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Jun 30, 2010 12:31 |  #1

I'm pretty confused about the business side of photography. I was curious what others are using for clients to order from. If you use an online gallery, what do you use so they have a private login? How do they order from you?

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Jun 30, 2010 12:45 |  #2

I have always ordered from MPIX in the past for personel stuff, quick delivery and fair price. I have also been using zenfolio for my personal pics for family members back home to see. while i haven't had any offical client photos yet what i plan on doing is this. posting all the clients photos in a private folder on zenfolio, have them choose the password. then they can login and and see what photos they want and what sizes. they will be able to order directly from them becuase zenfolio goes through mpix. you set your own prices for the photos, so when they pay say $20 for 8x10 then say $5 goes to mpix for there print, then another $5 goes to zenfolio for there cut, then you get the $10 into an acct and you can request a check at any time, keep in mind those figures are completly out of my head, don't really know the zenfolio cut. but i figure this way is easy and effective, might make a couple dollars less, but for the convience of myself and client, i figure i'll pay a couple extra bucks, but that is just me, hope that helps


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Jun 30, 2010 12:49 |  #3

My website's a fairly inexpensive flash template but it allows for secure login and has a cart that uses paypal.
I get an email 'from' Paypal once they've paid with an order list and I prep my order to the lab from that.
My current lab doesn't drop ship but I'm planning a change of lab to one that does, so once I've placed the order there's no more for me to do. Currently I repackage the orders.


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Jun 30, 2010 12:55 |  #4

oh yeah phil has a great point i think i forgot to mention. once the client places the order on the site i get notified, mpix recieves the order and ships it, so i don't really have to deal with any of the order stuff, besides collecting the money, unless something bad happens but i haven't hear any bad stories yet


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Jun 30, 2010 13:01 |  #5

I've been happy with Exposure Manger. They have their own lab and the quality is consistent. They take 10% plus printing costs. Orders are shipped direct to my customers but with my name. Customer service is the best there is. Checks get mailed once a month as long as the balance is a minimum of $100. They also offer direct deposit (which I use).
I only password protect a gallery if my customer requests, which is not often and then I also hide the images behind a landscpe shot so that none of their shots is visible.

Most of these services, Zenfolio, ExposureManager etc.. offer a 30 day trial.
There are pros and cons to each one. I think that EM takes the smallest percentage fo your sales.


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Jul 01, 2010 05:50 |  #6

I use Photocart (external link). Software runs on YOUR site and no commissions.


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Jul 01, 2010 10:02 |  #7

What image hosting/online sales program do you use?

What are you using to sell prints online?

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Jul 01, 2010 10:06 |  #8

you could use Zenfolio and password protect individual galleries.


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Jul 01, 2010 16:16 |  #9

tomd- that is pretty much what i am planing on doing, the business is still the start up stage, but i figure this might be one of the easiest ways not to mention a little easier on my part, once i get them posted the client can go on and order what they like, or purchase a cd direct from me. some say might make a little less this way but for the simplicity of the client ordering prints in the convience of their own home, not to mention they can give the login info to family members who may live far away and they can order their own as well( i like this because being military myself, my family is a few thousand miles away, and it saves me having to buy prints then mail them myself to family)


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Jul 01, 2010 16:20 |  #10

Zenfollio and SmugMug are good affordable ones. If your looking for top of the line checkout pictage


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