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 way of a centralized, easy-to-navigate platform that’s much like the format popularized by Airbnb.
Philadelphia-based marriage ceremony photographer Nathan Desch began ShootWith.Me earlier in 2021 to permit these trying to be employed to create a profile, add a portfolio, write a bio, and get listed in a manner 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 manner.
To be clear, this platform isn’t designed for use by purchasers trying to guide a photographer however as a substitute helps professionals at various talent 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 provide their job to photographers instantly. There isn’t any want for them to ‘Put up’ a job or for individuals to touch upon it that they wish to settle for it.”
Studios — which is the platform’s time period for any enterprise trying to rent and can be any skilled photographer — who wish 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 individuals 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 particular 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 searching for assist with gigs can use the platform — ShootWith.Me is designed for all ranges of images.
Assistants who’ve minimal expertise and wish to develop from pursuing images as a pastime into one thing extra severe can record 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 record 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 searching for by way of ShootWith.Me.
ShootWith.Me is free for these trying to discover somebody to rent, however requires a month-to-month price for photographers of various ranges to record 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 knowledgeable photographer — runs $30 monthly.
Desch says that the service has been extraordinarily in style and receiving a whole lot of constructive suggestions within the brief time period it has been in operation. At current, ShootWith.Me is just out there in a 150-mile radius round Philadelphia however has future plans to develop past that house.