This Web-based studio management software was developed by a photographer and offers a
wide range of features, from email tracking, to gathering data for year-end taxes and pretty much
everything in between. Scheduling, questionnaires, online contracts that clients can sign digitally,
invoicing and locations can all be tracked and organized with Pixifi. Payments can be made
directly through the software via PayPal, Google Checkout and other third-party vendors.
There are no contracts, and you can cancel any of the three options at any time. The $24/month
Essential version is basically for single users and is limited to a single pricing page, staff member
and brand, while the $34 version offers more options in those three categories. Both versions provide unlimited contracts, invoices and questionnaires, to name a few. The most sophisticated of
the three, StudioPro, costs $49, has no restrictions on any of the features and also has a special
option for organizing workshops. And, if our brief interaction with the company is any indication,
customer service is excellent and the company has a very active (and helpful) Facebook group.
Price: From $24/month www.pixifi.com
Light Blue Software 4. 3. 2
Light Blue Software made a major change last year when the
software program was re-built from the ground up. Rather than
being built around Filemaker, as the previous versions were,
version 4.0 is now a native Mac and Windows application.
The design is still very basic, so don’t expect any flashy icons
or anything more than bits of colors to code certain entries.
Despite its no-frills design, Light Blue is a highly functional application that can handle just about any task you need—from
recording information about an inquiry or shoot to generating
multiple reports including income and/or expenditures to creating a Web gallery of images. Financial tasks are handled seamlessly from start to finish, and you’ll never lose track of your
schedule (you can integrate iCal, too, for example) or clients’ birthdays and anniversaries. You’ll have access to mail merge and
the ability to export various data. While the program is computer-based, Light Blue also offers an iOS app for remote access by
syncing between computers and mobile devices. This program is surprisingly easy to use given the amount of data it can handle.
Price: $470 (single computer license; additional licenses and iOS apps, from $12.50/monthly +$470)
Above: This highly functional software makes it easy to set up price lists for
effortless invoicing or pulling together reports to analyze profits.
Left: Not all photographers want to post prices on their websites but if you do, Pixifi lets you set
up details—and package add-ons—that your customers can browse and book online.
Perhaps one of the best-known studio management software applications for photographers, ShootQ was created
by photographers and is now part of Pictage (an online
proofing, marketing, e-commerce and print fulfillment provider for professional photographers). Visually, ShootQ is
one of the more attractive studio management software applications we’ve seen and offers a range of useful features.
Some of these features include quick and easy follow up
on leads and the ability to generate quotes, book and sign
contracts online and create revenue charts that provide a
clear view of your sales by segment. The software is well-integrated with any number of social media and other online
products/services including Facebook, Google Analytics, Google Checkout, Wordpress, iPhone and pretty much any calendar.
ShootQ is pay-as-you-go with three monthly options, starting at $40 a month for three users, one brand, one pricing page and
250MB of file storage. Up that to $60 a month for more users, brands and pricing pages and 1GB of storage. For $80 a month, the
aforementioned options—including storage—are unlimited. ShootQ is well-respected among photographers, and with good reason.
Price: From $40/month www.shootQ.com
Above: ShootQ, a well-respected photography studio management software,
offers a number of different sales analytics such as this Sales by Revenue pie chart.