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About Perfect Photographer

The photography industry has changed dramatically over the past 5 years. Traditional portrait studios are no longer the norm. You used to be able to go to the local photography studio in your area whenever you needed family photos.

Now, with the availability and quality of digital cameras, it is very easy to enter the photography industry that practically anyone can do it. This has lead to an influx of a variety of photographers, ranging in different styles, specialties, and prices.

While this change can be very positive by providing many options for consumers, it also had some negative consequences for the photography industry. With so many photographers, it has cheapened the overall work and price of most photographers. And, with so many photographers to choose from, how do you even begin to make that important choice for a photographer for your family? Just rely on referrals from friends and family, even though their style is not what you are looking for? Or, they are not within your budget?

As a mom and a photographer, I saw a need for a tool to help both families and photographers alike. Perfect Photographer is site where families can find the perfect photographer for their family, filtering their search by all of the criteria they could ever need in a photographer. And, they are selecting their photographer with the confidence that they can trust the work they see and know they have been pre-screened and approved to be listed on this site.

Photographers who are approved to be listed on this website enjoy the benefits of increasing their SEO, exposure to clients, and market that they are approved by this site. It will also bring them the right clients for their business, ones that will hopefully remain long-term clients of their business.

Perfect Photographer also doesn’t reward paid members with larger photos and featured listings. That does not benefit either the photographers or the families looking for a photographer. Families want a fair search while looking for a good photographer. Photographers want that search to be fair and want their listing to appear as such. The order in which photographers appear will be by how they best match up with the search criteria selected by the consumer. Paid members will be able to list themselves in multiple specialties, more style tags, and increase their service radius to appear in more search results.

Ultimately, Perfect Photographer hopes to change how families search for photographers and how photographers get more of the right clients for their businesses.

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How it works

Here at Perfect Photographer, we wanted to do things differently. Like, completely different from any other listing site out there. First of all, all listings are free and appear the exact same way when clients search for photographers. No featured listings, listings with larger images, or paid listings appearing first on the search list. We want to give people the most comprehensive list of photographers to help them find that perfect photographer for their family.

Here’s the catch… We are just a little selective about who we list on our site. Don’t worry, though. We aren’t too picky. We just want to make sure you aren’t stealing other photographer’s work and calling it your own, your websites are professional and functional, and you show a technical understanding of photography and editing. Simple, right? Our goal for this listing site is to not only be comprehensive for families looking for the right photographer, but also a trustworthy one as well!

Once you submit your information, we will place your application under review. Depending on the pipeline of photographers in the queue, this process could take anywhere from 1-2 days to up to 2 weeks.

Along with making sure that your work is indeed your own and your website functions properly, we will review your website images for the following:

  • Exposure - Shows a control of exposure in simple lighting conditions. No harsh shadows over the subject’s faces in an unflattering way or squinty eyes.
  • Composition - Your photos show an artistic and pleasing composition to the eye.
  • Editing - Accurate skin tones, consistent white balance, and no over-the-top edits (i.e. oversharpening, or excessive blurring).
  • Technical - Images that are sharp and in-focus.

You will not be rated on your style or artistic vision. Different styles are welcomed and encouraged! After review of your application, you will receive an email with an approval or rejection notice.

If you are accepted, congratulations! Your free basic listing will be live on our site as soon as your acceptance email hits your inbox. You are now able to edit your listing, change your image, or simply leave your listing alone. Or, you can choose to upgrade your listing to a paid listing to unlock more features and help your chances to get more clients.

If you are rejected, you are welcome to re-apply after 90 days from the date of your listing submission. We cannot give specific reasons for denial, due to the volume of applicants.

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Pricing

  • Logo This is your business' logo. It is displayed on the search results page as well as the profile page.
  • Cover Photo This is the thumbnail image that appears for your business on the search results page.
  • Portfolio Images These are your gallery images displayed on your photographer's profile page.
  • Specialty Listings This is the type of photography your business specializes in.
  • Style Tags These are words that describe your business' style.
  • Service Radius This is the mileage radius around your business address. The larger your radius, the more your business will show up in search results.
  • Approval Badges Download these badges to display on your website to show you've been approved.
  • Price Lock Price Lock means even if we increase the price of the plan for new subscribers, you will be "grandfathered in" and keep the price you signed up for.
  • Entry

    FREE
    (Always)
  • Logo This is your business' logo. It is displayed on the search results page as well as the profile page.
  • Cover Photo This is the thumbnail image that appears for your business on the search results page.
  • Portfolio Images These are your gallery images displayed on your photographer's profile page. 1
  • Specialty Listings This is the type of photography your business specializes in. 1
  • Style Tags These are words that describe your business' style. 2
  • Service Radius This is the mileage radius around your business address. The larger your radius, the more your business will show up in search results. 15 miles
  • Approval Badges Download these badges to display on your website to show you've been approved.
  • Price Lock Price Lock means even if we increase the price of the plan for new subscribers, you will be "grandfathered in" and keep the price you signed up for.
  • Simple

    $49 / year
    or
    $6 / month
  • Logo This is your business' logo. It is displayed on the search results page as well as the profile page.
  • Cover Photo This is the thumbnail image that appears for your business on the search results page.
  • Portfolio Images These are your gallery images displayed on your photographer's profile page. 8
  • Specialty Listings This is the type of photography your business specializes in. 3
  • Style Tags These are words that describe your business' style. 4
  • Service Radius This is the mileage radius around your business address. The larger your radius, the more your business will show up in search results. 60 miles
  • Approval Badges Download these badges to display on your website to show you've been approved.
  • Price Lock Price Lock means even if we increase the price of the plan for new subscribers, you will be "grandfathered in" and keep the price you signed up for.
  • Elite

    $79 / year
    or
    $10 / month
  • Logo This is your business' logo. It is displayed on the search results page as well as the profile page.
  • Cover Photo This is the thumbnail image that appears for your business on the search results page.
  • Portfolio Images These are your gallery images displayed on your photographer's profile page. 25
  • Specialty Listings This is the type of photography your business specializes in. 6
  • Style Tags These are words that describe your business' style. 6
  • Service Radius This is the mileage radius around your business address. The larger your radius, the more your business will show up in search results. Unlimited
  • Approval Badges Download these badges to display on your website to show you've been approved.
  • Price Lock Price Lock means even if we increase the price of the plan for new subscribers, you will be "grandfathered in" and keep the price you signed up for.

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FAQ

How can Perfect Photographer help my photography business?

There are several ways Perfect Photographer can help you! First of all, listing your business on our website helps with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to bring more traffic and more clients to your website.

If you have a paid listing, you can use the Perfect Photographer Approval Badges to display on your website to show credentials and accolades for being approved on this site.

Finally, this is the only listing site of its kind for portrait photographers. It is an easy site for clients to use, and should ultimately pair you up with the right clients for your business!

Why should I upgrade to a paid subscription?

There are numerous benefits to having an upgraded subscription account vs. the basic free account.

  • Increase in service radius, photos, specialty listings, and style tags.
  • Access to Perfect Photographer Approval Badges.
  • Offer specials and deals to prospective clients (coming soon!).

Most importantly, your business will show up in more search results, therefore exposing your photography business to more clients.

How do you handle downgraded subscriptions and refunds?

Since everyone has a free basic listing, there are no cancellations (unless you choose to completely delete your listing from our site). You can, however, downgrade your membership at any time, but we do not provide refunds.

We have set it up so it is easy to switch between plans on your account page if you wish to do so. While there are no refunds, you will receive a credit to your account if there is still time left on your paid membership plan.

If you wish to delete your listing from our site, please email us at info@perfectphotographer.com.

Do we have a screening or application process?

Yes, there is a small application process, with your application being approved or rejected for listing on Perfect Photographer. You can view all of the criteria for our screening process in our How It Works section above. While all photographers deserve a chance at being listed no matter what their skill level, Perfect Photographer wants to ensure there is a minimum level of quality shown to those searching for a photographer.

Do you accept wedding and engagement photographers?

Unfortunately, Perfect Photographer is strictly for family portrait photographers and any specialties that fall under that general category. Here are the different specialties we support:

  • newborn
  • maternity
  • high school seniors
  • children
  • families
  • pets
  • birth
  • beloved couples
  • boudoir
  • lifestyle
Do you have a referral program?

Yes! While all accepted members have their own unique referral link, only paid membership plans can take advantage of the credits awarded to your account.

So, for every photographer you refer through your unique referral link that is approved for this site, your business receives a credit for one free month of whatever paid membership plan you are enrolled in at the time. The credit will be applied to your invoice on the billing cycle after it is given. If your credits more than cover your invoice, the balance is carried forward. If you have any credit, you can see the amount on your account overview page.

Since we are just starting to build our database of photographers, this is really helpful way to spread the word about Perfect Photographer. If you like what you see, we appreciate you passing our site on to other photographers in your community. The credit to your account is our way of saying thanks!

What countries do you currently serve?

While we are building the database of photographers and working out the kinks in our process, we are keeping listings strictly to the United States. You can always contact us to be notified of when we are accepting applications for listings outside of the United States an in your area.

What are you doing to bring clients to your site?

Currently, we are building our list of photographers before actively marketing to families. We would like to offer as complete of a list as possible, in order to put the best impression out there from the beginning. Once things are more established, we plan on aggressively marketing using the internet, SEO, social media, and potentially local media.

Future plans include access to analytics for you to view how many people have viewed your profile, saved your business to their favorites, and clicked through to your site. This way, you can see how Perfect Photographer is bringing clients to your business or how you can better improve your visibility to potential clients.

How does Perfect Photographer match photographers up with clients?

Although we do not have a direct matching system in place, we rely on the intricate and detailed search criteria the client uses. This is why putting as much information as possible in your profile is the best way to get clients to see your business.

Once I'm approved for listing on Perfect Photographer, can I ever be removed from the site?

There are only two ways you can be removed permanently from Perfect Photographer: if we find that you did not fill out the application form truthfully or if you email us to remove your profile.

I know another photographer listed on your site is stealing other photographer’s work. Can I report that photographer to you?

Yes! You can always contact us with the name and website of the offending photographer, and we can investigate the claims.

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