Welcome to our Find Photographers search page! It may take a little getting used to, but we think you’ll 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 most relevant 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, you can simply type in the exact location of your shoot and you’ll get results in proximity to that search input. So if you need a photographer in, say, Columbus, Georgia – rather than search on Atlanta, you can simply search on Columbus.
Randomized Results. You may notice that within the first 50 miles, the photographer results are randomized. That’s on purpose. Since we consider that any photographer within a 50-mile radius is “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 coverage of war, famine, natural disasters, and other dangerous situations). We’ve also added Body (for swimsuits, lingerie, dance, nudes), as well as 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 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).
Directors. 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. When you’re logged in, you can 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 longer, more-permanent list of photographers for your own use, our Shortlist is usually shorter and more-temporary, and it’s intended to share. Instead of clicking on the head shot, 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 an upcoming project. 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 won’t need a login to see it).
Search Functionality. You may notice that when you click on the favoriting or video icons, the search results update automatically. But when you make an adjustment to the location, specialty, date, or name, you have to click the FIND button to update the results.
Map. Clicking on their location will bring up a map where you can see the photographer’s location in proximity to your search input.
Contact information. The last line shows, phone, email, website, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Wikipedia. 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.)
Bio, Home Base, Languages. Who says personality isn’t important? A brief bio can provide insight into a photographer’s personality, which can help you decide whether they’re a good match for your project. Our bio pop-up window also displays the photographer’s languages and their home base (which is sometimes different from any temporary location that might show up in their profile).
Unpublished. We have a feature called Unpublished, where our photographers can share self-assigned projects that are available for licensing (those projects also provide valuable insight into each photographer’s personal interests and style). Feel free to contact photographers directly or you can contact our team for additional support.
BTS. Some of our photographers have behind-the-scenes videos that they’d like to share.
As much as we strive to provide you with a simple yet powerful online search, please remember that our 42 staff members are always happy to answer your questions, set you up with a password, or hear your feedback about any aspect of our website or our company.