Same-Day Slideshows and How PASS Makes Them Even Better!

Same-Day Slideshows and How PASS Makes Them Even Better!

At first, the idea of marketing to people at a wedding seems tacky and unprofessional. After all, you're being hired by the Bride + Groom to photograph their wedding, not to try to drum up more business for yourself. That is why "intent" is so important when marketing at a wedding. You should be doing everything possible to ensure your Bride & Groom enjoy their day and feel great about themselves, and in turn, about you!

The same-day edit slideshow is not groundbreaking innovation anymore; in fact many brides are expecting that you do that at their reception and think of it as a downside if you don't offer it. This same-day edit can be your biggest marketing tool EVER if you utilize it correctly. Again, thinking of intent, you are not doing this just to market yourself to their friends and family by showing them your pictures...they will see those later anyways, hopefully. You are doing this so that while the Bride is mingling with some guests at the candy table, she has dozens of people rushing up to her, OOZING compliments all over her like the chocolate fountain on her strawberries!




Now what Bride wouldn't want to hear that on their wedding day, and how much more of a service did you just provide for her? That's better service than offering her another canvas for free! That's service that hits her at an emotional level and encourages her on the biggest day of her life! That is your intent!

Now that your intent is solidified, let's discuss how this can be beneficial for your business.

While you are working hard at the wedding, your target market is actually watching you! You don't have to spend money on advertising with Google to people who don't know you from a hole in the ground. You get to show your potential clients what you can do, while you're doing it! Now you have the chance to go even further and blow their minds when they get to see the photos you just took, displayed at the reception, and to go even a step further, on their own iPhone's!

Displaying the photos at the reception should be done in at least two ways. First, on your laptop as a slideshow at the bar, candy table, guest book table, or wherever people will be able to stand close by and watch. I recommend the bar...that way as the night goes on, your photos just get better and BETTER!

The second way, and probably the more effective way, is on an iPad (or two) that you send around the reception. You do need to take necessary precaution and set restrictions on the iPad and have "find my iPad" loaded and running, but at the same time you need to show that you trust the people at the reception, they appreciate it!

If you’re not sure how to set restrictions on your iPad, it’s very easy. Go to the settings and tap on “General”, then “Accesibility”, and then go down to “Guided Access” and turn it on. You’ll have to set a 4-digit passcode to get back out of the restricted mode when you’re done. To enable guided access, simply triple tap the home button on your iPad and then select the areas you want to disable by circling them with your finger. I suggest using the standard photos app for viewing the images, and in that case I circle the top portion of the screen so the “edit” and “albums” buttons are disabled. Using this function will allow the guests to move the photos around and look through the album you’ve selected, but they won’t be able to challenge each other on Angry Birds!

I suggest you first show the Bride + Groom the photos on the iPad, and while they're starting to view them, go and get the Mother's of both and tell them what's happening. They will turn into your biggest fans immediately, and you can just sit back and take pictures of the tears that flow.

And now the real marketing comes in, allowing the guests to see the photos right on their own devices!

The program that allows you to do this flawlessly and instantly is called PASS, and it integrates with facebook, iPhone's, iPad's and iPod Touch's incredibly. Once you've edited your photos for the same day slideshow, all you have to do is upload them to the wedding gallery and tell the guests where to find them. For uploading, it is best if you are connected to a wifi router from the venue you are at so you can upload the high-resolution files. If you don’t have Internet access there, then the next alternative is to use your cell phones wireless hot spot (most smart phones have this capability). If you don’t have one, then go get one! Depending on your data plan, I would suggest uploading smaller web-sized files with this connection so you’re not taking up too much data, and then re-upload the full size files when you get home.

Another way I let the guests know where to find the photos is by making personalized cards for the wedding. You can design small cards with an engagement photo from the couple and the link URL for their gallery. You can hand these out at the reception, letting people know that they are already up there. You can also share the gallery on the Bride + Groom's facebook pages and anyone who sees the link will be able to view the photos as well. Now you have a discussion point with the guests at the wedding that WILL lead to you booking their weddings and their friends weddings because you went above and beyond! Your couple will also be amazed and thankful that you gave them this amazing service completely for free, yes, do it for free!

Remember that referrals take time to come through, so don't be discouraged if you don't hear from anyone right after the wedding you just shot, this method of marketing works and if you continue to do it effectively you will see the benefits of your efforts.

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Forgot to put an excerpt? lol

Well, I think it's overstating doing a slideshow at the wedding has become standard and expected in the wedding industry. I do happen to give a slideshow at the reception using a big screen and projector which is MUCH better than handing around a couple of iPods. I am the ONLY photographer in my region that does it. Using a projector to give a huge slideshow, everyone groups around and chats about how amazing the photography looks and how beautiful the bride is. It makes it much more social. I have not come across any other photographer around, even in neighboring large cities that does it. I will say, it is always a huge success and the couples and guests looooove it! It isn't a new concept, but it does take work. You also have to be confident in your photography enough to be able to show them without a bunch of photoshopping done to them, so you have to make sure they look good when you take them! Of course, as a professional, that should be the case. ;o)

To be honest, I would have hated if you did that at my wedding without my knowledge. I don't want you taking up space with a projector and screen. I really hope you discuss that with couples.


Réjean Brandt's picture

I'm sure that would have been discussed at the consultation.

The projector doesn't take up space. It's mounted to the ceiling and the screen also comes down from the ceiling and is against the wall. Most halls have this. Your assistant does the uploading while you keep shooting.

Of course our clients know fully in advance and we work in into everything according to their wishes. It never interferes with the party. Quite the opposite, it's a highlight of the evening. We don't do it to advertise, as this article tends to focus on. It's about giving our couples another cool way to share their memories with their loved ones. It usually is off to the side and plays out of the way for a while. Guests who want to take a break from dancing or whatever come over and check it out. They always love it. I've never had a couple say to me, "show photos from my wedding right then the same day, no way! How rude!" Never.

Great article Matt!

Pass is trash - No need to feed David Jay's ego. You can do great slideshows with Lightroom, and free downloads for clients with DropBox!

So you burn an hour at the wedding doing the edit. Then there's the cost of PASS. Isn't that like $25 per gallery. You then send a couple $500 devices out into the wild, or maybe a $1000 laptop. All this is all to get referrals?

No thanks (especially to PASS). If I were going to do this, I can certainly think of more cost effective choices than PASS (that also don't have the well earned negative stigma). More importantly, I'm not going to waste my clients time at their wedding doing editing. I'm going to dutifully keep shooting and produce a better end result because of it. I've done the slideshow thing before and found it to be a headache.

The best way to get referrals is to be great at your craft. I can't imaging photographers like Villa, Messisa, Ascough, or the like wasting their time with gimmicks (film issue aside). I'll save my marketing for when I'm at home and not working on my client's dime.

A great alternative to PASS (for this application and likely many others) would be PhotoShelter's new Beam platform. Plus, you're not charged per gallery. Just by total storage.

$25 for letting your customers see their gallery online and download all their photos? That is too much of a cost for delivery photos to clients? What kind of business do you run?

Same thing is possible with Zenfolio (and I'm sure most other services - I just use Zenfolio myself) - without the $25 per gallery cost.

Have assistant do a quick edit and upload of iPad friendly files during dinner. Once about 100 are online you start the slideshow and display a QR code on the lower edge of the projector so people can get to the slideshow on their own devices. You have 2 or 3 iPads being passed around with the pics sync'd so guests can see while enjoying post dinner drinks. You continue shooting while the assistant keeps adding images to the gallery as the night goes on. Replace the low res iPad shots with better images later.

If you find yourself in a venue with terrible wifi / net connection, you can run a local webserver off a laptop and a wifi access point. This is something you check when doing your site visit - and also doesn't cost per gallery.

Hmm... I got 50 GB of Dropbox free. 100GB is only $99 a year. Pass is a one trick pony, with Dropbox you can share non-photo (as in video) files too. So Dropbox can be free too. And you can share links to dropbox with everyone at the wedding, how is that any different?

Because sharing a link to Dropbox looks cheap. As a guest I would be WAY more impressed being sent a link to a PASS gellery then I would a dropbox link. And if you raise your package price by 30 bucks YOU aren't paying for the gallery.

Or for lest than the cost of one event you could use Pixieset - and not feed David Jays ego - But really Dropbox works fine - I show the images on my web site or a proofing site and the Download link just pops up the dropbox folder to grab stuff from - they don't "View" the images there.

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Same-day slideshows can an be amazing and powerful marketing tool if you feel confident enough in your work. I do it at most of my weddings and my brides and grooms love it!

However I don't understand what Pass has to do with all this… Why Pass? Why not another proofing/gallery service? Pass doesn't make the process much easier or better than some other alternatives out there (SmugMug, ZenFolio, PhotoDeck, PhotoProofPro, etc.). Pass has nothing extraordinary you can't find anywhere else… the only feature it has others don't have is cheap prices for prints that you can't change (haters gonna hate).

I'm sorry but this post looks to me like like a product placement more than anything else. The idea isn't bad but I don't understand why you make it about Pass.

Because the author is the owner of Pass. This is an advertisement, and I really think it's unethical for them to not disclose as much when they continually post these types of things.

Actually Jaek that is not true. The author is a successful Canadian Photog who has figured out a way to use PASS to increase his income, so what is the problem with making more money?

Why not save all your jpegs to SmugMug and away you go. Sale you picts from there.

Or do it from PS Bridge.

I think that's tacky. I take my time and shoot , edit do corrections, the present to bride & groom, in the form off an online gallery. The couple can give access to whoever they want after that. I would hate to be in a rush to get the images up while at the wedding just to maximize my profits.

I feel like I just read a really bad infomercial. What does a same day slide show have to do with PASS?! I didn't realize that fstoppers was a place for salesmen to sell their wares and author commercials. Sure products and services are discussed here, but usually in a less bias, non invested type of way. (Maybe a disclaimer is in order?) lmbo thanks for the giggles. Maybe at a later date an actual article about the many numerous slide show softwares, and online hosting/viewing services will be written, allowing people to research all the best choices out there, and make a decision that's best for them. Not everyone can afford to pay to give their finished work away for free and not sell prints for any sort of profit, like PASS limits it's users to doing. I think if you were to do an honest comparison with similar services, PASS would fall pretty short for most. Not to mention all the negative stigma and bad karma that's attached PASS and those that pimp it out as something revolutionary. Quite a few photographers will pass on PASS just out of shear principle at this point.

Melinda you are sooooo misinformed. No one give the images away for free that's just silly talk. The only negative stigma is from those that wanted to use it, but were mad that the compnay wouldn't give in to making changes they wanted them to make. Giving away images for free that is just hilarious. Really thank you for the laugh I needed it.

Not misinformed. Do clients get charged to download their high res images for printing where and when they chose? No. Are they able to purchase prints through the app? Yes, at set prices, that pay the finisher, and pass, and give the photographer PASS credits, if I remember correctly up to a dollar if they sell an 8x10. There was also a promotional/informative video stating that soon more print sizes and finished products would be available at set prices as well. Therefor limiting potential profit for the photographer. The negative stigma isn't from people who don't want to use PASS, but rather photographers that don't care for the way it was marketed along side "the system" and coupled with very bad business advice, and a marketing tactic that pins "grumpy old schoolers" against vulnerable new bees that fall for the self serving garbage that comes out of David Jay's mouth. Yes, I may be opinionated, but I am not misinformed.

Wow. That post was so full of misinformation I don't even know where to begin. 1st the clients are charged to download the files on the front end of the photogs session prices. PASS just replaces the DVD that photgs CHERGED their clients for. Yes they are able to purchase prints through the gallery IF the photog enables that option, (it can be turned off allowing the photog to continue self-fulfilling at their own prices). The pricing scheme was what photogs USING PASS requested not something he arbitrarily decided. PASS actually receives less than the photog does from prints are sold and the photog can keep the sales as credits if they CHOOSE to or they can cash out the balance when it reaches 50.00. This was actually not marketed alongside the system. They are only goin to make some large prints available IF and ONLY IF photgs start requesting them. So yes actually everything you said was wrong and misinformed.

PASS was all over the system along with show it and show it's web design services. I know they are now trying to separate the connection, but... O.k. So you're right, PASS is perfection, and nothing like any other service out there. I really don't have it in me to argue about how it limits earning potential. You can only pad that front end so much, without having to eventually start making money on the back end, if you want to support yourself and your family with your photography. It will suit part timers and hobbyists just fine, and full time pros as well as long as all the added features are turned off, and it's only used to show images quickly along social media. Gee I can't think of any other way to do that without it costing an arm and a leg. (Sarcasm)
All of this does not take away from the fact that the author is invested in PASS. It also doesn't take away that PASS is associated with David Jay, and that he has left a bad taste in many photographers mouths, that isn't easily washed away with a product that allows you to upload images quickly to be shared on social media. Take away all the "features" (which is what you just suggested people can do if they want to be more in charge of their profit margins) and you have what millions already do daily for free.

And PASS (and other similar products/services just like it) has nothing to do with same day slide shows. It was like the author tried really hard to find a way to throw it in there. If you can't see why that made me giggle... Well I guess we just have different funny bones

Wait, you can cash out when a balance reaches $50? Sadly, that's what like 100 8x10's or something? I make more than $50 on one print and I think that's the biggest piece of crap that PASS puts out there... this whole notion that a $50 8x10 is over priced. All I can do is hope that new photographers learn the business end fast enough NOT to waste their money on this as it will only put them out of business in no time. Why are so few not calling out this junk for what it is. NO photographer can make a living if PASS is the program they use and believe it or not I do think that photographers who go pro actually WANT to make a living with it, or is my kind of thinking too old school? LOL.

P.S. I'm with you Melinda!

Jake Engel the author actually is NOT the owner. I find it hilarious that all the people hating on PASS. Photogs are making a ton of money using this.

Perhaps "owner" was an overstatement, it's not clear. But what exactly is the author's relationship with pass? "Enthusiastic customer" doesn't add up. These posts don't read as reviews, they read as gospel. Argue as you wish, but it's hurting this blog more than it is helping PASS.

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