All About Favorites Lists

Please note: the Favorites feature is only available on the Pro and Advanced plans.

The Favorites feature allows visitors to pick specific photos in a gallery or collection, save them as a set of favorites, and then share this set directly with the photographer or with their friends.

Shared Favorites lists are used by clients to communicate a message to their photographer about a selected list of photos.

Example uses for this feature include:

  • Creating a list of photos that the client would like retouched
  • Creating a list of photos that they would like displayed to their wedding guests
  • Create a list of photos that they dislike and would like not to be displayed on the site.
  • Create a list with just one single photo and send a message to the photographer about that one photo

Before a Favorites list can be created, the system requires that the visitor first log in or create an account under the photographer's site. The Favorites List is then stored in their account under the site. They will then be able to access the Favorites List from any internet connected computer web browser just by logging in to their account.

Changes to Favorites Lists are automatically shared between the client and the photographer. So if the client removes a photo from the list or adds a new photo, the change will be reflected when the photographer views the list.  It also works the other way arounds as images removed from the list by the photographer will also be removed from the client's view of the list.

Some important things to note: Favorites List do not provide any additional access to the photographer's photos that are not already available to the client or to the public. If the photographer has chosen to lock the images with a password, a password will be required the view the images in the Favorites List.

Favorites lists also do not provide the ability to download or save images unless the photographer has enabled the free downloading of the images. And it also does not allow them to purchase images unless the photographer has enabled print ordering for the selected images.


Please see this video on how to enable the Favorites list feature.




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Photographer Favorites List Management:


How Clients Create and Manage Favorites Lists:



Photographer Favorites List Management

Enabling/Disabling the Favorites feature for your pages

First, follow these steps to access Customize Website View.
  1. In Customize Website View, go to Site Settings.
  2. Go to the Favorites tab.
  3. Check or uncheck the box that reads Allow visitors to Add to Favorites, Allow visitors to share Favorites with you, and Allow visitors to share Favorites with others.
  4. Click Apply to close the Site Settings window.
  5. Click Publish to apply your changes to your live site.

Enabling or Disabling Favorites Lists



Managing Favorite Sets in the Dashboard

Clients are required to login or create an account under the photographer's site before they can create a Favorites List.

Once they've started creating a list, the list will be accessible to the photographer in the Other Favorites list.  Zenfolio highly recommends that the photographer not take any action with the photos in the Other Favorites list without first communicating with the client.

  1. In the Dashboard, go to Photos.
  2. Click to select Shared Favorites in the Organizer.
  3. Use the Filter field to limit the Favorites lists displayed by Title or the name of the client.
  4. Check or uncheck the box for Show Archived favorites to display previously archived Favorites lists.
  5. The Shared Favorites section stores lists that have been shared by the client with their photographer. These lists will have a message from the client attached to the list.
  6. The Other Favorites section contain Favorites Lists in in progress. These lists have not yet been shared with the photographer.
  7. To view the photos in a Favorites list, click on the Title.
Manage Shared Favorites


After opening a Favorites list, hover the mouse pointer over the info icon to view details about the list. The available details include, the name of the client that created the list, their email address, the date the list was created, the date the list was last modified and the number of photos in the list. For lists that have been shared by the client with the photographer, the client's message to the photographer is also displayed.

Shared Faves Info Icon


When viewing a Share Favorites List, here are the tools available for working with the list.
  1. Click Create Gallery to create a new Gallery from the photos in the Favorites list.
    Please note that the ability to create a new gallery from Favorites List is limited to Favorites Lists with 99 images or less.
  2. Click Create Collection to create a new Collection from the photos in the Favorites list.
  3. Click Manage Favorite Set to view the Favorites List in Website View and use the options displayed in Website View to edit the list.
  4. Click on of these options to perform the selected option:
    Click Download to download all of the the photos from the list to your computer.
    Click Email to open your computer's default email program and create a new email to send to the client.
    Click Export to create a text list of the images. This option is not displayed for all plans.  See this section for more details.
    Click Archive to archive the list and remove it from your list of active Favorites Lists.
  5. Click on an image to view a larger version of the image.
  6. Click on the gallery link to view the image's containing gallery in the Dashboard.
  7. Click Download to download just the particular image.
    Click Remove from Favorites to remove the particular image from the Favorites List. This will also remove the photo from the client's view of the Favorites list. This cannot be undone.

Manage a Shared Favorites list
 

Image List Import Plug-in for Lightroom from Favorites

Note: This feature is exclusive to Advanced plan subscribers.

This Lightroom plug-in opens a file list exported from Zenfolio that is generated into a collection in Lightroom. The image lists are exported from Favorites or Pending Orders. For the best results, image names should be completely unique when first uploaded to Zenfolio. Please see this article for further information.

This can also be used to create a simple text list with the file names of the photos in the list.


 

How Clients Create and Manage Favorites Lists

Creating a Favorites set

Before a Favorites list can be created, the system requires that the visitor first log in or create an account under the photographer's site. The Favorites List is then stored in their account under the site. They will then be able to access the Favorites List from any internet connected computer web browser just by logging in to their account.

There are a few methods provided for creating and adding photos to a Favorites list. The available methods will vary based on the photographer's chosen site customization settings.

To create a Favorites list or add photos to a Favorites list, navigate to the gallery in the photographer's site that contains the desired images.

Hover the mouse pointer over the image or the thumbnail of the image. If you see a heart shaped icon in one of the top corners, click on it to add the photo to a Favorites List.

Add to Favorites Heart

You can add multiple photos to a Favorites List at once by using the Select Photos button in the Thumbnails View of the gallery.

  1. In the Thumbnails View of the gallery, click on the Select Photos Button.
  2. Move your mouse over the bottom-left corner of a photo thumbnail and click on the black circle that appears. A check mark will be added. 
    Repeat this action with each favorite photo thumbnail until you have selected all desired photos
  3. Or click All if you wish to select all the photos in the gallery.
  4. Click the Add to Favorites button.

Add to Faves Select Button

You can also create or add photos to a Favorites list through the Photo Page view.

In the Photo Page view, right click on the image then choose Add to Favorites in the menu that appears or click Add to Favorites in the Photo Toolbar above the image.

Save to Faves Photo Page

Again these options will depend on the way the photographer has customized their site and so not all options may be available.

If a Favorite list has already been created, the option will be provided to continue to add to that set, or make a new set.
A Favorites list will be created based on your choices and a link to the Favorites List will be visible at the top left hand corner of the screen.

Favorites Lists in page corner


Creating Selected for Purchase Later Favorites Lists

Use the steps displayed in this section to use the Select Photos button to select multiple photos at once.

Click the Buy button then choose Save photos for purchasing later in the menu that appears.

Create For Puchase Later List

You will be prompted to add the selected photos to an existing Favorites List or to create a new list.


Modifying and Saving a Set of Photos

Click on the name of the Favorites List in the top left corner to view and edit that Favorites List.

Favorites Lists in page corner

  1. Click the Slideshow button to view the images in a slideshow.
  2. Click All to select all of the images in the Favorites list at once or click None to deselect any highlighted images.
  3. Click an image to select it.  Click on the down pointing arrow to see the Favorites photo menu.
  4. Choose the desired action from the menu that appears.
    To view images larger within the set, choose View Image. You can also double-click any thumbnail to display it larger. 
    Choose Remove to remove a photo from the list. You can also click the X in the top right of the image to remove the image.
  5. Click Buy to buy all of the photos in the Favorites list. See this guide for more on how to buy from a Zenfolio photographer's site.

Manage Photos in Favorites List



You can change the order in which the images are displayed by dragging and dropping the images into place.  This can be done with multiple images at once by holding down the Control key on the keyboard (Command key on a Mac) then clicking on each image until all of the desired images are highlighted.
Favorites Drag and Drop
 

Deleting a set of Favorites

You will need to be logged in to your account to view your Favorites lists.

To Delete a Favorites list, hover the mouse pointer over the name of a Favorites list as displayed in the top left corner when viewing the photographer's site.
Click on Switch to then the name of the Favorites List that you would like to delete. This will open the list for editing.


Again, in the upper left, click on the down-arrow. A menu will appear where you can then select Delete.
You will be asked Are you sure you want to delete this favorite set? Click Delete to confirm deletion. Please note that this cannot be undone.


Delete Favorites List

Sharing a Set with the Photographer

Once a Favorites List is created, the list is automatically accessible to the photographer.  However the option is provided to Share the list with the photographer.  Sharing a Favorites List allows the client to communicate a message to the photographer about the photos in the list.

When the list is shared with the photographer, the photographer will receive a notification about the newly shared list.

Photographers will be able to view Shared Favorites list and will have access to editing the lists.

Any changes made to the list by the client or the photographer is automatically reflected when the other party views the list. So for example, if the client adds or removes photos from the list, when the photographers views the same list, the same photos will have also been added or deleted. Because of this, it is not necessary to re-share a Favorites list that has already been shared. 

To share a Favorites list with the photographer, click on the name of your set in the top left corner of the site.  This will open the Favorites list.

  1. Click the Share Favorites button at the top of the page. A pop-up window will appear.
  2. In the Share to Photographer tab, edit the title of the Favorites List.
  3. Enter a the message to the photographer in the field provided.
  4. Click Share. 

Share Favorites List with Photographer


Sending a Set link to a friend

In addition to Sharing a Favorites List with the photographer, the option is also provided to the client to share a Favorites List with their friends.

Please note that sharing a Favorites list with others does not provide access to the images that is not already available to the client or to the public. If the images are locked with a password, the password will still be required in order to view the images.

Favorites Lists are shared with friends using links. The Read-Only link allows your friend to only view the set while the Collaborate with Friends link allows your friend to make changes such as rearrange and remove photos.

To begin, click on the name of your set in the top left corner of the site. This will open the Favorites list.

  1. Click the Share Favorites button at the top of the page. A pop-up window will appear.
  2. Select the Share to a friend tab.
  3. Copy and paste the URL provided and send it via email to your friend.

Share Favorites List with Others