About Membership

Wonderful Machine is a marketing engine for commercial and editorial photographers.

Wonderful Machine leverages the power of over 700 photographers, enabling us to research and connect with more clients than any individual photographer ever could. We don’t take commissions and we don’t require exclusivity. We simply charge a monthly fee for a listing on our site, and upon request, an hourly fee for help with photo editing, design, publicity, marketing, estimating, and production (we offer our consulting services to all photographers, not just members). This structure allows photographers to scale our support up or down according to their needs at any given moment, and it allows us to promote our members who have agents without any conflict of interest. By optimizing the number of photographers, their locations and specialties, and by insisting on a high standard of quality, we’ve been able to create a uniquely valuable resource for clients. Keeping our focus on the needs of those clients allows us to deliver superior results for our photographers.


Membership means much more than just a directory listing...

photographer search
Our search interface helps clients find photographers by location and/or specialty. We deliver an average of 34 profile views and 13 click-throughs to each of our photographers each month.

phone calls
Every day, our producers make phone calls to publications, agencies, and brands, to learn more about their needs and to tell them about our photographers.

portfolio events
We host portfolio events with important clients in New York and across the U.S. to showcase our photographers' work and to get valuable face time.

spotlight emailers
We send out monthly emailers to thousands of clients around the world.

web ads
The ads we place on popular industry websites each month allow us to reach an audience well beyond our mailing list.

blog posts
Every day, our publicists write blog posts that profile our photographers and their work. We also have a special blog just for photographers.

social media
We share news about our photographers and connect with clients on all of the major social media platforms.

Our publicists connect with all sorts of important companies in our industry who can help us spread the word about our company and our photographers.

expert advice
Our staff members write helpful articles about all aspects of the photography business.

profile updates
We automatically update our members' profiles to keep the site fresh, and so our photographers don't have to worry about it.

rep collaboration
Many of our photographers have reps (which we encourage). We complement rather than compete with those agents.

consulting services
We offer a wide range of expert consulting services, and our members get a 20% discount off of our regular rates.

Read about some of our recent successes connecting photographers and clients.

find crew
Take advantage of our global database of assistants, stylists, location scouts, studios, equipment, retouchers and more.

find agents
We keep tabs on an extensive list of assignment and stock agents, and our marketing consultants are available to help photographers connect with agents who are appropriate for them.

find resources
Our staff has cultivated an extensive list of all kinds of industry resources, from attorneys to IT professionals to festivals.

stock requests
We get frequent stock requests from clients, which we pass along to our photographers.


The cost for U.S.-based photographers is 240.00/month. Photographers based outside of the U.S. get a significant discount, which varies depending on their region of the world.


Applying is as simple as sending Liz an email with your exact physical address and a link to your website. Quality (of your photographs and your website) and uniqueness (of your specialties and location) are our primary concerns. Not every photographer is going to be appropriate for us at any given moment, but we do carefully consider each applicant, and we do our best to provide meaningful feedback to everyone.

Are you interested in becoming a member of Wonderful Machine?

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