Know that saying people use (not so) jokingly about Target? It’s something like, “you don’t tell Target what you need. Target tells you what you need.” I hate that saying. What does that have to do with Black Friday photography deals?
Well, end of the year business investments can be great for tax savings, but let’s be clear… The most responsible way to approach the onslaught of Black Friday / Cyber Monday sales coming your way isn’t to sift through them to see what you might want. Instead, I encourage you to look through them to save money on something you were already considering investing in.
Also, let’s get this out of the way… some of the links in this blog post are affiliate links. If you purchase one of these products by clicking the link / using my discount code, I will get a small commission at no extra cost to you. That said, I wouldn’t recommend something I don’t believe in. It’s not my style, but if we can both benefit from these sales, so be it! Let’s dig in.
It is ZERO secret that I love and live by my HoneyBook templates / workflows. A client (who had been fighting setting up her CRM for over a year because it felt overwhelming) recently told me, “I am an idiot for waiting so long to use this. It’s like having a secretary for my business!”
You can take it from me or you can take it from her… Use this downtime during slow season to set yourself up for a smoother, more successful year next year. As a HoneyBook Educator, I’m happy to report that I can hook you up with the best discount out there… You just have to enter CREATIVEBUSINESSCOACH to receive the discount!
Styled Stock Society
Admittedly, this is more for creatives than it is photographers, but SSS is my favorite resource for all things graphic templates and stock photos. You can search by color, orientation, scene, and much more, making it perfect for filling your new site! In fact, most of the stock photos on my site and free resources are from Styled Stock!
Purchasing the lifetime membership is a steal because you’ll pay once and have updated photos and templates at your disposal for years. I’m a big fan of their IG post and stories templates when I want fresh designs that aren’t overused.
Get 40% off a lifetime membership by using code SSS4LIFE at checkout (Nov 23rd – Nov 30th)!
If you’re just getting started and haven’t signed up for an Adobe Creative Suite subscription yet, this is a great time to invest. When you sign up for your first year by Black Friday 2021, you can get 40% off (or more if you’re a student).
Looking to start an email list or save money as you grow? Flodesk is my favorite email marketing software because it’s easy to use, doesn’t increase in cost as you gain more subscribers, and has everything I need without the distraction of the extras I don’t.
Tonic Site Shop
There are a lot of beautiful website templates out there, but there’s one specific reason I will only recommend Tonic Site templates…
I’m a fan girl of their co-founder, Jen, who specialized in copywriting before designing sites. Their templates are just as strategic as they are gorgeous. Want proof? Just take a gander through my site (formerly known as Margarita).
My clients who have converted to a Tonic template have seen their conversions increase dramatically and have filled their calendars months before others in their field. As much as I did a short stint as a copywriter, these templates filled with copy cues / starters allow anyone to write clever words in a strategic places. In the future, feel free to use my code CREATIVEBUSINESSCOACH when you shop & let me know which design you choose!
They’re offering 20% off from 11/22-11/29 plus a ton of bonuses to set you up for success that you don’t want to miss (SEO lessons, copy education discounts, and 20% off your first year of Showit).
If you’ve been wanting to get your act together on Pinterest, but can’t figure out how to juggle yet another marketing strategy in your business.. look no further. Tailwind is literally the only reason I’m able to keep up. We all know I love batch working. Tailwind allows me to schedule MONTHS worth of pins at a time so I can just sit back and relax as they do the work for me.
Equipment Black Friday Deals for Photographers
Alright, time for the most sought-after Black Friday photography deals… the equipment we use every day. Side note… they change often, but there are great deals on Amazon for extra camera bodies / lenses. Canon also typically runs smaller deals directly.
SD Card Deals
Did you know that SD cards are made to last ten years if they aren’t being used and no more than 5 years if they’re used occasionally? If you’re shooting on the same card over and over again, I’d highly encourage you to stock up on some extras. This will not only help you stay organized as you juggle multliple sessions / weddings, but you’ll have peace of mind knowing you can trust the cards you’re using.
If you use a camera that allows for a dual memory card slot (like a Canon 5D Mark IV), consider getting some extra CF cards as well so you protect yourself against corrupted memory cards.
Pro Tip: Keep the memory card packaging. Each SanDisk memory card comes with one free year of recovery software. If you’re thinking, “psh, I’ll never need that,” I truly hope you don’t. But coming from someone who accidentally only transferred 1/2 the photos from a session (to two places, I might add) before reformatting the card, you’ll be happy when you have this tool.
Portable Hard Drive Deals
Now that you’ve reformatted all of your memory cards for the year, you need a place to backup all of those precious photos / files for your clients! I’ve always been a fan of SeaGate and often run out of data faster than I think I will, so I recommend getting at least a 5TB External Hard Drive to be safe. Just make sure you double check whether it’s set up for Macs or Windows.
Pro Tip: Physically label your hard drives by year and then rename them on your computer so you know exactly what year you’re clicking on to find the files you need.
What did I miss?
Looking for a discount you don’t see here? Better yet… do you know of a discount that could help your fellow photographers / creatives? Let me know! As a co-leader for our local Rising Tide Society TuesdaysTogether chapter, I truly believe in community over competition.