11 tools that will help you make more money as a wedding photographer in 2022
I've been shooting weddings all over the world for years.
I've earned a lot of money, made a lot of people happy, and have had an awesome time doing it.
This is the list I wish existed when I first started shooting weddings.
If you're a wedding photographer (or want to become one), everything here will help you make more money by shooting more weddings (while reducing your time spent managing/editing them.)
- Adobe Lightroom - is by far the best photo editing and image management software for wedding photographers that keeps getting better with every update. I love the way it syncs everything across your devices, allowing you to edit wedding pics on your tablet on the go. You also get Photoshop included if you get the same Photography Plan I use - get it here.
- Luminar Neo - this isn't a must-have, but it will definitely help in some circumstances. Neo helps you do Photoshop-like edits in a fraction of the time. I use it to add realistic sunset skies to wedding photos (when we missed sunset time), and occasionally to retouch portraits. Yes, Photoshop can do these tricks too, but Neo is quicker and easier. Use code shotkit10neo to save $10.
- AfterShoot - once you start shooting several weddings a month, this tool can save you tons of time in culling photos - i.e. choosing which ones to keep vs delete. Culling is hard for wedding photographers, as we have an emotional attachment to images. This tool makes it easy and fast. Use code SHOTKIT10 to save 10%.
- Studio Ninja - most newbie wedding photographers use some dodgy combination of an Excel Sheet and GCal to manage clients' info. I did the same thing, then quickly regretted it. You definitely need a CMS, and the one I've been using for years (I tried several others that sucked) is Studio Ninja. Trial it out now and get prepared for when you get busy. Use code SHOTKIT to save 50%.
- ShootProof - you need an online gallery to share wedding photos with your clients and ShootProof is the best one I've used. You can actually make money selling your photos as prints with it too, which is handy if you hate in-person sales. Use code SHOTKIT25 to save 25%.
- ImagenAI - If you hate editing or can't keep up, this is an AI-powered app that learns your editing style and does it all for you in a couple of minutes. If you want to scale your wedding photography business, this app is a great way to do it. Try it out here with 1,500 free edits.
- Together Cards - I used to hate directing and posing clients so I developed a system to help make it easier. Posing the bride and groom is one of those things that newbie photographers like to avoid, but it's an essential part of getting a great portrait photo. Get a 50% discount here.
- Flothemes - your wedding photography website needs to look amazing. Simple as that. Flothemes is a website builder with templates - it's got a learning curve, but when you get the hang of it it's simple to use and helps you create a great-looking blog. Use code SHOTKIT25 to save 25%.
- Smart Albums - making albums is a good way to increase your income when shooting weddings, and this software makes it easy and quick to do it. It's got a built-in feedback portal which lets clients leave notes on each album page, which is a big time-saver. Use code SHOTKIT15 to save 15%.
- Rawsie - this one isn't essential, but it'll help you save money on hard drives in the long term. Rawsie is an app that compresses your massive raw files into more manageable DNGs. Use code SHOTKIT10 to save 10%.
- More Brides - I feel slimy promoting a book I wrote, but if you're new to weddings, this book contains everything I wish someone told me about how to succeed in wedding photography. Use code SHOTKIT10 to save 10%.
- More Brides II - if you've been shot a few weddings already or you're established, this book contains all I know about SEO for photographers - if you follow all the advice, it should help you earn more shooting weddings by leveraging Google. Use code SHOTKIT10 to save 10%.