So you’ve done the shoot, you’ve edited the photos, and now it’s time for your work to fly home to your client. But how? Just a few years ago, a lot of photographers were delivering images on a DVD. But now that fewer and fewer computers have disc drives and technology has advanced, you have a wider range of options.
Here they are:
Pixieset is by far and away the most recommended platform for sharing client photos. Upload your photos and Pixieset creates a simple and aesthetic photo gallery grid. You can customize the unique site URL for each event or client, set expiration dates and password restrictions, and name your own prices for photo prints bought through the site.
Dropbox is another great option that allows you to create intuitive photo galleries for sharing. It’s simple and affordable-- the only downside is that you can’t customize your galleries much since your galleries are really just Dropbox folders. But it’s reliable! The only time I’ve done a photoshoot, the photographer delivered via dropbox and I have no complaints.
Zenfolio offers a variety of customizable website templates for showcasing and selling your photography. You can go beyond the photo gallery and create an accompanying blog, about page, contact page, etc. which is a nice option if you’re looking for an all in one platform to manage your personal site and photo sharing.
Shootproof not only offers intuitive gallery website creation, but also integrates contract and invoicing functionality! Plus you can create custom mobile apps for your customers where they can access their photos. These additional customer interfacing tools may help you streamline your business management systems.
PASS is still the choice photo sharing platform for some photographers, but it seems that it’s heyday is over. They’ve made improvements to the aesthetics and functionality with PASS Plus, but you still have to pay per event rather than for overall storage which is not appealing to a lot of people. Still worth the hat tip though.
Discs used to be the only way to pass your photos along to clients. You may stumble upon the rare photographer still using discs, but they’re largely obsolete since Apple is killing the disc drive. Shy away from this unless your client specifically asks for a disc-- and even if they do, only offer this in addition to a cloud based gallery.
After the CD/DVD craze, photographers moved onto USB drives. Today, there are still a good number of photographers delivering USBs, and they’re at least more compatible than discs. However you still run the risk of corrupted files and other complications that you can avoid with cloud based software. If you do offer USBs, consider custom branding to make your client experience more special.
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