Tricks of the Trade

Tools We Use

These are all the tools and companies we use and absolutely love in our business!

Core Tools

ShootProof

Galleries

Simply the best combination of gallery tools, sales, and marketing to make passive income on prints.

Tave

Contracts, Leads, CRM

We use Tave to handle all our inquiries through the sales & booking process, then invoicing and workflow. This easily is worth a full time employee on it’s own!

Kiss Books

Albums

What we love: Quality of printing, beautiful options, fast turnaround, amazing customer service.?

Freedom Edits

Post Production / Editing

All our images for all 3 of our brands go through Freedom Edits. They edit to our color preferences, and they do amazing work!?

ThinkTank Bags

Bags, bags, bags!

We’ve tested everything, and ThinkTank bags hold up to constant use and abuse. We use their Retrospective shoulder bags, Airport Security Rolling Bag, and their Production Manager bag (for our lighting.)?

Stomp Software

Blogging, Album Design

These guys are the real deal – they are always looking for ways to make photographers’ lives easier. We use Blogstomp to prep our images for blogging. They also have a great Album Design tool!

Marketing Tools

Flodesk

EMAIL MARKETING

Best For: Newsletters to clients with simple marketing automations.

Drip

EMAIL MARKETING

Best For: Advanced E-Commerce marketing strategies, with deep integrations. Relatively complex, but very powerful.

ConvertKit

EMAIL MARKETING

Best For: Someone who needs more than FloDesk, but less than Drip. Strict content marketers, with few signature products.

ConvertBox

On-site marketing

Popups that aren’t annoying and are good looking and customizable. We love this tool!

Canva

Graphic Design

Even though we have the whole Adobe Creative Suite, this is just EASY for designing graphics for promos, IG stories, and Facebook Ads. It’s a must-have.

Podia

Digital Content Delivery

We use Podia to deliver all our courses and resources to fellow photographers (email templates, contracts, etc). Great support, great product.

Running the Business

Asana

Team Collaboration

Asana has completely replaced email within our team, and we use this on a daily basis to get everything done. In our opinion, it’s the best of the task management tools. We have a Premium account.

Gusto Payroll

Payroll + Benefits

Stop your search for a payroll provider. These guys are THE BEST. They are completely disrupting an antiquated industry – they make managing payroll and onboarding of employees simple!?

Backblaze Backup

Backup of Files

One of our methods of backup of our in-process work. It mirrors whatever is on our local machine so we always have a backup. We use this in addition to off-site physical backups.

Slack

Team Messaging

For quick messages (chat) between team members. And lots of Gifs.

Quickbooks

Accounting

We have Quickbooks online, and this is what our bookkeeper and accountant use. This allows us to log in at any time and run our own reports.?

Dialpad

Phone System

We have phone lines for each of our brands, and can answer and make calls from the computer or from desk phones. We love the live transcription feature so we never have to say “huh?” to a client.?

Legal, Execution Plans & Templates

Contracts

Get Your Biz Legal

We’ve made the same Lawyer-written contracts we use with our clients available to you. Easily customizable to your specific needs.

Recommend: The Contract Bundle

Execution Guides

Shortcuts

We’ve taken some of the most complicated things we’ve hard to learn over 15 years, and put them into a series of execution guides. Take the shortcut!

Recommend: Execution Guides Bundle

Email Templates

Client Communication

Email templates that we use with our clients across 3 brands. Customizable for your voice.

Recommend: The Complete Wedding Toolkit