The Essential Studio Manager

Simplify your business

Book more clients, schedule appointments, get paid, and create workflows that work for you — all with one tool that's ridiculously easy to use.


No credit card required

Say goodbye to using tools that make things more complicated. Switch to using the one tool that has all the features you actually need to get the job done.

Get Paid.
Schedule Clients.
Digital Contracts.
Your Way.


sign up

Make it easy for clients to pay you and send client invoicing with just a click of a button.


Protect your business with digital contracts that get signed fast and are legally biding with a full audit trail.

Digital Contracts

Integrate your Google Calendar with our CRM to stay up to date with all your sessions.

Google Calendar

View all your business finances in one place and stay up to date on how you're doing financially. 


Create your own custom workflow checklist with our software and stay on schedule with each of your clients.


Embed a contact form to your website to collect leads and start the process of client management from the very first hello.

Embeddable Forms

Create custom questionnaires and send them to clients to collect important information ahead of time. 


Make it yours by customizing our software to your brand and provide a cohesive experience for your clients.


Receive notifications anytime you receive a payment, a questionnaires is answered, or a contract is signed.


Automate booking confirmations and session reminder emails to keep your clients up to date.

Automated Emails

We includes an algorithm that notifies you when you're about to double book a session.

No Double Booking

Let us know what you'd love to see added and we will add it to our feature request list!

New Feature

Everything you need

Nothing you don't

Pricing Plans



Monthly Plan

We like to keep it simple.
Unlimited everything, forever.
Plus the best customer service ever.


Annual Plan



Best value!

“I'm so glad I made the switch to the Essential Studio Manager. This software has everything I could possible need to manage my business efficiantly!”

- Anna B.

"The system is very intuitive and perfect for my business!"

The customer service is beyond amazing. Jonathon answers questions quickly and works very hard to constantly meet and exceed our needs! You cannot find a more reasonable system out there that works so well and truly cares about their client's needs!

Join us!

Katherine Tippett

"Jon and Elena have managed to build a community feel around this system"

This is an easy to use CRM system which is really helping me to stay organized. There are so many features, and more are being added all the time (I no longer have to pay separately somewhere else to send out e-signature contracts or have a separate place where I manage my accounts). I was going to say excellent customer service, but it's more than that- Jon and Elena have managed to build a community feel around this system- they are always on hand to help and there there are hundreds of other photographers in community.

Lindy Rogers

"The next online studio management system to watch out for!"

As one of the newest studio managers on the market it's off to a solid start. I've used them all from 17hats, Tave, Sprout, even seen some ninjas. This system focuses on the core needs instead of the complex parts of a CRM that tend to drive us nuts. Oh did I mention, it's basically a STEAL! right now at it's current pricing model.

Vincent Duke 


Let's Simplify




Monthly Plan


Annual Plan



Unlimited everything, forever.

Do you offer a free trial?

Yes! We want our new members to have the option to try our software prior to committing longterm. We do require a card on file but you are more than welcome to cancel anytime prior to your trial being over and never have to pay a single penny. Since we are a small business, we do want those who sign up to take it serious and take the time to explore our software and features during that first month to see if it's the right fit and we feel like the best way to do that is to require a card on file.

Frequently Asked

I'm not a photographer, but you're software looks amazing. Can I sign up?

We hear this all the time, and of course you can! Although our software was built specifically for professional photographers, we have plenty of members who work with clients on a regular basis and love using our software to manage their business. Since you can customize everything within our software you can easily make it fit to your business. 

Do you have a referral program? I'd love to tell my friends about this!

First, thank you so much for wanting to help us spread the word about our software. That means so much. We just launched our new referral program where you can give your friends 50% off, and earn $5 every month (forever) for anyone you refer that is on a paid plan. Make yourself an account to create your own coupon code to share!

What's your cancellation policy? 

Our cancellation policy is pretty simple. We don't believe in locking someone into a contract so at no point are you signing a contract with us. You can cancel your account at anytime and we have tried our best to make the process as simple as possible.

What makes the ESM different than other CRMs?

We believe what separates us from others is that we have built our software by listening directly to our members. We consider our active members as part of our ever-growing team. Our number one goal is to improve our CRM by implementing the features they want the most. Everything you see in the CRM was requested by people just like you. If you're hesitant to join us because we're missing something important, just let us know, and we will add it to our list of potential upcoming features! 

Can I get a refund?

We offer refunds for annual subscriptions, and the refund must be requested within 14 days after the renewal date. We don't give refunds for monthly subscriptions or requests that arrive 15 days or later from the renewal date. We always send out a subscription renewal notification 7 days prior to you being charged, which gives you plenty of time to submit a refund request if need be.