Photography Business Essential Tools and Resources

I would like to thank...

Ok, if I were to give a speech at the Oscars of photographers tomorrow to show my appreciation to, it will definitely be my husband and my parents - my biggest supporters. BUT, besides the awesome people that support me, these are the tools and resources that my business definitely could not survive without that give my clients the BEST experience possible. Start to finish!

*before you go crazy with purchasing all these amazing tools and have a great start to setting up your photography business, please know that I am an affiliate on some of these products/services. Which means I may get a small amount of commission if you purchase these products. That doesn't mean you will pay more - actually - in some of these services below, you will get a discount by going through my special link. I always encourage you to Google the best options out there for you, but you will be surprised with the amount of savings you get because I took the time to become an affiliate!

Tools for Every Stage of Client Communications

This is my #1 most useful tool and not-so-secret weapon to automating and making client communication a breeze. 
If you don't trust me with anything else, just trust me on this one. Get 50% off first year when you sign up by clicking here AND if you get my templates, we will automatically upload them for you!

Part of client experience is giving them the most gorgeous way to deliver their images. Pixieset is super user friendly, and clients can order directly from their galleries too!

Getting hair and makeup done is pretty standard for weddings and boudoir, but I love to give recommendations for my family clients too! I love StyleBee because they can handle any type of beauty needs for every occasion and they come to you! Follow this link and get $20 off your first booking!

PhotoMechanic is a time saver! Hands down. I fought it for a long time thinking that using LightRoom to cull was good enough. Nope. I use PhotoMechanic for these tasks and they are hands down one of the biggest time savers. 
- Renaming all the photos at once
- Culling
- Color Coding/Rating Photos

Posing is one of the hardest thing for me because I tend to love to showcase the beautiful scenery and let people be "natural". But most people don't know how to be "natural" in front of the camera. Unscripted gives you so many suggestions as to how to get people moving and playing and for us to be able to capture natural beautiful expressions. Use code "emilyjenks" for $10 off!

I am NOT fashionable. This tool really has helped me and my clients select the best outfits for their shoots based on age, color pallet, & vibe we are going for.  Use Code EJENKS10 for 10% off!

Essential Gear

- Nikon D750s (I have two, but will be upgrading to the D780 when it's out!)
- Nikon 85mm 1.8
- Sigma Art 35mm 1.4

- Godox V860II-N (on-camera flash)
Extra Batteries for Nikon D750
- At least 4 SD Cards (these are my favorite)
- Apple Watch
- Camera harness (I have this in dusty pink)

My Editing Videos

Beach maternity shoot in LR and PS!

Some tips:
- How to smooth out wrinkles in clothes (the lazy way)
- Starter's guide to curves (= wing it and play around)