LifePics is committed to providing you with the best online solution for your professional photography business.
We are currently in the process of launching a new Pro solution that will be closely integrated with our consumer online photo accounts through our retail sites. To prepare for the new solution, please sign up for a consumer online photo account through one of our retail sites. Our retail consumer accounts are free and include unlimited storage. In addition, they include a variety of features: photo ordering; sharing via email, blogs, and Facebook; access via mobile devices; auto-upload software; state of the art photo book, calendar, and card engines; and much more.
Note that some of the FAQs below will not apply to the new LifePics Pro solution.
Listed below are some of the most common questions asked about selling photos online with the LifePics Pro Solution. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any other questions that you may have.
When you sign up for the LifePics Pro Solution, you can post and publish all the photos you have taken to your personal LifePics Web site. Your Web site enables you to easily sell your photos to your customers and have the orders fulfilled through your favorite photofinisher on the LifePics network.
You get to choose your own sub-domain name for your Web site. For example, your sub-domain could be “prophotographer.lifepics.com,” and you choose what you want in place of “prophotographer.” Once you have your Web site, you are able to completely customize the look and feel by using your own banner logo and welcome image. You can also upload your event images, alert your customers of their online presence, and start to receive orders. When an order is placed, it is immediately sent to the LifePics Network lab of your choice. The lab will print the order and can offer you many post-sale options to choose from, such as shipping or pickup options. Please contact the lab to discuss these options.
$79.99 one-time set-up fee, $0 a month, 15% commission on each print order total, and 20% on each gift or template order total.
We do not charge to upload events. You can upload as many images as you would like for viewing and publishing off of your Web site. There are no limits on the number of images that you can upload, and the images are stored for free for 6 months. Any storage you choose to get beyond the 6 months will cost a nominal fee of $19.95 for each 512 Mb of storage.
You set the pricing and have complete control over modifying and changing your product pricing and description.
Yes. The service allows you to have multiple pricing options by event. This way you can creatively and selectively sell your products at different prices to different customers if you choose.
You can monitor your sales and commissions at any time through our multiple reporting functions. You can track sales and commissions from a recent time period or search for orders by name, number, or within a certain range of dates.
We do not limit the number of uploads per event.
Yes, many of our pros still shoot primarily on film. Your photofinisher has an upload utility which can upload a roll of film directly to your account. Additionally, you can have the film transferred to CD so you can upload from your computer or send us the CD and let us upload the images for you.
You have the ability to make an event private (you set the password or event code) or public (no password required to view).
Yes. You choose which products you would like to offer for each event from a list of your photofinisher's products.
Uploading speed can vary depending upon your internet connection, the size and amount of images, and the media to be uploaded from. Basic residential DSL/cable connections average about 100-200 MB/hr, premium residential DSL/cable connections average 300-450 MB/hr, and a T-1 connection averages 500+ MB/hr. You can also mail your images via CD or DVD to LifePics and we will upload to your account at no extra charge.
Yes, we recommend all pros upload full resolution images. This way all image sizes will be printed to the highest quality, and it saves you the trouble of uploading an image multiple times. One unique option to our service is that customers can view the high resolution images without being able to download them. This way they can see all the details of the pictures and feel more confident about placing orders, yet your images are still safe.
If you choose, each guest coming to view an event will be required to register in a guestbook, which you track via the site. You can generate a report of any person that has viewed images, and solicit them with any additional promotions that you may choose to offer them. You also have the ability to allow your guests to enter without signing in. It is your choice.
Once you sign up online, your site is live instantly. You will receive a confirmation of your username and password as well as helpful tips to get you going immediately with real time technical support if necessary.
Yes, all LifePics Pro sites have an optional watermark feature to ensure that only you or your designated photofinisher can print your images. You may customize the text, angle, and opacity in which your watermark will appear on the image.
Yes, the solution is both Mac and PC compatible. However, it requires Windows 2000 or newer or Mac OSX 10.4 or newer.