As a wedding photographer I am always looking for tools that make my job easier and the experience for my clients better. For years one of my least favorite parts of my job was getting feedback and approvals on wedding albums I designed for my clients. Fortunately all that has changed since I have started to use AlbumDraft. There are a number of programs that compete with AlbumDraft as software for album proofing - I've just found theirs to be the most convenient and easy to use.
If you have ever created a photo album for your clients than you have probably experienced the burden of waiting to hear back on the changes they would like to make. When you finally hear back from your clients it comes in an email that is difficult to decipher and understand what changes they would like and where. You know the emails I am talking about. "Can you go to page 5 and move the photo of me and my friend with brown hair to spread 8 next to the photo of my friend that looks like Channing Tatum."
AlbumDraft makes the album proofing workflow process much more simple. Here's are 7 things I love about them.
1. The process to upload my spreads and send to my clients is easy and efficient. The interface is clean and the albums are responsive so they look great on any screen size.
2. It allows my clients to annotate exactly right on top of the image what change they would like to make. They just click the image they want to edit and leave their note.
3. After my client has marked their changes on the album I receive an email and link to view the changes. Rather than paging through each spread I can see all the changes they would like at one glance just by scrolling down. Click here to see what the page of changes looks like.
4. Once I make the changes to the spreads I just save with the same name as before and reupload to AlbumDraft. The program automatically swaps out the old page for the new one with changes and I can resend to my clients for another round of proofing.
5. The customer service at AlbumDraft has been amazing.
6. The pricing is a great value and has two different plans (pay-per-album or monthly) designed for photographers of all levels. Some photographers will choose to sign up for the monthly plan ($17/month) and create as many albums as they would like during the month. Other photographers might choose to just pay for the service each time they build an album. At just $7 for the pay-per-album service it is worth every penny.
7. The "Activity Log" records when I send out the album for review and when my customer logs in to view it. This way I am able to check in and see if the customer is looking it over or if I need to send out a reminder to them.
The nice thing is AlbumDraft will right now let you try it out for free. Go give them a shot. I know I am grateful I did and have now been happily using them for over 6 months. It's been one of the gamechangers in my business this year.