We’ve spent thousands of dollars trying out junky products so you don’t have to. This resource page will provide you with our favorite tools and resources for starting, running and growing your photo booth business. Disclaimer: Some links on this page will provide us with a small commission (at no additional cost to you) to help support this site. Please read through our Affiliate Disclaimer if you have any questions.


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BlueHost

Best hosting provider for your site.


X Theme

Best site theme for WordPress.


99 Designs

Custom logos and graphic design.

Canon T5i

Our favorite camera

Surface Pro

Our favorite tablet

AlienBees

Our favorite flash

Darkroom

Our favorite software

DNP 620A

Our favorite printer

Rock N Roller

Our favorite dolly

Umbrella

Our favorite light modifier

Apple iPad

Best tablet for social kiosk

Website & Hosting:

Bluehost
 – I’ve used a lot of hosting providers and this one is by far my favorite for shared server space. Great for smaller startup sites.

WordPress – Content Management System for custom websites. 23% of the internet is WordPress based.

Themeforest – Well made wordpress theme for those who like custom sites.

Zenfolio – Well priced photo gallery service for delivering, selling and printing your photos for clients. Additional way to back up your clients photos.


Gear & Equipment:

Amazon – Great place to search for random photography products.

BH Photo Video – Good for buying just about anything related to photography and videography.

Adorama – Another great place to buy camera gear.


Design Tools:

Canva – Create beautiful designs with your team. Use Canva’s drag-and-drop feature and layouts to design, share and print business cards, logos, presentations and more.

99 designs – Work with top graphic design freelancers! Trusted by over 400k companies.

Upwork – Find freelancers and freelance jobs on Upwork – the world’s largest online workplace where savvy businesses and professional freelancers go to work!

JPEGMini – Compress images fast without losing image quality

Lightroom – A must have for cataloging images from events. Great for editing lots of photos from a shoot.

Backup Solutions:

Backblaze – Unlimited cloud backup solution for all drive connected through wire to your computer. Best price I could find.

ChronoSync – Another time based app that can sync drives or folders from one place to another. Helpful to apply automated backups of specific folders so you’re not doing redundant tasks all the time.


Crowd Funding:

If your needing some startup capital any of these sites can help you launch a campaign. Just don’t expect people to give you money unless you really drive it:

Legal & Insurance:

LegalZoom – Register a business name and setup and entity to make things legal with your state.

The Hartford – Get business general and liability insurance for your company.

Hill & Usher – Unsure what insurance company to go with they will help you through the process.


Communication Tools:

Google Mail – Managing all day to day emails

Google Calendar – Managing all events for our business

Mail Chimp – Managing our e-mail newsletter communication

Postable – Simple way to send out customized thank you cards to clients


Productivity Tools:

Calendly – Book appointments and meetings on the fly. No more back and forth emails.

Zonebox – The perfect app for staying on task and timing yourself throughout the day to work on projects without wasting time.

Text Expander – Drop in boiler plate text into any application including your phone. All messages sync to dropbox.

One Password – Quickly log into your favorite sites without having to remember your usernames and passwords. Saves so much time!

We Transfer – Easy way to transfer large files.

IFTTT – Let the internet work for you. Create recipes that trigger things to happen within all your various online profiles. The options are endless with what you can automate online.


Organization Tools:

Evernote – Organizes everything in our life.

*Dropbox – Cloud solution to keep all your local files and folders on. Quickly allows you to obtain deleted files or previous versions of a save. Another great place to share files with other vendors or clients.

Google Drive – Place to store all your google docs. Similar to Dropbox but less personal and more for a business.

Trello – Project management & Task lists for creative minded people.

ShootQ – Photography Studio management system.

XMind – Mind Map your ideas for visual organization and structure.

Advertising:

The Knot – Great place to begin advertising photo booth rentals for weddings.

Google Adwords – Create ads to promote your brand toward people searching online for answers.

Facebook & Instagram – Create ads to promote your brand toward people browsing on social media.

Buffer – Automated web app for managing your Instagram posts and other social media.

SEO:

Google Analytics – The way to view your sites traffic and statistics.

Google Web Master Tools – Another part to your sites traffic that is important to manage.

SEO Local – Easy way to let this service submit your site and match your information across multiple places for local search.


WordPress Plugins:

Gravity Forms – Good plugin for creating custom forms of all various types and stores them on the backend just incase you don’t get the email from inquiries.

Yoast SEO – The SEO plugin is a must have for WordPress to optimize your pages and posts properly for search engines.


Print Resources:

Real Thread – High quality water based screen printed t-shirts. The best I’ve seen. Fast turn arounds. Really good customer service.

Moo Cards – The quality of their 4 color silk cards is much better than anything else around. They offer a variety of prints as well. Amazing customer service. You get what you pay for.

Photo Flash Drive – Should you need custom usb drives.

Mag Cloud – Perfect solution for a catalog or pricing guide. Something we give to clients if we meet in person with them. Makes a big statement.


Accounting and Invoicing Tools:

PayPal – Quick way to send money and invoice for collecting payments.

Stripe – Simplified way to receive funds online from clients. Connects seamlessly with ShootQ. No monthly fee only a percentage of the transaction.

Quickbooks – The online version is really good for bookeeping, budgeting and payroll.

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