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Needing a new online photo delivery system for your clients? Here is an all-inclusive Shootproof review just for you!
So you have either decided to ditch the USBs or better yet, CDs, and you’ve heard all about online delivery systems for clients. Well, you’re in the right place. Here’s our complete Shootproof review, tailored to the modern photographer. We are going to go from the basic features, all they way to the really detailed options that Shootproof offers their customers. If you’re new to Shootproof, you came at the right time, as they have just overhauled their system, adding a ton of new great stuff! Let’s get down to business with our Shootproof review!
One really great option is that Shootproof offers a free account for up to 100 photos! Keep in mind however, the free account will only deliver low resolution digitals to your clients. Depending on how many photos you offer your customers during a session, you could potentially deliver anywhere from 1-5 client galleries without spending a dime! Want to save 20% off of ShootProof – you can click this link and use code: clique20 at checkout! Don’t worry, you can even get started for FREE and then decide to continue on or not if you like it, but just remember to use the link above and coupon code to get the discount.
Shootproof offers plans based on the number of photos, which is different (and better in my opinion) than many other online gallery systems. So, consider that no matter the size of the file, one photo is one photo, wether that’s 972 KB or 12.7 MB. It just makes the whole thing really straight forward if you’re not a math genius.
Shootproof’s online gallery is VERY user friendly. You can sort photos, add separate albums (which is really handy for a wedding)! You can directly add contacts, see the last time your client visited the gallery, and easily share with multiple clients. The best part is that you can preview the gallery JUST as your client will see it when they receive their email. You can add watermarks to each photo (and customize the size and placement). The watermark can be set to be removed when your client downloads their high resolution digitals. Another AMAZING (and new) feature is that you can have the photos set to “resize!” THIS IS HUGE. It will save you time, by allowing you to upload ONE high resolution image, that Shootproof can deliver in social media size! SCORE.
Delivery to Clients
The overall aesthetic of Shootproof is great. You choose one featured image that they see as soon as they click their custom link (which can be password protected). Once you do that, you get a tiled view of all the images, with the option to run a slideshow. Clients can also “favorite” their images, which the photographer can see.
Shootproof changed the game when they started offering client payment/invoicing options through PayPal (standard PayPal fees apply). 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 limits to downloads, so for example, you can set it that your client can only download 5/15 images from their gallery!
Shootproof give the option to send and receive contracts and model releases. Clients and releases can be purchased directly on Shootproof through the LawTog, and range in price from $40 to $175 (which is a little high in my opinion, but I’m also not a lawyer). Clients electronically sign and can email the completed contract back, saving time and the hassle of paper contracts. I’ll be honest, I don’t love this feature. I have found it confusing to customize the contracts, and for the price, haven’t used the contract option because it’s just too much of a hassle.
Shootproof allows you to add your custom logo and choose your colors that will be displayed to your clients. You can see the preview immediately! Pretty neat!
Other new fun features are that you can set the number of downloads in a gallery. You set all of these great options in “gallery settings.”
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.
Shootproof offers a music option, which many photographers say helps their sales! For an extra $10/month, you can add the music option that will play when your client selects the “slideshow” button. This is totally worth the cost if you do a lot of family sessions.
Shootproof allows you to create the mobile app for your client, which most clients LOVE. They can “share” the app with others on social media, but that includes all the photos. They can download their photos, but only if you (the photographer) choose that as an option on the “settings” page.
One of the best features of Shootproof is the ability to link your galleries to professional printing labs! You create a price list with your custom markup, and choose if you want the prints sent directly to your client, or you, the photographer. Your client can order directly from their gallery and pay through PayPal. You literally don’t have to do anything.
Quick marketing tip: As a thank you to your clients, you can even send a surprise print from their “favorites” list. Word of mouth is a huge asset when it comes to attracting more photography clients!
Nothing kills a great product than subpar customer service, right? This is NOT the case with Shootproof. These people genuinely care that people love their product and are getting the most out of their services. I can’t speak highly enough of them and how attentive they are to their customers. They also have a support group on Facebook so you always have a place to turn if you have a question!
Photography Client Management Tools
The one thing that Shootproof doesn’t offer is streamlined client management. The good thing is, Hey Ned is a GREAT new option for exactly this! Hey Ned will streamline your client process, save YOU time, save YOUR CLIENTS time, and makes you LOOK MORE PROFESSIONAL. All of which are not “nice to haves” anymore, but “must haves” if your goal is to book photography clients! Since I know the question will come up about what the heck Hey Ned is or does.
Hey Ned is the EASIEST photography studio client management tool available that lets you send contracts, client questionnaires, invoices, manage your calendar and more, all within one tool. Note, Hey Ned doesn’t do any photo galleries, I love Shootproof for that and plan to migrate to Hey Ned for everything else. Hey Ned is available for FREE for Cole’s Classroom Pro members which is pretty epic and will save you about $30 a month if having to pay for it or use something else.
Overall, Shootproof is hands down the BEST when it comes to their photo delivery system. I have used many other online delivery systems, and Shootproof is the most user friendly and professional. Clients are easily able to download their photos, and don’t find it to be particularly confusing at any step (which will save you a heck of a lot of time when it comes to explaining the system)! The last great feature is the print ordering! Linking directly to a professional lab saves SO much time! You set your prices, your clients order, and the lab delivers directly to your client (if you decide). You can essentially sit back and sell prints without lifting a finger (other than creating the initial price lists). Not bad if you ask me!