contracts & booking
Allow people to sign contracts and pay for booking through the site.
I'd love the ability to have online contracts as a part of my site but am unable at this point since my site is through Zenfolio and doesn't support the online contract sites. I would like to streamline as much as possible and having the ability to do this would be amazing.
Here is the screenshots that you can see what it looks like. I think you are a partner with Miller's, not sure why you can't offer something like this.
Would be great to be able to post a contract in a PDF or DOC that could be electronically filled out by a client and electronically signed by the photographer and client.
Also, the ability to produce an invoice/receipt for clients for deposits and payments post contract. MORE IMPORTANTLY, being able to bill and receive credit card payments for sessions through PayPal would be fantastic.
It's great that you have a 24/7 online purchasing system for my clients, but before they ever get to that stage they need to have me take their photos and even before that they need to reserve studio time when I am available. So if we go back to the start, what is needed is a 24/7 online booking system tied into a payment system so as to give the potential client the incentive to actually show up for the appointment.
I run studio days for beginner photographers to gain some experience. I would like to be able to sell these days through Zenfolio. Currently I have to create an image and sell that. It gets very confusing for the clients who think they are buying a print rather than making a booking
I set time slots that I am available.
Customer selects a time.
Pays a fee
I approve after payment clears.
Memories by Mere Photography commented
I currently use Echo Sign but would love to have this all in one place!
Michelle Lettie commented
Would love to have a booking/pmt feature.
Matt Yarbrough commented
Here it is four years later and what do we have. I keep saying they pay us no attention!
The Naked Artisan Photography commented
A booking feature is the biggest missing link I have right now.
Abel Fermin Photography commented
Yes! Booking payment would be amazing!
Gathered Pixels commented
Would also be nice to have the option to use Intuit or Square interface for payment processing
Booking a session online, they can choose the time and pay through paypal or credit card, so I don't need to mess with the check or cash. I know other company offer this function, called bookme, curious when zenfolio will offer similar thing.
ImageArtworks-Stoneking Photography commented
Just a fyi - on my home page under my 'weddings' tab i have a tab to link my PDF contract that clients can print and mail in with their deposit - it works for now!
This would bee an awesome feature. While you are at it - why not add some studio management features or partner with someone else like Studiocloud - with some kind of bundle. I am growing weary of having to have subscriptions with so many different companies for different parts of my workflow...album building, album proofing, studio scheduling, etc. etc. Someone is going to do this and offer a COMPLETE solution for photographers.
L. Gaines Photography commented
Since the review for this started over 2 years ago can we get an update?
Errol E Photography commented
I agree this will make portrait and wedding photography a breeze.
Joel Nisleit Photography commented
I think there are a couple such ideas, and they would be nice. Pictage has ShootQ and something like that would be helpful to automate booking and signing.
Ruuben Marlon Becker commented
millers already has this option, so why not add it? i've had to make by own version http://ruuben.bookmonline.com/schedules/ruuben and integrate it into my design, but it doesn't look like part of the whole design. Since Millers is such a closely related lab with zenfolio I don't see why not share the feature and save us work
Diana Thornton commented
I would like this option. I live in the country, so driving 30-60 minutes to meet with a client just to sign a contract is impractical.
I can still go over it when I get their on the session date and get a physical signature, but the cool thing about an online contract is that they are truly locked in right away.
Rodney ODell commented
This would be a huge plus in my book. There are options like brownbookit out there but this might entice me to kick up to a premium member. Clients could reserve an appointment and pay for the sitting before they come in. That helps eliminate the trouble of collecting the payment and allows it all to be tied in to the rest of the website. I would love to see this happen!
Having contracts able to be signed digitally, at a distance, would certainly be helpful for those situations in which its just impractical to get together with the client. But in general, I'd recommend signing contracts in person if only for the reason that it gives you a chance to go over the important points and stress those that will otherwise inevitably get forgotten. IOW treat the contract signing as a chance to educate the client. I'm not sure that the passivity involved in digitally signing would be conducive to that.
I think this along with some of the other posted suggestion about improving the client contacts function (more info imported from orders, allowing gift certificates, coupons be created and tracked from the contact list) as well as better e-mail functions (templates, html etc), would be a HUGE step in the right direction.
The more info we have about our clients and the better our ability to communicate with them about all aspect of our business, the more sales we get = more money for Zenfolio.
Brandon Krausse Photography commented
Check out my site on Book Your session and see how I made this happen.
I added picture as a cover photo for these options and users buy sessions from the site.
Great idea..... I do similar things, and it's been difficult to manage sales.... It gets my vote.
Louise Moon Photography commented
That would be really cool!