Welcome to our new photographer search page! As with any change, it will take some getting use to, but we think you’ll grow to love the new features and functionality. Some of those features require a password to enable, so please email us and we’ll send you one.
With so many excellent photographers to choose from, it’s really important to be able to filter for the criteria that’s important to you. You can search using any combination of these filters. To clear all the filters, click on the word PHOTOGRAPHERS.
Search by exact location. One of the things that makes Wonderful Machine unique is that we display our photographers in their actual location (I know, right?) Since our photographers are geocoded with their exact location, you can simply type in the exact location of your shoot and you’ll get results in proximity to that search imput. So if you need a photographer in Columbus, Georgia, rather than search on Atlanta, you can simply search on Columbus.
You may notice that within the first 50 miles, the photographers are randomized. That’s on purpose. Since we consider that any photographer within a 50 mile radius “local,” we feel that it’s best for our photographers and our clients to give all of those photographers an equal shot at coming up first in any location search.
Search by Specialty. We’ve changed some specialties and added others. We used to have Reportage, but then we decided to split that out into Breaking News (for daily news coverage), Social Documentary (for long-term documentary projects), and Conflict/Crisis (for hard-core photographers who cover war, famine, disasters, and other dangerous situations). We’ve also added Body (for swimsuits, lingerie, dance, nudes), Events, Headshots, and Science/Technology.
Search by Shoot Date. Since photographers often find themselves on the road, this unique feature allows our photographers to update their future travel plans so that whatever date you search on, our search results will automatically display photographers in the location they expect to be on that day. Of course, this won’t guarantee that they’ll be available for your shoot, but it does display location more accurately than any other photographer directory.
Search by Name. If you already have a photographer in mind and you just need their contact information, you’ll find them by name (wherever they happen to be).
Find Videographers. The funny little icon just to the right of the word PHOTOGRAPHERS is supposed to look like a video camera. Click that and you’ll just see photographers who are adept at shooting video. You can use that filter in combination with any of our other filters.
Favorites. Click on any head shot and you’ll see a gray circle appear around that picture. Click it again and it disappears. We call this our “Favoriting” feature because that’s how most people use it – but you can use it to keep track of photographers for any purpose. When you want to filter for just your favorites, click the circle icon to the left of the word PHOTOGRAPHERS. Click the circle again and it removes the filter. You can then add other filters on top of that if you want to.
Shortlist. Our Shortlist feature is similar to the Favoriting feature, but instead of a long, more-permanent list of photographers for your own use, our Shortlist is usually shorter and more-temporary, and it’s intended to share with others. Instead of clicking on the head shot to create a circle, click on the name and it will turn orange – indicating that you’ve selected it. Let’s say, for example, that your boss asks you to come up with a few photographers to consider for a project that’s coming up. You can look at lots of photographers, click on the names of the ones you think are a good fit, select Shortlist in the Specialty menu, click FIND, then click the SHARE button which will create a link to your list that you can then share with anyone (they don’t need a login to see it).
Each profile provides you with a concise list of information that will help you evaluate that photographer. Clicking on their location will bring up a map.
Nearly all of our photographers are fluent in English. But if you have a project where another language would be helpful, we list that too.
The last line shows, phone, email, website, Instagram, LinkedIn, Wikipedia, and Bio. If a photographer has more than 10,000 Instagram followers, we indicate that with a purple (periwinkle, actually) Instagram button that shows you their follower count on rollover. (Not that that’s always important, but it’s sometimes important.)
As always, our 35 staff members are available to answer your questions, set you up with a password, or hear your feedback about any aspect of our website or our company. So please send us an email and we’ll reply right away.