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I worked as a commercial photographer earlier in my career. A few thoughts...
I know a lot of Chicago area photographers, but one who might be a great fit would be http://www.marcullom.com/. I've worked with him in the past and he's great at product and lifestyle work.
Same tech. Bose sold the IP to ClearMotion last year.
Drafted. I was bored enough to scroll though this thread and click on a few links. Plus you had some cool work linked from your Dribble page
Hubspot's CRM is hard to beat since it's free. As you grow, there are paid additions that make it more useful for business development pros.
http://www.colum.edu/ is one of my favorites right now.
It depends on your priorities. If you want to lower your merchant fees, then you need to move to one of the traditional players (eg. Authorize.net). Square just announced online payment support. It's the same cost as Stripe, but you can take advantage of their POS offerings.
I have a client that asks me every few months about moving away from Stripe. It's been three years, and we haven't found a better solution yet that will give us the same value and features for the cost. Most traditional merchants make it extremely hard to save credit cards on a user's account or deal with PCI compliance. Stripe makes that possible in an easy, well-documented way.
Brackets.io. I used to use Coda a lot, and while it's still useful for sites that need to be edited directly, I find it lagging behind on some of the features I need.
It's always saddened me a little to hear so much hate for the hamburger menu icon. While it certainly isn't perfect, it was the closest we had to a standard convention. Part of the problem is that there are now several other imperfect conventions (Google's three dots, Apple's two line menu, tabs with a 'more' tab). The three line icon, especially combined with the word 'menu' is a great solution to specific real-world needs. Over time, if pushed as a standard by the design community, it could gain wide acceptance and recognition.
On your personal portfolio? Perfectly fine. If you were starting a small studio or branding yourself as a 'studio', then no, not ok.
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