Resources For Photographers

My favorite things to run my Lifestyle Family & Newborn Photography business!

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Free Guide

4 Lighting Tips You Need To Know

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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!

Free

Building a Website For Your Photography Business

What you need to get started

Build a WordPress Website

01.

Hosting

Siteground

Siteground is an amazing hosting company.  Their hosting is fast and efficient and so is their customer service which is extremely important to me! 

02.

WordPress Theme

Divi theme

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.

03.

Themes + Education

The Design Space

Melissa Love from the Design Space has amazing templates that will help you get your Divi site up in no time!

She’s also got a class teaching you how to build your own website, you can get it in her Marketing Fix membership here! 

Flothemes

EASY + GORGEOUS WEBSITE DESIGN

What I used to build my new photogaphy website. Amazing design and customer service.

Take a look at the themes
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Client + Business Management

01.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Dubsado

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!

02.

Email Marketing

Flodesk

I just switched to Flodesk for my email marketing.  It’s simple, easy to use, and so pretty!  I’ve tried a few others and definitely loving how easy to understand this is!  Use my link and try it out for free, and you’ll save 50% off if you sign up!

03.

Finances

Quickbooks

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.

04.

Client Galleries

Pic-Time

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!

05.

File Backups

Backblaze

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

01. 

Image Editing

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.

02.

Lightroom + ACR Presets

Presets help you speed up your workflow and get a consistent look.  Check them out.

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  • Evergreen Presets

    $75.00
  • Skin Set Retouching Brushes for LR + ACR

    $45.00
  • Sale!

    Evergreen + Heartist Preset Bundle

    $130.00
  • Evergreen Presets

    $75.00
  • Skin Set Retouching Brushes for LR + ACR

    $45.00
  • Sale!

    Evergreen + Heartist Preset Bundle

    $130.00
  • Heartist Presets

    $75.00
03.

Easy Marketing Design

Canva

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. 

I’ve got the pro account because I sell some Canva templates in the shop, but the free account should be perfect for most needs.

Educational Resources

01.

Marketing

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.

02.

Photography

creative live

Free Education?  This learning junkie says yes, please!  If you’re buying a course, my link will give you $15 off!

03.

Everything Education

Skillshare

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!

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Browse the Templates

  • Newborn + Maternity Session Guide Canva Template

    $149.00
  • Gift Certificate Template For Photoshop

    $20.00
  • Family + Newborn Session Prep Guide Template, Minimal Design For Canva

    $249.00
  • Newborn + Maternity Session Guide Canva Template

    $149.00
  • Gift Certificate Template For Photoshop

    $20.00
  • Family + Newborn Session Prep Guide Template, Minimal Design For Canva

    $249.00
  • Family + Newborn Session Prep Guide Template, Boho Design For Canva

    $249.00
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