A collection of sites, courses, and other tools that Karalyn recommends for anyone interested in the music industry, blogging, photography, art, and more!
Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used. This means I’ll receive a commission if you purchase through my links, at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products and courses I love and are currently using, or have used successfully in the past. Read my full disclosure here.
Expand Your Knowledge
Are you looking to expand your knowledge? Are you finding yourself bored because of restrictions, quarantine, or lockdown? Skillshare is one of the best places to go! Seriously. They have videos and courses from photography to design to crafts to more! By clicking here, you can get two FREE weeks of Skillshare premium! If you are ready to buy their premium service, you can get 30% by clicking here. I totally recommend it. I mean, it’s great to learn a new skill right? I think so. Why not try it out!
Photography & Design
Are you not interested in learning the ins and out of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator? Are you a blogger that doesn’t want to spend hours on pins and other graphics? Are you a college student looking to make graphics for your club? Canva is the best website to turn to. Honestly. It’s okay to use Canva and it’s okay to use templates! Try out Canva Pro today.
Unscripted is a great app that lets you view thousands of poses and prompts along with the ability to send a contract and questionnaire to send to clients along with create a schedule with your upcoming bookings and so much more! Use the code ‘KARALYNHOPE’ for a discount off of your subscription or lifetime purchase. If you are not ready to buy, there is a free version with very limited capabilities.
Shootproof is one of the best sites to deliver photos and send contracts to clients! It is much more professional looking and user friendly than Dropbox or Google Drive. Clients are able to view, download, and purchase prints right from their customizable gallery! Sign up today! They have a 14 day free trial of their full service and if you are not interested in purchasing their service right now there is a free, but limited, subscription to deliver photos!
Are you not interested in learning the ins and out of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator? Are you a blogger that doesn’t want to spend hours on pins and other graphics? Are you a college student looking to make graphics for your club? Canva is the best program to use. Honestly. It’s okay to use Canva and it’s okay to use templates! Try out Canva Pro today.
I’ve used HoneyBook to help book clients more efficiently and stay organized. It’s easy to send contracts, questionnaires, pricing guides, invoices, and more to my clients. It is used by so many photographers and other creators! I am sure that you will have more time to focus on your passion when you have a program like Honeybook to help with your paperwork. Save 20% off of your purchase by clicking here!
Summerana is a wonderful resource and website with workshops, tools (brushes, overlays, templates), and more to grow your photography business and skills. There are over 3,000 products for photographers. A lot of their focus is editing, in both Photoshop and Lightroom although they have modules and lessons on more than just that. You can sign up monthly, quarterly, or annually for their program. They also have a handful of freebies on their website!
Are you interested in trying out gear before you buy it? Are you interested in a product but you are unsure on if you want to actually buy + own it? Check out Borrow Lenses! They let you rent all sorts of photography gear for a selected amount of time. This is one of the best ways to go if you are unsure on what gear you officially want to purchase.
Blogging & Website Creation
I currently use Siteground to self-host my website with WordPress. Yes, the website you are on right now! I love Siteground’s customer service and I love that I actually own this website. They are a great place to start if you are looking to self-host your blog and/or website. Purchase your Siteground plan here!
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Pinterest With Ell
Are you using Pinterest to promote your business, website, and/or blog? The ‘Pinterest With Ell’ course was created by a Pinterest expert and coach. It is perfect for understanding the basics of Pinterest and for understanding the keywords and SEO of Pinterest. Buy it here!
Just like Siteground and Lyrical Host, NameHero is another wonderful website hosting platform. They are one of the most affordable options! Their goal is to provide a high-speed and reliable hosting service to individuals and small businesses that is easy and affordable. Click here to check out their complete pricing list!
Are you interested in starting a website, blog, or store for your busienss? Just like NameHero and Siteground, Lyrical Host is one of the best choices you can make for a website hosting platform. I love everything they have to offer. They have free design resources, a friendly community, and website advice going beyond hosting! They seriously go above and beyond with their hosting services and resources. Click here or use the discount code ‘karalynhope’ when you purchase from them!
Master Sales Course
If you are just starting your business or would like to take it to the next level, this course offers detailed explanations of what you should be focusing on when it comes to sales. Between courses, books, guides, and more, it’s a great step to organizing how you can sell content. Buy the course here!
Other Items & Brands I Love
Cozy Kids Club
Do you want to own clothing items that take you back to your childhood? Do you like the early 2000s and the 90s? Cozy Kids Club is one of the best clothing brands in the business right now. They deliver nostalgia better than anyone else. Use this link or the code ‘KARALYNHOPE’ to get 10% off your purchase.
Are you looking to get more creative with your photography? This prism is great for any photographer. Just hold it up to your camera lens to create a cool effect! I have had this same exact prism for years now and haven’t had any problems! I love how it comes in its own case as well.
Large Lowepro Camera Bag
This Lowepro camera bag may not be as ‘stylish’ as others, but it’s perfect for any photographer who wants a durable and roomy bag for their photo sessions, large events, and more. I find myself using this bag for any large event, like a festival, because of its large compartments. I’m able to carry two camera bodies, two or three lenses, and so much more!
Small Lowepro Camera Bag
This smaller Lowepro bag is very similar to the larger one. Even though it may not be as ‘stylish’ as other bags, it’s seriously one of the best I have used. I use this one for smaller shows, events, and photo sessions when I might not need as much gear. Even though it may be smaller, I still feel like I can fit so much! I’m able to fit my camera body, one or two lenses, my flash, and so much more in this bag!
Just like flash, ring lights, soft-boxes, and more this Neewer LED continuous lighting set up is perfect for any photographer that is looking for something small, portable, and that can fit on either their camera or their tripod. This light would be great for bloggers or small business owners who are looking for a little bit of extra light! I’ve been using this light for a little while now, and it’s been great! It was a smart purchase. I also love how the battery is rechargeable!