Our small team behind the scenes is comprised of women with prior (and sometimes current!) careers in photography, acting, modelling, graphic design, and writing. As a result, we fundamentally get the pain points of the gig economy and are constantly asking ourselves, how can we build a business model that improves life for the creative?
So, our mission for our Shoott photographers? Steady, quality gigs and steady, quality paychecks.
As with any creative business, professional photography isn’t just about taking photos – you’re also finding clients, coordinating, travelling, editing, invoicing, chasing payments, sending galleries, the list goes on. You wear a million hats, and sometimes the admin and marketing work takes up more time than the photography, which is what you actually love to do.
With Shoott, we work around your availability and send you as many quality clients as you can handle, all in a single convenient location. Just show up with your camera and lens and do your thing! How do you know they’re quality clients? It’s one of our top priorities that we focus on 24/7, and to provide a sense of our success in this area, we’re proud to share that our average Shoott photographer makes over $140 per hour plus tips.
In order to ensure a great experience for both our clients and our photographers, we are highly selective in our hiring process. We look for photographers with equal parts technical and artistic skills as well as amazing people skills. We conduct a video interview, we personally test shoot every photographer, and we have an thorough on-boarding and training process.
Based on a survey of 300 Shoott photographers (July 2020)
You must own your own professional-grade DSLR camera, e.g. Canon 5D Mark II, III, IV; Sony Alpha A7 III/A7R III; Nikon D750/D850. Please no iPhones or Canon Rebels.
The following lenses are strongly preferred: 70-200mm f:2.8, 24-70mm f:2.8, or 35mm. A 50mm or a 85mm may be acceptable depending on the amount of variety you can capture with those lenses.
A solid portfolio of work is required, with a strong preference for experience with family photography and weddings.
You will be shooting portraits that are more lifestyle and candid in vibe. We only use natural light, and you enjoy the challenge of capturing a significant variety of images in just 30 minutes.
You must be able to compose a shot and understand framing, color, and natural light to create a visually pleasing photograph.
You must have an eye on everything before, during and after the shot. Attention to detail is vital.
You must possess a basic understanding on how to pose men, women, and children. You will also be working with families, couples, groups, pets, etc.
Your ability to provide direction and make clients comfortable are key to providing a great Shoott experience. You must be friendly, patient, be a great listener, and be able to provide clear, consistent direction to all different client personalities and body types.
You enjoy people and like bringing out their unique personalities.
You must show initiative and ownership in the session.
You must be able to provide your own transportation to Shoott locations.
You must possess the ability to read and successfully follow policies and procedures and work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Our clientele is varied but focuses mainly on portraiture; we receive requests for everything from family photos, engagement, and influencers to online-dating profile pics, actor headshots, and event photography. That being said, we do not currently do product, wedding, or anything where our photographers provide props (e.g. newborn photography in the style of Anne Geddes)
Yes, absolutely. Shoott does not have a non-compete clause.
Yes, with a caveat! In most situations, you are allowed to use photos you take in your personal portfolio, but if a client has marked their gallery as private, you must receive written permission to post their photos on your website. You are not allowed to use any photos taken with Shoott for other commercial purposes.
If your client would like to book you again for any portraiture or event work, we ask that you direct them to book you through Shoott – we reward photographers who have repeat clientele with up to 90% commission! If your client would like to book you again for a type of photography Shoott does not provide (namely: weddings, product photography, in-studio newborn photos with props), then working directly with your client is allowed.