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Wondering what client gallery delivery option to choose? Let’s compare two great choices, Pixieset vs Shootproof!
When it comes to choosing a delivery method for client photos, things can get a little confusing. Today, we are breaking down both the pros and cons of the two largest client gallery options, Pixieset vs Shootproof. They are both great options, offering a professional client experience. If you’re interested in ditching the CDs and USBs, signing up with either of these two online services will save you a ton of time and hassle (and shipping costs). So what are the major talking points for each service? Let’s outline down the basic features of Pixieset vs Shootproof!
Pixieset’s pricing is based on the size of your files. This can be a great option if you are delivering small files! The Plus package would be great if you’re steadily growing your business, and the Pro would be the best option if you’re on the busier side.
Basic Plus Pro Ultimate
$8/Mo $16/Mo $24/Mo $40/Mo
10 GB 50GB 250GB 1,000GB
Pixieset client galleries are very similar to Shootproof. You can split your photos into different albums, and the layout is relatively similar, with the option to change the format. You can also set up pricing in each for selling prints! The gallery layouts are VERY user friendly, with clear directions and a simple look to keep the client focused on their gorgeous photos. Downloading is simple, and they can easily share and note their favorites.
Pixieset now offers a mobile option, and allows clients to favorite, share and purchase their photos right from their mobile device. It’s a great option, since many people use mobile devices more than desktops.
- Very user friendly and straight forward client experience.
- Great mobile layout, with easy sharing options for social media.
- Printing options through many major professional printing labs (commission free).
- Apple Pay available to clients who purchase prints.
- Google analytics integration options to track online interaction.
- Flexible subscription and great customer service!
- There are no electronic contracts/model release options.
- No music options for client slideshows.
- Pixieset doesn’t offer client invoicing options.
The difference with Shootproof is that they offer plans based on the number of photos. So, consider that no matter the size of the file, one photo is one photo, wether that’s 979 KB or 11.4 MB. One really cool thing with Shootproof is that you can try it out for free, uploading up to 100 photos! Depending on how many photos you offer your clients during a session, you could potentially deliver anywhere from 1-5 client galleries without spending a dime! Keep in mind that if you’re a Cole’s Classroom Pro Member, you get immediate access to a discount code worth 20% off your first year with Shootproof!
I would guess that if you’re somewhat busy photographer (a few sessions a month), that the 5,000 photo plan is more than sufficient, especially with the archiving feature!
Like I mentioned earlier, Pixieset and Shootproof are more similar than they are different when it comes to client galleries. The one major difference is that Shootproof offers a music option, which many report helps sales! For an extra $10/month, you can add the music option that will play when your client selects the “slideshow” option. Shootproof also offers the ability to archive client galleries for a very low price, giving you more space while saving the galleries rather than deleting them all together. You also have the ability to watermark images, which will disappear once the client is permitted to download the full high resolution images.
The one feature that really sets Shootproof apart from Pixieset is the option to be able to send and have the client send contracts and model releases. Clients and releases can be purchased directly on Shootproof through the LawTog, and range in price from $40 to $175. This is a pricier way to go, but does allow you to have it all done in one place. Clients electronically sign and can email the completed contract back, saving time and the hassle of paper contracts.
Client Payment Options
Shootproof changed the game when they started offering client payment/invoicing options. Please be aware that Shootproof holds any payment made by a client for a minimum of five days, so try not to be in a hurry! Shootproof also allows you to set up client discounts! For example, you can set up the option for your client to get a 50% discount on their entire gallery purchase within 48 hours. You can also invoice your client for their session fees, which can help streamline your workflow.
The difference with Shootproof is that you as the photographer create the mobile app for your client. The downside is that clients can NOT download photos to their mobile device. They can “share” the app with others on social media, but that includes all the photos.
Shootproof has a great blog that offers a ton of marketing techniques to photographers. It’s updated regularly and sent to you via email. It’s not too much, and a great way to keep up with the newest trends and ways to improve your client experience through their services.
- Contracts/model release.
- Mobile application option.
- Music feature for slide show.
- Client invoicing through PayPal.
- Archiving option.
- Lab links to major lab fulfillment companies in the US and EU.
- Shootproof Facebook support group .
- Can’t download photos on phone/tablet with app.
- Template contracts are expensive.
Both Pixieset and Shootproof are really solid options when it comes to client delivery methods. It depends on how much or how little you ultimately need. Pixieset is great for straight forward delivery. It’s simple, clean and very user friendly overall. Shootproof is more of an all-inclusive delivery system, with the options of sending contracts and accepting payment. From personal experience, both Pixieset and Shootproof have stellar customer service, which is so important. I ultimate went with Shootproof simply due to the electronic contract and payment options. Both options are wonderful, so check out both and see what fits your business the best!
For a review on another client delivery option, check out this article about Smugmug!