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Snapsation: A New Website Where Clients Can Connect with Local Photographers

Photographers need clients, and clients need photographers (even if they don’t always think they do). The issue is that most clients have no idea how to find good quality local photographers; they have no place where they can find reviews, look through work and pricing, and compare photogs side-by-side. In lieu of other options, many amateurs in particular get work through a quality website, cold calls and word of mouth.

Photographer, developer and Google+ founding member Chris Chabot is trying to streamline this process with his new website Snapsation: an online marketplace where clients and the photographers they need can do business.

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Snapsation is simply that: a photography marketplace. Photographers can create profiles and showcase their work and pricing by location and style. Clients, then, can browse through all of the photographers in their area based on the type of work they’re looking for.

The client can view prices and portfolios from several photographers one right after the other, they can browse through customer reviews, and once a client has found a photographer whose work they like, they can contact them right from within the Snapsation website.

Payment is done entirely through Snapsation as well. Photographers can link their checking/savings account or PayPal to the website and set their own prices. Snapsation simply tacks on 10% to your price as their cut. Once you’ve completed an assignment and delivered the goods, payment will automatically go through.

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For now, nobody knows just how well Snapsation will do. The idea is solid, and both photographers and clients stand to benefit, we simply have to wait and see if the Internet gods decide to bless Snapsation with the right combination of timing and virality for it to get big, and watch the website evolve from there.

The site is still very young, meaning that most cities are bereft of any photographic talent for their prospective clients, so if you’d like to offer your services through Snapsation and open another marketing channel, you can do so by clicking here.

(via Thomas Hawk)


 
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  • http://www.vincentmorretinophotography.zenfolio.com/ fast eddie

    “Payment is done entirely through Snapsation as well. Photographers can
    link their checking/savings account or PayPal to the website and set
    their own prices. Snapsation simply tacks on 10% to your price as their
    cut. Once you’ve completed an assignment and delivered the goods,
    payment will automatically go through.”

    I do not like this at all. I collect my entire fee up front for weddings (anyone would be crazy not to), there is no way in hell that I’d wait until everything was finished to get paid. And 10% is too steep, when you consider PayPal’s fees are subtracted, as well.

    No thanks –> –> –>

  • http://www.intensitystudios.com/ Antonio Carrasco

    10% is a ridiculously high fee. For reference, Square and Paypal take 3% or less. 10% is closer to what a photo agent might take as a cut.

    It looks like you can set your own prices, which is good. But you don’t get paid until AFTER the client receives and approves the photos.

    How many of us photographers have shot portraits of someone and done a really good job technically and artistically, but the client doesn’t like the photos for whatever reason?

    You will get booked to shoot chubby housewives, but then not get paid because you didn’t make them look like Charlize Theron.

  • Tomas Ramoska

    +1 I am with you.

  • Chris Chabot

    Thanks for your comments Fast Eddie – as mentioned in my other reply, we use the 10% to give you a guarantee that you will get paid – and we think that peace of mind is worth a lot.

    We also know that a lot of people prefer to offer a fantastic service, without also having to be a salesman – it’s what makes AirBnB so popular with so many people, they get to play a fantastic host without having to sour the experience by having to ask for and exchange money in person.

    So we think that’s a pretty fantastic offer for some – if you have a business flow setup that you’re super happy with, then we certainly wouldn’t suggest changing that – for everyone else, we think Snapsation is an awesome option.

  • k2luvs

    Price shopping and downloading images… Two things to avoid in the photography business. I will pass

  • Noukka Signe

    I randomly got on this article and went to the site:

    Snapsation has been shutdown since November 1st, 2013.