Case Study: How Don Bryant Thompson Took Control of His Business with ShootQ

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Before Don Bryant Thompson signed up for ShootQ, he had 500 pounds worth of paper files. His processes were “archaic” and required a lot of unnecessary work. “ShootQ completely changed the way I run my business,” he said. “The tools are fantastic! They got me organized.”

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How ShootQ helps eliminate excess paper files • How ShootQ automates and streamlines many day-to-day processes • How ShootQ allows its users to work efficiently from anywhere • How ShootQ helps you shoot more and work less

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Case Study: How ShootQ Helped Misty Miotto Go Green & Find Work-Life Balance

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After 20 years in business, Misty Miotto and her team have an impressive number of weddings to their credit – more than 1,400 and counting. During the busy season, they often shoot six weddings a week! Given this volume, smooth operations are imperative to have any life outside of work.

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How ShootQ helps reduce paper output to almost nothing • How ShootQ saves valuable time for other important priorities • How ShootQ automates many of your day-to-day business processes • How ShootQ helps you manage your business and stay productive from anywhere

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Need Light? Speedlite! Tour Coming to a City Near You

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What does it take to create stunning professional photos over and over again with any type of camera and lenses? Learn from Bob Davis and Stephen Eastwood at one of their Need Light? Speedlite! tour stops, hitting 32 cities across the United States between March 9 and May 29, 2014!

Both recognized as Canon Explorers of Light, Bob and Stephen have mastered Speedlites and used them for countless shoots since the beginning of their careers. They have also taught their unique techniques to numerous students around the world.

“Why speedlites?” The answer: Small lights with BIG possibilities! Both Bob and Stephen want to teach you new ways to think about lighting, so you too can achieve stunning results with small strobes.

The Need Light? Speedlite! tour consists of two parts:

Daytime Workshop The daytime workshop alternates between the two instructors as they breakdown their tested lighting methods and theories equipped with cutting-edge gear along alternates for the same high end gear. Using live models, they will demonstrate their approach to light and photography. After a robust six-hour class, all participants have the opportunity to participate in a free two-hour live shoot, where they get to put their newly acquired skills to use. With four models in four different shooting bays, attendees will not only test what they have learned but also get a chance to create beautiful imagery for their own portfolios. Evening Master Class The second half is a three-and-a-half hour evening master class reserved for anyone who wants to take a deeper approach to photography with speedlites. Coached by Bob and Stephen themselves, participants will get a truly hands-on experience in a limited class size setting, which ensures that each student gets a personalized critique and attention. Students can alter lighting setups, modify speedlites and perfect their own shooting styles.

Watch the trailer, learn more about the tour and reserve your spot today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Learn more about Bob Davis (left) and Stephen Eastwood (right).

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Case Study: How ShootQ Helped Molly Marie Grow Her Business

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When Molly Marie started her business while she was still in college, she knew she needed a tool to help her manage her clients, appointments and business processes. But she was pleasantly surprised when she got even more with ShootQ.

In this case study, you’ll learn:

• How Molly Marie used ShootQ to help grow her business • How ShootQ can help with lead management and tracking • How easy it is to market your business with ShootQ • How many of your business processes can be automated with ShootQ

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Inspire 2014 Image Contest, Sponsored By ShootQ

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Thank you to everyone who entered this year’s Inspire Photo Contest, sponsored by ShootQ. We received some fantastic and diverse entries.

And the winners are …

- First Place: Robert Norman, Robert Norman Photography - Second Place: Laura Dee, Laura Dee Photography - Third Place: David Apuzzo, David Apuzzo Photography

First Place Winner (485 Likes): Photo by Robert Norman, Robert Norman Photography

Second Place Winner (413 Likes): Photo by Laura Dee, Laura Dee Photography

Third Place Winner (196 Likes): Photo by David Apuzzo, David Apuzzo Photography

Photo by Nicki Pardo, Pardo Photo

Photo by Robin Dini, Robin Dini Photography

Photo by Jean Chisser, Photos for Your Life

Photo by Shari Ciarleglio, Face Forward Photography

Photo by Jolene Richard, Oh Snap Photography

Photo by Lou Fernandes, Everlasting Films and Photography

Photo by Olga Maturana, Olga Photo

Photo by Mindy, Everlasting Films and Photo

Photo by Brooke Whicher, Brooke Whicher Photography

Photo by Jennifer Fiereck, J. Fiereck Photography

Photo by Meg Hamilton, Rodeo and Co Photography

Photo by Scott Ferrede, Core Photography

Photo by Mandy Perkins, Mandy Perkins Photography

Photo by Julie Anne Neill, Julie Anne Wedding Photographer

Photo by Kristin Chalmers, Kristin Chalmers Photography

Photo by Patricia Miller, Airen Miller Photography

Photo by Allegra Anderson, Allegra Anderson Photography

Photo by Lynne Reznick, Lynne Reznick Photography

Photo by Sarah Dugan, SMD Photography

Photo by Jayme Verfaillie, J Verfaillie Photography

Photo by Airen Miller, Airen Miller Photography

Photo by Angela Nelson, Angela Nelson Photography

Photo by Brian Friedman, B Freed Photography

Photo by Kristine Foley, Kristine Foley Photography

Photo by Janet Taub, Planet Photo

Photo by David Nedelcu, Nedelcu Photography

Photo by Rebecca Gutwin, Rebecca K Photography

Photo by Laetitia, Tres-Jolie-Photo

Photo by Candy Kempsey, Essential Life Photography

Photo by Robert & Kathleen Trenske, Robert & Kathleen Photography

Photo by Marcus Ingram, Marcus Ingram Photography

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ShootQ Now the Easiest Studio Management Software to Setup

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Free One-on-One Setup Assistance Program Gets Photographers Up and Running Faster than Ever!

ShootQ’s mission is to help professional photographers fulfill their artistic dreams while meeting their financial goals. In today’s environment, that means freeing up more time for shoots and brand development. ShootQ allows you to do exactly that, when it is setup properly. That used to take time, which somewhat defeated the mission of the software. Now, it takes a lot less time, thanks to ShootQ’s Setup Assistance program.

ShootQ already offered a “test drive” program that allowed new customers to try it free for a month. However, some customers chose to cancel at the end of the trial, because they found the setup to be a bit too daunting. In response, ShootQ began piloting a Setup Assistance program two months ago and the results have been dramatic.

“ShootQ is a very intuitive system to use once it is setup. However, …

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Slow & Steady Wins the Race: Tips for Marrying Your Client by Brian Friedman

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When you’re building your business, you may think that the photos you make are the most important aspect to focus on. Don’t get me wrong, your images are your brand and your integrity, but you might be overlooking a vital component that can help you become more successful: Creating and maintaining solid client relationships!

As someone who has worked for the past decade to develop the relationships that have led me to book and work the gigs of my dreams, I’d like to share a few tips I’ve picked up over the years to help you do the same.

1. Be patient. There is nothing worse than waiting to hear back from a potential client. I know it’s awful to stare at your phone for a call that may never come, but I promise that you’re not doing yourself any favors by constantly trying to make contact—and becoming a nuisance in the …

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3 Easy Techniques to Turn Portrait Leads into Bookings by Molly Marie

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We’ve all received leads from potential clients that we feel REALLY excited about, right? We start to paint the picture in our head of just how amazing their shoot would be! We’ve also all felt super bummed when they don’t respond or end up booking with us. We make up a scenario in our heads as to why they didn’t book, blame it on price, blame it on the email wording, etc. The fact that everything lies in one email is crazy sauce.

Have you ever felt this way? What if I told you there are more things you can do to get this lead to book aside from that ONE EMAIL?

I own a woman’s portrait studio (we specialize in boudoir) in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, called Molly Marie Photography. At my studio, we have three techniques we use in order to get these leads booked.

First, did you know that 80 percent …

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Braintree Checks In As Google Checks Out by Katie Van Buren

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In preparation for Google’s retirement of Google Checkout, ShootQ integrated with an alternative merchant solution, Braintree. Braintree helps your business run more efficiently by allowing you to easily accept credit card payments online.

ShootQ supports merchant accounts like Braintree, among others, that can seamlessly communicate back and forth with ShootQ. With this direct integration, you can receive a confirmation that a payment has processed and mark that invoice as paid as soon as your client posts it online. This saves you from having to monitor your merchant account and manually mark invoices as paid in ShootQ. It also helps your clients feel confident about your business, since they can see the results of their online payments immediately after posting them.

ShootQ currently supports the following merchant accounts:

• Authorize.Net • Beanstream • Braintree • PayJunction • PayPal Payments Pro • P3 – Pictage Payment Processing (for Pictage members) • Skipjack

We understand that changing solutions can be a …

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Creating Memories with Family Reunion Photos by Robyn Perrin

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If family photography or portrait photography is your primary focus, there is an often-overlooked market that may be a natural fit: family reunions. Traditionally a harbinger of summer (though they can occur any time of year), reunions are the reason millions of Americans travel each year, and photographs are critical. After the corn-on-the-cob has been eaten and the water balloons tossed, photos remain to document growth and change. The fleeting nature of a family reunion gives just one chance to capture these important moments; then they are gone, perhaps forever.

Clint Thayer, photographer and owner of Focal Flame Photography, says of family reunion photography, “Those tender moments last only seconds. Being ready to see those moments and capture them does not come when you buy an expensive camera, it comes from studying your subjects and environment and crafting an effective photo – one that tells a story rather than just being a snapshot of a scene.”

When marketing your services to family reunion organizers, clearly explain the benefits of hiring a professional photographer. The advantages are many, including:

• All family members will be included in the photos. Reunion planners don’t have to wonder if Uncle Bob’s cell phone camera will get the job done, and the person with the camera will not be left out of the image. • A professional photographer is an objective outsider. They notice details that might be overlooked by family members. Whether those moments are cousins swimming or grandma and grandpa holding hands, a professional comes into the family with the purpose of documenting the vibrancy of family life. • A professional photographer has the necessary equipment and expertise for taking reunion photos and editing them afterwards. An amateur simply cannot duplicate the photographer’s investment in gear or experience.

Approaching family reunions from a background in action photography, Thayer brings a unique perspective on how quickly the right moment passes and the shot is lost. “When you deal with a large group, time is golden. Everyone has places to go, things to do. For posed group shots, you have at most 45 seconds to get everyone adjusted, smiling and ready to show their stuff. Any longer and smiles fade, eyes roll, kids dart – trust is lost. Effective image composition has to happen in the tightest time constraints. It’s the photographer’s ability to connect with the subject that makes the difference.”

The photographer’s expertise continues to be valuable after the reunion, when families want to view and purchase photos. Online photo gallery and e-commerce systems offered by professional photographers mean that no matter where family members reside, they have the freedom to purchase products that meet their preferences and budget.

4 Tips to Ensure a Good Working Relationship with Family Reunion Photography Clients

• Ensure that one one family member is assigned as the primary contact to work with the photographer prior to, during and after the reunion photo shoot. • Communicate early and often about the shot list. Make certain that all parties are clear about desired photo style, the number of people at the gathering and any other special information that will inform the shots. • Ask the reunion organizer to designate preferences between posed and documentary style. You might consider requesting that they assign a percentage of time desired for each mode. • Encourage the family to schedule fun activities during the shoot – a squirt gun fight between the cousins, grandpa playing checkers with a granddaughter or grandma showing her wedding dress to the younger generation.

How do you find clients? Consider partnering with Convention and Visitors Bureaus. According to a survey of 4,000 reunion organizers by Reunions magazine, 25 percent of respondents worked with a Convention and Visitors Bureau to plan their event and 82 percent planned to do so again in the future.

Emphasize to potential clients that family reunion photos do not need to be left to chance. By hiring a professional to join the celebration for a few hours, everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the reunion – and have fantastic photos afterwards.

Have you offered family reunion photography? What tips to you have to share?

About the Contributor: Focal Flame® Photography is dedicated to Art that Moves You. This multi-photographer studio offers sport event photography, commercial photography, headshot photography and videography. Focal Flame Photography was founded by Clint Thayer and is based in Madison, WI. Visit us at www.focalflame.com.

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