As a professional photographer, the iPhone and iPad can be excellent tools for your business. You are probably already aware that there's a lot of great apps out there focused on editing photos, but if we're being real, as a professional, you're not going to use them. However there are many other great apps that can help compliment your business, and we've rounded up some of our favorites.
Shoot and Sell
If you're a photographer who offers prints and canvas to your clients, then Shoot and Sell is a fantastic app to show off how your clients' photos will look on the wall, even their wall. Designed by by the creators of Photographer's Wall Display Guides, Shoot & Sell is sure to help you generate more sales from each client.
FolioBook is your digital portfolio. Forget showing your website with Safari and use FolioBook to show off your work to potential clients. It lets you create a custom branded home page and as many galleries you'd like with up to 200 images per gallery. You can also create slideshows with transitions and music. The amount of customization that FolioBook allows is incredible and really lets you create a portfolio that reflects you and your brand.
As the owner of a small business, utilizing a point of sale system like Square will simplify your life and impress your clients. People don't like carrying around checkbooks and cash, so accepting credit cards is a vital aspect of any business, and Square is a great option that will keep your costs down and bottom line up.
If you're a portrait photographer, you likely have your clients sign model releases and other contracts. Easy Release is a great app that comes preinstalled with some great release forms. You can also edit them to be more tailored to your business or create your own from scratch. Each release can be branded with your business and you can email to your clients immediately after they sign them.
If you prefer to stick with the contracts and release forms you've already created and formatted into PDFs, you can still go paperless with PDF Expert. You can easily keep all your forms organized, and since PDF Expert supports annotation, your clients can easily sign the forms as if they were printed out in front of them.
When it comes to portrait photography, location is key, and Rego will help you keep track of all your favorite spots. With each location you can add photos and make notes about the lighting and anything else you want to remember.
Running a business requires a lot of various tasks, and with Photography in particular, each shoot is like an individual project each of which has a set of required tasks. Things for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, is a great trio of apps to keep you on track and organize your business. It's a bit pricey and isn't the prettiest of apps, but it works really well.
As a photographer, you are likely driving all over the place to different shoots, and since all those miles are tax-deductible, a solid mileage tracking app is a must. Trip Cubby is an awesome choice and makes this daunting task a lot less cumbersome and is designed with IRS compliance in mind.
Trip Cubby does not support the iPhone 5's larger screen, and this is normally a huge turn-off for me, but it's truly one of the best options out there.
One of the most difficult parts of running a business is keeping track of the finances. If you use Quickbooks, then the iPhone and iPad versions are a must. Having the ability to stay on top of your business finances on the go is a great convenience.
To successfully run a photography business, you must keep a lot of paper work, including contracts, release forms, invoices, financial records, and of course photos. The last thing you need is for some freak accident to cause you to lose it all, and with Dropbox, you can rest assured that your files are forever safe. Many of the previously mentioned apps in this list include Dropbox integration which makes it one of the best cloud solutions out there.