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Tools of the Trade

These are the essential digital tools recommended by Leili for your photography business. By setting up the back end of your business in a smart and efficient way, you can focus on serving your clients and what you do best – taking incredible photos for others.

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Gone are the days of keeping client notes on sticky pads and pages that get misplaced. This Customer Relationship Management tool stores client data and session notes, accessible from anywhere. It automates workflows, send emails, manages payments, creates website forms and contracts for digital signature.

Bonus: Get 20% off your first month when you signup below.

There are several great gallery service providers for photographers but this one trumps them all. My favourite features include the personalized mobile app for my clients and the integration with major print labs. And the beautiful modern gallery styles are enough to make me swoon. I use this software as my hard drive backup.

A software designed to showcase mock galleries of your photographs on your clients’ walls. It has never been simpler to show and sell canvases and prints. This tool has single handedly taken my sales journey to the next level.

Bonus: Get a 30% credit when you sign up with a bundle using the link below.

A scheduling system that can be inserted into your website. You can mark available spots in your calendar to make online bookings easy for your client. I like using this tool for minishoots since it can get a little insane tracking appointments manually. I love how they send email confirmations/reminders and the fact that it syncs up to my email software. You can sign up for a free account to start and then upgrade as needed.

Accepting debit and credit is so simple, especially on the go as a photographer. I take payments through my iPhone, no device necessary. Just download the app and you’re good to go. Recurring payments and payment schedules are easy to set up too, and I’m happy with their processing fees (so worth it).

Bonus: Get free processing on your first $1,000 in sales when you sign up below.

My free organization tool. This gem keeps me track of due dates related to annual goals, photoshoot launches and project coordination. You can share your boards with others – I use it to assign tasks to my virtual assistants and team members as we tackle projects.

You should be keeping track of your clients with email lists, and this was my amazing Mailchimp upgrade. If you’re like me and your business branches out a few ways, you need a great email service provider to track metrics and support your growth.

I have been so impressed with Siteground’s website hosting, I have never needed to look anywhere else. Their customer service is above and beyond. Highly recommend them.