The platform that promises the perfect match between assistant photographers and studios is launched
The new platform shoot with me, which serves to connect assistant photographers and second shooters with studios and wedding photographers, has launched across the United States and Canada. Claiming to be the “Air BnB” for photographers, the online platform offers a subscription model for anyone looking to work as an assistant, second shooter or lead photographer. Additionally, studios can source and hire people when they need extra hands.
So, according to the website, the platform works in two ways. First, you decide if you want to get hired or if you want to hire someone. Then you set either your availability or an event date, and after that, studios or people hiring will receive a list of suitable people available and get in touch.
It sounds very simple, and in today’s online age, everything seems like an obvious gap in the market. For studios looking to hire assistants or photographers, it’s free to use. Anyone who really wants to find work has to pay subscription fees, starting at $7.99 per month for an assistant job, up to $29.99 per month for a photographer.
At the moment, the service is only open to people based in North America, after a soft launch in August based only in the Philadelphia area of the United States. Founder Nathan Desch said the plan is still to expand beyond the local area and sees the platform as a way to filter and streamline the assistant search experience based on pricing, experience, equipment and many other factors. The idea behind it was never intended to be a traditional directory-like interface, but rather an online dating platform, albeit for work-for-hire rather than dating.
The fee structure appears to be skewed in favor of hiring studios. From a business model, this makes sense because there will be many more people wanting to find work than there will be people looking to hire. The photography industry is not the same as it was 50 years ago, when the path to becoming a professional photographer was first as an assistant. There just aren’t enough assistant jobs these days for that. In my opinion, I would expect the hire to be the one that pays. But that’s just me.
It’s certainly an interesting concept and I’m interested to see how and if it expands to international markets in the future.