This is a post for photographers. Brides and Grooms, feel free to zone out and come back tomorrow for Valentine’s day!
I recently posed a question on a Facebook Photographer group asking if it was okay for me to not use a program many other photographers were using, and using well. I didn’t want to fall behind. Sometimes, when the peers in your industry are utilizing something to help their business and their clients, its best to jump on the wagon and use it also. Sometimes. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Blogging are some examples. If everyone else is upping their game, you should too because you want to stay current. Again, this is only sometimes. Sometimes you need to make the best choice for your business. That doesnt mean you can decide to not figure out Pinterest or Blogging because its too hard or because you dont want to work harder.
I made that choice recently with ShootQ. ShootQ is a client and calendar management system. Basically, it can do everything needed to manage your clients including booking, new client emails, and receipts. It can also manage your calendar for you. Reminding you when you have shoots or appointments, or when your taxes are due. As you saw in my goals for this year, implementing ShootQ was one of my business goals. In January, I signed up and started to enter in all the information required. I have been trying to get the hang of it for over a month now. And…its not clicking. Its not making things faster or easier for me. I know this system works for hundreds, possibly thousands, of photographers. I know it saves some of their lives. But, its hurting mine. So, I have decided its not for me and my business. I want to take care of my brides and grooms in a different, but still amazing, way.
Making these kinds of decisions can be hard. You need to have a clear mind about why you are choosing or not choosing something. It truly needs to be the best decision for the business. However, dont be afraid to make it!! Make a pro and con list, ask some close friends, and listen to your gut!
So, thank you to ShootQ! You are awesome, but not for LGP.