The Photographers’ Guide to Finances and Budgeting


Spreadsheets and sums. Never as much fun as cameras and creativity. But when you’re running a photography business, there’s no escaping the financial responsibilities. Alongside nurturing clients, planning shoots and managing your diary, you also need to maximise profitability. Are as many pennies as possible being spent wisely? Is some belt-tightening required? Here we’ll share […]

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How to Give an Exceptional Client Experience


As a photographer, taking exquisite images for your clients is a must. But it’s an exceptional experience that will bring them back for more. We all know it’s more efficient and less expensive to tempt an existing client to book again than it is to find a new one. So how you can make that […]

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How to Reduce Costs Without Hurting Your Photography Business


Is your usually healthy balance sheet looking a little under the weather? Maybe bookings numbers are down or your usual expenses have crept up as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite? Then your photography business may benefit from a comprehensive cost critique. A thorough investigation into exactly what’s going out of your account on a […]

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How using the right tools can help you focus on what matters


It’s safe to assume that you didn’t choose to run a photography business because you want to spend lots of time doing admin, right? With one simple change Loudoun County Newborn, Family, and Birthday Portrait Photographer Jess Lynn and her admin assistant Annie are now able to spend more time with their families, focus on […]

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How to get more photography clients


No matter whether you’re a seasoned pro, or just starting out, something a lot of photographers want to know is how to get more photography clients. It’s no secret that the success of your photography business hinges on your ability to consistently attract new clients. Even if you already have a set of tried and […]

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Using your phone's autocorrect to respond to enquiries in ANY app


Notification noise is a truly modern phenomenon. Another WhatsApp message from an unrecognised number. A Facebook DM lurking in the depths of Messenger. Even a trusty, traditional text message ping can add to the sense of overwhelm and disorganisation. For photographers dealing with daily client communications from all these different sources, this noise can quickly […]

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Light Blue 2023.1


We’re pleased to announce a major update that makes it easier for you to work with existing clients and get paid in new ways! Light Blue 2023.1 is available as a free upgrade for all subscribers. New online payment methods We’ve added support for the full range of payment methods available via Stripe, including ApplePay, Google Pay, Klarna, […]

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How to Run a Successful Register to Win Campaign


If your usual marketing tactics aren’t growing your email list as rapidly as you’d like, it’s time to think a little more creatively. Step forward the register to win campaign, a fun, interactive way to reach new clients, showcase your photography business to a wider audience and fill up your diary. What is a register […]

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Black Friday deals for photographers 2022


Email template giveaway Get 37 email templates for your business, absolutely free! Get the email template giveaway Get more organised for less this November. Save money on Light Blue’s time-saving software for photographers, making your admin simple so that you can focus on nurturing relationships with your clients and growing a successful business.

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Accounting Software for Photographers


We get it, you love cameras, not calculators. That’s why you’re a photographer, not an accountant. But you also appreciate that part of being a professional photographer is managing the money side and keeping a detailed record of what’s coming in and what’s going out. Whether you use an accountant or not, careful record-keeping is […]

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Five Positive Steps to Keep Your Business Healthy


When business is quiet, it’s easy to panic. How long will this last? What am I doing wrong? Should I just give up? And with panic comes the temptation to take drastic action. Maybe I should slash my prices? Or perhaps I could take on that job that’s not really my thing but would bring […]

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7 ways photographers can use SMS messaging with Light Blue


When it comes to client communication, the humble text message can work wonders within your photography business. Short but mighty, an SMS message wields the power to nurture relationships, boost your reputation and showcase your professionalism. Not bad for a bit of tech first used 30 years ago by a software programmer to wish his […]

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How to run a successful Christmas mini-session campaign


What’s the secret to a successful mini-session campaign? It’s not your set, it’s not your props, it’s not even your promotional image. We spoke to newborn and family portrait photographer, Amy Knowles to find out: “You need to sell an experience to people.” “Photographers tend to obsess about the promotional image, the set that they’re […]

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Light Blue's guide to The Societies London Photo Convention 2022


The Societies London Photo Convention is one of the highlights of our calendar and we’re so excited to be back in person for 2022! We’re looking forward to talking to photographers during the extensive trade show on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday. There’s a wealth of talks and masterclasses being held during the convention, with […]

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Increase your average sales by nurturing your clients


Increasing your average sale for every session that you shoot means reaching your business goals more quickly or by relying on a smaller number of clients. Newborn photographer Mhari-Clare of Flutterby Photography shared how she’s seen a 2.4x increase in average sales from her sessions with a few simple steps.

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Filling your diary with quality repeat clients


We all work hard to find different ways of attracting new clients and bringing in new business, but how much untapped potential is there in the list of clients you’ve worked with before? We spoke to Brentwood newborn photographer, Kristina Mack about how she was able to use her existing customer list to fill the […]

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Top Tips for a Professional Photography Email Signature


When it comes to building your photography business’ brand, it needs to consistent across every touch point with clients and prospects. From a slick website to a memorable logo and across every possible form of communication, cohesively conveying what your brand stands for is crucial. But have you given much thought to your photography business’ […]

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Looking back on 2021


2021 has been a rollercoaster year for many of us, but we’ve got a lot to look back on and celebrate. We hope you’re able to take some time to take a look back at and celebrate the positive things from your year, too! It’s certainly been a busy one for us and we want […]

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Questionnaire Tools for Photographers – 5 Online Form and Survey Tools Compared


As a successful photographer, your busy brain has a lot to juggle. Names, dates, times, locations, style preferences – all the minutiae required to deliver exceptional service. And with new clients regularly coming on board, you constantly need to update that information with details of the next shoot and the next…  With so much data […]

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Managing your editing queue & your client's expectations


Keeping clients content while battling through the edit backlog is a challenge. The risk of burnout is real. Let’s help you to get on top of the workload. We’ll look at how you can buy yourself some breathing space by automatically managing your client’s expectations, and also get a clearer view of the work in […]

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Online Contract Signing for Photographers - 8 Tools Compared


Whatever the industry, signing a contract seals the deal. Professional and transparent, a carefully crafted, comprehensive contract gives clarity and accountability to both you and your clients. There’s a treasure trove of tech out there to make this part of running your photography business slick and streamlined. But which online tool should you choose? Here […]

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Light Blue 2021.2 - see your business your way with the new Home screen


We’re delighted to announce the release of the latest version of our time-saving business software for photographers, which brings some some big improvements to Light Blue’s Home screen. Light Blue is used by a wide range of photography businesses, so in Light Blue 2021.2 we’ve built on our strong customisation options to help you to […]

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A Guide to Questionnaire Templates for Photographers


Gathering information about your photography clients is crucial to ensuring smooth shoots and relaxed relationships. The more you know, the better you can tailor communication and select services to suit their unique needs. But maybe your current system for getting your hands on this important detail is less than efficient. Another admin task to shift […]

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How to Choose the Best Email Template Tools for Photographers


As a professional photographer who understands the importance of clear client communication, you may already use a few email templates. You know the kind: ‘Thanks for getting in touch. I’d be delighted to arrange a chat at a mutually convenient time.’ Or how about: ‘The big day is getting closer! So I thought it would […]

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