When I graduated from college, I knew that newspapers hired photographers because I read The New York Times, and I knew that magazines hired photographers because I read Vogue. But that’s about all I knew. So when I realized that I would need more than two clients to sustain a freelance photography career, I decided to do some research.
Meet Wonderful Machine Executive Producer Craig Oppenheimer! In light of Craig’s 12 years on the team, we thought it was time we get a glimpse into his work, hobbies, and recent achievements. Craig recently completed a 24-week training plan in preparation for the Atlantic City 70.3 Half Ironman – a long-distance triathlon where he swam 1.2 miles, rode 56 miles, and ran 13.1 miles in 6:01:47.
Wonderful Machine’s Senior Photo Editor Honore Brown speaks at the Women Photograph Virtual Workshop 2022 in a program called Agencies & Collectives, along with agent Kristina Hicks of Illuminated Media International and photographer Karla Gachet of the Ayun photo collective.
We are pleased to announce that Wonderful Machine’s Producer and Marketing Specialist, Eloisa Garcia, has been granted an exhibition at The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the most important public research university in Mexico City. Inspired by her book 707 days in Algeria, the exhibit showcases images from her experience living in this North African country for nearly two years, and is scheduled to run from September 27th through October 28, 2022.
Gina Martin created The Bob and Diane Fund to honor her late parents and support photographers who are telling stories about patients and families living with Alzheimer’s disease. Visual storytellers are invited to submit their photo essays through October 23rd, 2022.
On this week’s episode of the Exposed Negative Podcast, Tom Barnes & Greg Funnell interviewed Wonderful Machine CEO Bill Cramer about how we got our start, the ways we help photographers, and what we’re doing to change the photography industry for the better.
Wonderful Machine teamed up with ASMP Colorado on May 14th for a fun and informative virtual event covering the business of photography. Our photo editors, marketing specialists, and producers shared trends in branding, marketing, social media, SEO, estimating, and shoot production.
As news of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian military forces continues to unfold, we asked ourselves if there was anything Wonderful Machine could do to help the people of Ukraine and our photography community at this difficult time.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new behind-the-scenes video feature to our photographer profiles. The video provides prospective clients with a sense of what it’s like to work with a photographer and it’s a great way for our photographers to show their personalities.
We’ve noticed that photographers are increasingly interested in working for companies that are committed to social justice and environmental sustainability. This inspired us to consider how we might identify these types of companies and how we could display that information on our website.
They say, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” While that’s not entirely true – knowledge is power – and in order to be successful, photographers need to have ready access to all sorts of information.
Sometimes photographers reach a certain level of success and they feel the need to have that extra level of support that only a photographer’s agent can provide. When that time comes, our Find Agents page is a great place to start that search.
At Wonderful Machine, we divide all the people and companies in our industry into 5 categories: Clients, Photographers, Crew, Agents, and Resources. In our massive effort to reimagine, redesign, and rebuild our website, our Find Resources page is the last step in our data migration process.
With most photographer directories, your location is static. There is at least one directory that I know of that allows you to update your current location in real-time, which is nice. But we have taken that idea one step further by allowing our photographers to update their Travel Plans to show any number of locations into the future.
Even with dozens of stock photo agencies offering up millions of images, clients still sometimes struggle to find the right image to meet their needs. Our unique Stock Request service provides clients with access to our extensive network of photographers — each with many images that won’t be found in any stock photo library.