Collecting Session Fees

Collect session fees by connecting your own Stripe, Paypal or Square account to Session. Your clients can book photo sessions in many different ways.

In this article, you’ll learn how to set up a payment method for collecting fees, how to set up sales tax, and how to set up session fees.

Important Note: Session does not serve as a mediator and does not take % out of your sessions fees. When your clients pay for your photography sessions, the money goes directly to your own Stripe or Paypal account.

Connect PayPal

Session supports PayPal as a method of collecting payment from your clients, in this section we will go over the steps necessary to connect your PayPal account to Session.

  1. Navigate to the Account page.
  2. Click the Edit button in the Receive Payments section.
  3. In the window that pops up, you will see a tab for Paypal.
  4. Enter your email address associated with your PayPal account.

That’s it, you can now start collecting fees using your own Paypal account.

Collect session fees with PayPal

Connect Stripe

Session supports Stripe as a method of collecting payment from your clients, in this section we will go over the steps necessary to connect your Stripe account to Session.

  1. Navigate to the Account page.
  2. Click the Edit button in the Receive Payments section.
  3. In the window that pops up, Click the tab that reads Stripe.
  4. Click the Connect with Stripe button to connect your Stripe account to Session.

That’s it, you can now start collecting fees using your own Stripe account.

Collect session fees using Stripe

Sales Tax

If you collect sales tax from your clients you will need to set this up in your account page. Let’s do this now.

  1. Navigate to the Account page.
  2. Click the Edit button in the Receive Payments section.
  3. In the new window that pops up, find the Sales Tax section.
  4. Fill in the name of your State and the Tax Percent.

Once set up, you can optionally include tax on a per-session basis.

Sales Tax Setup

Currency

The default currency for Session is the US Dollar but you can change it to CAD or EUR.

Follow these steps to change your currency.

  • Navigate to the Account page.
  • Click the Edit button in the Receive Payments section.
  • In the window that pops up, scroll to the Currency section.
  • Choose from USD, CAD, and EUR.
Currency

Balance Due Reminders

Session allows you to control how many days before a session the remaining balances are due. The available options are 3 days, 5 days, 7 days, 14 days. The default is set to 7 days, but you can change it. Here is how.

  1. Navigate to the Account page.
  2. Click the Edit button in the Receive Payments section.
  3. In the window that pops up, scroll to the Balance Due section.
  4. Use the dropdown menu to select how many days.

Note: Session will send out payment reminders to your clients 2 days before their balance is due. Example, if you have set balance due to be 7 days before the session date, your clients will receive a payment reminder 9 days before the session date.

Balance due

Collecting Session Fees

In this section, we will cover a few different scenarios for collecting fees for your photography services.

First, navigate to one of your sessions. If you have not created one yet, learn how.

  1. Navigate to the Sessions page.
  2. Click the Edit button in the Session details section OR the Add Session Details button for new sessions.
  3. In the new window that pops open, scroll down to the Session Fee section.

Scenario 1: Collecting the entire session fee during booking.

In this first scenario, you will be collecting the entire fee from your clients during booking. This is the default state, so you do not have to change anything. You can, however, choose to collect sales tax.

Session fee

Scenario 2: Collecting partial fee during booking.

In this second scenario, you will be collecting a partial fee (retainer) from your clients during booking. This is how to set it up.

Session Fees

Scenario 3: Collecting remaining balance outside of Session.

In this third scenario, you will be collecting a partial fee (retainer) from your clients during booking and will be collecting the remaining amount outside of Session. This is how to set it up.

Session Fees