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

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Photo: Don Bryant Thompson

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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Photo: Misty Miotto

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 …

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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 …

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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

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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

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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

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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 hassle and …

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Creating Memories with Family Reunion Photos

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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 …

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