About Membership

Wonderful Machine is a marketing engine for commercial photographers.

Wonderful Machine leverages the power of 600 photographers, enabling us to research and connect with more clients than any individual photographer ever could. We charge a monthly fee for a listing on our site. For an additional fee, we can help out with photo editing, design, publicity, marketing, search engine optimization, estimating, and shoot production (we offer our consulting services to all photographers, not just members). This structure allows photographers to scale our support up or down according to their needs at any given moment, and it allows us to promote our members who have agents without any conflict of interest. By optimizing the number of photographers, their locations and specialties, and by insisting on a high standard of quality, we’ve created a uniquely valuable resource for clients. Keeping our focus on the needs of those clients allows us to deliver superior results for our photographers.



Membership means more than just a directory listing...

photographer search
Our search interface helps clients find photographers by location and/or specialty. We deliver an average of 34 profile views and 13 click-throughs to each of our photographers each month.

phone calls
Every day, our producers talk to prospects at important publications, agencies, and brands, to learn more about their needs and to tell them about our photographers.

portfolio events
We host portfolio events with clients in New York and other U.S. cities to showcase our photographers' work and to get valuable face time.

spotlight emailers
Each month, we send out an emailer featuring a different specialty to all of our clients around the world.

web ads
The ads we place on popular industry websites each month allow us to reach an audience well beyond our mailing list.

blog posts
Each week, our publicists write blog posts that profile our member photographers and their projects. We also have a special blog just for photographers.

social media
We share news about our photographers and connect with clients on all of the major social media platforms.

Our publicists connect with all sorts of important companies in our industry who can help us spread the word about our photographers.

expert advice
Our staff members write helpful articles about all aspects of the photography business.

profile updates
We automatically update our members' profiles to keep the site fresh, and so our photographers don't have to worry about it.

rep collaboration
Many of our photographers have reps (which we encourage). We complement rather than compete with those agents.

consulting services
We offer a wide range of expert consulting services, and our members get a 20% discount off of our regular rates.

Read about some of our recent successes connecting photographers and clients.

find crew
Take advantage of our global database of assistants, stylists, location scouts, studios, equipment, retouchers and more.

find agents
We keep tabs on an extensive list of assignment and stock agents, and our marketing consultants are available to help photographers connect with agents who are appropriate for them.

find resources
Our staff has cultivated an extensive list of all kinds of industry resources, from attorneys to IT professionals to festivals.

stock requests
We get frequent stock requests from clients, which we pass along to our photographers.

Many of our member photographers have found that a link from Wonderful Machine has a measurable positive impact on their SEO.


Applying is as simple as sending an email to [email protected] with your exact location and a link to your website (or just click on the link below). Quality (of your photographs and your website) and uniqueness (of your specialties and location) are our primary concerns. Not every photographer is going to be appropriate for us at any given moment, but we do carefully consider each applicant, and we do our best to provide meaningful feedback to everyone.

Are you interested in becoming a Wonderful Machine photographer?