A brand new platform known as ShootWith.Me desires to interrupt down the limitations that make it troublesome for photographers, assistants, and studios to attach with one another by a centralized, easy-to-navigate platform that’s much like the format popularized by AirBNB.
Philadelphia-based wedding ceremony photographer Nathan Desch began ShootWith.Me earlier in 2021 to permit these seeking to be employed to create a profile, add a portfolio, write a bio, and get listed in a approach that permits different photographers or full-fledged studios to seek out them and entry their companies. Desch says that the platform actually shines in the way it permits customers to enter each their availability and charges in a searchable approach.
To be clear, this platform isn’t designed for use by shoppers seeking to ebook a photographer however as an alternative helps professionals at various ability ranges discover and rent one another for already in place gigs.
“When studios log in to seek out assist for a job, they enter the date, location, and different particulars. Solely the photographers that align with their wants present up of their search outcomes,” Desch says. “They’ll overview profiles and supply their job to photographers straight. There is no such thing as a want for them to ‘Put up’ a job or for folks to touch upon it that they need to settle for it.”
Studios — which is the platform’s time period for any enterprise seeking to rent and will also be any skilled photographer — who need to rent associates, second shooters, or assistants typically discover it difficult to take action and normally depend on word-of-mouth suggestions. Whereas these are nonetheless helpful, they’re restricted and don’t essentially give visibility to the absolute best candidates in an space.
“We aren’t an antiquated listing or posting platform the place folks apply for jobs,”ShootWith.Me says. “Busy studios don’t have time for that nonsense anyway. We allow studios to go looking our database of native photographers who align with all of their wants for the precise job.”
The platform isn’t only for the studios, although, regardless of the moniker the positioning makes use of. Whereas sure, giant studios can arrange profiles, anybody who’s in search of assist with gigs can use the platform — ShootWith.Me is designed for all ranges of pictures.
Assistants who’ve minimal expertise and need to develop from pursuing pictures as a pastime into one thing extra severe can checklist their companies in order that they will work with different photographers and be taught to develop their craft. Extra superior photographers who’ve a portfolio and years of expertise can select to work as second shooters, and full-time skilled photographers can both checklist their companies to be employed by studios or use the platform to seek out assistants or second shooters.
Most significantly, any photographer who has booked gigs and desires help to finish the job can discover who they’re in search of by ShootWith.Me.
ShootWith.Me is free for these seeking to discover somebody to rent, however requires a month-to-month payment for photographers of various ranges to checklist their companies. The “assistant” tier prices $8 monthly, the “second shooter” tier prices $17 monthly, and the “affiliate” tier — which is ShootWith.Me’s time period for an expert photographer — runs $30 monthly.
Desch says that the service has been extraordinarily standard and receiving a variety of optimistic suggestions within the quick time period it has been in operation. At current, ShootWith.Me is barely out there in a 150-mile radius round Philadelphia however has future plans to increase past that area.