Tantalizing Drink Photography

With everyone having access to smartphones, food photography has been all the rage recently. A sub-category in the 'foodie' realm is drink photography. While photographing drinks requires similar skills to shooting food, there are some nuances to pay attention to. All in all, shooting drinks is not difficult, if you are willing to think about precision and experiment with different angles and lighting. 

To celebrate our new photo collection "Drink Up," we have launched a new photo challenge called "Drinks." The challenge is seeking photos of  drinks-- from their preparation, presentation, to their consumption! The drinks can be hot, cold, shakes, alcoholic or soft drinks. To help our talented photographer community submit the best photos possible, we have gathered a list of tips and tricks for mouth-watering drink photography. 

1. Shoot with a blacklight

Photo by: Anthony Hurren

Photo by: Anthony Hurren

Placing your drink in between your camera and a light source provides a more heightened sense of depth because it illuminates the condensation, ice, or carbonation in the drink. This is ideal when a drink is in a clear or translucent glass as it creates a visually pleasing glow. Natural light is always ideal but if that isn't available you can set up a diffusion reflector. 

2. Incorporate the ingredients into the composition

Photo by: Kelly Leeves

Photo by: Kelly Leeves

Including the ingredient's of the drink in the composition of the photo, beautifully conveys the flavor of the drink. It also makes the photo appear to be more authentic, like it wasn't staged. 

3. Add Vivid Garnishes

Photo by: Blake Bronstad

Photo by: Blake Bronstad

Drinks call for garnishes. They elevate a drink's appeal by adding complementary texture, color, and creativity to the finished product. If your garnishes are looking a bit dull, dab them with a paper towel and a bit of olive oil!

4. Determine the Best Angle

Photo by: Mika Schriner 

Photo by: Mika Schriner 

Photo by: Ginny Filer

Photo by: Ginny Filer

If you are shooting multiple smaller drinks or want to showcase the distinct ingredients in a glass, shoot from over head. If you are taking a picture of one or two drinks and want to show multiple layers, shoot at a side angle. 

5. Integrate Human Elements

Photo by: Amy Jean

Photo by: Amy Jean

By adding a human hand or mouth the image becomes more relatable to viewers. It also emphasizes scale. 

6. Maintain the Bubbles

Photo by: Arianne Autaubo

Photo by: Arianne Autaubo

Taking photos of beer can prove to be tricky. Luckily, salt serves as a nucleation point for carbon dioxide, so when it is added to beer it generates more foam. Use a wooden chopstick to stir in salt if the bubbles start to lessen, and your drink will be back to being photo-ready!

7. Know Your Aperture

Photo by: Jason Hughes

Photo by: Jason Hughes

 A wide-open aperture creates a shallow depth of field which makes the drink you are shooting stand out. A small aperture increases depth of field if you want everything to be in focus. 

 

 

London Town!

London area Snapwire photographers! Google has posted several local requests in the London vicinity. Grab your camera and head out to photograph the city and the famous landmarks that call London home. From Trafalgar Square to Abbey Road Studios, you'll have an action packed day full of hidden gems and popular hotspots. 

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London Victoria Station

Photo by: Donna Wright

Photo by: Donna Wright

  • Generally known as "Victoria", the London Victoria station is London's second-busiest railway terminus and London Underground Station. This is a great jumping off point for your day around the city and offers many line options that'll take you wherever you want to go.

St. James Park - Westminster

  • This 57-acre park park in the City of Westminster connects Buckingham Palace, The Mall, Horse Guards and Birdcage Walk. This park is perfect area for a walking tour to see all the landmarks in the area. 

The Shard - Southwark

Photo by: Dominik Martin

Photo by: Dominik Martin

  • The Shard is a 95 story skyscraper and is the tallest building in the United Kingdom, the fourth-tallest building in Europe and the 105th-tallest building in the world. 
  • Interesting fact: there have been multiple instances of recreational trespassing, base jumping and protesting from the top of The Shard. A group called the "Place Hackers" made their way to the top of the Shard building site during its construction by climbing one of the tallest cranes. Another group called "BASE jumpers" reportedly jumped from The Shard more than a dozen times, the highest of which was said to have been from a high of 850 feet (260 m). Prince Andrew, Duke of York, rappelled down the tower from the 87th floor in order to raise money for the Outward Bound Trust and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.  

30 St. Mary Axe - City of London

Photo by: Maileen Del Rosario

Photo by: Maileen Del Rosario

  • Informally known as "The Gherkin", 30 St. Mary Axe is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district. The building has become a recognizable feature of London and is one of the city's most widely recognized examples of contemporary architecture

Trafalgar Square

  • This famous square commemorates the Battle of Trafalgar, a British naval victory in the Napoleonic Wars with France and Spain. 
  • Interesting fact: Restoration work of the square during the 1950s revealed remains of a cave lion, rhinoceros, straight-tusked elephant and hippopatums from the last interglacial period. 

London Coliseum

  • The London Coliseum was built as one of London's largest and most luxurious "family" variety theaters. The Google request for this location only has 3 photos submitted. Make sure you submit your photos before the request expires!

Big Ben

Photo by: Cecilia Brink

Photo by: Cecilia Brink

  • Widely known as "Big Ben", this nickname for  the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster is extended to refer to the the clock and the clock tower, however the tower is officially known as Elizabeth Tower. Big Ben is a British cultural icon and one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom. 
  • Make a stop in the House of Parliament for a tour- you have the choice between an audio or a guided tour. If tours aren't your thing, make your way across the river for a ride on the famous London Eye!

London Zoo

  • The London Zoo is the  world's oldest scientific zoo. It opened to the public in 1847 and now houses a collection of 756 species of animals, making it one of the largest collections in the United Kingdom. 
  • If you want a chance to get closer to the wildlife, check out their Bedbugs Sleepovers experience! Children ages 7-11 can stay overnight in the zoo's bug house which includes a torchlit tour of the zoo after dark, games, storytelling and talks. Older visitors can also book their own sleepover adventure and stay at the Gir Lion Lodge rooms right next to the big cats!

National Portrait Gallery

  • This art gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. It was opened in 1856 and was the first portrait gallery in the world. 

Royal Opera House

  • Located in central London, this opera house is home to The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.

Abbey Road Studios

Photo by: Shawn Dechant

Photo by: Shawn Dechant

  • A famous recording studio on the outskirts of London, Abbey Road Studios is most famous for its role in the 1960s as the recording studio of the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Badfinger and more.
  • Stop by the famous Abbey Road to take an iconic picture!
  • If you have time, meander on towards Little Venice - London's scenic and affluent neighborhood known for its canals and moored boats. 

Google's London requests expire in less than week so get out there and submit your photos of London landmarks on Snapwire!

Reclaim your time: productivity hacks

How many things are competing for your attention right now? Your constantly vibrating phone in your back pocket? Clips of John Oliver's hilarious commentary on Last Week Tonight? A flood of emails regarding a project you haven't start on? A to-do list that seems never-ending? 

All of these distractions constantly bog us down and keep us from staying focused on what is really important for us to complete in a day. Recent academic studies have discovered that office workers get distracted roughly every 3 minutes and that on average it takes 23 minutes to get the focus back. If you do the math, it's shocking to realize that so much more work can be finished in a day's time. Here are 7 productivity hacks to keep you on track throughout the day:

1. Turn off your phone

A scary but true fact is that 61% of people cannot ignore their electronic devices and we are betting that you are in this cohort. As phones are now considered to be extensions of ourselves,  the simple act of turning off our phones- for even short periods of time- makes people extremely nervous. However, the freedom gained from not being barraged with notifications will make a serious dent in your productivity levels. Instead of checking your phone every 10 minutes to see how many Instagram likes you are getting (which is essentially switching your brain on and off), you can focus your full attention on the work at hand.

Photo by: KC Slagle

Photo by: KC Slagle

2. Take Breaks

It is easy to feel like you need to stay chained to your desk for the whole day, but it is beneficial to take some time to recharge. The brain (like any other muscle) gets strained from repeated work and needs some time off to continue working and peak productivity levels. According to a study from a productivity app, the highest performing workers were those who worked for 52 minutes and then took a 17 minute break. Although not all workers can make this time commitment, we can begin to ensure that we take the breaks allotted to us. Breaks can be a great time to meditate, journal, call your grandmother, and step outside of the all encompassing realm of work for a few minutes. 

3. Choose music wisely

Music is a very powerful management tool because it increases our emotional and mental states by releasing dopamine in our brains. But not all music is created equal when it comes to getting work done, so make sure the tunes are carefully chosen depending on the task at hand. If you have a lot of monotonous tasks at hand, your favorite playlist will help you get work done faster. Music without lyrics is better for tasks that involve reading comprehension such as writing long emails or reading through articles. However, when you are trying to learn something new, listening to music can decrease your cognitive ability to grasp new knowledge. So only stick to music when you're working on something you already know you are proficient in. 

4. Develop mindfulness

Mindfulness is the state of active, open attention to the present. When there is a lot going on in our lives it is easy to adopt a monkey mind and allow our mind to race from thought to thought. By developing mindfulness we can learn to not get swept up by a barrage of overwhelming emotions, allowing us to be more aware on what we need to get done in the now. A first step at developing mindfulness is to take time in your day is to focus on one of the five senses and really experience what it is smelling, hearing, tasting, seeing, or touching. These exercise can be eye-opening for people who are always on the go. There are also many apps out there for people looking to be more present. 

Photo by: Fiedi Z

Photo by: Fiedi Z

 

5. Ditch multitasking

Despite popular belief multi-tasking is not effective and only 2% of the population can do it effectively. Multitasking actually leads to a larger decrease in IQ than smoking marijuana! It turns out that our brains are not designed to do more than one thing at once. When we overstretch our brain's ability we are compromising our short-term memory and cognitive load. By taming the juggler inside of ourselves, we can discover that our brains are built to focus. Truly one-track focus brings more energy, clarity, engagement, and gratification to our work. 

6. Know your natural rhythms

We have two types of rhythms that our bodies cycle through: the natural circadian rhythm and the ultradian rhythm. The first of which regulates how our bodies cycle energy throughout the day. This is easy to understand. When we get tired, we go to sleep. The lesser-known rhythm is the ultradian rhythm which are shorter awake/rest cycles that occur throughout the day. Most peophe can do focused and high-energy work for 1-2 hours and then need a short break. You know yourself better than anyone else, so when you create your to-do list for the day make sure that tasks that require more brain power are scheduled at a time where you are at your peak performance level

7. Reinvent your work space

Neuroscientists at Princeton determined that clutter in our work environment competes for our attention, resulting in decreased levels of performance. Similar to multitasking, too much "stuff" can be too much to our senses, impairing our ability to think creatively. Take the time to declutter your work space, add personalized touches, and ensure that enough natural light is coming in. If you can, try to work outside of your designated work space every once in awhile. Coffee shops with their ambient noise and other fellow working bees can exude productivity. Putting yourself in such an environment can motivate you to get work done. 

Photo by: Jessica Daniel

Photo by: Jessica Daniel

Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed by my work load and apparent lack of time, I repeat this mantra in my mind: "We have the same amount of hours in a day as Beyonce." Without taking money or status into account, we all have the same 1,440 minutes in a day  and it is only up to ourselves to decide exactly what we are going to do with it. There are many ways we can break old habits to make the most of it so we can reclaim time on our own terms. 

 

Photo by: Michelle Yam

Photo by: Michelle Yam

Knowledge is power. Take Skillshare classes to improve your photography skills!

Skillshare is an online learning community where users can take thousands of classes in creative topics such as photography. Skillshare is providing Snapwire users with an exclusive free 3-month trial along with some curated classes to help Snapwire users shoot the best pictures for the Snapwire challenges below:

Valentine's Day Cocktails

Whether your Valentine's day plans involve an intimate evening with your special someone or a girl's night in, these delicious V-day themed cocktails are perfect for any type of gathering. 

Raspberry Kiss Cocktail

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
  • 10 raspberries
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 2 tablespoons cranberry juice
  • ice cubes

Directions

  • Place raspberries in a cocktail shaker; crush with a muddler. Add simple syrup and muddle again. Add vodka and cranberry juice; fill shaker with ice. Shake well until chilled. Strain into glass. Serve immediately. Serves 1.
  • Optional: Add berries or salt to rim for garnish

Spiked Jones

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup whole coffee beans
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Kahlua
  • 1 teaspoon confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dark chocolate-covered coffee beans, chopped

Directions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine milk, 1/2 cream, and whole coffee beans. Bring to a simmer, turn off heat, cover, and steep beans for 1 hour. Strain liquid and return to saucepan; discard beans. Bring the milk-and-cream mixture back to a simmer, add chocolate, and whisk until incorporated. Remove from heat; whisk in Kailua. Whip remaining 1/2 cup cream and the confectioners' sugar until soft peaks form. Divide the hot chocolate between 2 cups and garnish each portion with a dollop of whipped cream and a shrinking of chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans. Serves 2.

Pomegranate Champagne Punch

   

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup pear nectar
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) champagne

Directions

  • In a large pitcher, combine pomegranate juice, pear nectar, and orange-flavored liqueur. Slowly add champagne. Serve over ice. Serves 6. 

Let us know if you try any of these recipes and be sure to photograph your experience and post your photos on Snapwire!

Love Takes Many Forms - Valentine's Day Marketing in 2017

Valentine's Day is yet another holiday in which marketers are looking for a way to capitalize on the buzz happening online and get their brand name out in the market. With all of the other marketers doing the same exact thing, it is crucial to differentiate your content from that of your competitors. 

As images of pink candy hearts and couples passionately kissing are already beginning to flood your newsfeed in the week before Valentine's Day, there are a few strategies you can employ to ensure that the content produced will be memorable and draw people in. 

Photo by: Danielle Dautel

Photo by: Danielle Dautel

1. Break Tradition

Boxes of chocolates, hand-picked bouquets of roses, heart-shaped lollipops, and cupids are all deeply intertwined with our perception of Valentine's Day. Even though they are central symbols do they still resonate with your customers? Spend some time thinking outside of the box to see if you can rework these symbols to resonate with your brand identity, so you aren't sending the same cut-and-dried imagery as your competitors. 

Photo by: Barbie Mutation

Photo by: Barbie Mutation

2. Be Inclusive

In our ever-changing world where not everyone can fit into the mold of the happy heterosexual couple, the conventional Valentine's Day chronicle no longer is believable. Effective Valentine's Day marketing campaigns acknowledge this by including images of same-sex couples and people who are happy being single. This creates an inclusive environment that reveals that love takes many forms.

Photo by: Arielle Turner

Photo by: Arielle Turner

3. Stray From The Obvious

If you haven't caught on yet, here at Snapwire we think that the way that "love" is represented in photography is problematic and outdated. So many photos on the market attempt to depict such an authentic emotion, yet the majority of them appear to be a part of a new hallmark collection. Since the point of photography is to convey an interpretation of reality, the best photos don't just show a symbol, they reveal a message through it. A couple holding hands in front of a dramatic sunset sparks no curiosity because it has been seem time and time again. 

 

Photo by: Irina Gerb

Photo by: Irina Gerb

 

 

 

Lazy Days

Snapwire's new collection "Under the Sheets" is all about lazy days, naps, and cuddles. Whether you're spending a Sunday catching up on sleep or playing hookie from work to catch up on your favorite Netflix show, here are some things to make the most of your day at home. So what are you waiting for? Grab your loved one - whether that be a pet, significant other, child, or laptop -  and hop back in bed!

 

Breakfast in bed is a must. You have to keep your energy up in order to power through the long day of lounging you have ahead of you.

If you're looking for some breakfast inspiration check out our Cooking board on Pinterest here! Try the best buttermilk pancakes we've ever had, or something equally delicious but a little more hardy  like the sweet potato breakfast hash!

No day in bed is complete without Netflix. Here are some feel-good and light hearted oldies but goodies as well as some captivating picks that are popular right now. All are perfectfor a chill day at home.

  • Portlandia - A sketch comedy television series set in Portland, Oregon starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. The adventures of the different characters highlight the eccentricities of Portland's citizens as well as the quirkiness of the city itself. 
  • Master of None - This Netflix original was well received by critics and made it on multiple year-end top ten lists. This 10 episode series follow's Dev Shah, played by Aziz Ansari, in a somewhat "coming of age" story. Dev is a 30-year-old first generation American trying to make it in the modern, multicultural, and competitive playground that is 2015 New York City as he tries to navigate through love, life, and work with the help of his friends. 
  • The Office - this "mockumentary" follows the lives of employees at the Scranton, PA branch of a paper supply company called Dunder Mifflin. The crew captures the everyday shenanigans of the branch manager, Michael Scott, as well as the lives, interactions, and bizarre and humorous encounters of the rest of the employees. 
  • Friends - Rachel Green, Ross Geller, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Chandler Bing and Phoebe Buffay are all friends, living off of one another in the heart of New York City. Over the course of ten years, this average group of buddies goes through massive mayhem, family trouble, past and future romances, fights, laughs, tears and surprises as they learn what it really means to be a friend. 
  • Black Mirror - A British science fiction television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker and centered around dark and satirical themes that examine modern society, particularly with regard to the unanticipated consequences of new technologies. This show is a little hard to swallow at times but really makes you reflect on how technology influences your life.
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off -High school senior Ferris Bueller decides to skill school on a spring day by faking an illness to his parents, then encourage his girlfriend, Sloane, and his pessimistic best friend Cameron to open the day in Chicago as one of their last flings before they graduate and head off to different colleges.  
  • Planet Earth - This series took five years to make and and was the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC and the first to be filmed in high definition. The series has 11 episodes, and each one features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth. 
  • Grease - Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsseen meet during their summer vacation in 1958. They are sad to say goodbye when Sandy is due to return home to Australia but there is a change of plans and Sandy ends up as a foreign exchange student at Danny's high school. As Danny tries to navigate his friends while balancing his new romance and Sandy tries to figure out who she wants to be. They go on a  journey to find their true selves and try to make their love last. 
  • Stranger Things - Netflix's recent smash hit, set in the 1980s in Hawkins, Indiana, follows the disappearance of a young boy, Will,  and the monstrous chain of events it it launches in the small town. Will's friends are determined to find him and set out on a mission to find him, only to find a mysterious and unlikely ally to shed some light on the strange happenings. 

If you're more of a book worm than a bingewatcher, here are some stellar books to add to your reading list

  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins - this psychological thriller follows the narratives of three different women. We see how their lives intersect and what deep secrets have been kept. 
  • Beautiful Chaos by R.M. Drake - "Chaos is not pretty it is like feeling a hundred things, hearing a hundred voices, and somewhere in the riot we tend to lose ourselves and lose direction in our heads. This book is the truth, it is everything we have been feeling and running away from for so long."
  • A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron - this book chronicles a dog's journey through multiple lives via reincarnation and how he looks for his purpose in each life. 
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman - Written by psychologist Daniel Kahneman, the author delves into how we make choices in our business and personal lives and the psychology behind it. 
  • We Should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - the adapted text of the much-watched TED talk by the Nigerian author

And of course, when all else fails... nap. 

If you try any of the recipes, books or Netflix suggestions take some pictures of how you spend your lazy days and don't forget to add them to the "Under the Sheets" collection on Snapwire! 

Tips & Locations for Photographing Nightscapes

Photographing night skies captures some of the most stunning and otherworldly photos. 

Here are some of the most popular destinations in the world for night photography as well as some tips for capturing these amazing photos.

Tips

1. Minimize Light Pollution

When trying to take night scape photos, surrounding light in populated areas will minimize the visibility of stars in the sky. You can use Blue Marble Navigator to find where the darkest locations in your area are. 

2. Choose a Clear Night

Clouds in the sky can add some interesting depth to your photo, however if there is too much cloud cover you will not be able to see any stars. 

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3. Star Trail or Milky Way?

Capturing a Star Trail involves capturing the movement of stars across the sky. Ideal conditions would be during or around a Full moon. The light from the moon will make the sky appear to have less stars and will create a less busy image. Use a constellation app such as Star Chart to find where the North Star is located in order to make it the central point of your photo. This creates an amazing effect that shows the rotation of the Earth, as seen below.

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On the other hand, if you're interested in capturing a dramatic night sky go out on a  night with only a quarter moon. This will give off enough light to include some of the landscape but not wash out any of the stars. You can also use the Star Chart app to find where the Milky Way will be in the sky. 

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4. Camera Settings

In order to capture these nightscapes you will need a camera that can handle an ISO of 3200 to 6400 as well as a lens that is fast and relatively wide (16mm is a great focal length, but a 24mm prime lens can work as well).

When it's time to shoot, make sure your tripod is solid and start at f/2.8, 25-30 seconds, and ISO 6400 to start. Use a timer to take the photo so as to not risk any movement of the camera.  

Locations

1. Death Valley National Park, California

Death Valley National Park is the largest Dark Sky designated area with a span of 13,700 square kilometers. 

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2. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

This national monument has zero light population and the dark canyon walls make a great contrast to the bright starry skies. The crest of Owachomo Bridge forms a window to more than 15,000 stars and the Milky Way. 

3. Iceland

The up-and-coming travel destination has become increasingly popular to tourists due to the allure of the Northern Lights.  

Capturing this amazing phenomena requires an ISO between 200 and 800, an aperture of 1.4-4.0, and a shutter speed of 25-30 seconds. 

Happy shooting! Don't forget to post your nightscape photographs to Snapwire. If you post them on Instagram tag us and use our hashtag #snapwire for a chance to be featured on our page! 

New Collection: Daring Doorways

How many times has your curiosity wandered as you walked past a building, leaving yourself thinking : "I wonder what's behind that door." Our new collection: Daring Doorways inspires similar thoughts with a selection of bold, intriguing, and beautiful doorways from around the world. 

More than just existing as movable, solid barriers for opening and closing an entranceway, doors have been chockfull of symbols since the beginning of recorded history. Doors symbolize new beginnings, transitions, possibilities, and potential. When a door is closed, a mysterious beyond is unknown and hidden from sight, so some sort of action needs to be taken to make it visible. What is ironic is that a closed door can signify both freedom and imprisonment. While it inspires feelings of potential because we feel that anything might lie beyond, it also creates limitations because there is uncertainty that we may never come to experience it. 

Also just the word "door" is used in many metaphors that we use in day-to-day conversations to describe states of minds and emotions. Think about it...

  • When we are in love we say: "I opened the door to my heart."
  • We we offer support we say: "My door is always open for you."
  • When we are ready to make amends: "I closed the door of my past when I forgave him."
  • When we decide to move on: "That door is now closed."

Isn't it fascinating that such a simple facet of our everyday lives can communicate so many different kind of feelings? Check out our new collection here to see what thoughts come up for you!

Photo by: Haley St. Martin

Photo by: Haley St. Martin

Photo by: Artem Zhushman

Photo by: Artem Zhushman

Photo by: Erin McGean

Photo by: Erin McGean

Photo by: Jill Emmer

Photo by: Jill Emmer

Photo by: Julie Gebhardt

Photo by: Julie Gebhardt

We've Just Closed Another Round of Funding- But There's a Twist

Dear Snapwire community:

 

We have just raised more than 340% of our initial goal from some great investors and are thrilled to announce the launch of a new equity crowdfunding campaign through WeFunder.  What is unique about our new campaign is that we have lowered the investment minimum, so that everyone can easily invest in our mission. 

From Then To Now

We launched Snapwire, our photography community, 2 years ago. The goal was quite simple really, build a community around photography and connect that community to businesses that need great photos. Since then, our community has grown beyond what we initially envisioned.

In that short period of time our community has blown up to 350,000+ photographers shooting photos for companies like Google, Adobe, and some of the largest advertising agencies. We’ve built meaningful revenue, with substantial growth and a vision to build something huge. This is why we’ve decided to open up our fundraising efforts to people like you.

Why Equity Crowdfunding?

If you’re reading this, then you’re on the internet, where you're constantly scrolling through content. This content is typically filled with photos, some of these photos are excellent, some of these photos hurt your eyes. We tap and like and comment on them, we connect with them. Photos are the language of our generation, and businesses are willing to pay big bucks for authentic photos that people can actually connect with.

We’ve got something more than just a simple stock photography business. Rather, we have a fast growing community of people who are creative photographers that don’t tolerate cheesy photography. We’ve got the clients who are willing to pay for it and an environment that connects the two seamlessly.

That’s why we’re raising funds from people like you - to capitalize on our community growth/engagement, put fuel on the fire, and release even more products to rid the world of awkward stock photography forever. The opportunity to invest in private companies like Snapwire is not available to anyone after the passing of the JOBS Act in 2015. As fellow photographers and buyers in our community, how awesome would it be to own a stake in our company while it is still small? 

Okay I'm In, What are the Details?

Most of the money we’ve raised to date has come from traditional angel investors who bought into our vision in our earliest stages. We’ve had well respected investors such as Tom Glocer (CEO of Thomson Reuters) and Brian Lee (CEO of The Honest Company) help us get to where we are today. But, our most loyal users never had a chance to share our dream largely because it was simply unaffordable. Then late last year we launched our first crowdfunding campaign, but again out-priced some of our most loyal users. This time, we’re setting things straight and making our campaign affordable to anyone who wants to join. 

Quite simply, the more we raise, the more we grow. And the more we grow, the more you earn as an investor. If you’re wondering where we go from here, or simply how to even invest then click the button below and let’s do this together.

Read the Fine Print

We want to emphasize that investing in a start-up is all about risks and rewards, so make sure you educate yourself on the procedure. If you're here to only make quick money, you're in the wrong place. Investing in start-ups is truly about supporting founders and visions that you believe in and earning a return if that vision turns into reality. 

Disrupt the Stock Photography Industry

Check out our full campaign on WeFunder to understand the larger picture. The campaign page features key facts, a timeline of our company's progress, videos, information on current investors, and a space to ask questions.