webinar.
Free Education? This learning junkie says yes, please! If you’re buying a course, my link will give you $15 off!
This is a membership that gives you access to 15000+ classes…I took some watercolor painting classes, and marketing classes here, but there are courses about everything!!!! Get 2 months free with my link!