The majority of the contents in this guide apply to both StudioPlus Spectra AND myStratus Desktop.
In most cases, instructions referring to "Spectra" also apply to myStratus Desktop.


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Scheduling Overview

Let's take a look at the main features you'll use when scheduling in Spectra/myStratus Desktop - Calendar, Sessions, Appointments, and the Scheduling Wizard.

Main Scheduling Features


The Calendar is the main way to view the individual schedules of your staff and resources. Each user and resource can have their own schedule in the software. Then, each appointment or session is booked on one or more of these individual schedules, depending which user(s) and/or resource(s) will be directly involved. The Calendar is also the home base for booking sessions and appointments with the Scheduling Wizard. See also: The Calendar

Individual schedules can be created for:

  • John Doe (photographer)
  • Mary Smith (assistant)
  • Amanda Anderson (makeup artist)
  • Jane Peterson (videographer)
  • Camera room
  • Presentation room 1
  • Presentation room 2


Sessions are special in Spectra/myStratus! Sessions are scheduled events that involve actually taking pictures. They are always linked to a specific client, can contain images, and are the starting point for most orders. To take full advantage of the client tracking and reporting features in the software, we recommend using sessions whenever possible! See also: Sessions

Sessions include:

  • School team photos
  • Family portrait sessions
  • Weddings


Appointments are used to schedule other types of events that may or may not involve a client. An appointment that involves a client is called a "linked appointment," and one that doesn't is considered "unlinked." See also: Appointments

Linked appointments may be:

  • Consultations
  • Sales presentations
  • Delivery appointments

Unlinked appointments include:

  • Staff meetings
  • Personal appointments

Scheduling Wizard

The Scheduling Wizard is a tool built right into the software and is designed to walk you through the booking process -- from finding or creating a client, to scheduling the session or appointment, to creating an invoice and accepting a payment. Any time you book something on the Calendar, you will use the Scheduling Wizard. See also: Using the Scheduling Wizard

Optional Scheduling Features

Google Syncing

NOTE: This feature is available in the Standard, Professional, and Enterprise versions of both Spectra and myStratus Desktop.

Use the Google Sync feature to sync your Spectra/myStratus schedule with your Google Calendar. Most mobile devices can sync with Google Calendar, making it easy for you to access your schedule from your mobile device. See Google Syncing for a video tutorial, detailed setup instructions, and troubleshooting tips.

Mobile Apps (myStratus ONLY)

You can use the free myStratus Mobile app to access much of your Stratus data from your mobile device, including your schedule. See the MyStratus Mobile App section for more information.

Online Booking (myStratus ONLY)

NOTE: This feature is available in the Standard, Professional, and Enterprise versions of myStratus Desktop. Spectra does not include this feature.

Give your clients the option to book sessions online with myStratus Online Booking! See the Online Booking section for more information.

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