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Using Custom Products & Packaging to WOW Your Clients!

Custom Gift Box and USB drive for photographer's giftsWant to go a step above & beyond for your clients? Consider creating personalized custom products just for them!

My friend and Atlanta wedding photographer Julie Anne shared these photos today on Facebook of this keepsake photobox full of beautiful prints & a custom USB, and after I finished swooning over them I asked her if she would let me share them with all of you, and she graciously said yes!

As a true Southern girl at heart, Julie Anne is all about going above and beyond for everyone, as I got to experience first-hand when I visited her in Atlanta earlier this year. She is the master at finding the perfect gifts for people, so it is no surprise at all to me that she created such a perfect gift for her clients, Veronica & Joe.

Olde Pink House Wedding Photography by Julie Anne Photographer

Julie Anne started with this photograph that she captured from their wedding day, and overlaid the photograph with the design of their wedding invitation in Photoshop. She printed this on a custom Wood Box from WHCC. Next, she created a custom-designed Wooden USB Drive also from WHCC with the monogram that the couple used on a number of their other wedding day decor items. She then filled the box with prints from the wedding day to present to her clients.

Savannah Wedding Photography by Julie Anne Custom USB drive by Julie Anne Photographer in Atlanta, Georgia

Such a gorgeous way to incorporate design elements from your client’s special day in to a presentation that is truly breathtaking! Thank you again Julie Anne for allowing me to share!

PhotoFlashDrive Custom USB Drives – SALE!

Custom USB Flash Drives for Photographers

I’ve shared before my thoughts on switching to custom USB Drives and examples of mine along with my packaging, but it is time to talk about them again because there are big things happening at PhotoFlashDrive!

Did you notice the name change? Yes, many of us have referred to them as Pexagon for years, and used a special coupon code that they made available to photographers to get 25% off of their USB drives and packaging products for our clients. As PexagonTech grows and becomes more focused on promotional products for companies, that site is discontinuing some of the products that we love – but don’t worry, the products are not going away! From now on, use the PhotoFlashDrive site and the 25% off discount for photographers is AUTOMATICALLY calculated! No more need for a special discount code, and all the products that you love – plus many more great ones that they are adding all the time – will be there for you to order!

The new site is also structured to help make it easier for you to find the USB drive packaging options that work with the USB drive styles that you are purchasing. That way, for example, if you order wood drives like the ones featured above, you can be sure to get the packaging for the wood drives. I spoke with Brian Campbell, the president of PexagonTech and PhotoFlashDrive, about the site changes at WPPI, and they making ordering what we need so much easier!

Same as before, there are no minimums for your order, and no set-up fees for using your logo on your products! This is one of my favorite things about using PhotoFlashDrives, as I do not want to keep a large supply of drives on hand as I purposely keep my supply inventories very low.

10% Off Coupon Code

To help you get familiar with the new & improved site, they have a special promotion going on right now! From today through April 15, 2013 you can use the coupon code CSPF456SH to get an additional 10% off of your purchase! Visit PhotoFlashDrive today and place your order.

Custom Wood Engraved USB Flash Drives

Custom Wood USB Flash Drives and Packaging for Photographers

Do you use PhotoFlashDrive to create custom USB drives? I’d love to feature your drives along with your packaging in a future post! Contact me and let me know if you are interested!

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Why I Ditched DVDs for USB Flash Drives, and You Should Too

Why I Ditched DVDs for USB drives and you should too

Ah, the good old DVD. I used to think it was such an easy way to deliver images to my clients from their sessions. I’ve been doing that for over 5 years. But over time, it became tedious. Tiring. I had to get the printer ready, hope that it would behave and print my custom DVD label, get the rest of the packaging ready, and then do it all again. Making DVDs was so time consuming!

Then I purchased my MacBook Air. Guess what Apple did? They removed the DVD drive from the laptop! I have an iMac as well, so I can always use that one, but it was then that I realized that I haven’t actually physically put a DVD in to a computer in a few years, with the exception of making DVDs for clients.

I knew it was time to ditch the DVDs!

More and more, your clients are buying computers that do not have DVD drives. They have other devices that they would like to store images on as well – their iPads, Android tablets, and things like that. Providing them with their image files on USB drives just makes so much more sense!

Pexagon USB Flash thumb drive review

Custom Flash Drives are inexpensive, and you do not have to purchase them in bulk

I first discovered PhotoFlashDrive by Pexagon at WPPI a few years ago. I immediately fell in love. Their staff was so amazingly nice as I asked them a ton of questions about their drives, so I knew when I was ready to switch from DVDs to USBs exactly where to go.

I have purchased both my USB thumb drives and my black boxes from PhotoFlashDrive by Pexagon. The boxes have a nice hinged lid, and the insert is cut to perfectly fit they square wood USB thumb drive. They have an endless range of options for both USB drives and for packaging on their site.

One of my favorite things about PhotoFlashDrive? They can make just one custom drive at a time for you. NO minimum order! Engraving on them is FREE, whether you have it printed on the flip drives or engraved in to them like mine. I order drives as I need them – that way, I don’t have a lot of money tied up in USB thumb drives waiting for me to photograph the sessions. (Of course, if you want to order them in bulk you can, and at a better price.)

You can choose to have additional engraving on the other side of the drive as well, also for free! You might want to put your client’s name and the date of the session? There is limited character space, but maybe “With Love” and your client’s name for when they give it to their sweetheart?

I have been beyond thrilled with these drives! Two thumbs up. Five out of five stars. However you want to rank them, they are excellent!

A Great Deal for Photographers!

Photographers get 25% off all of Pexagon’s products via their PhotoFlashDrive website (USB thumb drives, packaging, iPhone and iPad cases, and so much more) all the time by using the links in this post. No more need to enter special codes when you place your order, now that the new PhotoFlashDrive site is live!

Custom USB Flash Drives for photographers from Pexagon Review

What Size Flash Drive Should You Order?

My boudoir sessions would easily fit on a 2gb USB Flash Drive, however I chose to order the 4GB drives. When my clients purchase the high-resolution photographic image files, I give them image files in full size for them to print, and web-ready size with my watermark for them to use online if they would like. I also provide them with the Animoto slideshow I have made from their session, so that allows me to have room for that.

I only photograph weddings now by referral, but for those clients I purchase the 8gb thumb drive, just to make sure there is enough room for everything. Better to have too much space than too little!

Preparing for Your Custom USB Flash Drive Order

Pexagon Tech offers great instructions with their ordering process on what files they accept and the size information. I sent in an EPS file, which is a vector art format and can be easily scaled up or down with no resolution losses. You can opt for a digital preview to be emailed to you when you place your order.

Once I placed my first order, they assigned an artwork number for that design (the one featured here) and now I can enter that number with each future order and know that it will be placed exactly the same way and the same size.

How Long Does It Take to Receive the Flash Drives?

This will vary in part depending on which shipping option you select, but I have found it takes approximately two weeks to receive the drives. This allows them time to do the custom engraving on them, in addition to getting them to you. Plan ahead, or choose to pay the upgrade charge to rush your order through; they will then go out in 1 business day and you will receive them in 2-3 days (or longer) depending on your shipping option you choose.

USB Flash drive product packaging

Pretty Packaging for USB Flash Drives

It was very important to me that I had packaging that matched my existing brand for my USB Flash drives. I currently use ProDPI’s eco-friendly packaging for my prints and albums, and paper and totes from Paper Source for my thank you notes and presentation bags. The totes come in the perfect size to put a USB thumb drive box in – which makes a perfect presentation for my clients!

While PhotoFlashDrive by Pexagon has a number of options for packaging, I chose to go with their black silk boxes with the custom cut insert for the square wood flash drives. It offers what I felt was the best look for my brand. I like the light wood of the Maple flash drives with the kraft paper boxes that I also use.

You could look for jewelry boxes, metal tins, and other items to use for your packaging. There are so many options out there! Just make sure it fits with the rest of what you offer and the feel that you want your brand to have for your clients.

USB Flash Drives from Pexagon for Photographers Review

Have you switched to USB Flash drives or thumb drives for your clients yet? What do you love about them? Please share in the comments!

Visit PhotoFlashDrive by Pexagon to get 25% off all USB drives all the time by using the links in this post. Again, no more need to enter a special code when checking out!

DISCLOSURE: There are affiliate links in this post for PhotoFlashDrive by Pexagon Tech. I will receive a small commission on purchases made through them; that money goes towards keeping the site up and running and supporting my travel habit. I was not paid to write this post, and all opinions in this post are my own. I paid full price (minus the 25% off coupon) for all products featured in this post.

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