I started using ShootProof as my website and delivery system. I created a download code in the shopping card for clients - they can view their photos, but cannot download until I recieve payment! Solved that problem real fast! :) The email they recieve after payment I send directly from shootproof with simple instruction on checking out with their photos. I get an email to confirm. I also set the sizes of the photos for download, so now they can get the mls sized, and also get the print/ad sized photos if they like (or if they paid for it). I keep the photos there for one year.
That's a great idea. We actually know the folks at ShootProof very well. It's a great product and a great team.
We do have plans to incorporate a similar paywall directly into TourBuzz as we understand this is an important operational problem.
It is - and i've gotten very strict with it - corporate clients were the worst! At least this way they can pre-pay before the shoot if they can't be there. The thing that bugs me about shootproof though, is that I have clients on there grouped by name, which is called gallery - I was excited when I saw clients could just download the photos with a code. I soon realized it downloads every album in the entire gallery in large resolution Frustrating! So I had to create a checkout code for prepaied clients - again very annoying. But, it works for now!
A smarter idea, for architectural photographers, would be to allow clients to download just an album in the gallery, using their access code, which we could supply to them after payment. If you could do that, it would be awesome!
Going through the checkout process is annoying for some of my more high maintenance clients, but I actually did a training sheet for them. Thankfully, I'm an IT girl and design explicit instructions complete with pictures and screenshots!