December 2, 2019
As a self-employed photographers and videographers we wear a lot of hats to keep our business running! We work as our own bookkeepers, client managers, editors, bloggers, and technical support! With so many roles its so important to have good systems and tools in place to keep everything running smoothly and make sure we have enough time to enjoy the freedom that comes with being self employed! So today we are sharing 5 programs that we couldn’t live without! These programs save us time, make our processes easier, and just help keep everything in our business organized! They are all essential in our photography business, and if you’re not using one or all of these, definitely check them out as they will change your workflow drastically!
First up is the probably the most helpful program of all of these, Dubsado! Dubsado is a CRM, a Customer Relationship Manager. There are a lot of different CRM’s out there, but we’ve found Dubsado is the most suited to our needs as Wedding Photographers At its most basic it keeps all of your clients and leads organized. But Dubsado has so many other features that save us SO MUCH time and make sure that nothing is slipping through the cracks when it comes to our clients! The list of things Dubsado does is pretty huge but here are some of our favorites:
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If you are not using PhotoMechanic yet… RUN to their site because this is a game changer. PhotoMechanic is a media browser that lets you view, organize, and manage your photos. Basically, it allows you to view and cull the photos super quickly. If you’ve ever tried to cull in lightroom, you’d know that lightroom can move slowly and sometimes the images take a second to render. Photomechanic allows you to really quickly flip through all the images and shows you clear previews so you can decide what you want to move to edit! This is our first step in post processing. We pull all the photos from a session into PhotoMechanic, and we cull them there!
3.) JPEG Mini
If you don’t know what this does, JPEG Mini is a photo optimization technology that can reduce your file size up to 5X while preserving the full resolution and quality of the photos. This is a game changer when it comes to saving storage. If you’re like us, you probably have a ridiculous amount of Hard Drives!
4.) Smart Albums
If you want to sell albums to your clients, this is essential! Smart Albums is a album design software that is SO easy to use! We can design a beautiful well thought album SO quickly because of Smart Albums! Pro Tip- If you’re not selling albums yet, you should check them out! We are really passionate about wedding albums because they are tangible memories from your day, and can tell your story for generations after you!
We really love BlogStomp because it makes creating blogs SO much easier. It’s a really user friendly, just a drag and drop situation! And you can pick from all the different collages! It saves us a ton of time and makes our life a little easier!
So now you know! Those are our top 5 favorite programs, that we think could really help you in your business! Let us know your favorite programs in the comments and head to the Blog for business tips, our favorite sessions and more!