I hate the post office. Period.
I really don’t know why but it has always been that way. Pixieset is perfect for me because it eliminates the need for any mail whatsoever. You don’t know how excited that makes me!
I am one of those “bad” photographers who sell their digital files. I know, I know. I can hear you booing and hissing through my computer screen. That is just how I like to run my business so let’s just ignore that little fact and move on.
My old process was to edit all my images, resize them for printing, burn them to a disk (which are way too expensive for my taste), and then head on over to the post office to ship it off. Unlike normal people, we never have envelopes or stamps in my household. We don’t send mail. We pay our bills digitally, communicate digitally, and even send party invites digitally.
So off to the post office, I would go every single time I had to send a disk to my clients. That pretty much means all the time. There is no fresher hell than taking a toddler into a post office. Everything must be touched, chewed, or looked at. Every minute must be filled with whines of boredom. Everyone simply must look at you and your weeping child with disapproval, and the Post Office worker must make a loud comment about it.
Every. Single. Time.
I digress. I was so sick of the post office, and I knew that there had to be a better way for my clients to receive their files. (Yes, their digital files. I know you are still cringing over that little tidbit). Google is always your best friend in times like this, and I quickly found a site called Pixieset.
Pixieset has changed everything for me. No longer do I have to brave the post office with my screaming toddler in tow.
I can simply upload the images to their own gallery (or collection as they are called), notify the client, supply them with their private pin, and they can download them onto their computer.
My clients actually prefer this method. They don’t want to wait anymore than I want to mail them their images. Pixieset supplies us both with something we have come to expect in this technological age, instant gratification.
If you don’t sell your digital files and would rather sell prints, Pixieset is equipped for that as well. You can give your client the option to purchase per photo as well as what size print they would like. I don’t know too much about that side of Pixieset because I have not used it for those purposes.
The best part is Pixieset is free. Yup, FREE.
I have not paid for using my awesome time-saving ninja tool. That isn’t to say that you can’t. It all depends on how much space you need for your collections and the tools you will be using.
For example, if you upgrade to one of their paid subscriptions then you don’t have to pay a commission on the prints you sell. You also get more storage.
The free accounts give you 3GBs of storage, and I am able to delete the collections when my clients have downloaded them. I know that that may not be an option for everyone but it is something to keep in mind.
Has anyone else tried Pixieset? Do you like it, love it, or hate it? Feel free to comment below. We are here to learn from each other!
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