A+C Mega List {Our favorite tools and sites}

megalist

I thought on all of this for a week and kept thinking of more tools we use! I am not going to lie, it is really helpful for me to see all of this written out for myself. I know it is going to be good for you too! Have fun!

ORGANIZATIONAL

1. Colorvale Planner- Little bit of work to set up but has been my favorite by far!

2. Trello

3. Evernote

4. NOTES- Yup just my notes on any apple device. I have passwords, templates, and pretty much anything important backed up into a note. This is nice too because I can access it super quick and copy and paste!

5. Google Calendar

 

SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS AND AIDS

I could list these all out but you know the basics! Here are ones I think you might be missing!

1. Periscope- Live broadcasts! It is awesome!

2. Latergramme- schedule your insta posts!

3. Pinterest- You should spend more time here than Facebook! Worth the SEO benefits and you will be shocked how many referrals can come from Pinterest!

4. Hootsuite is great but a little pricey! Might be worth looking into though.

 

SEND FILES

1. Dropbox

2. WeTransfer

3. DropSend

 

BLOG

1. Publicize option- I use the publicize option on wordpress to post every blog post over at google plus! This is awesome because it helps boost my SEO and I never even have to login!

2. BlogStomp- I don’t know anyone blogs with out it! Get the trial!

 

FAVORITE STORES and such

1. Adorama- Best — USED equipment prices with WARRANTY

2. Amazon Prime- Worth it for shipping. This is where we buy almost everything!

3. LensGiant- Cheapest rentals we have found and great service!

4. JoTotes- Love their bags and the price!

5. Bp4u- Contracts, guides and more!

 

OTHER SITES

1. Ebates- Get a percentage back on almost any store! Check it out!

2. GroopDealz- I find a lot of props, client gifts, and more here!

3. Retailmenot- Never buy anything online with out looking for a promo code! This will save you a ton!

 

SOFTWARE

1. Creative Cloud- $29 and lots and lots of tools you do not know about most likely. File sharing, font books and more.. Do some research it is awesome!

2. Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Muse, Bridge

3. Again, BlogStomp! It is my fave!

 

WEBSITE

1. Adobe Muse- Drag and drop website builder

2. Squarespace- We don’t currently use this design platform but we stand by it and love it!

3. ProPhoto- wordpress blog templates and GREAT seo!

4. Godaddy- domain names mostly, great promo codes!

 

EDUCATION

1. Creative Live

2. Lynda.com

3. International Academy

4. Google- Ha!

 

BUSINESS

1. Quickbooks- LIFE SAVER! We use the Mac version currently and will be switching to online.

2. ShootQ- Studio Manager

3. Square- Merchant Services

4. PASS- Image delivery

5. Agree- We are just trying out agree and like it a lot so far!

6. Honeybook- Also, just trying this out and seem to like it more than ShootQ so far.

 

LABS

1. Millers- We order all of our custom invites and stationary through them!

2. Artsy Couture – We use them for our custom presentation boxes! They are beautiful!

3. WHCC- All of our prints are through them!

 

ALBUMS

1. Artisan State- Easy design layout. The expensive albums are beautiful, the cheaper ones are what they are but we always do leather!

2. Album Exposure- This is great for communicating!

 

PRODUCTS and MORE

1. CGPRO PRINTS

2. Overnightprints- I use these guys for our vendor cards, promo pieces, etc. They have excellent quality and kick butt prices!

3. MOO- Business cards are beyond amazing!

4. MagCloud- This is who we print all of our bridal magazines through!

 

I know there are probably more tools we use that I missed but this is a great start! Let us know if you have any questions!

Sharing, serving, and celebrating,

Andrew + Chrissy