Jan 26, 2017

How to use your PASS Gallery

It’s not all that long ago that couples would have to order prints of any image they wanted to be able to have forever and just hope that they could keep them intact through the years. That isn’t how it works around here! I want you to be able to have all of your wedding day memories, not just the highlights, and to have them forever! I also want you to share your images with your friends and family freely and without any hesitation. Enter the online gallery! All of your images are delivered to you via an online gallery that is backed up for 10 years, lets you download every shot, and makes sharing easy!  This means that you don’t have to wait on a package in the mail, there isn’t a CD or USB to misplace (because we all lose things here and there!), and you’ll have access to them wherever you are (even on your phone)!  In this post I’ve listed some important information that will help you understand your online gallery and all that it can do for you!

Your entry page will look like this. Only obviously yours will have your names! Maybe I’m just silly, but when we get our photos taken and receive our galleries, it’s always extra exciting to see our names on there! While your gallery is not searchable on google, anyone you give the link to will be able to enter the gallery and view photos.

Your gallery begins with one big gorgeous photo! On smaller screens it may not take up the whole page, but on larger screens it will fill all that space up, making the “scroll down – view photos” bar blend into your toolbar at the bottom. But all you have to do is start scrolling down to get to your first collection!

The first group of photos you will see from your wedding day will be a favorites folder. These are the top highlights of the day and give a fun overview right away!

Once you’ve either scrolled all the way through the favorites folder, or if you want to jump into the meat of your gallery, you can just click over to the Menu in the upper left corner. This menu shows you the available actions as well as all the collections available! Just click on a collection to go through them. Your album will have HUNDREDS of images, which can sometimes feel overwhelming to go through. Want to digest it in bite sized chunks? Grab some snacks and some cocoa or pop, curl up on the couch (or in bed! Our favorite place to watch movies together!), and go through one or two collections each night for a week!

To view a photo larger, simply click on it. It pulls up in a beautiful lightbox effect window and gives you all the available options! Continue navigating through the photos one by one in the lightbox view by the gray arrows on the left and right sides of the screen, go back to the gallery by the “back” button in the top left corner, or choose an option from the top toolbar! I’ll talk about each of the options in more detail next!

Saving Your Favorite Photos

Whether you want to just look back through your favorite moments, send a smaller gallery to friends and family, or download only certain pictures, marking your favorites is an easy way to go! When I send the engagement gallery, this also comes in extra handy to mark photos you want to download and use for your save the dates, invitations, sign in books, reception decor, or however you’re wanting to use your photos! To favorite a photo, simply click on the “{heart} favorite” button at the top, or when you hover over the photo with your mouse you’ll see a faint heart in the upper left corner. Click either place to designate a photo as a favorite. The first time you do this, you’ll see this box:

Everyone who visits the gallery can save their own favorites, but to save them  you do first have to log in. Creating a new account is fast, free, and easy! I personally love logging in with my Facebook as it makes it one fast and easy click! The next screen explains some of your options, and then you can get right back to going through your photos.

Downloading Photos

You will be able to download your high resolution edited images directly from your gallery. All you have to do is click the “download” icon in the top toolbar, or the “download photos” option from the menu and you will be prompted to enter your name and email. Once you enter your name and email, you will be asked if you want to download just that one photo or if you would like to download all photos!

If you select to download all photos, you will have a few more options to go through. You can pick and choose which collections to download, check all collections and download them all at once, or here is where you can download just your favorites. Once you have your selections made, click “Start Download” and PASS will begin to package your downloads for you. If you are downloading a large number of photos at once (500+) this could take 45 minutes depending on your internet speed.

If you close that tab, PASS will send you an email with your download link after it has finished packaging your files and you can get your download link that way. If you keep the tab open PASS will send you the email but you will also have a “Download” button option there on the original gallery page. Your photos will download directly to your “Downloads” folder. If you opt to download the entire gallery, you will be notified via email when your entire download is ready.

Ordering Prints

You can actually order professional and affordable prints from within your online gallery and have them shipped directly to your house!  Print sizes are all under $10  and are printed in a professional lab to ensure color and contrast accuracy! You are more than welcome to print images on your own. However, I would warn you to avoid Walmart, Target and Costco. I cannot promise that your colors will print true-to-life if you choose to print at those stores.  If you don’t print through your gallery, I recommend using!

Sharing Photos Online

You have the freedom to share your images in any way that you choose! These are your images, and I want you to love them so much that you can’t help but share them! We don’t believe that it is necessary to watermark our images. All I ask for is some type of credit whenever you use an image on social media! We only have ONE rule when it comes to what you can and cannot do with our work. We always encourage our clients not to re-edit their images. Let us do that hard work! However, if you have an image or two that you want to print at a very large size and you find an imperfection, we will gladly perfect it! The buttons at the top of the page make it quick and easy to post photos to facebook, Pinterest, or to send via email.

The App

While scrolling through your photos you may notice the “Get the App” button that pops up in the bottom right corner. Your gallery comes with an app!  It’s totally free and totally awesome! How cool is that to have your very own gallery app?! In this free app, you’ll be able to access your gallery (both wedding and engagement galleries) and you can download images to your phone for clear, crisp instagrams and showing friends and family!

Your phone gallery works similarly to the online gallery, starting with the cover photo and favorites collection. Access the menu through the three horizontal lines in the top left corner, and open photos individually to have the same options as the online viewing! I love having our photos with me wherever I go.


Top 3 Reasons Why I Love PASS:

1. It makes your images look great! The gallery is arranged into such a pretty setup and the photos pull up gorgeous in the lightbox viewing!
2. You get their images faster. Something about getting to the post office is indescribably difficult for me, so PASS eliminates that step. As soon as the photos are ready, they’re uploading to the gallery and shared with clients. No post office lines, no transit time, no lost mail, no fuss. Best part ever!
3. 10 years of backup storage! Computers die. Disks break. USB’s get lost. But these photos are backed up and stored online for 10 years. You’ll likely have kids running around before your gallery expires! I still recommend downloading and backing up the photos on your computer, but your gallery is here if anything happens!

Top 3 Reasons Why Marquette LaRee Clients (aka Prickly Pear VIP’s) Love PASS:

1. They can so easily share their photos! By simply sending the link, anyone they want can view their photos! PASS also makes it so easy to share  images on social media. Need a new profile picture? No problemo. Want a shot for Instagram? Easy!
2. Grandparents, Parents, siblings, best friends, etc are all anxious to see your photos as well. PASS makes it easy for clients to simply send the link to anyone they want to have access to the photos! Invited guests can find which photos they want to keep for themselves and download them on their own time, not yours.
3. You can access your photos from anywhere! Want to show off your session, or need a copy of a certain photo NOW? You don’t have to worry about having a disc or drive on hand. From any computer you can pull up your link, or if you have the app, just whip it out on your phone!

Pretty much, PASS is the best and I can’t wait to send your album to you!

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  1. Karen Shoufler

    January 26th, 2017 at 7:51 am

    This is SO helpful!! I’m a visual person, so a list of instructions is always confusing. 🙂 I’m sure your brides will appreciate this step by step visual process. 🙂

  2. Marquette LaRee

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I’m totally a visual person as well! I can follow a list of text, but seeing it helps so much!

  3. Holly

    January 26th, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Love how you break it down! What a great resource for all of your clients to be able to see how to best utilize their gallery!

  4. Ashley Durham

    January 27th, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Great guide on how brides can use PASS!

  5. Candi

    January 27th, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    These tips are so helpful!

  6. Jill

    January 30th, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Oh this will be SO helpful for your brides!!!

  7. Sara O'Hara

    February 6th, 2017 at 9:14 am

    LOVE PASS!!!

  8. Misty C.

    February 6th, 2017 at 11:47 am

    I LOVE PASS!!! And this is an awesome tutorial for your brides!

  9. Stella Throop

    February 6th, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Such a great resource for your clients. LOVE this.