Sneak Peek: Hidden and Labeled Photos!

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You’ve requested it, and we’re delivering it: the ability to choose a main contact for a gallery and give that person exclusive admin privileges! Here’s the official sneak peek for what’s coming to your ShootProof account oh-so-soon.

 

Hiding Photos

Choose a contact for each of your galleries (we call this person a “Linked Contact”). Set up a special access code, and this contact can hide photos from other visitors to the gallery!

This feature is handy when a bride wants to keep the “getting ready” photos to herself or when a new mom wants to keep some of the more personal newborn shots… well, personal. At the holidays, families can still share their galleries with their extended families without giving away the photo they chose for their holiday card!

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Labeling Photos

This Linked Contact can also label the photos in a gallery behind the scenes, with special labels that YOU create.

4a_Linked-Contacts_Copy-Images_02The options here are endless: create labels for “Include in Album”, “Parent Album”, or “Use in Collage.”  Have your client mark images with “Retouch”, “Add to Mobile App”, or “Add to Slideshow.” Or, simply allow clients to sort photos based on “Love,” “Like,” or “Do Not Like.”

You’ll love this brand new way to communicate, and your clients will love the control it gives them over their proofing and ordering flow.

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Pre-Registration Access

So, you have the gallery in pre-registration mode to collect email addresses until the special release date. Want your client to see the gallery first before it’s live to the public, and maybe you also want them to start their labeling or choose which photos they want to hide?

Now, it’s super simple. Give the Linked Contact his or her access URL, and they can enter the gallery while it’s still in pre-registration!

Photo Credit: Todd James Photography

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Time-Saving Tips

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It’s a wise old saying: Work smarter, not harder. But in a day and age where multi-tasking has become the norm, running a business, a home, and a family all at once can be stressful. Here are some helpful hints to save you time in your workweek!


Four Day Workweek

It’s used in businesses and schools around the world (heck, some of us here at the ShootProof office follow this schedule!): the Four Day Workweek.  The concept is to work longer hours on four days and then take the fifth day off.

An article by Inc.com explains that when you’re well-rested and happy, you’re more productive, thereby making your four days of work more effective. Plus, a good work-life balance is crucial, and the four day workweek certainly helps with that!

Set Strict Work Hours / Family Time

One of the biggest advantages to owning your own business is setting your own hours: in theory, it allows for more flexible scheduling, but in reality, it often means working at times you SHOULD be focusing on other things, like home, family, or even another job.

Photographers often work crazy hours: they’re up late in the evening editing, sending emails, and working on their websites. However, it’s important to set your schedule and stick to it. It will give you the opportunity to fit in hobbies and family time, as well as meet your strict deadlines without feeling overwhelmed.

Use a Task Manager

Have a To Do list as long as a roll of toilet paper? Get some help from technology! There are plenty of task managers out there to help you organize the things you have to get done on a daily (or weekly) basis. Some of the most popular (and FREE) ones are Evernote and Trello.  Make lists, track tasks, collaborate with others, and reach all of it on all of your devices.

Set an Email Check Time

Admit it. You’re drawn to Facebook every time you sit down at the computer. And who can resist the little ping that announces a new email in your inbox?

You can’t be productive if your attention is drawn in several different ways each time you get set to work, so try an app like Freedom, which blocks distractions by stopping you from accessing other websites on your computer, tablet, or phone. Set a specific time where web-surfing and email-checking is allowed, and the rest of the time, stay focused!

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Plan Ahead

Some of the best time-management gurus out there say that planning ahead can save hours in your day. Plan your meals for the week on Sunday, and go grocery shopping with a strict list.  (Have kids? Plan out their lunches, too.)  Choose your outfit the night before. Review the next day’s meetings and appointments ahead of time, and pack your bag for photo shoots a few days in advance, to give yourself time to remember something you may have forgotten.

If you don’t already know about this gem, use the Golden Hour website (they even have an app for your phone) to schedule sessions for the best possible outdoor lighting!

Two-Minute Rule

It’s pretty simple: if you can do it in less than two minutes, take care of it now. The huge pile of dishes may need to wait for later, but putting your shoes away in the closet or cleaning up the small stack of mail on the counter might be things you tackle right away. This way, you de-clutter as you go, which makes you feel less stressed (and gives you less to do) later.

Organize Contacts

Always spend five minutes finding the name of that wedding planner when brides ask for a recommendation? Have to search through emails to find the woman whose sunflower field you asked to use for a senior photo shoot? Organize your contacts (we know several photographers who swear by the Humin app). Plus, you can then follow-up in your ShootProof account by tracking those same contacts, linking them to specific galleries, or just tagging them so that you know how (and why) you know them.

Outsource

Last but not least, recognize when a task is taking over your life. Shooting a ton of weddings each month? Look into outsourcing your editing at a place like ShootDotEdit (especially since they can then upload those photos directly into your ShootProof account, saving you even MORE time).  The LawTog website has a great article by that breaks down how a little outsourcing can really save you time (and money) in the long run.

 

Comment below:  What’s one thing on this list that you plan to implement to help you move toward a more productive workweek?

 

 

 

The ShootProof Six: Six Reasons to Use a Partner Lab

Studios located in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Ireland have the option of printing with one of ShootProof’s partner labs.

So what does that mean for you and your studio? A LOT.

1a_ShootProof Six-01  Smooth sailin’ in your workflow.

Let’s face it: saving time is important. You have a business to run, a family to take care of, and a lot on your mind. Printing with a partner lab means not having to double up your work, re-upload photos through ROES, or go back and forth between your client’s order and your lab’s ordering software. It means reviewing your client’s order, making any changes you’d like, clicking “submit,” and knowing your client’s prints are on their way.

1a_ShootProof Six-02  Professional prints, every time.

We didn’t choose our labs because of their pretty names or their popularity (though they ARE some of the most popular labs in the industry). We chose them because we love their work almost as much as THEY love their work. They’re dedicated to beautiful products, quick turnaround, and excellent customer service (refer to number 6 below).LabsWhen you print your clients’ orders through your ShootProof account, you remove the risk of your work being printed at the local convenience store. You guarantee your clients top-notch products that make your photos look amazing.

1a_ShootProof Six-03  One simple place to keep track of your client orders.

With just a quick glance, it’s easy to see which of your client orders are waiting for your approval, are at the lab, and are already shipped. ShootProof makes it easy to stay on top of it all!

1a_ShootProof Six-04  Shipping options galore.

Like to add special gifts and branded wrapping to your orders? Have the lab ship prints straight to you and you can decorate to your heart’s desire. Want your orders to go directly to the person who ordered them? Perfect; our labs will do that, and they’ll send the packages without any branding, lab information, or pricing details.  Ship to your client. Ship to your studio. It’s up to you, and it’s the same price either way.

1a_ShootProof Six-05  Pretty packaging. Perfect colors. 

Depending on the lab you choose, you can add color correction to your orders for the perfect result. Love professional packaging but don’t have the patience, ability, or time to do it yourself? Several of our partner labs offer boutique packaging as an add-on during the Lab Approval process.

1a_ShootProof Six-06  Customer service, handled.

If there’s ever a lab or delivery problem with your order, you can count on ShootProof to help make it right. Lab left out a print accidentally? We’ll get it sent ASAP. Mail carrier didn’t deliver the package? No worries — we’ll get the order re-shipped. Regardless of the question or the issue, you can always contact us and we’ll get to the root of the problem.

 

Already using one of our partner labs? Tell us why you love the workflow! Comment below.

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Beat the Heat in Atlanta

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Ah, August in Atlanta. The kids are back in school, the lifeguards are back to their “regular” jobs, and the lakes are completely devoid of boats and swimmers on the weekdays: all sure signs that summer is coming to an end.

Here in the ShootProof office, we’re secretly starting to think about how nice autumn will be: falling leaves, a brisk breeze, and cooler temps are (thankfully) all on the horizon. However, we’ve got to make the best of the hot, sticky weekend days we have left, so we’ve compiled a short list of fun ways to beat the heat in and around Atlanta.

1. Shoot the Hooch

Float down the Chattahoochee River in an inner tube, or try SUPping (Stand Up Paddle-boarding) on for size. Wade in the water, go fly fishing, or take a canoe or kayak out to enjoy the sunshine after a cozy picnic.

2. Visit the Aquarium

Atlanta is home to the Georgia Aquarium, and it’s perfect for guests of all ages. With six exhibit galleries, a 4-D theater, and a live dolphin theater, there’s something to entertain everyone (indoors!) on the hottest of days.

3. Splash at a Splash Park

It’s not easy to stay cool outside in the south, and for those of us with children, some of our favorite summer activities involve splashing around in the water. The Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park does not disappoint! Millions of guests visit the park every year, and the water show plays several times a day.

4. Kick Back and Relax in a Hammock

We’re huge fans of the gorgeous hammocks from Eagles Nest Outfitters (more affectionately called ENO Hammocks), not only because their founders are local to the southeast, but also because they’re dedicated to making the most comfortable hammocks in the world. Several of us have been known to climb into an ENO Hammock and nap the balmy afternoons away!

5. Eat a “King of Pops” Pop

If you’re local to Atlanta, it’s likely you already know all about King of Pops. Our team is slightly obsessed with them! You can usually find us on their line on Food Truck Tuesdays, and for good reason: their yummy, frozen ice pops are all-natural and come in flavors like chocolate sea salt, raspberry rosewater, and sweet tea n’ lemonade.  Mmmmm.

 

Comment below: What’s your favorite summertime activity?

 

 

Podcast 004: Photography and the Law with Rachel Brenke

Our fourth podcast is brought to you by Rachel Brenke, THE small business attorney who specializes in helping photographers!

 

Author, lawyer, blogger, photographer, strategizer… her list of talents is never-ending! Rachel Brenke, otherwise known as The LawTog, is famous for her straight-forward business advice. She’s passionate about helping creatives in their journeys to starting (and keeping) successful businesses.

We were lucky enough to sit down with Rachel and eager to soak up all of her best business advice: setting a foundation, using contracts to set expectations, and learning to “live while you work” (instead of working to live).

After the podcast, be sure to check out all that Rachel has to offer here at The LawTog website!


Tell us:
 what’s one thing that Rachel discussed that resonates with you as a business owner? Comment below!