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Essential Photography Business Tools | Shannon May Brown

When I first started my photography business, I had ZERO clue what I was doing. However, I found so much great information online about what types of software, apps, and tools professional wedding photographers use. It’s crazy and exciting now, years later, that I’m sharing with you my favorite tools that I have used to […]

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I first started my photography business, I had ZERO clue what I was doing. However, I found so much great information online about what types of software, apps, and tools professional wedding photographers use. It’s crazy and exciting now, years later, that I’m sharing with you my favorite tools that I have used to run my business!

All of the products share in this post are ones I truly love and use regularly. I hope by sharing these essential photography business tools, you’ll learn about some awesome things you can use to grow your business!

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. That means, I get a small commission if you purchase through this link. However I make it a point to only share tools and resources I truly love and use. Thank you for supporting the brands that make SMB possible! I hope you find some favorites here!

Tailwind: Tailwind is an incredible scheduling tool for Pinterest. This helps me stay on top of my social media game, and grow my Pinterest account. I also use Tailwind to schedule Instagram posts.

ShowIt: I use ShowIt to build my website and I freaking love it! It is so easy to use, and has a bunch of free themes that you can start with.

Flodesk: Before Flodesk, I dreaded sending out emails to my newsletter. Flodesk makes creating email campaigns SO much easier, and visually appealing! Bonus, it’s a woman-owned company!

Adobe Creative Suite: Adobe Creative Suite is an integral part of my business. I use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Premiere (for my IGTV and YouTube videos).

PicTime: I use PicTime for my client galleries. I recently switched to PicTime and I’m SO glad I did. You can get unlimited storage for an affordable price, and it has awesome automation built directly in the tool. Use code ZPMHRH for a free month.

Photomechanic: Photomechanic speeds up my culling exponentially! It is a one time fee, and so worth it because it will literally save you hours upon hours in your culling and editing process!

Canva: I use Canva for designing all of my marketing materials and creating graphics for videos. I love that I can create from my phone and my computer!

Luxedit: The team at Luxedit is top-notch. I outsource almost all of my editing to them  which has saved me so much time. They are fabulous at matching your style and delivering quality again and again.

Two Bright Lights: Two Bright Lights is a great platform for submitting weddings and other work to publications.

BoxFox: I love BoxFox! They create the cutest custom gifts. I love being able to send my clients and friends gifts from here because they have such a great and diverse selection.

Quickbooks: Quickbooks is the financial accounting software I use to keep track of income and expenses, as well as mileage. This makes tax season so much easier to navigate!

Lumos: This app will show you when the sun will be where in the sky. This is super useful for determining where the light will go throughout a wedding day.

I hope that me sharing these essential photography business tools was helpful! If you want to check out more of my favorites, I share them all on my Tools & Resources page!

PS: If this post was helpful, do me a massive favor and Pin the image below? Thanks! 😀

Essential Photography Business Tools | Shannon May Brown

Amanda + derek

"Shannon was so fun to work with! She helped capture our engagement event and was even accommodating when we had to change days due to bad weather. She had some sneak peek pictures to us by that night and pictures within days! On top of professionalism, she was such a sweetheart and pleasure to work with, thanks again Shannon!"

"She was such a pleasure to work with."

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Madde + Aidan

"Taking photos with Shannon was one of the best experiences I've ever had with a photographer. She made [us] feel so relaxed and comfortable. We not only ended up with great pictures, but we also had a great experience. Thank you!"

"Made us feel relaxed and comfortable"

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Sara + Ken

"Shannon is a phenomenal photographer who captured the most beautiful moments from our wedding week. Her energy, enthusiasm, and positivity put everyone at ease. The photos are stunning -- when I look at them, I don't just see how the wedding looked, but I remember how it felt. She is magic behind the camera. I am so, so glad we chose her to be the person to capture our wedding day.

"she is magic behind the camera"

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Michaela

"Shannon is an incredible balance of personable and professional! I am continually impressed by her ability to bring out the best in her clients and make them comfortable and effortless on camera! "

"Brings out the best in her clients"

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Malena

"Shannon is fabulous! The whole process from setting a date to receiving the finished photos was straightforward and enjoyable thanks to her expertise and guidance. She couples her warm and cheerful disposition with talent, creativity, and technical knowledge. I had a truly lovely experience!"

"Truly lovely experience"

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